Of late, Photoshop 5.5 crashes with many kinds of operations. For example:
Moving the image quality slider when saving a jpeg.
In the wake of any operation using the wand.
Upon trying to load a large-ish (20 megs) .psd or .tif file. (The computer freezes before the program finishes reading the format.)
...and on many other occasions.
Sometimes only Photoshop crashes. More often, the entire computer freezes, sometimes with a BSOD.
The problem first surfaced last week, when I tried to silhouette an object from a 20 meg .tif file. Things seem to have been going downhill from there.
I have read that 5.5 works OK with XP and, until recently, I've been able to, for example, change the size of a large image to 640x480 pixels and save it. Even that is now unreliable.
My computers is a Soyo, with a P4 processor and 3.x gigaherz. One-half gig of ram (if I run the Task Manager while I attempt to work with Photoshop, there appears to be no lack of memory). two 160-gig drives. The "scratch drive" has 80 gigs of free space.
I was about to repair XP, but as far as I can tell, repair is needed most often when the machine won't even boot. In my case, everything else except Photoshop seems to work fine. I run Registry Mechanic--no change.
I've tried running the program after removing all my startup items. Same problem. Ditto after disabling all processes.
My most distant restore point is yesterday, which is well after the problems began. So I haven't done an XP restore.