File list slows to crawl with image files



srm
07-09-2005, 09:55 PM
I'm running XP/SP2 (fully patched) on a 2.6GHz box with 1.5Gb RAM. Whenever
I open a folder containing a large number of image files, the machine slows
to a crawl while it display the list of files. I'm not talking about
thumbnail view - the same happens in list view. And it happens in Windows
Explorer and a number of applications. This is getting annoying. Today,
needed to burn about 110 images to CD and Roxio took 3 minutes to display
the file list.

In Windows Explorer, I can see the list of filenames straight away, but
can't do anything with the files until it has finished drawing the little
Tiff or Jpeg icons. Argh!

Any thoughts on how I can speed things up?

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hustedj
07-09-2005, 09:55 PM
Just to make sure, Have you done a virus and spyware scan on your PC? this
might slow the business down. Can you view other PICs that are in other
folders and is that fast or slow?


"srm" wrote:

> I'm running XP/SP2 (fully patched) on a 2.6GHz box with 1.5Gb RAM. Whenever
> I open a folder containing a large number of image files, the machine slows
> to a crawl while it display the list of files. I'm not talking about
> thumbnail view - the same happens in list view. And it happens in Windows
> Explorer and a number of applications. This is getting annoying. Today,
> needed to burn about 110 images to CD and Roxio took 3 minutes to display
> the file list.
>
> In Windows Explorer, I can see the list of filenames straight away, but
> can't do anything with the files until it has finished drawing the little
> Tiff or Jpeg icons. Argh!
>
> Any thoughts on how I can speed things up?
>
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>

Mary Sauer
07-09-2005, 09:55 PM
Slide the acceleration down on your video adapter, control panel, display folder,
settings tab, advanced button, troubleshoot tab.

It very well could be your video driver need upgrading if the above helps. Go to the
manufacturer's web site and look around.

You might empty your temp cache in Internet Explorer. In IE, tools, Internet Options,
delete files.

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"hustedj" <hustedj@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:59E51684-BFF7-4BA1-8A52-3C3E58173210@microsoft.com...
> Just to make sure, Have you done a virus and spyware scan on your PC? this
> might slow the business down. Can you view other PICs that are in other
> folders and is that fast or slow?
>
>
> "srm" wrote:
>
>> I'm running XP/SP2 (fully patched) on a 2.6GHz box with 1.5Gb RAM. Whenever
>> I open a folder containing a large number of image files, the machine slows
>> to a crawl while it display the list of files. I'm not talking about
>> thumbnail view - the same happens in list view. And it happens in Windows
>> Explorer and a number of applications. This is getting annoying. Today,
>> needed to burn about 110 images to CD and Roxio took 3 minutes to display
>> the file list.
>>
>> In Windows Explorer, I can see the list of filenames straight away, but
>> can't do anything with the files until it has finished drawing the little
>> Tiff or Jpeg icons. Argh!
>>
>> Any thoughts on how I can speed things up?
>>
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>> @+
>>

srm
07-09-2005, 09:55 PM
hustedj wrote:

> Just to make sure, Have you done a virus and spyware scan on your PC? this
> might slow the business down. Can you view other PICs that are in other
> folders and is that fast or slow?

Yep. I use Ad-Aware and Spybot S&D and regularly (about once a week) run
both in safe mode. No reported problems. I also do very little web browsing
or email with this machine - it's used almost exclusively for digital
photography.

Just to re-iterate, this problem occurs when just viewing lists of files in
folders - not when viewing images themselves - regardless of which folder
(except that it's only slow when viewing folders containing image files
rather than, say, WP docs). It's the same, slow speed whether I view the
folder in list mode or thumbnail mode.

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srm
07-09-2005, 09:55 PM
Mary Sauer wrote:

> Slide the acceleration down on your video adapter, control panel, display
> folder, settings tab, advanced button, troubleshoot tab.
>
> It very well could be your video driver need upgrading if the above helps.
> Go to the manufacturer's web site and look around.

Hmm. I have no problem viewing images themselves - they seem to open fine.
It's when viewing the contents of a folder that contains image files (even
if I'm viewing it in list mode and it's only drawing generic icons) that
the problem occurs. There's no problem if it's a folder full of WP docs or
other file types, so I can't see that it's a graphics system problem. It's
as if Windows Explorer is doing some kind of check on each and every file
when it encounters image files. But I've tried turning off virus scanning
(I use AVG) and also turned off thumbnail caching. Still crawls along.

> You might empty your temp cache in Internet Explorer. In IE, tools,
> Internet Options, delete files.

I don't use IE.

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Jeff W
07-09-2005, 09:55 PM
I am having the very same problem here!! It started about 3 weeks ago and is
about to drive me insane!!

I posted a question about this in another area, so maybe one of us will get
an answer!!


"srm" wrote:

> hustedj wrote:
>
> > Just to make sure, Have you done a virus and spyware scan on your PC? this
> > might slow the business down. Can you view other PICs that are in other
> > folders and is that fast or slow?
>
> Yep. I use Ad-Aware and Spybot S&D and regularly (about once a week) run
> both in safe mode. No reported problems. I also do very little web browsing
> or email with this machine - it's used almost exclusively for digital
> photography.
>
> Just to re-iterate, this problem occurs when just viewing lists of files in
> folders - not when viewing images themselves - regardless of which folder
> (except that it's only slow when viewing folders containing image files
> rather than, say, WP docs). It's the same, slow speed whether I view the
> folder in list mode or thumbnail mode.
>
> --
> @+
>

srm
07-09-2005, 09:55 PM
Jeff W wrote:

> I am having the very same problem here!! It started about 3 weeks ago and
> is about to drive me insane!!
>
> I posted a question about this in another area, so maybe one of us will
> get an answer!!

We can but hope. The problem started on my machine somewhat more than 3
weeks ago, but I'm really starting to suspect that the problem may have
been introduced by an update (I have the machine set to automatic updates).
I haven't manually changed any configurations since long before this
problem appeared.

I'm so hacked off with this that I've come to the conclusion the only
solution may be to throw money at the problem. I use this WinXP box for
professional photography - all our other machines, aside from one elderly
Mac, run Linux which I much prefer as a desktop environment, but which -
alas - doesn't have the colour management capabilities I need for
photography. So I've decided to replace the WinXP box with a new Mac - a
far superior platform for digital imaging anyway, and with Mac prices
having just dropped considerably this is now a viable option. The WinXP
machine is already dual-boot with SuSE 9.1, so I can use that as a
workstation and just boot into Windows once a month when I do my accounts
(the two accounts packages I use are Win-only - though I may see if they'll
run under Crossover Office, which I haven't tried yet).

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Jeff W
07-09-2005, 09:55 PM
I too am a professional photographer, but that has nothing to do with the
problem.

I agree it more than likely has to do with an update. I hadn't made any
changes on my system when this started.

"srm" wrote:

> Jeff W wrote:
>
> > I am having the very same problem here!! It started about 3 weeks ago and
> > is about to drive me insane!!
> >
> > I posted a question about this in another area, so maybe one of us will
> > get an answer!!
>
> We can but hope. The problem started on my machine somewhat more than 3
> weeks ago, but I'm really starting to suspect that the problem may have
> been introduced by an update (I have the machine set to automatic updates).
> I haven't manually changed any configurations since long before this
> problem appeared.
>
> I'm so hacked off with this that I've come to the conclusion the only
> solution may be to throw money at the problem. I use this WinXP box for
> professional photography - all our other machines, aside from one elderly
> Mac, run Linux which I much prefer as a desktop environment, but which -
> alas - doesn't have the colour management capabilities I need for
> photography. So I've decided to replace the WinXP box with a new Mac - a
> far superior platform for digital imaging anyway, and with Mac prices
> having just dropped considerably this is now a viable option. The WinXP
> machine is already dual-boot with SuSE 9.1, so I can use that as a
> workstation and just boot into Windows once a month when I do my accounts
> (the two accounts packages I use are Win-only - though I may see if they'll
> run under Crossover Office, which I haven't tried yet).
>
> --
> @+
>

Jeff W
07-09-2005, 09:55 PM
GOT IT FIXED!

I had my computer guy come back out and try again, and after several things,
some how he found that the "generate thumbnails" was checked.

right click on any image, go to Properties, then to the "Photoshop Image"
tab. I bet it's checked.

Let me know if that does it for you too.

Hope this helps.


"Jeff W" wrote:

> I too am a professional photographer, but that has nothing to do with the
> problem.
>
> I agree it more than likely has to do with an update. I hadn't made any
> changes on my system when this started.
>
> "srm" wrote:
>
> > Jeff W wrote:
> >
> > > I am having the very same problem here!! It started about 3 weeks ago and
> > > is about to drive me insane!!
> > >
> > > I posted a question about this in another area, so maybe one of us will
> > > get an answer!!
> >
> > We can but hope. The problem started on my machine somewhat more than 3
> > weeks ago, but I'm really starting to suspect that the problem may have
> > been introduced by an update (I have the machine set to automatic updates).
> > I haven't manually changed any configurations since long before this
> > problem appeared.
> >
> > I'm so hacked off with this that I've come to the conclusion the only
> > solution may be to throw money at the problem. I use this WinXP box for
> > professional photography - all our other machines, aside from one elderly
> > Mac, run Linux which I much prefer as a desktop environment, but which -
> > alas - doesn't have the colour management capabilities I need for
> > photography. So I've decided to replace the WinXP box with a new Mac - a
> > far superior platform for digital imaging anyway, and with Mac prices
> > having just dropped considerably this is now a viable option. The WinXP
> > machine is already dual-boot with SuSE 9.1, so I can use that as a
> > workstation and just boot into Windows once a month when I do my accounts
> > (the two accounts packages I use are Win-only - though I may see if they'll
> > run under Crossover Office, which I haven't tried yet).
> >
> > --
> > @+
> >

srm
07-09-2005, 09:55 PM
Jeff W wrote:

> GOT IT FIXED!
>
> I had my computer guy come back out and try again, and after several
> things, some how he found that the "generate thumbnails" was checked.
>
> right click on any image, go to Properties, then to the "Photoshop Image"
> tab. I bet it's checked.
>
> Let me know if that does it for you too.
>
> Hope this helps.

Nah! That was the first thing I tried...

Doesn't matter much now - my new Mac's arriving soon, which means I'll be
able to dump MS's toy OS for all serious work.

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File list slows to crawl with image files