Annoying blinking cursor in Photoshop CS3!

I love Photoshop.  I use it almost everyday.  But, there are times…

I have been living with an annoying blinking cursor in Photoshop CS3.  It was so bad that it would take two or three clicks just to get a response.

I tried Googling for a solution and found nothing.  So, I called Adobe.  They suggested the following:

  1. Review the plugin folder for unused filters
  2. Check the RAM setting in Photoshop and lower it to 55% of available RAM.
  3. Uncheck the Versions Que.

This worked!  I found a timed-out version of Portraiture 2.  Deleted it.  Lowered the RAM to 55% and unchecked the Version Que. Then, re-started Photoshop.

No more blinking cursor.

5 thoughts on “Annoying blinking cursor in Photoshop CS3!

  1. Greetings,
    Thanks for the tips on this problem. I’ve been experiencing the same issue for some time now. And like you, I’ve tried Google on it a few times with little result. I was able to complete steps 2 and 3 through the “Preferences” window on the Edit dropdown with no problem. Unfortunately the situation still exists. I am a bit unclear however on how to perform step one. I’ve never installed any additional plugins on my version of Photoshop. I did find a “Plugins” section in the Preferences area, but it seems a bit nondescript as far as how I would search for unused or timed-out versions of existing plugins. Am I looking in the right spot, or should I be going through the file manager (Win Explorer assuming you’re on a PC)? Any help you could lend on this would be greatly appreciated. Best Regards, Dave

  2. If you have never installed a plugin, don’t worry about Step #1.

    It sounds like you need to increase your computer’s memory (real RAM, not virtual). Did you ever install a “pen mouse” like a Wacom tablet? Those drivers are buggy. That was the first thing I removed.

    As long as you are working with a registered copy of Photoshop, Adobe is very helpful. Try giving them a call to see what they suggest.

  3. Hello again,
    Thanks for all of the suggestions and input. To answer some questions – yes I did have a Wacom pad installed. And yes I am working with a registered copy of CS3. But it appears that the solution from Steven Frank was the cure to my woes. I installed and ran the “license recovery tool” from Adobe, and hey! – No more blinky cursors!!! I hope the solution works as well for anyone else in need. Have a great day, making great art.
    Regards,
    Dave Nash

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