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  • Reduced laptop functionality after downloading Lr

     Leo updated 11 months ago 6 Members · 9 Posts
  • Cinelle Claassens

    10th Nov 2020 at 2:55 pm

    I recently purchased Lightroom for photo editing. Since downloading the app, my Laptop has slowed down considerably, and I often have to hit the power button to switch it off because the whole system stopped responding. This is extremely frustrating. Instead of buying a new laptop, what are some settings I can change, or software/hardware I can upgrade too to solve this issue?


  • Team Hunters of Light

    10th Nov 2020 at 2:58 pm

    Hi Cinelle.

    What is the spec of your laptop?

    This was posted on FStoppers, it might help to go through these points?

    This one is also very recent.

    • Cinelle Claassens

      10th Nov 2020 at 3:34 pm

      I have an HP core i3 , 8th gen. 8GB RAM. I got it a year ago so its still pretty new.

      I will check out those links!

  • nobby

    10th Nov 2020 at 3:19 pm

    Have a look at how often LR backs up your files maybe set it to weekly. The backup files also build up and eventually take up space and slow the laptop down, the older backup files can be deleted keeping the most recent

    • Cinelle Claassens

      10th Nov 2020 at 3:28 pm

      Thank you, I will take a look at the back up settings.

  • Leon Kotzé

    10th Nov 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Cinelle, is this only when LR is open, or all the time after installation?

    • Cinelle Claassens

      10th Nov 2020 at 3:43 pm

      The laptop is fine if i dont try and open/ work in Lr. Different story once Ive opened it and even after closing it, the laptop then slows down or doesn’t respond.

  • Mitchell Krog

    11th Nov 2020 at 1:37 pm

    Hi Cinelle, many things can slow it down.

    How many photos in your catalog?
    In Catalog Settings > File Handling: What size is Standard Preview Size and Preview Quality set to?
    In Catalog Settings > Metadata: is Automatically write changes to XMP checked?
    Are your original photos on your local drive or an external USB drive?

    Windows / macOS ?

  • Leo

    29th Nov 2020 at 12:06 am

    Hi Cinelle,

    LR uses a fairly big scratch area – so if your disk is nearly full, it will throttle itself.

    Number of images in cataloque normally is not a problem, but cataloque setting needs to be correct, otherwise LR would constantly faf around in the background.

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