Photoshop CS6: Dotted brush strokes, slow brushing (Win 7)

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Hello! I unfortunately have an issue with my brushes.  When I first got Photoshop (cs6) , everything worked fine. Then, all of a sudden my brushes started to make dotted brush strokes instead of normal brush strokes. It also takes a very long time to even make one brush stroke. I tried restarting my computer, (Windows 8.1) and that didn't work. I tried clearing my scratch disk, and that didn't work either. I even tried uninstalling and reinstalling Photoshop. Though, I still seem to have the same issue, and now, I can't fill in anything without a progress bar showing up. I am usually patient, but I waited 17 minutes for the canvas to be filled. I am a bit frustrated because I haven't been able to draw in quite some time.

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You have the right idea. When that has happened to me (quite a while ago), it turned out to be due to some action going on in the background, related or unrelated to Photoshop. How much RAM are you running? It's safe to say that if it's 8GB or less, that's a big part of the problem. If you have that little RAM, then upgrading to 16 or 32GB would probably alleviate the sluggish behavior. Otherwise, find out what processes are going on when you open Photoshop. On a Mac, that's a utility called "Activity Monitor", and it comes with the OS. In Windows, I believe it is called Windows Task Manager, under the Windows System heading. Click on it, and you'll get a list of apps and utilities currently underway. You can shut down as many as you want, then try Photoshop again. Or there could be a hijack program at work unbeknownst to you. Getting rid of that is a different story, above my pay grade.