Lightroom: Clone and Healing Tool performance problem (when cloning/healing on lens corrected image)

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In LR 3.41, the program bombs when I attempt to use the clone or healing tool. I get a white screen and when it finally returns to the program, it barely functions. HELP! How can I fix this????
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Ernest, can you give us more information please? Windows or Mac? System specs? Processor, RAM, graphics card would be a good place to start.
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Aloha Victoria,
Thanks for asking. I'm running LR on a Gateway PC with a Intel Pentium D805 Processor (Dual Core 64 bit 2.66 GHz with 1Mb L2 cache at 533 MHz FSB), 2 Gb RAM, and a ATI Radeon Xpress 200 graphic care with 256 Mb graphics RAM. This is running a Window XP operating system and I'm using LR 3.41.

Hope this helps. Anything you can suggest would be greatly appreciated. Mahalo!

ernie
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Thanks Ernest. How old's that machine? About 2006? You're bumping along the bottom of the minimum system specs there, so I hate to say this, but you may just be asking a little too much of your hardware. The clone and heal tools are very processor intensive.

There are a few things you may be able to do to help. Having no other programs running may help a little. You could keep an eye on Task Manager and see whether you're maxing out your memory. Clearing the History panel has been known to help on occasion. Other than that, it may be time to start saving up for a new computer, and in the meantime, perhaps use a tool like Elements for spot retouching.
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From my experience, Ernest's machine should handle the spot removal tool. A high number of spot removals may bring performance down but it shouldn't struggle with the first ten or so.

Ernest, have you tried updating your video driver? If you have got the latest version, in rare cases going back a version or two can also fix issues like this.
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That's a great idea TK!
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Good point TK. I recently installed HDR Efex Pro from Nik and encountered problems with my video driver. I did update the driver from ATI. Thank you for the suggestion. Mahalo!
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Also be aware that using Lens Corrections and the Spot Removal Tool together can result in some serious performance declines. Are you applying Lens Corrections prior to removing spots?
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Yes, for the set of photos I had problems with, I did apply Lens Correction first. I'll try the Spot Removal Tool on another photo without Lens Correction. Thanks for the suggestion.
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Rikk,
Your information was "spot" on. I experimented with the sequence of applying the Spot Removal tool prior to Len Correction, and it worked! LR 3 worked like a champ with no problems and delays. In the future, I'll use Spot Removal first and apply Len Correction at the very end of my adjustments. There was no need to return to an earlier version of the graphic card driver. I appreciate Victoria, TK and Rikk's insights. It really helped. Aloha!