Lightroom 5 Compare View Malfunction

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Compare View feature gradually slows down and eventually chokes as my work session proceeds. With screen full of thumbnails in Library I highlighted two images to compare. LTR started to open the Compare View screen; top row of thumbnails disappeared, was replaced by "SELECT" and "CANDIDATE" words in their spaces (but no images), but Compare View never opened. Then top row of thumbnails reappeared, Compare View windows disappeared. But LTR kept trying to bring them back. Again top row of thumbnails would go away, Select and Candidate would reappear, then give up.

I tried creating a new catalog of 1100 images. After 30-40 minutes, Compare View function operated very slowly, taking half a minute to open two images with left and right side panels visible. To close side panels with Tab takes half a minute, then longer to enlarge two images to full size. To recall the two side panels, hitting Tab made two sides of the screen go black for up to a minute, with no words visible. Eventually the words appeared.

I also created a new user account for a folder of 160 images. After half an hour Compare View began mis-placing data. (I have a screen shot to show this.) CANDIDATE appears on the left side of SELECT, whereas it should be on the right. The accompanying camera exposure data for both images appears almost entirely to the left of the mid-screen dividing line.

Gurus in Lightroom Forum have examined Task Manager data showing Processes and Performance indicators and see nothing wrong. I could also send screen shots of this data if you tell me how.

I have 12GB of RAM in my Windows 7 PC. I have a simple system with few plug-ins and they are usually not running. These problems never appeared with LTR-4. Since installing LTR 5.4, which I've now upgraded to 5.6, they won't go away. Please find a solution. Charles Cecil
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Charles Cecil

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