Photoshop CC 2014: Freezes my laptop at startup

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Almost always, Photoshop CC 2014 crashes and freezes my entire laptop at startup, or soon after, and the only option I have is to long press the power button to shut down the laptop and restart. Then if I open photoshop right away after reboot, it usually loads fine. But if I've been working on my laptop for a while and open photoshop, it usually crashes my system.

Premiere Pro does this sometimes, too, but happens most often with Photoshop. I've looked online everywhere for solutions but haven't found anything that works.

Any help is appreciated!

PC Info:
Windows 8.1 84-bit
Intel Core i7-5500U CPU @ 2.40GHz
AMD Radeon R7 M270
Intel HD Graphics 5500
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If the entire laptop is frozen, then you need to look for defective hardware, or a bad low level driver (like the video card, USB device, etc.).
Applications cannot freeze, shutdown, or reboot a system on modern OS versions.

The most common causes we've seen are defective RAM, defective GPUs, defective motherboards, and sometimes bad versions of drivers (especially video card drivers).
Try updating your video card driver from the GPU maker's website.
Bad RAM can only really be tested by swapping it out for other RAM simms already known to be good. (software based RAM testers are nearly useless)
The GPU, CPU, and motherboard are more difficult to rule out (and we've seen too many defects in them over the years).

Also, crashes and freezes are very different behaviors -- so it sounds like you're just talking about system freezes.
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Thanks for your fast reply. I've already tried updating the driver from GPU maker's site and it still didn't work. What other drivers might possibly be causing the issue?

If this problem occurs only with photoshop and premiere, and not with other non-adobe programs, do you still think it is a hardware problem? This is a brand new laptop and I really hope it's not an hardware issue.
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Again, applications cannot cause that behavior. OS bugs, drivers, and hardware are all that can cause it.

Photoshop and Premiere both use the GPU - so the driver, GPU and VRAM are still suspect (but you can't change out the GPU or VRAM on a laptop).

Did you update both the Intel and AMD drivers? Have you tried disabling the integrated GPU (Intel) when Photoshop or Premiere are running?
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It may help if we could see your Photoshop System Info. Directions for sharing your system info from Photoshop:
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I have tried to update both drivers from the manufacture's website, but both failed. The driver that AMD suggested that I install caused my laptop to have a BSOD when I tried to open photoshop, so I had to revert back to the old driver. The newest Intel driver failed to install because it says my system doesn't support it, even though it is the right driver that matches my model.

Photoshop froze just now again as I was trying to open it to get to system info, and I noticed that it froze at the point when the loading screens shows that it is "Adding Extension, Multiprocessor Support". I'm not sure if this helps.

Also, here's my Photoshop System Info as Jeffrey asked:

Adobe Photoshop Version: 2014.2.2 20141204.r.310 2014/12/04:23:59:59 CL 994532 x64
Operating System: Windows 8.1 64-bit
Version: 6.3
System architecture: Intel CPU Family:6, Model:13, Stepping:4 with MMX, SSE Integer, SSE FP, SSE2, SSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX, AVX2, HyperThreading
Physical processor count: 2
Logical processor count: 4
Processor speed: 2394 MHz
Built-in memory: 8104 MB
Free memory: 4465 MB
Memory available to Photoshop: 7004 MB
Memory used by Photoshop: 70 %
3D Multitone Printing: Disabled.
Windows 2x UI: Enabled.
Highbeam: Enabled.
Image tile size: 128K
Image cache levels: 4
Font Preview: Medium
TextComposer: Latin
Display: 1
Display Bounds: top=0, left=0, bottom=1080, right=1920
OpenGL Drawing: Disabled.
OpenGL Allow Old GPUs: Not Detected.
OpenGL Drawing Mode: Advanced
OpenGL Allow Normal Mode: True.
OpenGL Allow Advanced Mode: True.
glgpu[0].GLName="Intel(R) HD Graphics 5500"
glgpu[0].GLRenderer="Intel(R) HD Graphics 5500"
glgpu[0].glGetString[GL_SHADING_LANGUAGE_VERSION]="1.30 - Build"
clgpu[0].CLPlatformVersion="2.0 "
clgpu[0].CLDeviceVersion="2.0 "
clgpu[0].CLName="Intel(R) HD Graphics 5500"
clgpu[0].CLVendor="Intel(R) Corporation"
clgpu[1].CLPlatformVersion="1.2 AMD-APP (1573.4)"
clgpu[1].CLDeviceVersion="1.2 AMD-APP (1573.4)"
clgpu[1].CLVendor="Advanced Micro Devices, Inc."
clgpu[1].CLDriverVersion="1573.4 (VM)"
License Type: Subscription
Serial number:
Application folder: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2014\
Temporary file path: C:\Users\Clare\AppData\Local\Temp\
Photoshop scratch has async I/O enabled
Scratch volume(s):
Startup, 467.8G, 233.8G free
Required Plug-ins folder: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2014\Required\Plug-Ins\
Primary Plug-ins folder: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2014\Plug-ins\

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AdobeLinguistic.dll Adobe Linguisitc Library 8.0.0
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AdobePIP.dll Adobe Product Improvement Program
AdobeXMP.dll Adobe XMP Core 2014/08/20-09:53:02 79.156797 79.156797
AdobeXMPFiles.dll Adobe XMP Files 2014/08/20-09:53:02 79.156797 79.156797
AdobeXMPScript.dll Adobe XMP Script 2014/08/20-09:53:02 79.156797 79.156797
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AGM.dll AGM 2014/08/12-23:42:09 79.557478 79.557478
ahclient.dll AdobeHelp Dynamic Link Library 1,8,0,31
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ARE.dll ARE 2014/08/12-23:42:09 79.557478 79.557478
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Bib.dll BIB 2014/08/12-23:42:09 79.557478 79.557478
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cgGL.dll NVIDIA Cg Runtime 3.0.00007
CIT.dll Adobe CIT
CITThreading.dll Adobe CITThreading
CoolType.dll CoolType 2014/08/12-23:42:09 79.557478 79.557478
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dvamarshal.dll photoshopdva 8.0.0
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dvaplayer.dll photoshopdva 8.0.0
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dynamiclink.dll photoshopdva 8.0.0
ExtendScript.dll ExtendScript 2014/01/21-23:58:55 79.551519 79.551519
icucnv40.dll International Components for Unicode 2013/02/25-15:59:15 Build gtlib_4.0.19090
icudt40.dll International Components for Unicode 2013/02/25-15:59:15 Build gtlib_4.0.19090
igestep30.dll IGES Reader
imslib.dll IMSLib DLL
JP2KLib.dll JP2KLib 2014/06/28-00:28:27 79.254012 79.254012
libifcoremd.dll Intel(r) Visual Fortran Compiler 10.0 (Update A)
libiomp5md.dll Intel(R) OpenMP* Runtime Library 5.0
libmmd.dll Intel(r) C Compiler, Intel(r) C++ Compiler, Intel(r) Fortran Compiler 12.0
LogSession.dll LogSession
mediacoreif.dll photoshopdva 8.0.0
MPS.dll MPS 2014/08/18-23:43:19 79.557676 79.557676
pdfsettings.dll Adobe PDFSettings 1.04
Photoshop.dll Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 15.2.2
Plugin.dll Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 15.2.2
PlugPlugExternalObject.dll Adobe(R) CEP PlugPlugExternalObject Standard Dll (64 bit) 5.0.0
PlugPlugOwl.dll Adobe(R) CSXS PlugPlugOwl Standard Dll (64 bit)
PSArt.dll Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 15.2.2
PSViews.dll Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 15.2.2
SCCore.dll ScCore 2014/01/21-23:58:55 79.551519 79.551519
ScriptUIFlex.dll ScriptUIFlex 2014/01/20-22:42:05 79.550992 79.550992
svml_dispmd.dll Intel(r) C Compiler, Intel(r) C++ Compiler, Intel(r) Fortran Compiler 12.0
tbb.dll Intel(R) Threading Building Blocks for Windows 4, 2, 2013, 1114
tbbmalloc.dll Intel(R) Threading Building Blocks for Windows 4, 2, 2013, 1114
TfFontMgr.dll FontMgr
TfKernel.dll Kernel
TFKGEOM.dll Kernel Geom
TFUGEOM.dll Adobe, UGeom©
updaternotifications.dll Adobe Updater Notifications Library (BuildVersion: 1.0; BuildDate: BUILDDATETIME)
VulcanControl.dll Vulcan Application Control Library
VulcanMessage5.dll Vulcan Message Library
WRServices.dll WRServices Fri Mar 07 2014 15:33:10 Build 0.20204 0.20204
wu3d.dll U3D Writer

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3D Studio 15.2.2 (2014.2.2 x001 x003)
Accented Edges 15.2.2
Adaptive Wide Angle 15.2.2
Angled Strokes 15.2.2
Average 15.2.2 (2014.2.2 x001 x003)
Bas Relief 15.2.2
BMP 15.2.2
Camera Raw 8.7.1
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Chrome 15.2.2
Cineon 15.2.2 (2014.2.2 x001 x003)
Clouds 15.2.2 (2014.2.2 x001 x003)
Collada 15.2.2 (2014.2.2 x001 x003)
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Colored Pencil 15.2.2
CompuServe GIF 15.2.2
Conté Crayon 15.2.2
Craquelure 15.2.2
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Crosshatch 15.2.2
Crystallize 15.2.2
Cutout 15.2.2
Dark Strokes 15.2.2
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Dicom 15.2.2
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Displace 15.2.2
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Eazel Acquire 15.2.2 (2014.2.2 x001 x003)
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Entropy 15.2.2 (2014.2.2 x001 x003)
Export Color Lookup Tables NO VERSION
Extrude 15.2.2
FastCore Routines 15.2.2 (2014.2.2 x001 x003)
Fibers 15.2.2
Film Grain 15.2.2
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Glass 15.2.2
Glowing Edges 15.2.2
Google Earth 4 15.2.2 (2014.2.2 x001 x003)
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IGES 15.2.2 (2014.2.2 x001 x003)
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Kurtosis 15.2.2 (2014.2.2 x001 x003)
Lens Blur 15.2.2
Lens Correction 15.2.2
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Liquify 15.2.2
Matlab Operation 15.2.2 (2014.2.2 x001 x003)
Maximum 15.2.2 (2014.2.2 x001 x003)
Mean 15.2.2 (2014.2.2 x001 x003)
Measurement Core 15.2.2 (2014.2.2 x001 x003)
Median 15.2.2 (2014.2.2 x001 x003)
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Minimum 15.2.2 (2014.2.2 x001 x003)
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Neon Glow 15.2.2
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Palette Knife 15.2.2
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PCX 15.2.2 (2014.2.2 x001 x003)
Photocopy 15.2.2
Photoshop 3D Engine 15.2.2 (2014.2.2 x001 x003)
Photoshop Touch 14.0
Picture Package Filter 15.2.2 (2014.2.2 x001 x003)
Pinch 15.2.2
Pixar 15.2.2 (2014.2.2 x001 x003)
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PLY 15.2.2 (2014.2.2 x001 x003)
PNG 15.2.2
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Range 15.2.2 (2014.2.2 x001 x003)
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Wave 15.2.2
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Wind 15.2.2
Wireless Bitmap 15.2.2 (2014.2.2 x001 x003)
ZigZag 15.2.2

Optional and third party plug-ins: NONE

Plug-ins that failed to load: NONE
Adobe Color Themes
Installed TWAIN devices: NONE
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Also, I will try to disable to intel GPU and see if that helps.
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It looks like Photoshop is only seeing the Intel card/driver. Do you have an AMD/ATI card as well? If so, disabling the Intel card using the device manager should fix it.
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The problem when I disable the intel GPU in device manager is that it screws up my resolution on the laptop. Somehow my AMD driver stops working as well when I disable the intel one. I can temporarily fix it by re-installing the AMD driver. However the next time I restart the laptop, my intel GPU gets automatically enabled again. How do I keep the intel GPU permanently disabled?

I also tried going to the BIOS and change the graphics card setting there to force the computer to use the AMD GPU first, but I the setting for GPU is not showing up in my BIOS for some reason.
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That is starting to sound like something might be wrong with your system, or the currently installed drivers.

You may need to contact the laptop maker for instructions on how to disable the integrated GPU.
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I have an update about all this:

I did a clean install of windows 8.1, and the problem persist. I've tried various drivers including both the OEM versions and ones on Intel and AMD sites. I'm now able to recreate the freeze pretty reliably. The freeze only happens after I put my computer through a few sleep cycles, that's why after a fresh restart photoshop and premiere both launches without problem.

I can now get photoshop to work even after putting my computer to sleep by changing the sniffer.exe filename.

I tried to do the same in premiere but once I change the GPUsniffer.exe name premiere won't launch. Is there a workaround for Premiere that's similar to this?

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That means that the problem is most likely with the GPU or the video card driver.

Did you update the video card driver from the GPU maker's website?
Did you disabled the integrated GPU?
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Yes, I've tried all kinds of drivers, from both the OEM and the GPU maker's websites; I've tried various releases of the drivers too and nothing solves the problem.

I've call Dell to ask if the integrated GPU can be disabled permanently and the person on the phone says no.
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You may not be able to disable it permanently, but the driver or BIOS may let you disable it temporarily (drivers sometimes even have a per-application setting).