[Wine]Running Photoshop on a relatively old PC

Miikka Leskinen miikkaleskinen at mailforce.net
Fri Nov 19 08:01:08 CST 2004

Thanks for the great reply.

The computer we use is very old. It's Celeron 333Mhz - 128 Mb RAM with
Voodoo3 AGP, and with *ancient* Win98. It's about time to move this
outdated software to trash. Actually I should have done that far

Photoshop 5 is extremely light (because it's old). On this machine, it
opens in about 1.5 seconds.

Have to remember that I'm not the one using PS, why would I use it? GIMP
is way better, but my father is the one who needs it, and he's not very
good at computers. So, if the problems (?) aren't big and don't affect
the interface too much, then it's ok. You know, because of the 3 persons
apart from me who use it regularly... Things have to work when 'the
admin' is not around...

(by the way, I've heard your name somewhere)

On Fri, 19 Nov 2004 08:11:04 +0000, "Ben Prescott" <abend at ntlworld.com>
> > My question is, does Photoshop run on Wine? If it does, what sort of
> > problems does it have? Will the performance of a somewhat older PC
> > suffer greatly?
> I'm running Wine version 20040914 on suse 9.1, and Photoshop 7 works
> fine - no tweaks of fudges, thats "off the shelf"; though the actual
> installation was done on an older version (dec2003)
> I'd imagine photoshop 5 will be pretty good.
> There are some issues with floating windows and wine that mean the tool
> palette, navigator windows etc tend to get ophaned, don't minimise etc.
> If its a relatively old PC, you'll probably not want lots of
> applications open, so thats probably not an issue.
> Don't try to run it on an older version of wine unless you go back to
> december 2003; I couldn't get it to work on interim versions. The
> version above, though, tidies up issues such as accessing Adobe for
> updates (which used to misbehave and fail). 
> Performance maybe improved by starting it with all the noise redirected
> to /dev/null
> wine '/home/ben/.wine/fake_windows/Program Files/Adobe/Photoshop 7.0/ \
> Photoshop.exe' >/dev/null 2>&1
> But if it misbehaves, that noise is then useful (if noisy!)
> > Another option would be buying a brand new PC with Windows XP,
> > Photoshop 7 etc. But I'd like to have another options.
> Well, obviously you don't need a new PC with windows to run Linux; its a
> needless expense. Suggest you might want to pick up a second hand PC to
> get Linux working on initially, experiment etc. If you hit any issues,
> you rather need a working PC to surf the web for answers! It might also
> be a way to get a second disk ...
> Linux is very nice on a fast new PC, though bleeding edge hardware is
> sometimes hard to get Linux to support.
> Also, try one of the boot-from-CD distributions - that could identify
> any serious hardware compatibility issues, and is a no-risk way to
> try Linux out. Not sure Wine would be there and / or work though.
> eg:
> Suse 9.2 - latest - is a DVD image; lots of sites here:
> http://tinyurl.com/ysnpt
> If you don't want or can't burn the DVD, if you pick your preferred
> site, and browse to the directory the DVD iso is in, you'll find two CD
> images as well - one for Gnome, one for KDE.
> Also, google for knoppix; this seems to be one of the leading from-CD
> distributions.
> regards, Ben
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