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Adobe Illustrator crashes opening a file.

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Aug 04, 2018

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Just installed CC 2018 (4 times) and every time it crashes when I open a file. Anyone else experiencing this, have a solution (I've removed it, removed preferences, restarted, logged out and in again. Then proceed to get a crash report message every time. Please help.

Deactivating the GPU Performance did the trick.

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Adobe Illustrator crashes opening a file.

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Just installed CC 2018 (4 times) and every time it crashes when I open a file. Anyone else experiencing this, have a solution (I've removed it, removed preferences, restarted, logged out and in again. Then proceed to get a crash report message every time. Please help.

Deactivating the GPU Performance did the trick.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 04, 2018

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Is a printer connected and turned on?

Does it happen with every file?

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Aug 24, 2018

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Hi Robert,

We have been waiting for your response to this query. Kindly update the discussion if the issue is resolved. If not, please share a few more details like:

Operating System(Exact Version of Windows or MAC)

Is it happening with a particular file? If yes, would you mind sharing your file?

Thanks,

Srishti

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New Here ,
Aug 28, 2018

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I'm having the same issue.
Doesn't matter what file I try to open.

I can't even create a new file.

I am using Windows 10.

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Aug 28, 2018

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Deactivating the GPU Performance did the trick.

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Oct 05, 2018

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i am having the same problem and its any file i try

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 05, 2018

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  schrieb

i am having the same problem and its any file i try

Is a printer connected?

If not, connect one.

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Oct 25, 2018

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Worked for me! Thanks!!!

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Jul 23, 2019

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Deactivating the GPU Performance fixed it for me! Thanks!!

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 17, 2019

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I discovered the source of the problem.

@michalf63166855 said turning off GPU rendering did the trick for him. This is a workaround, not a diagnosis. The real problem is settings within the GPU settings app released by the manufacturer of the GPU architecture. For an nVidia card, modify the 3D settings for Illustrator in the nVidia Control Panel. I had enabled some 3D enhancements for all of my programs and games in the Global Settings. This caused a problem with Illustrator, so I had to specifically disable these for the Illustrator executable.

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Manage 3D settings > Program Settings > Select a program to customize > Adobe Illustrator (illustrator.exe)

-> Change all settings to the default settings for the card. If you changed the "Global Settings", the "Program Settings" must be reverted to what they were prior to your modifications of the Global Settings. Every Program Setting that can be set to "Application Controlled" needs to be set to "Application Controlled".

These two changes fixed the problem for me:

~Anti-aliasing mode: Application controlled

~Vertical sync: Use the 3D application setting

The "default printer" problem makes zero sense. No programmer would ever check for a printer during a file read. A does not imply B.

@Adobe you need to fix your GPU code to handle the error and give a helpful message, instead of crashing the program.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 18, 2019

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AMDphreak  schrieb

The "default printer" problem makes zero sense. No programmer would ever check for a printer during a file read. A does not imply B.

That might be the case.

But in the recent 10 years or so we have discovered on the forums in countless threads that an unavailable printer can ineed cause issuess and connecting a printer or setting up a PDF printer can solve them. It's not the only cause of crashes on opening a file, but it's definitely one of them.

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New Here ,
Oct 02, 2019

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This doesn't fix it at all for me...

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 03, 2019

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This is a long thread. Please tell us your exact issue, your setup (system and Illustrator version) and what you already did to address the problem. Please create a new thread.

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Jun 26, 2020

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Never fix ita at all.  But I don't understand why this will be our user problem to fix the issues every time.  I am just so frustrated.  Can't Adobe Illustrator team actually do somework about it?  They get pay to do so, no?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 26, 2020

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They can only fix what they can locate. So will you please tell us what your actual issue is? And which system, version this is about?

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New Here ,
Oct 07, 2019

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I'm having the same issue. Turning off 3D acceleration either in app or in Nvidia settings as described does not work. Trying to open any .ai file within Illustrator causes a crash. 

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New Here ,
Oct 07, 2019

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So.... About that printer thing. I eventually climbed down from my presupposed-knowledge-tree and switched the default printer. And it worked!

 

But why would that be a problem for Illustrator? It seems to me that this is something that Adobe should look into and "fix" in a future update. It doesn't make sense that Illustrator should check for printer already at open project. 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 08, 2019

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Illustrator stores information about the printer in the file (and yes, new documents are also based on existing files), that's what the "Done" button in the "Print" dialog is all about. When Illustrator opens a file, it checks if the printer is still there. And yes, Illustrator shouldn't crash. But it does.

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Oct 10, 2019

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Same issues here, I can approve that changing the standard printer in windows 10 works. Adobe should definitely find a solution for this workaround tho.

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