"Not Responding"

I have Scrivener installed on a relatively old (4 years) HP notebook. It’s not terribly powerful, but I try to minimize the programs on it and what I try to make it do. Often, Scrivener will freeze with the “not responding” message while I’m typing. It may last anywhere from 10 seconds to 3 or 4 minutes. I’m trying to figure out if it’s just the age of my computer, a bug, or if there is something I can do to minimize the issue. Any ideas? Thanks!


What anti-virus/hygiene product(s) do you have running on the notebook? Are they set to perform real-time scans (that is, they intercept every write to disk and scan it)? If so, see if turning that off temporarily fixes the problem. If the problem goes away, then it’s a conflict between Scrivener’s auto-save feature (which is always on by default), the slowness of the notebook’s drive, and the hygiene real-time scan. You might be able to reducing this conflict by changing Scriv’s autosave frequency from 2 seconds to something like 30-60 seconds. You might also need to create more empty space on your hard drive and defrag it – full drives can cause I/O problems as well.

If the scan option doesn’t fix it, see if you need to upgrade your drivers (or alternately, have a newer driver installed that doesn’t match with older drivers for your hardware). Video drivers can introduce all sorts of nasty glitches and bugs that drag down performance.

I was able to exclude Scrivener from the realtime scan and I adjusted my autosave timing. It’s made a huge differece. Thank you so so so much!


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