Scrivener for Windows, recently installed, 'not responding'

I’ve been using Scrivener for over a year now, and love the program. However, I am having problems with the program now.

As a background, my hard drive was found to be corrupt. I was able to save all files, scrivener or otherwise. When my laptop was returned to me with a completely new hard drive, I reinstalled the programs, including Scrivener for Windows.

I am having problems while typing - I can go on for a while in a paragraph and then the system will suddenly freeze with a message at the upper left that it is not responding. This happens randomly, though if I move my cursor and click on another part of the text it generally freezes.

The halt lasts for several seconds and then the system resumes. Sometimes it captures what I have written, sometimes not.

Here is the message I get when everything freezes:

I removed Scrivener completely and reinstalled, and the problem perists. I see this permutation is in beta. Can I get the old one back? I’m working on a deadline…

First thing to try is adjusting your auto-save interval in the General tab of Tools > Options. The default 2 seconds may be too little for you and your machine, causing the lag when you’re working. Try bumping it up a bit to see if that helps. Just keep in mind this is seconds following inactivity, not every x seconds regardless, so if you make it too high you’d need to pause working in the program for that long before it would save; you may then want to make more frequent use of Ctrl+S to force a save.

I’m not quite sure what you meant about the beta–1.2.5 is the official current release–but there is a beta available for the upcoming release which has some speed improvements for saving and such which may also help you out, if you’d like to try it. I’d play with the auto-save interval first, though, as this has helped most people with the lag problem you’re seeing.

Thank you for the response. I have lengthened the time interval for auto-save (I had not even thought of that). It seems to be working. I’ll keep an eye on it.

Meanwhile: thank you!