So for the past couple of weeks everytime I tried to start Adobe PhotoShop Elements 2.0 (yeah I know it is old but it came with my Wacom Tablet) on my MacBook Pro, it would hang for ever trying to download some update from adobe. I went searching for the solution tonight and found it: http://www.adobe.com/support/techdocs/328333.html.
Needless to say, I turned off the Airport connection and then Elements would start. I disabled the Auto update and everything is fine now.
Here is the content of the page:
Message “Updating AdobeOnline components…” when you start Photoshop 7.0, Photoshop Elements 2.0, or InDesign 2.0 (on Mac OS)
When you try to start Adobe Photoshop 7.0, Photoshop Elements 2.0, or InDesign 2.0, the application returns the message, “Updating AdobeOnline components from Adobe.com” and then freezes.
The freeze occurs when the application is trying to download the AWEXFiles.txt file.
Do one of the following solutions:
Solution 1: Backdate the system.
1. From the Apple Menu, select System Preferences, and then select Date & Time under the System category.
2. Select a date in the past, for example a day from the previous week when your Adobe application started successfully.
3. Start Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, or InDesign; no update check will occur.
4. From the Help menu, select AdobeOnline, and click Preferences; change the Check Update frequency to Never.
5. Quit Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, or InDesign, and change the System date to the current date.
Solution 2: Unplug the network cable.
1. Unplug the network cable.
2. Start Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, or InDesign; no update check will occur.
3. From the Help menu, select AdobeOnline, and click Preferences; change the Check For Updates frequency to Never.
4. Plug the network cable back in.
If your Internet connection goes down while you are downloading AdobeOnline files, then the next time you start Photoshop 7.0, Photoshop Elements 2.0, or InDesign 2.0, AdobeOnline immediately attempts to download the AdobeOnline files and freezes. Changing the Check For Updates frequency to Never prevents this freeze. You won’t miss out on any updates because Adobe is no longer developing updates for these older product versions. You can check for and download any currently available downloads from the Adobe website at www.adobe.com/downloads/updates/ .