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I'm trying to bake a node setup in Cycles to an image using the "combined" baking option, but the process seems to get hung up at 0%. I can't find anything that's obviously taxing to render. There are some busy noise procedurals, but disabling them doesn't help. I've fiddled with the lighting quite a bit to no avail. The image is a 4096 x 4096 which is bigger than I usually use, but there just doesn't seem to be progress happening at all. How can I fix this? Thanks. The .blend is here:

My system specs are as follows

Windows 7
8G Ram
3.2 GHz processor
Solid State Drive with 36.5 GB free
Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 graphics card

I use the filmic blender add-on.
I have the problem with both CPU and GPU rendering. It persists if I reload the file, if I restart my computer, and if I append the model to a new .blend file.

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    $\begingroup$ Please consider packing your textures in the .blend and uploading it without zipping it to Blend-Exchange, then edit your question to include the link to that upload instead of the dropbox one you have now. $\endgroup$ – Duane Dibbley Dec 9 '17 at 0:24
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    $\begingroup$ Moreover, in the time it took to write the above comment, the bake reached 7% for me. Considering the age of my system, I doubt yours is slower, which suggests some other problem. Can you share some info, such as hardware specs and operating system? $\endgroup$ – Duane Dibbley Dec 9 '17 at 0:29
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the response. Windows 7, 8G Ram, 3.2 GHz processor, Solid State Drive with 36.5 GB free, Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 graphics card. I use the filmic blender add-on. I have the problem with both CPU and GPU rendering. The problem persists if I reload the file, if I restart my computer, and if I append the model to a new .blend file. Also, I have tried letting it run in case the 0% is just a visual glitch, and eventually stops baking and leaves me with the lower quarter of the image done. By the way, are you the Dwain Dibbley from the Mises.org forums and/or the "random thoughts" blog? $\endgroup$ – Rusty Shackleford Dec 10 '17 at 6:23
  • $\begingroup$ I took the liberty to edit the question to include the specs. And no, that isn't me. I only use this nick here and as of very recently on GitHub. $\endgroup$ – Duane Dibbley Dec 10 '17 at 6:34
  • $\begingroup$ Your GPU is more recent than mine, though I have more RAM. I can't say whether your hardware is the problem. Would you be able to find out the exact model number of your CPU? Or at least how old it is. A recent 3.2 GHz GPU should be quite a bit faster than one from 2011. Also the speed of the RAM may make a difference. I probably won't be able to resolve this for you, but if you post this info, it may make it easier for someone else to help. $\endgroup$ – Duane Dibbley Dec 10 '17 at 6:44

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