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SOLIDWORKS Rx Safe Modes

Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE created/updated June 20, 2016

SOLIDWORKS Rx Safe Modes can be used to disable or bypass certain SOLIDWORKS and system setting in order to isolate SOLIDWORKS issues.

The SOLIDWORKS Rx tool is available from Start > All Programs > SOLIDWORKS > SOLIDWORKS Tools > SOLIDWORKS Rx

Start SOLIDWORKS Rx

Safe Modes are found on the Home page of the Rx tool.

SOLIDWORKS Rx Safe Modes

SOLIDWORKS Rx Home page

Safe Mode #1

The first option will launch SOLIDWORKS in “Software Open GL mode”. This will by bypass your system’s video card and is useful in determining if crashing and/or graphical issues are related to your video card. Many graphics issues can be related to driver incompatibility, the Diagnostics tab, of the Rx report, will provide notice if your current driver is not supported and will provide a link to download the correct driver.

SOLIDWORKS Rx Diagnostics

SOLIDWORKS Rx Diagnostics

Safe Mode #2

The second option will launch SOLIDWORKS with the default settings. This can be useful when you are trying to determine if setting is responsible for the behavior you are seeing. These changes only apply the next time you launch SOLIDWORKS. Future launches will use the settings you have defined, so there is no risk of losing your settings.

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Joe Medeiros, CSWE

Joe Medeiros is a SOLIDWORKS and PDM Certified Expert. He has been helping SOLIDWORKS users with training, mentoring and implementations since 1998. He combines industry experience with a thorough understanding of SOLIDWORKS products to assist customers in being successful. He shares his experience and expertise through blogs; one of which has been incorporated into the SOLIDWORKS Essentials training manual.

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