SOLIDWORKS Graphics Card

SOLIDWORKS Crash Troubleshooting Guide (Part 2 of 3)

Part 2 of my SOLIDWORKS Crash Troubleshooting Guide includes recommendations for graphics cards and utilizing SOLIDWORKS Rx. Catch up on part 1 of the guide. Ensure that your graphics driver is certified.  This does not mean the latest driver.  The latest driver is not necessarily the greatest!  You can prevent automatic updates of the driver per this article.  If your graphics card is not in the list of cards with certified drivers, then you may wish to download the latest driver from the manufacturer’s website. Try a SOLIDWORKS Rx Reliability Report and Reboot Check. Try running SOLIDWORKS in the two different RX safe modes to rule out the graphics card or SOLIDWORKS settings as the cause of the issue.  Close SOLIDWORKS prior to commencing safe mode testing.  If running in OpenGL mode (uses central processing unit [CPU] instead of graphics processing unit [GPU]) and SOLIDWORKS does not crash, then it indicates…

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Use Software OpenGL option in SOLIDWORKS

First let’s talk about a few terminologies that we hear a lot in computer world including Graphics Processing Unit and Hardware Acceleration that help to understand what OpenGL is and what it does. What is Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)? In the early days of computing, the Central Processing Unit (CPU) performed all calculations. However, as more graphics-intensive applications such as games and Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software were developed, their demands put strain on the CPU and degraded performance. Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) was introduced as a way to offload those tasks from CPU and freeing up their processing power. In most of the computers the graphics card is the GPU. What is Hardware Acceleration? Hardware acceleration is a technique in which a computer’s hardware is forced to perform faster than usual. This technique is used with computing tasks that require more power and processing, such as graphics or video processing. What is Open…

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SOLIDWORKS Certified Graphics Drivers

AMD ATI FirePro V9800

As a SOLIDWORKS user your likely aware that SOLIDWORKS requires a SOLIDWORKS Certified Graphics Drivers for 3D graphics processing. In many cases, neither the driver that a computer ships preloaded with, nor the latest driver available from a vendor’s website are SOLIDWORKS Certified Graphics Drivers. Graphics card drivers that are certified for use with SOLIDWORKS are available for download from the SOLIDWORKS website. If you have purchased a standard system from a computer vendor that came with a professional card installed, start by selecting the computer vendor’s name from the list, i.e. DELL, HP, etc., then selecting the computer’s model and then the specific Graphics Card Model installed.  These certified drivers are supplied by the vendors themselves, and have been verified to be free from conflicts with any of the other drivers or software that ships with the system. If your computer vendor or model is not listed, or if…

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