SOLIDWORKS Graphics Problem

Three SOLIDWORKS Video Issues and how to solve them

SOLIDWORKS Video Issue

Experiencing SOLIDWORKS Video issues? Here are three common issues and how to solve them: Assembly or part disappears You are working away on your model and POW it disappears completely. You zoom to fit, nothing. You zoom extents, nothing. You zoom to a component, nothing. You do a Ctrl-Q, nothing. You close the file and re-open it, nothing. All the component/features are listed and can be edited but the graphics area is blank. The problem might be a glitch in the file that reset the bounding box of the model to be outside of the model space. Try resetting your bounding box to see if it restores your model: Hit space to bring up the “View Palette.” Double click “Isometric.” Type CTRL-Q. Then save the assembly. Model disappears when editing a feature When editing a feature your model disappears leaving you with a sketch and nothing to reference. All is not…

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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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Are you experiencing DPI Scaling issues within SOLIDWORKS?

Are you seeing double or triple within your SOLIDWORKS display? If the image below looks familiar, and you are seeing this on a regular basis with your  graphics area, then you may be a victim of SOLIDWORKS DPI scaling issues! Why does the scaling issue occur? If you are using Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, along with a high-density external display; the operating system will automatically choose an appropriate scaling setting for the display being used. In many cases, users want to modify the scaling setting, as they would prefer that certain elements of the windows user interface appear smaller or larger. This is especially true for elements such as the text labels associated with Desktop Icons. To enlarge these items, the DPI scaling is usually set globally within the operating system (Windows Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Display). This global setting can have an undesired affect to some applications, leading…

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