Something's gone wrong. With the command window displayed at the bottom of the screen, everything slows down. The cursor momentarily freezes and it takes a second or two for commands to be fulfilled. Also, the command window is about 7 lines high; in the past, I have shrunk it to maybe 3 or 4 lines but I cannot shrink this wndow.
Then, when I push control-9 and the window disappears, everything speeds up to normal!
I tried turning off my internet connection and my McAfee Viruscan as well. Neither helped. Running without the command window makes it hard to draft. Since I type shortcuts, I figure I must have hit the wrong key and unleashed something unspeakably terrible.
I am running AutoCAD version 10 on my PC, with Windows XP Professional.
Could someone please offer suggestions?
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As far as the resize problem is concerned, make sure the LOCKUI system variable is set to 0.
If you remember the shortcuts, then even after closing the commandline, you can issue commands. Just type whatever command you wish to use. It will activate the command. To access any sub-options in the command, just right click on any empty area in the model space. You will get all the sub-options.
I know this is not the solution to your problem, but should serve as a stop-gap measure till you find out the real issue!!
Thank you for your suggestions.
The LOCKUI variable is set to zero.
It's nice to know the right-click option (I hadn't realized that). But, drafting without the command window is still a lot like drafting blindfolded! Of course I can open it when I need it, but it's a real inconvenience to do so.
Funny, but after I hit contr-9 and the command window appears, it doesn't seem attached to the drawing at all. I can minimize the drawing but the command window remains on the main AutoCAD screen and even appears on some of my other Windows screens. In fact, part of the AutoCAD drawing is "hiding" behind the command window. (I know this because, if I zoom to a windowed portion of the drawing, I can see that the lower portion which I windowed is cut off by the command window.
This is very strange indeed! Now, even I am curious.
Ask yourself, when did this problem start?
a. Did you make any changes to your system? Update the graphics drivers, etc.
b. Install any other software?
If the answer to any of the above is yes, uninstall the software or driver and reboot your system.
You can try repairing the AutoCAD installation, if all else fails.
- Go to "Control Panel"
- Go to "Add/Remove Programs"
- Select AutoCAD 2010
- Follow the on-screen instructions to Repair your installation.
NOTE: If you have made any customizatizations, make sure you get an opinion as to what willl happen to them in case of a Repair/Reinstall. I don't have any idea whether the customizations will be lost or not.
Thank you for the further suggestions. I was not aware of the "repair" option. I was thinking that I would simply remove the AutoCAD program, then re-install it. (I don't think I have made any particular modifications.)
I do not recall installing any new programs over the last few days but of course I am always being sent updates by people like McAfee and I install those. Possibly one of them caused AutoCAD to go haywire.
Is there any other way to invoke the command screen besides Ctrl-9? Like a customization screen or something? As I said, when I use that option, the resulting screen appears at the bottom of the page, but somehow it doesn't seem to be "part" of the page. It seems like an overlay, with part of the drawing hiding behind it. In the old days, the command screen was UNDER the drawing, plus I could adjust its height by sliding its top border up and down.
You have 2 more ways to activate the commandline.
This will bring the commandline back. But, it will open at the same position where it was closed.
- Issue the command MENU.
- It will open a dialog box asking you the location of the AutoCAD customization file (*.cuix)
- The file acad.cuix will be selected by default.
- Simply press Enter, or click on Open.
- This will load the default GUI settings.
This should reset the command line as well as the ribbon. If you are in the classic workspace, the menubar will disappear and the ribbon will appear in its place.
Method 2 solved the problem! Or, at least it appears to have done so.
Thank you very much for your help. I do work in the "classic" workspace. I just want things to look like that used to look. I don't like change!
I am going to leave this thread open for a day or so, on the chance that I may encounter a problem or two. But, again, it appears that your suggestion has indeed provided a solution to my woes! I wish I knew what I had done wrong, to bring me this trouble in the first place!