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Slow performance on Dell T5500

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09-23-2011 01:07 PM

Recently i installed a trail version of AutoCAD 2011 and I’m noticing a difference in general performance upgrading to 2011. My AutoCAD 2010 worked fine previously. Such noticeable performance differences range from delays in changing from commands, drawing simple lines and while orbiting simple 3D models in wireframe. It just doesn’t run as smooth as before really.

 

PC Speciation’s -

 

Precision T5500 Westmere : Standard Mini-Tower  with Firewire Included 

Processor: Two Intel Xeon E5620 (2.4GHz,5.86GT/s,12MB,4C)-Memory runs at 1066MHz 

Graphics: 2 GB GDDR5 NVIDIA Quadro 4000

Memory: 12GB (6x2GB) 1333MHz DDR3

Hard Drive: 1TB Serial ATA II (7200RPM) with NCQ and 32MB DataBurst Cache 

Display: Dell UltraSharp 24 inch

Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit

Virus Protector: Norton 360

 

Workspace is set to classic and windows is set to performance setting (disabling all visual enhancements and aero peak). Updated NVidia drivers also.

 

Can anyone explain what’s causing this slow performance as this Dell was designed in accordance with Autodesk and what would help solve this before upgrading?

 

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Re: Slow performance on Dell T5500

09-25-2011 06:31 PM in reply to: willtoner

Your system is  very near what I just bought except I have the Fire Pro 5900.

 

I am running 2012.  Haven't fully got it all up and running but I haven't noticed any delays.

 

One thing I don't like about your setup is NORTON.  Have heard it's known to be a resource hog. Don't have it not, but years ago I did use it and it did take up a lot of resources.

 

Can you disable it and try to see if there's an improvement?

 

 

R

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Re: Slow performance on Dell T5500

09-26-2011 07:55 AM in reply to: RFUSE

As an additional tip to RFUSE's suggestion about turning Norton Off (**cough**delete it**cough**), another idea - if you are not comfortable feeling defenseless against viruses - is to add AutoCAD "extension exceptions" to Norton.

 

In other words, set Norton up to ignore AutoCAD related file extensions like: DWG, DCL, CHM, LSP, ARX. VLX, etc

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Re: Slow performance on Dell T5500

09-26-2011 08:20 AM in reply to: willtoner

uninstall norton.  personally I'd go with Avast.  light weight and there's free version available.  Or MicroSoft's own Security Essentials

 

Norton and Mcafee  _used_ to be good.  but that was then and this is now

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09-29-2011 09:47 AM in reply to: willtoner

Hi guys thanks for the help! I did more research on Norton and i agree it’s most likely Norton is causing the problem.

 

I always used Norton but as lately i can also see it’s not as good as it used to be.  

 

Would anyone recommend installing McAfee virus protector as i have use that in the past and i trust that company much so more than others (sorry don’t mean to offend anyone’s recommendations so far)

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Re: Slow performance on Dell T5500

09-29-2011 09:51 AM in reply to: willtoner

McAffee was good years ago.  I wouldn't install it now... it's bloated over the years to hit the big enterprise market.

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Re: Slow performance on Dell T5500

09-29-2011 10:25 AM in reply to: willtoner

Regarding antivirus software I personally use AVG 2012.  I also use Advanced System Care 4 and other "protection" programs.  So far I have never had a virus, malware, etc.

 

I also use Carbonite, multiple external hard drives, Raid 1, etc. for file back-up.  It has paid off numerous times in the past including 2 hard drive failures on two machines using Raid 1.  It works!

 

You're not paronoid whan the're really out to get you! 

 

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Re: Slow performance on Dell T5500

09-29-2011 10:28 AM in reply to: JGerth

In my office, we use Kapersky and haven't had any problems with it affecting AutoCAD

 

At home, I've been using AVG for years, and it too doesn't seem to affect AutoCAD

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Re: Slow performance on Dell T5500

09-29-2011 10:32 AM in reply to: willtoner

as others have stated, both Norton and McAfee were great in their time.  Today isn't it for them now.

 

Both run multiple processes in the background and really take alot of your pc's computing power.

 

I'll second someones suggestion of using MS Security Essentials.  Use it at home and work and it *never* gets in the way of actually using your pc.

 

And that recommendation is coming from an avid Linux, anti-M$ person...

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Re: Slow performance on Dell T5500

09-29-2011 01:16 PM in reply to: willtoner

8cadking8

 

When are you going to go with 2012?  For me, SP1 made it a go.

 

R

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