Having problems too. Not only my computer but others running Civil 3D 2011. Don't notice problem with Architecture or Map 3D (these are on other computers). Just Civil 3D. It happens whenever it wants. So what's up with that?
Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
Dell Precision T7500
Intel (R) Xeon (R) CPU E5502 @ 1.87 GHz 1.86 GHz (2 Processors)
NVIDIA Quadro FX1800 8.17.0012.5912
We are very interested in tracking down this issue about Civil3D/AutoCAD not responding that has been reported, but one that we haven't been able to nail down. Any specific information on how to reproduce would be appreciated.
People in this thread seem to be talking about several different issues.
As far as the issue of the cursor disappearing for a while, then eventually coming back, or coming back as soon as the Task Manager is started and then closed... I noticed these problems started when Autodesk started using WPF. It's almost as if some event fires unexpectedly, and focus in the Autocad Application gets attached to "something bad". When it happens, the cursor can be seen if it is on other monitors, or otherwise not over the Autocad application window. If the user tries to move the cursor over the Autocad application window, however, the cursor disappears.
I actually have not tried disabling Aero to see if that improves things... I think I'll try that, especially on the one computer we have that seems to hit this issue a lot (that one has a Quadro FX 580 video card). I've seen the same issue occassionally on my computers (one with a GeForce 9600GT, the other with a GeForce 9800GT), but it's rare.
The issue is present in both AutoCAD 2011 and Civil 3D 2011. I have Raster Design 2011 Object Enabler installed because we often make use of aerial imagery which is in a format which requires the Raster Design Object Enabler. I have been able to recreate this issue consistently with attached aerial SID images (regens taking up 5 to 20+ minutes). This is not to say that raster images are the cause. I experience the issue even without attached raster images however the period of "not responding" tends to be shorter (20 seconds to 2 minutes, but usually between 30 and 60 seconds) during regens and the incidents occur less often.
We get our aerial imagery in SID format from the Houston-Galveston Area Council. We have the 2010 Aerial SIDS however 2006 aerial imagery can be downloaded free of charge from their website under Regional Data and GIS Services.
Again, I have
Windows 7 x 64
Intel i7 920
12 GB Ram
FireGL V7700 with driver 8.634
AutoCAD 2011 x64
Civil 3D 2011 x64
Raster Design 2011 x64 (I can run RD on top of AutoCAD or C3D).
If you care to open the task manager to view running proccesses and memory usage it may be something interesting to do while waiting for AutoCAD Civil 3D to resolve it's issue.
Create a new DWG
Insert a SID aerial image, It doesn't matter if you insert the raster image using the world file or if you insert it at the origin. I have experience the issue at both locations.
Zoom extents, zoom to a 100' x 100' are on the raster image, and REGEN. Keep repeating unti it stops responding. It will often stop responding during the first REGEN.
Wait for AutoCAD/Civil 3D to become resonsive again. It will eventually become responsive.
I also installed an educational version of AutoCAD 2011 on my home machine
Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
Intel i3 530
8GB DDR3 Ram
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4850 with 1GB DDR3
I reproduced the issue on my home machine as well. I haven't experience the error otherwise but I only installed AutoCAD 2011 for the purposes of recreating the issue.
We recreated the issue on another workstation.
Windows XP x32
Intel Core2 Duo E8500
nVidia GeForce 9800
AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 x32 without RD 2011
Inserted TIF image
Zoomed into an part of the image, regenerated, and it stopped responding. We had to end the task after 5 minutes. We couldn't wait for regen to complete.
I am having this same problem of AutoCAD 2011 not responding. The cursor goes away and doesnt fully load. Task manager says not responding. Happen when you launch the program. New lab with 20 computers 15 work and 5 have problems. Must end task to get out of it.
have you tried turning off your Hardware acceleration? This could be your problem.
Type 3DCONFIG and then Manual Tune
C3D seems much faster if the Layer Properties Manager is turned off (usually have it open in 2nd monitor) which is a bit poor on the part of Autodesk given the spec of the machine I'm using...!!!!
We seem to think that Norton is causing the problem.
The users in our office have taken to disabling the virus scan BEFORE loading autocad.
THere has been considerably less screaming and cursing.
If you load autocad before diabling Norton it sometimes does not work.
Yes, We have add numerous exclusions to Norton in attempes to solve the problem to no avail.
We have not found a comprehensive list of exclusions to refer to.
Are those of you commenting ion this issue also seeing ACAD grab 25 to 30 % of CPU for extended periods during these events?
Are you also using Norton?
I started a fresh instance of AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011. Attached a single .SID aerial image to a new drawing from acad.dwt. Zoomed into the equivalent of about a 100' x 100' area inside the image and regenerated the drawing. Civil 3D has been chugged along with the regeneration for 16 minutes. The memory usage increased from 320,000 KB to 375,000 KB and decreased back down to 320,000 KB every 2-3 seconds during the whole time. I am aware of the issue with McAfee however there is no evidence of any On-Active File Scanning of any files that are remotely relevant to AutoCAD products during the entire time. I included screenshots of McAfee On-Access Scan with task manager of the files being actively scanned.
In larger drawings the memory usage will start out at around 350,000 KB and will exceed 1,000,000 KB after a regen.
In the same drawing with the one aerial image, I did a bit more testing, and disabling Hardware Acceleration helps while zoomed into the 100'x100' area When zoomed out I notice performance issues. Hardware acceleration helps while zoomed out. In an actual drawing with tens of thousands of objects and an attached aerial image, disabling hardware accelleration cripples the program.
When I insert the same raster image using the Autodesk FDO provider for Raster, there are no issues.
On top of that I have a FireGL V7700 which is certified for use with Windows 7x64 and AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011x64. There should be no issues anyway, especially with a single aerial image.
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