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johnnystone
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Autosave/recovery improvement

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08-14-2009 09:10 AM
I just had my autocad crash, and lost 45 minutes of work, despite the fact that i have my computer autosaving every 5 minutes - so i have some suggestions as to how to improve AutoCAD's save feature.

First, currently, to the best of my knowledge, autosave will attempt to save at the x-minute mark, and if a command is in progress, it will delay it's autosave to the next mark. Instead of this, autocad should autosave on the next available opportunity - as soon as the command in progress is finished. There should at least be an option for this - maybe include a prompt.

I was somehow able to work on my drawing for 45 minutes, with 5 minute autosave intervals, and not have the program save even once.


Secondly, when a fatal error occurs, autocad should attempt to save not the first drawing in the window list, but either the one you have been working on, or the largest, or based on some other criteria. When autocad crashed, it successfully autosaved one of my drawings - drawing1.dwg, which is blank. The other two were not recovered.

I understand that many do not trust the autosave feature. I don't want to either, however, our new x64 windows operating system doesn't get along with our nt4 file server, so one in 10 saves will crash my computer, and the server, making life difficult for others in my office. I am not sure if this is an autocad issue or not. If anyone has this issue, and has resolved it, please post and let me know.

I just want to mention, using this system has been a hassle from day one. I have had crashes every second day, for issues other than the fileserver. I have no idea what should be done, but i can't wait for an update of some sort. I am using WinXP Pro x64, AutoCAD MEP 2010 64 bit, on a new intel quad core computer w/8GB ram, and fx1700. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
*Mike
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Re: Autosave/recovery improvement

08-14-2009 09:25 AM in reply to: johnnystone
Your system is identical to mine except I only have 4 gig of memory and I'm
using Vista. I first tried the 64bit XP and that had problems like you are
experiencing, it was only after moving to Vista that our problems went away.
I don't know if that is an option for you and I can't promise it will solve
your problems, but for us, switching to Vista helped enormously. I have
actually worked on 100 meg drawings without difficulty.

Mike


"johnnystone" wrote in message news:6237466@discussion.autodesk.com...
I just had my autocad crash, and lost 45 minutes of work, despite the fact
that i have my computer autosaving every 5 minutes - so i have some
suggestions as to how to improve AutoCAD's save feature.

First, currently, to the best of my knowledge, autosave will attempt to save
at the x-minute mark, and if a command is in progress, it will delay it's
autosave to the next mark. Instead of this, autocad should autosave on the
next available opportunity - as soon as the command in progress is finished.
There should at least be an option for this - maybe include a prompt.

I was somehow able to work on my drawing for 45 minutes, with 5 minute
autosave intervals, and not have the program save even once.


Secondly, when a fatal error occurs, autocad should attempt to save not the
first drawing in the window list, but either the one you have been working
on, or the largest, or based on some other criteria. When autocad crashed,
it successfully autosaved one of my drawings - drawing1.dwg, which is blank.
The other two were not recovered.

I understand that many do not trust the autosave feature. I don't want to
either, however, our new x64 windows operating system doesn't get along with
our nt4 file server, so one in 10 saves will crash my computer, and the
server, making life difficult for others in my office. I am not sure if this
is an autocad issue or not. If anyone has this issue, and has resolved it,
please post and let me know.

I just want to mention, using this system has been a hassle from day one. I
have had crashes every second day, for issues other than the fileserver. I
have no idea what should be done, but i can't wait for an update of some
sort. I am using WinXP Pro x64, AutoCAD MEP 2010 64 bit, on a new intel quad
core computer w/8GB ram, and fx1700. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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johnnystone
Posts: 3
Registered: ‎08-14-2009
Message 3 of 6 (330 Views)

Re: Autosave/recovery improvement

08-14-2009 09:52 AM in reply to: johnnystone
Thanks for the input mike.

I heard from one of my coworkers, that autocad 2009 did not work well with vista. I believe he had vista 64, which is what i would install, because i have so much ram. You are using vista 64, and autocad mep 2010, without too many issues?
*Mike
Message 4 of 6 (330 Views)

Re: Autosave/recovery improvement

08-14-2009 11:07 AM in reply to: johnnystone
Yes, but I'm working standalone, my coworker is working on a network though
and he is having no problems either. I can tell you that MEP 2009 was a
nightmare for me, I was having 3 crashes a day with MEP 2009, with 2010 I'm
basically issue free, the only time I had a problem was in xrefing dwf's.
They work great but they don't work right if they are xref'd into a second
dwg that is open or if the file itself is open, but once that is understood
and avoided even they worked out well. I am using MEP 2010 with vista 64.
My video card and other things are the same as your machine except for the
ram, you have more, so you are even better off.

Mike


"johnnystone" wrote in message news:6237473@discussion.autodesk.com...
Thanks for the input mike.

I heard from one of my coworkers, that autocad 2009 did not work well with
vista. I believe he had vista 64, which is what i would install, because i
have so much ram. You are using vista 64, and autocad mep 2010, without too
many issues?
Member
johnnystone
Posts: 3
Registered: ‎08-14-2009
Message 5 of 6 (330 Views)

Potential Solution

08-14-2009 12:14 PM in reply to: johnnystone
Do many others report a similar situation, where 2009 on vista was troublesome, whereas 2010 is much better?

I will tell my boss about this. I think he would be willing to upgrade, given the circumstances. Constant crashes are no good for productivity...

The other issues with the server will, in my estimation, be resolved with an OS upgrade. A new file-server is in the works, as far as i know.
*Gene Marz
Message 6 of 6 (330 Views)

Re: Potential Solution

08-18-2009 06:42 AM in reply to: johnnystone
I have been workign with MEP 2009 for over a year on a 64 bit Vista machine,
and I have loved it. Very few crashes. I have had more crashes with 2010
now. We are in the process of switchign over.
Dell Precision Workstation T-5400
Xeon quad core processor
8GB RAM
Dual graphics cards and 2 monitors.

"johnnystone" wrote in message news:6237612@discussion.autodesk.com...
Do many others report a similar situation, where 2009 on vista was
troublesome, whereas 2010 is much better?

I will tell my boss about this. I think he would be willing to upgrade,
given the circumstances. Constant crashes are no good for productivity...

The other issues with the server will, in my estimation, be resolved with an
OS upgrade. A new file-server is in the works, as far as i know.

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