We have a copy of AutoCAD MEP that we wish to use only as straight AutoCAD, without any 3D capabilities.
I am having trouble installing it. In the past, I have been instructed to make sure that the AutoCAD Profile is checked and to then navigate to the program folder and place the acad.exe shortcut onto the desktop.
Neither of those have worked.
Even when I import a profile and make it current, when MEP is restarted, it reverts back to the MEP profile.
With the install of 2013, I tried unchecking the AutoCAP MEP Profile, but got a message telling me some fuctionality would not install and advised against it.
Any ideas, suggestions??
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You can always force Autocad MEP to load with the Autocad Profile by right clicking on your Autocad MEP shortcut and selecting properties. Then in the Target box you should have something that looks like the following:
"C:\Program Files\Autodesk\AutoCAD MEP 2012\acad.exe" /ld "C:\Program Files\Autodesk\AutoCAD MEP 2012\AecBase.dbx" /p "AutoCAD MEP (US Imperial)"
The /p is telling Autocad MEP to start with the AutoCAD MEP (US Imperial) profile. If you change this to "Autocad" then it will start with the Autocad Profile. This assumes that you have a profile named Autocad and it is the profile that you want.
P.S. If you run the setup program again and add the Autocad Profile it should add an icon to your desktop with the profile already set. If it doesnt, just follow the steps above to get it to work. It is possible that you have the add the icon to the desktop function uncheck when you are rerunning the setup program. Make sure to expand all the options and verify that it is checked. I would also copy the shortcut and make those changes to the copy and not the original. That way you can always restart MEP with the MEP Profile when needed.
This is actually what the Target property has for my AutoCAD MEP:
"E:\Autodesk\AutoCAD 2013\acad.exe" /ld "E:\Autodesk\AutoCAD 2013\AecBase.dbx" /p "AutoCAD MEP (US Imperial)" /product "MEP" /language "en-US"
Not too sure what to change here, as MEP is mentioned several times.
The easiest way that I find to do it is during pre-installation. Do a custom installation and in there you'll see an option for desktop icons, change AutoCAD to add a desktop icon.
I have been trying that, checking AutoCAD desktop icon since version 2000 and it has NEVER installed an AutoCAD icon on the desktop. It does install an AutoCAD XXXX folder in the Program Files and when I try using the acad.exe in that folder, all I get is errors and the program crashes before it even gets a chance to start.
I am in contact with Autodesk support right now trying to get this resolved.
Everyone has all these great ideas, but when I try them, nothing.
That's definitely a strange problem. I'm the exact opposite, for the past 4 years I've been doing that and I get both an AutoCAD icon AND an AutoCAD MEP icon, and both launch fine. Although I've now customized my ribbon so I see only what I want, and a lot of the traditional AutoCAD commands I enter manually via keyboard.
I have just changed server which created a new Profile for my PC and now when I use my shortcut ( which used to launch Autocad ) it now launchs MEP !
I did lose my ACAD Profile and spent a while copying bits over from my old PC Profile, everything seemed ok until I exited and tried to fire up at a later point.
Have read this thread and checked my target which is set as :
"C:\Program Files\AutoCAD MEP 2010\acad.exe" /ld "C:\Program Files\AutoCAD MEP 2010\AecBase.dbx" /p "AutoCAD"
It seems that this SHOULD launch Autocad - any suggestions
Sorry, I have no ideas or suggestions! I am still having the problem and it is so frustrating we have stopped using AutoCAD MEP.
The only other suggestions I received from Autodesk Tech Support was to install the program as an admin and that did not work either.
Good luck though and if you come across a solution, please let me know!
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