So im migrating from XP to Windows 7 and doing and upgrade to autocad 2011 -
I have the following challenges and am looking for help.
1 - My networked mapped drives keep falling asleep - so when i load a drawing with xrefs to those mapped drives, it doesn't wake up my network drives.. but gives me an error message about not finding the xrefs.. My IT people tell me its an autocad problem, others are telling me its a server problem... most of my "fixes are not working
2 - Can sombodey tell me about Users/.../Appdata/local/Apps/Autodesk/R18.1/enu... as compared to
Users/.../Appdata/local/Apps/Autodesk/R18.1/enu and how they interact?
3 - Plotting for dummies - It looks as if we go much more complicated into the land of realism on our plots, which plotting mechanism takes precident... I go to plot, all my colors say black in my ctb file, but it is still ploting color by layer
any help and words of wisdom would greatly be appreciated
Thanks for your reply
1. The network drives are living in the basment on our server, I have them mapped at R: S: etc
3. These are just the plain old 1, = red, 2= etc.. but in the ctb i have them most of them pointed to black - I have attached the ctb if you want to see it (well i tried but the board says it is an invalid file type.....)
AutoCAD will plot TrueColors (shown as R,G,B) in color or a greyscale approximation regardless of your CTB. Check both the layer and object color values; I have seen some third-party programs override ACI colors with TrueColor equivalents without warning, so the object/layer would be color 0,0,0 rather than WHITE.
So these are "appliances" and not drives on a server? Those types of devices have sleep modes you can edit or turn off, explore in those drives' user documentation or contact their manufacturer website for help.
You may be able to also find 3rd party freeware that will ping your drives while your PC is on to keep them awake: try a Google search.
I am just about to switch back to xp having had numerous problems running Autocad on Windows 7.
Xrefs was one of the problems, sometimes it would find the link and other times it would not despite the fact that the path was correct. Autocad just doesn't seem to like the new file hierarchy, in truth I don't either, I get so many duplicates and back ups popping up all over the place that it becomes difficult to find what you want. We have always had an automated windows update and it has never interfered with Autocad before, but with Windows 7 whenever we have an update it seems to reset things within my cad program. It has also created problems with the plotter which also needed everything reset.
I spoke to a tech guy at Autodesk and from our discussion I came away with the impression that it will be at least another year before the programs will be fully compatible. I am running 2010 but he said that I could only expect a slight improvement with 2011.
I haven't even tried running my Revit on it because there are just too many variables for it to change and the very idea gives me the heebie jeebies!.
Honestly, turning off WIn7's Aero Scheme seems to solve a lot more problems for so many users it's worth doing first, along with turning off UAC of course, and toning down R2011:
- Turn off the modeless layer palette: use the old Layer dialog box (set LAYERDLGMODE to 0)
- Turn off any palette transparency.
- Turn off SelectionCycling, SC button at bottom of screen
- Turn off Hardware Acceleration within AutoCAD, icon on the lower right near workspace and toolbar lock.
- Set hpdlgmode to 1 and/ or hpquickpreview to off.
- Change rollovertips to 0 (off)
- Set qpmode to 0 (off)
- Set SHOWLAYERUSAGE to 0 (off).
Maybe even turning the ribbon off by picking a classic workspace as a lst resort.
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