AutoCAD 2010/2011/2012

AutoCAD 2010/2011/2012

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Message 11 of 18 (3,154 Views)

Re: Hardware Acceleration

06-28-2011 04:42 AM in reply to: pendean

The next version will be one for mac, but at the moment i have my version 2012 for windows.

So I'm using bootcamp.


In my opiniun it's only a driver witch is missing.

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Message 12 of 18 (3,131 Views)

Re: Hardware Acceleration

06-28-2011 10:21 AM in reply to: ikkenik

Have you tried rolling back your driver?

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Message 13 of 18 (3,106 Views)

Re: Hardware Acceleration

06-30-2011 01:08 PM in reply to: SugarCAD

The Intel HD series of cards all have the same model number.  The only integrated version supported is the version for workstations.  All other versions are laptop cards.  Our testing shows the workstation card to be certified, but the laptop cards are not.  Unfortunately the workstation version was tested and certified first.  The older certified hardware list shows that model as being a certified card.  Since there is only 1 model number, the software cannot differentiate between flavors.  The laptop versions are not certifiable.  There are more laptop versions than the workstation version.  In 2011 Update 1.1, we changed the Hardware Certification List to reflect the current status of that model number to reflect the more common versions.  It is no longer certified, and therefore Hardware Acceleration is disabled.  Our developers are aware and working on this issue.

Joshua Benoist, PE
Senior Support Specialist
Product Support
Autodesk, Inc.

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Message 14 of 18 (3,082 Views)

Re: Hardware Acceleration

07-01-2011 06:34 AM in reply to: Joshua.Benoist

Sounds like the best option for the OP is to purchase a certified card. 


I don't believe the entry level Nvidia for Mobile is prohibitevly expensive.

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Registered: ‎08-24-2011
Message 15 of 18 (2,860 Views)

Re: Hardware Acceleration

08-24-2011 09:45 AM in reply to: Joshua.Benoist

My Intel HD Graphics card has a different model number than what is listed in the AdskHwCertificationDatabase.xml.


I am using an early 2011 MacBook Pro, 13" model. I boot into Windows 7 using Bootcamp. I am using Autodesk Product Desigb Suite 2012. Autodesk Inventor Professional 2012 recognizes the card and enabled hardware acceleration, but AutoCAD Mechanical 2012 does not.


Pulled from Device Manager

  • Device Description: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family
  • Hardware Id: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0126&SUBSYS_00DB106B&REV_09
  • Vendor: 32902
  • Card Id: 294

From AdskHwCertificationDatabase.xml

  • Name: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family
  • Vendor: 32902
  • Card Id: 290

There are no AlternateId's specified for the 290 <card> XML element within AdskHwCertificationDatabase.xml.


Am I understanding you correctly, that you're saying that the issue is simply that the required XML entry into the AdskHwCertificationDatabase.xml file is missing?  If so, could the appropriate information be manually typed into the AdskHwCertificationDatabase.xml file?  While looking through the file, I see several "<!--this next section is hardcoded for the time being.-->" comments.

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Message 16 of 18 (2,856 Views)

Re: Hardware Acceleration

08-24-2011 10:04 AM in reply to: SugarCAD

Certified does not mean it works properly.

An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't.
"Do or do not... there is no try"
Master Yoda.
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Message 17 of 18 (2,844 Views)

Re: Hardware Acceleration

08-24-2011 02:22 PM in reply to: ikkenik

The Certified Hardware page does list the Intel HD Graphics 3000 chipset as being supported, which is what is in the MacBook that I'm using.


This is the result of me testing all of the products within Autodesk Product Design Suite 2012 that I normally use:


Graphical Hardware Acceleration Active

  • Design Review
  • Inventor
  • Inventor Fusion
  • Showcase

Graphical Hardware Acceleration Inactive

  • AutoCAD (to include Mechanical package)

From this, it seems to me that the problem isn't within the hardware or drivers, but the AutoCAD product specifically.  I tried modifying the XML file to include information about the GPU, but it had no effect.  If I were to speculate on where the problem is rooted at, I'd say it was within AutoCAD's programming that detects GPUs; "hardcoded" graphics card information within the AutoCAD product gives a bit of support to this speculation.


Has anyone had success with another CAD product, such as VectorWorks?

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Message 18 of 18 (2,009 Views)

Re: Hardware Acceleration

03-17-2012 05:29 PM in reply to: leaveAlone

I´ve installed Windows 7 x64 with bootcamp in my MBP 13" i7, this one comes with the INTEL HD 3000 G.card....

when I use Autocad on Win I cant turn on the Hardware accelerator function either, ITS OBVIOUSLY A DRIVER ERROR. couse I can run 3Dmax smoothly.


On the other hand, on mac os I also have autocad for mac and and runs really good. I have read that this situation is global. Autodesk has to fix this soon!!!!

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