AutoCAD Electrical General Discussion

AutoCAD Electrical General Discussion

Posts: 11
Registered: ‎11-21-2012
Message 1 of 4 (236 Views)

lock up when using surfer

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11-21-2012 10:00 AM

I'm evaluating AutoCAD Electrical for my company to see if it would be useful to us. I have downloaded the 30 day trial and am running through the tutorials right now. Whenever I try to use the surfer tool on any circuit component the command line shows the text "reading project database file..." and then sits there indefinitely until I hit escape or enter. When I try some of the other demo drawings in different projects (I activated the different projects before attempting to use the surfer tool) I experience the same issue. 


Is this a known/common issue?

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Message 2 of 4 (229 Views)

Re: lock up when using surfer

11-21-2012 10:47 AM in reply to: SteveEE

I am guessing the dialog box is off screen. This can sometimes happen when switching between one and two monitors.


Try pressing ALT+Spacebar and then M. Now you can use the arrow keys to move the dialog box around. It should eventually appear near one of the edges.


Bob Hanrahan
Ace User since 1998
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Registered: ‎11-21-2012
Message 3 of 4 (225 Views)

Re: lock up when using surfer

11-21-2012 11:19 AM in reply to: testsubject

Ah, that was it. Thanks!

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Registered: ‎06-29-2011
Message 4 of 4 (198 Views)

Re: lock up when using surfer

11-22-2012 10:11 PM in reply to: SteveEE

This issue has been fixed in the SP1, please patch the ACE2013 SP1.  You can get the ACE2013 SP1 from here:

Robin Shou 
Quality Assurance 
AutoCAD Electrical 
Autodesk, Inc.

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