Let me start by saying that having everyday crashes are nothing new for me. In fact it has been happening for years but without ever really getting any real solutions from Autodesk in spite of hundreds of those error reports submitted when AutoCAD crashes. Although I do my best to manage and reduce the number of daily crashes, it still happens 2 to 8 times daily...mostly when doing 3D work.
To this point I've followed numerous suggestions such as "turn off your tool tips" or "adjust your memory" etc...none of which have solved the problem. I am starting to wonder if my graphics card is not well suited for doing larger & more complex 3D models. Here is all the info on what I am running now:
AutoCAD Plant 3D 2014
Dell Precision T3500 Desktop w/Intel Xeon CPU W3550 @ 3.07GHz
12.0GB Installed RAM
64 Bit Operating System / Windows 7 Professional (SP1)
Graphics Card: NVIDIA Quadro 2000
What I do not want is more throwing darts in the dark at the problem. These crashes are an incredible waste of time costing our small firm a lot of money and loss of productivity. Considering how much the software costs this should not be the continuous problem that it is.
Please, finally provide some real solutions!!!
ALSO: If any others are experiencing regular crashes PLEASE CHIME IN! Has anyone else found a way to help fix the problem???
Most likely there is something wrong with a component or shape if it is happening that freqently. Have you been able to get it to crash following any specific steps?
Are you able to send the model? I can pm a dropbox folder if you wish.
These crashes happen in all kinds of drawings with all kinds of shapes. Our 3D components are quite simple for the most part. We only need the outer shell of equipment with no inner workings which I develop myself. I am not allowed to send my model drawings for reasons of confidentiality.
The thing is Dave that this has been going on for 5 years since I started using 3D. All those submitted crash reports seem like a waste of time when you never get any solutions!
NOTE: I just installed the latest graphics drivers directly from NVIDIA. I have done this before but it did not help.
Have you tried setting up any exclusions for your Antivirus software? Active AV scans are often the cause of AutoCAD crashing:
I have turned off my antivirus for the remainder of the day today. I will let you know when this doesn't work. I say this because if your read my note to Dave above it stated:
"Note: Often before it crashes AutoCAD gets quirky. Strange lines appear and often I lose my navigation pallet. This is when I usually save and quit to avoid a crash. However, sometimes the crashes happen without warning. Upon returning, I always run recover/audit and purge my drawings often. "
So Jabo...how would antivirus cause AutoCAD to start acting goofy, make my navigation pallet disappear, cause funny lines to appear on screen, etc.? These crashes happen throughout the day when my AV isn't scanning for viruses.
Dave: Since installing the latest graphics driver directly from NVIDIA I have crashed 5 times today. As usual
Jabo: Since turning off my antivirus (which is Norton by the way) I have crashed 3 times.
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