Well I installed the suite about 3 weeks ago and only recently tested to make sure all the programs were working right since I wanted to play around on them.
Autodesk 3ds max, maya, motionbuiler, and softimage all work perfect.
I tried to do Mudbox and at first I thought it is probably taking a while since it normally does that when you first start it up ever on your labtop. After about 5 minutes I decide something was wrong and tried to get to my task bar to see if it was even running. Nothing, could not get it to appear. It ended up freezing my labtop to the point where I could only move the mouse. So I reseted my computer then tried once more just in case maybe I hit the key twice and it froze due to that. It froze again.
I have a
Model- XPS L702X
Processor - Intel(R) Core(TM) i7
System Type - 64-bit Operating System
I looked over the system requirements and my labtop passes so I am not sure what is the issue. I don't know if it is a simple patch download(I download when I installed all the service packs and stuff) or a setting, or what.
I've been having the same issue. The program installed correctly (presumably, as there were no error messages, etc.) but, when I open the program and try to start a new project, I see only a very small "pickbox" and a black screen. All of the functionality of the program appears to be operating and I can view my selected "balnk" in the 2D wire mesh view but not in the 3D view.
I have been researching this issue for about a week now and have come to the conclusion, based on discussion group postings, etc., that even though my system variables are sufficent to run the program, my graphics card seems to be "lacking" in its ability to process the intense amount of data generated by the program. I have similar system variables as you have reported (i7 1.6 GHz Quad-core Intel processor, 64 bit WIN 7 OS, 8G RAM, NVIDIA GT230M graphics card w/512 MB on-board).
The sad thing is that I specified the components of this laptop in anticipation of the release of this graphics suite. Unfortunately, prior to its release, there was very little information available to advise as to what might be necessary. So, I based my decisions on the available info (at the time) and, by all account, overexceeded the minimum requirements by a longshot.
What I have recently learned (if I can find the URL of the site with the information, I will post it) is that in order to run Mudbox, it is necessary to have a "workstation" grade graphics card. I have been researching these and they are not cost prohibitive. However, I have not had time to determine whether or not I can replace the graphics card in my HP Pavillion dv8t 1100 notebook. If so, I am going to do this. If not, then I will uninstall Mudbox and monitor the discussions in the hope of Autodesk resolving this issue.
Doubtful, as it is not a case of Autodesk being remiss with regard to their compatibility concerns but they should certainly be more forthcoming with the system requirements so that more people like you and I do not end up wasting so much of our time on such a fruitless venture.
Wish I had some better news for you but I'm afraid that this is the "bottom-line", as far as I can tell. Incidentally, I welcome anyone that reads this post and disagrees with me to post a comment explaining the basis of their disagreement as this would solve my issue as well! So, if it turns out that I am incorrect, please understand that this is my hope. I am only passing-on the information that I have found but by no means do I profess to be a well informed source; just a regular user hoping to help someone else avoid the same "goose chase" I've been on for so long...
When I tried to open mudbox 2012 a popup came up telling me that mudbox requires a new ATI graphics driver. I went to the ATI site and filled in my graphics card information and downloaded what I believe was the correct graphics driver. However, I still get the same popup and when I ignore it to continue opening the program I get the message "Mudbox application file has stopped working". Does anyone know what I can do here? By the way, Maya 2012 works fine for me. The only problem is mudbox. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
P.S. I have attached a jpg image of the message that pops up when I try to open mudbox.
Windows 7 64-bit
ATI Radeon 4200 HD graphics card
Mudbox version 2012
the first time i open mudbox,it work fine,i am very happy,but the next times mudbox can not start,
i just see the window and words: mudbox is loading, a then window tell it have problem and close modbox,
who can help me
Mine is actually working now. I'm not sure if the same solution will work for you but I had to uninstall then reinstall my graphics driver software.
I'm not sure about other operating systems but for windows 7 I went to control panel> Hardware & Sound> Device Manager. From here, I clicked on "display adapters". Then right click your graphics card and uninstall. Finally, I reinstalled my graphics driver from a CD that came with the computer.
Once again, I'm not sure if the same solution will work for you but I called HP tech support and that is what they told me to do.
Best of Luck.
im having the exact same problem as the very first post. nothing comes up, mudbox is listed as running in processes but the ram usage skyrockets to 15gig and everything slows to a stop. (my ram is 8gig)
hey man i have the same probelm now i see u run simalr spec for u machine the only difference is mine is the xps 15z. i was just wondering did u ever figure out a solution
I don't know if this solution will work for you but I think my problem was with my graphics card. If you have Windows 7, search in the start menu (lower left area of screen) for "Device Manager". I expanded the area that says "Display Adapters" and then right clicked and clicked "uninstall". I then reinstalled the graphics driver using a disc that came with the computer.
To be honest it has been a few months since I did this so I can't guarantee for sure if that is exactly what I did. I would recommend calling the manufacturer of your computer to see what they suggest.
The reason I realized that the problem was with my graphics card was because I was having problems with other programs such as Maya and Photoshop. If Mudbox is the only thing not working then you might have a different problem but perhaps your computer manufacturer will still be able to help.
Good luck. I hope you get passed this problem soon.
As was the case with my initial experience with Mudbox, the issue is most likely in your GPU ("graphics card"). It seems, although only after a tremendous amount of wasted time, money and overall resources that Mudbox does not like to play with others. I, too, had a system config that well exceeded the min. req. for Mudbox and was puzzled over why I was experiencing exactly what you have described.
The long & short of it, as I am best able to "decipher", is that Mudbox is a program that is happy when running on a machine with, at least, a low-end workstation-class GPU. Even the "smokin'" consumer-grade cards that you will find for gaming (500 Series & up), etc. will not pair well with Mudbox. I also understand that AutoDesk, in general, seems to favor NVIDIA hardware vs. AMD and others; although I am running an AMD v5900 (low-end w/stn GPU) in one of my desktop w/stn configs and I have not experienced any issue, at all.
I have no idea whether it is the architecture of the processors (consumer vs. workstation/NVIDIA vs. AMD) or what (although I am sure that someone will write-in with a scathing commentary RE: my incorrect assumptions, etc., and then you will have the technical answer ;-), but there is a website that you can go to as a resource to determine whether or not your GPU (or one that you might have your eye on) is listed as being "certified". All this designation means is that Autodesk (or the GPU manuf.) has physically tested the hardware/software combo and have determined that it "works". There is no indication given as to how well they work with regard to performance, comparisons, etc. but these sites will point you in the right direction...the first website is one that I found to be very helpful: http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/fire/certifi
and the following URL was provided by my s'ware re-seller: http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/cert?siteID=1
Good Luck! RD