I am using Inventor 2013 to create some complex shaped Maritime items. They have a lot of lofts, variable radius curves, fillets, etc. Anyway, on the more complex pieces, my menus start to dissapear or a dialog box, for example the fillet dialog box, will turn solid black and my system will hangup for a minute while executing the command. Am I running low on system memory or is this a video card issue? Here are my system specs:
HP XW8400 with two 3.4 GHz Xeon CPU's
4 GB RAM
160 GB Western Digital Raptor Hard Drive with approx 90 GB free
Quadro FX 1800 Video Card
Windows 7 Professional
Autodesk Inventor Premium Design Suite
Thanks in advance for any information,
Probably time to update your system, at least 8Gb of memory minimum and go to a 64 bit O/S. A fast gaming card with a couple of Gb of memory on the card.
With a 32bit O/S you are pretty much at the limite with 3 1/2 - 4Gb even with using the 3Gb switch in your start-up INI file.
I forgot to mention, I am running a 64 bit Windows 7 Professional operating system as well as 64 bit versions of all software including the Inventor Premium Design Suite. I believe my video card has 2 GB memory on it. Seeing how a new workstation is not financially feasable I'm thinking of upgrading to 8 GB of system memory. First, I'll check my video card driver and upgrade it if needed.
We were having a similar issue on several of our stations. We were getting a message like "The video driver has stopped responding and recovered..." or something like that. Are you getting any sort of message?
4Gb on memory with a 64 bit O/S would simular to having 3Gb with a 32 bit O/S. Upgrading to at least 8Gb would be a big help.
This would be a good place to compare graphic card performance: http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/
Inventor will be slightly different, but it should get you pretty close to real world performance with IV. A good gaming card is all that is now required for IV since the move by Autodesk back with IV11 to use D3D and move away from OpenGL.
I haven't got to the video driver upgrade yet. I'll likely do it this evening, then let you know. I am in the process of getting drawings ready to mail to a client.
I upgraded the video driver to Nvidia's most current release. After some use I will know if there is an improvement. I would still like to increase the system memory from 4GB to 8GB. Does anybody have a good source for system memory? Apparently the ECC fully buffered memory my system requires is still a more expensive type, I can find it for about $250 plus shipping for 8GB.
It's been so long since I had to tinker with my system I am embarrassed to say I had mistaken some of its specs in my first post here. The two CPU's are dual core 3 GHz Xeon's and the Quadro FX1800 video card apparently only has 758 or 768 MB ram.
Unfortunately I have other FEA software that requires an Open GL video card so at this time a Direct X gaming video card won't work for me.