I have SW 2009 on a 64 bit system with windows 7. The "button" for real view graphics is not there. Anyone know how I can activate it? Would it have anything to do with my graphics card?
None of the GeForce series cards are suitable for SW. Some people are able to use them with few if any problems (except no Realview), others have nothing but problems.
The FX1800 is an approved card and, in combination with the correct driver, should offer far more stable graphics.
The menu you describe is called the Heads-up View Toolbar
If we knew what the graphics card was it might help ... but, AFAIK, the RV icon should be available even if it is greyed out.
Where is the icon (button) missing from? The Heads-up Toolbar atop the graphics area, or from the RMB menu, or the View > Display menu, or ???
Is the Use software OpenGL option at Tools > Options > System Options > Performance selected, or selected and greyed-out?
Kelvin, the RV button is missing on systems with non-certified videocards. At least this is what I see right now on a system with ATI Radeon.
OK ... that's good to know. Thank you.
The Icon location I was refering to is the drop down mean at the top of the viewing area. Sorry don't know what it's called but if I hold my cursor over it. It says View Settings. The one to the left ofg it is the Apply Scene drop down menu. The graphics card that is in the computer is a Nvidia Geforce GT420 2GB. I do have a Nvidia FX1800 that is new that I could put in if it will make a differance. I just bought the computer and was trying out the card that came with before I think about switching it out. Also use software open gl is greyed out and not checked.
Thanks for your help!
It is because your video card is not "Solidworks Certified", IMHO RealView is not needed unless your doing "smoke and mirrors" product releases and it has to look "real"
At the same time, I find it stupid that SW forces us to use overpriced video cards that only afford "better manufacture support" of the card and limited "extras" that the drivers unlock for a work station card (most of the hardware to build the card is the same, it is only the drivers that are changed)......most gamer cards have more horsepower than so called "work station" cards.
Sure, my work PC has a Quadro FX1800 in it, but my home system blows it away using an ATI 5780 2Gb EyeFinity6 Edition Gamer card. Refresh and spining models around is faster......and I do not miss RealView.
If you are going to buy a new card select it carefully, I have a certified dell system with Quadro FX 3450 on XP64 and a built system win 7 Pro 64 bit with ATI Firepro GL V8600 and I have display issues with both. So even the certified cards have issues, don't be surprised if a certified card won't work proplerly with SW.
Art if this is relevant and you are still using the Nvidia Quadro FX 3450, you might want to roll back your drivers. I think I solved most of my graphics problems by uninstalling the recommended/DS tested and approved 64 bit driver and installing an old driver - Nvidia 64 bit graphics driver version 188.8.131.5265 dated 10/29/2007. Installing this driver seems to have caused most of my graphics issues/problems in Windows 7 - 64 bit with the Nvidia Quadro FX 3450 card, in a Dell Precision 490 workstation to go away. So far I am happy. Which means that a 2007 driver works better for my machine than the newer approved driver which should not be the case, but it is.
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