Weston Smith

Crash Avoidance for Student Setup

Discussion created by Weston Smith on Jun 5, 2009
Hi all,
I'm new to the forum. I'm an engineering student using Solidworks for the first time. Unfortunately, I'm getting a lot of crashes. It seems that I can work for a few hours at a time sometimes, but then it will eventually crash and keep crashing sooner and sooner until I can't even open a part before it goes down. Reinstalling solidworks seems to have helped once, but I can't keep doing that over and over just to get a day's work in.

So, does anyone have tips on how I could improve performance?

I know, the real answer is to get a better machine. I'm on a student budget--I tried to get a solidworks-friendly machine when I bought it, but I couldn't spend more than $1000 and needed to meet some other requirements. Taking the machine as a given, what else might help?

I'm using a Lenovo T61 laptop running Vista 32 Home Basic (and dual-booting Ubuntu Linux). It has 2GB of RAM and an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU at 2.10 GHz. The graphics card is an nVIDIA Quadro NVS 140M. The system is pretty clean because I prefer to use the Ubuntu OS for email/web/music/etc. and only go over to the Vista side to use MS Office and Solidworks. I don't have any antivirus running (I use clamAv to scan periodically).

I'm using SW2008 SP2.1 on a license from my school (i.e. can't upgrade or downgrade). I'm working with extremely simple parts for class exercises for now--just a few extrudes and holes, nothing that could be taxing the software. Watching the system monitor during a crash, I don't seem to be anywhere near using all of my RAM. Trying the software graphics "safe mode" from SolidworksRX after a crash didn't prevent an immediate subsequent crash. I can't imagine what is causing the trouble.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!