After a clean new harddrive I'm getting this error about the holewizard favorites.mdb out of memory.
I have to kill my solidworks session and reload in order to use the hole wizard.
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Per Solution S-019494 in the SolidWorks KB:
This problem can occur when the system is very low on memory and the user attempts to use the hole wizard. If this occurs frequently it may be worth considering adding more RAM to the system.
This problem has been identified and reported to our development team in:SPR 386877: Error: Out of memory trying to initialize data source from standards file "c:\xxx\HoleWizardFavorites.mdb". Inserting hole in large assembly
Below are the particulars on SPR 386877, which is shown closed:
Supplied example was a valid case of user running out of memory due to working with multiple large assemblies. Even after closing an assembly some application modules may remain loaded in memory for future use in session - Windows Task Manager does not include these against sldworks.exe process by default - show “Virtual Memory Size” column for a more accurate reading. It is recommended to switch to SolidWorks x64 if encountering this warning frequently - this will not have the memory limitation that is inherent in 32 bit systems. If user encounters the above warning message and clearly has available memory, provide a reproducible case to Technical Support - including full datasets and RX file.
Best Option: Upgrade to a 64 bit operating system
Other Options: Are you running MS outlook? Word? IE? all that stuff? How much RAM do you have?
You don't need to close down solidworks if you have a bunch of part files open. just close some of them (if you can). close other applications. If you want to tweak your system you can turn on /3GB mode, but that can make a lot of systems go flaky.
Your underlying problem is that you are opening up parts & assemblies that just take too much memory, and you need more.
Yes and Really?
Solidworks best on a 64 bit system? How many users out there have that type of machine. We have a few here for FEA anaylsis but not for CAD.
I have a maxed out Dell 690 with 4GB of RAM. MS Windows XP only allows for 3GB. I haven't tried turning on the 3GB mode. But if its flaky. then I don't like the sound of that.
Yes I usually have MS outlook open and IE open. Still doesn't seem like SW is hogging that much memory.
But I will try that next time.
I have the same error and just have solidworks with only one file open a very base part still getting this error.
I heard this problem still exists on a 64-bit platform. Question is....why does the Hole Wizard require so much memory? This is crippling our productivity at our company. All SW replies is to throw more memory at your workstation. I believe this needs to be fixed immediately with a service pack.
I can confirm that we DO NOT have this problem on all of our systems (6) running Windows 7 x64 with 12 of RAM, SWX 2010 SP5.0.
Russ, this was commented by our VAR.
I can understand running out of memory when there are many parts/assemblies/applications open.
I have a few apps open, including Excel, Outlook (with all the "extras" that come with it), Acrobat, Lotus Notes...
We have a corporate mandated Standard Operating Environment, this SOE will not allow the 3Gig switch, nor running Win7, or any 64bit OS.
System is a Dell T3500 with Quad Xeon processor, and 4G ram. Nor a super computer by any means I know, but quite frisky.
Running SW2010 SP 5
Task Manager reports Physical Memory as follows:
Available 1711844 (or so, varies)
System Cache 1369516
SW VM Size = 357,024K
Yet I cannot open the hole wizard with only one part and its associated drawing open. I do not have, and never had, a "favourites" for the hole wizard, nor does my machine have a "HoleWizardFavourites.mdb" file. I am simply trying to edit an existing "Hole Wizard" feature.
The solutions offered (upgrade OS, fit more ram, enable 3Gig switch) are not possible due to SOE restrictions.
The problem as I see it is not a low grade system, its software, plain and simple. I know I can clear this error by re-starting my machine, but I still think that is not good enough as a solution. There is plenty to love about SolidWorks, and I am not putting down the efforts of those who are responsible for it. What I see is there are a few holes that need fixing, and sometimes the easy solutions (bigger, faster, stronger) are not good enough, because those holes will still exist, I will find them turning up when I have more parts/assemblies/apps open. A question asked earlier was - will this problem be fixed in SW2010? It wasn't, so will it be fixed in SW2011? This question has not been answered.
This is an excellent reply and hope this gets attention.
I am getting the exact same error as well. Never seen or experienced it before.
I am on a 7 year old machine and attributed it to that. It doesn't happen all the time
but when I have a few files open (some parts and some assemblies) it shows up.
I just close solidworks down and I am good. Plus I only have one other application open
other then Solidworks.
One of my co-workers is having this issue as well. I'm on a new-ish x64 station with plenty of bells and whistles. He's on a x32 bit computer that might only be a few steps above a secretary's computer, but it's still good enough for him to run Simulation Xpress on it without major issues.
I know that the obvious solution is "get the guy a better computer" (and we are). But to be honest, that feels like a band-aid solution. I still find it odd that a system that can handle Simulation Xpress and some relatively large assemblies is somehow inadequate to run something as commonly used as Hole Wizard.
I see a lot of discussions on this topic, but I've yet to find one that addresses that core issue. As far as I've seen, every solution has been to throw more memory/processing/graphics cards capabilities at the problem until it goes away.
Try the 3 gig switch. I believe the setting is in the computers BIOS. It seem to fix our problem for now until we move to a 64-bit OS. Hope this helps.
The answer I received from SW was go to 64bit or set the 3 GIG Switch (Search for S-048749 in the knowledge base). After we set the 3 GIG switch the holewizard problem went away for our 100 plus users. Not sure if this band-aid causes other issues but we are pretty much dead with out it.
I have had different individuals from SW warn me that by setting the switch it may cause other instabilities with Microsoft Office.
I still ask this question......why does the Hole Wizard use so much memory? SW lists certain minimum hardware requirements that most of us meet and buy. Then we load the software to run it, and now it doesn't work? That's just wrong....
Running SW 2012 sp2 on a Dell 390 with 4GB ram. was having the same problem, and had to shut down SW to get the hole wizard to work again. today I hade the same problem but when I shut SW down and tried it again, same problem. wont work at all now.
Are you still on Windows XP 32-bit platform?
Yes, but there are 2 other computers here, same as mine with no problems.
I just shut down SW again and now its working, for now.
How many other applications do you have open besides SW? The real fix for this is to move to Windows 7 64-bit. The problem seems to go away.
The company said they are going to get new computers this year.
Thank you for your help.
You're welcome. FYI Tim......start with 8 gig of memory as a minimum. Also, get a good video card recommended by SW. As they say.....go big or stay home!
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