I have been using SolidWorks Simulation for quite some time now and continue to be frustrated.
The following is my computer configuration: Windows 7 64-bit, Intel Core i7, 16 GB of memory, Solidworks Professional 2010 x64 Edition, SP5.0 (with Simulation).
Solidworks wants to restart too often. It does this at least once an hour when doing simulation work which currently are static load simulations. It is not only when running the simulation but will also happen when flipping between windows. I am using an assembly with around 35 components but that does not seem to be why as I have the same issue when using smaller subassemblies. There have been times when I will make changes to parts then save the assembly and tell it to save all parts and later when it crashes the parts will be back to where they were before I saved them. This has even happened when I tell SW to restart and restore the files. For some reason SW does not always store the parts when it says it does or when restoring it pulls up old temp files.
This issue costs a lot of time and money, and I don't believe there is a "work around" for this and please don't tell me 2011 will run better than 2010 because that has never been the case with SW. They always say the new version runs better but they never point out you need to purchase the latest computer on the market to get an increase in performance. I have never used a piece of software that crashes so much, I still use ProE on a regular basis and it does not crash like this.
Is this common for other users, is there something othere people are doing to prevent this?