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Interesting how F11 refreshes your screen. F11 usually toggles the full screen mode.
I would say it sounds like you are having a memory issue. Looks like your notebook
does not have the cabability to run more then one open file at a time.
How much memory does your notebook have?
F11 puts you into full screen mode (notice the top menu bar is partially hidden) and at the same time, refreshing the graphics area (since it needs to resize). There are probably many other ways to "shock" the graphics area into updating too. But, the fact that the graphics area is not updating is likely a clue to what the problem is. My guess is either your graphics card on the notebook is not supported or does not have the latest supported driver. If you run SolidWorks Rx under Start, All Programs, SolidWorks 2011, SolidWorks Tools and go to the Diagnostics page, it should give you information about your graphics card/driver. There is a link in that section to the graphics card driver page on our website where you can check for compatibility and drivers. Here is a direct link: http://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/videocardtesting.html
I hope this helps,
Hum, didn't know that the F11 key put you in fullscreen mode. To little of a difference for me to notice I guess.
my notebook have 4 gig of RAM so I don't think that is the issue
I already knew that my graphic card isn't supported. Here is a pic of the Solidworks Rx
My surprise is that all my colleagues here in my college, run solidworks on similar machines without having any video problems. I going to try to update the video card driver to see if anything changes.
Thank you for the responses.
If others are using the same device that you are with no issues, then what makes me wonder
is if it is your install. Not sure how to do this on a notebook, but maybe a complete uninstall and
a fresh install will do it. You don't happen to have other Solidworks versions on your notebook do you?
Can you think of anything that might be loaded on yours and not on your fellow students? Like anti virus software
I'm glad to say that I updated my video card driver and the problemed was solved. Sorry to bother you all with such a simple problem
Good deal!!! Glad to hear that it was that easy. Congrads!!!