When it comes to crashes, there are a variaty of causes.
Sometimes the files in the directory gets corrupt. You can delete the following folder from your registry and see if that helps.
Run Regedit. Go to C:\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SolidWorks\SolidWorks 2012\User Interface
Delete the "General-Summary" folder.
Don't worry. It will rewrite the next time you open SW.
The path might be slightly different depending on the OS your using.
Hope this helps.
i will give this ago, so if solidworks throws the user out, try the regedit fix? have i understood you correctly?
No. If SW crashes continuously. Try the regedit fix.
ok i will. Thanks.
do you think our issues are down to xp runnig 32 bit. would win 7 64 bit make it more stable?
We are upgrading to Win 7 in the summer and also using a piece of software called RES
do you think our issues are down to xp runnig 32 bit.
Only partially, due to limited RAM access. XP x32 was great for earlier (less resource intensive) SW versions.
would win 7 64 bit make it more stable?
Win7 x64 is not inherently more stable, but it allows access to more RAM which does help improve stability.
We are upgrading to Win 7 in the summer
Hopefully the computers are also being upgraded ... not just the OS.
See https://forum.solidworks.com/community/administration/blog/2011/10/04/whats-important-for-a-solidworks-workstation for some helpful info.
also using a piece of software called RES
Anytime a 3rd party add-in or utility is used, you run the risk of compatability issues. If possible disable temporariliy to see if the crashes become less frequent.
What are the computer specs?
Video card & driver?
some are dell optiplex 760 with on board graphic cards. The pc runn 4gb of ram and have a intel core duo 2
The onboard graphics is probably the biggest source of the crashing problem, followed by the amount of RAM.
See http://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/videocardtesting.html for approved cards & drivers.
Are you using the 3GB switch?
you need upgrade your PC's 64bit at least 8gig of ram and at least the cheaper Quadro 500 series video cards, the Quadro 600 is around $150 bucks.
here at ASU in our CAD room, SW, NX, SolidEdge, Ansis, MatLab we only use workstations as they have the horse power to do what is needed. we cycle every 3 years, buy some every years to replace the older ones.
Did anyone of these answers provide you with favourable results?
I think this may have been answered already, but check that updates to windows XP is not installing the wrong driver card for graphics on auto updates. Check through Solidworks Rx and see if the driver needs updating, you may have to uninstall the graphics driver windows wants to use against what SolidWorks wants you to use. It did cause an issues for me in 2011 when i went from one service pack to the other.
I do run 2012 sp1.0 on Win7, crashed a few time but that may be due to having the auto recover set to a temp file in the options. I have it pointing to a set folder now which seems to help.
Not crashed in ages, but then im not doing 10000 part assemblies!
I am desktop support technician at a college. We run varous engineering course at the college. I support the CAD users and lecturers.
We are running Solidworks 2012 in a Windows XP 32-bit enviroment. I am getting a increase in reported crashes from Solidworks. One instacnce even rebooted the pc. I was unable to get any error logs as we have a piece of software call Deep Freeze installed to stop students making changes to the C:\
we are moving to Win 7 in the summer and i have asked for the engineering teaching rooms to be 64 bit.
Are our crashes down to memory issues or OS issues?