6 Replies Latest reply on May 19, 2014 10:51 AM by Shane Edmonds

    Toshiba Laptops

    Shane Edmonds

      Hello Solidworks Forum Surfers!  I am a long time SW and Forum user.  I am looking at a Toshiba Satellite Laptop to use as a mobile Solidworks Workstation.  I plan to run Windows 8.1 x64 and SW2014.  I am familiar with how to check if a graphics card/driver are tested.  Please don't feel the need to point out the obvious here.  I have deployed tons of SW workstations and fully get how this machine is not the most powerful bohemoth I can purchase.  I am interested to hear if anyone is USING a machine like this with the integrated Intel HD graphics card to run Solidworks 2013 or 2014.  If you DO NOT have actual hands-on experience with this machine or another similarly equipped laptop with the Intel HD integrated graphics card please refrain from commenting on this post.

        • Re: Toshiba Laptops
          Guy Pommares

          Well, the obvious question is: "what kind of modelling are you doing?".

          If you are doing simple stuff like light switches, mounting brackets or

          Lego blocks, you are plenty fine. When it gets complicated and you

          have assemblies with dozens of parts, each with a dozen or so features,

          it slows way down to an infuriating crawl, but is still a lot faster than

          waiting til you get back to base and can boot up the muscle machine.


          So the question by itself has no reasonable answer. Give us an idea

          of the type, and degree of complexity of the modelling you do, and of

          the circumstances which require a tool that works on the go, and we

          might form an opinion on the validity of the trade-offs.



            • Re: Toshiba Laptops
              Shane Edmonds

              I appreciate the enthusiasm to help, but I am really not soliciting opinions.  You did not read the post correctly which is a common issue on Forums.  The post is clearly asking for users' experiences running Solidworks on a particular type of machine with a specific graphics card.  The last sentence sums it up.  There are no shortages of opinions on this forum.  If I simply followed those (or the recomendations from Dassault) I would have already bought another machine.


              To repeat and slightly rephrase the question: Does anyone have experience running Solidworks 2013 or 2014 on a Toshiba laptop with the Intel HD integrated graphics card?


              I am not trying to be difficult.  I am just not asking if anyone cares to from an uneducated opinion about a machine they have never used to perform an ambiguous host of tasks.  That is the primary reason I did not include what I am doing with my CAD laptops or any other specs about the machine.  I want to hear about peoples experiences with this particular hardware.


              Thanks, again, for trying to be helpful.



            • Re: Toshiba Laptops
              Roland Schwarz

              I ran a 2005 vintage Toshiba Satellite with SW 2007.  It was about the best SW laptop setup I had ever used before or since.


              It was a little weak in graphics compared to most desktop units, but it served me well.  The most  challenging design work done on this machine was modelling woodwind instruments.  Lots of small components and many with complex surfacing.  Single parts rendered well.  Small components in large assemblies would turn into blocks when the view was rotated.


              Toshiba had some issues with the power supply jacks coming loose.  I think this has been rectified in later models.


              I know this isn't precisely what you asked for, so I'll stand by and wait for my share of insults.  Can't let Mr. Pommares have all the fun!

              • Re: Toshiba Laptops
                Guy Pommares

                To Shane


                You might have to wait a while.


                To Roland


                Hi buddy, thanks for the support.

                I had the same issue you did with details going blocky during rotations.

                Would like to add that they rendered all right when movement stopped.

                The machine being a bit sluggish was a huge benefit compared to

                waiting to get back to base to continue building the model.


                To our flaming friend, I would like to point out that those of us not

                blessed with ownership of a Toshiba may still contribute based on very

                similar experience. You may be certain that your performance is going

                to be quite close to ours. Some slowdown but infinetly better than not

                having the tool at hand.


                Back at MIT we routinely used educated guesses to set up the first run

                of an experiment so we could have something to go with before going

                ahead and calibrating whatever the setup. What's more, I am very

                curious to know why you adamantly refuse to divulge the nature of the

                project and the urgency of carrying on with the job while on the road.


                BTW the word is behemoth.



                  • Re: Toshiba Laptops
                    Roland Schwarz

                    Speaking of behemoths...


                    My Satellite used a LOT of juice.  The AC drew enough amperage to trip the breakers on the power outlet provided in business class on an Airbus.  Didn't get as much work done on the China flights as I hoped to.

                    • Re: Toshiba Laptops
                      Shane Edmonds

                      BTW, it is only Behemoth when Joe Walsh is not playing it.


                      I made an attempt at minimizing the random discussion.  FAIL.


                      To Roland: thank you for the support and information.  I am now interested in what amperage breakers Airbus puts on their passenger circuits.