How many times a day does solidworks crash for you? I get it quite often and I have a brand new computer and was hoping it would run better now than it was on my old computer.
Per day????? At most about once every couple of months.
If you're having problems, run SolidWorks Rx to check for conflicts. Also, is it just a brand new computer or a workstation?
For me it's maybe once every couple weeks.
I've got a top of the line machine and it crashes REGULARLY. Fortunately, this is tied to the EPDM add-in.
Unloading the add-in makes crashes virtually non-existent.
When they do happen, it's usually because I've installed some other application that messed with DLL's.
A quick REPAIR of the SolidWorks install and I'm good to go for at least a month or more.
I also go weeks without a crash. What are the specs on your new computer, and does any particular action or function seem to be what's causing the crashes?
It's certainly irregularly for me. Occurs bi-weekly or monthly and I generally can attribute it to how / when I'm giving commands - split seconds of impatience on my part.
When I first started using SW it would crash several times a day, sometimes dozens. The more I worked with her and learned what she liked and didn't that number steadily went down. Now I'd say maybe every couple weeks to months between crashes. There are a lot of quirks that SW does not like. Sometimes doing the same thing but in a different order seam to make her mad.
1-2 per DAY. Sometimes more.
And I'm meticulous about being up to date, latest SW approved graphics drivers, running maintenance in SWRx, etc, etc.
And I still crash often. I wish I knew why. Sometimes I suspect it's the fact that we work directly from the network server but I really have no idea.
Well i'm running 2012 on a windows 8.1 (its a port my VAR gave me)
so about 3 times a day, then when i open it back up, all the mates break. you get used to it.
We keep up to date, using the right drivers and what not but depending on which version and what SP we're using it can be anything from only a couple times a month to a few times a day.
Mainly while using Routing or making drawings.
We mostly use Solidworks for routing and making drawings of routing.
I'm running PDMWorks add-in, do you know if that could have the same issues as the EPDM?
It's got an Intel Xeon e3-1231 3.4GHz with NVIDIA Quadro K2000 and 16GB ram, i'm on win 7 with solidworks 2013 sp5.0.
Most the time it crashes seems to be when i'm rebuilding or saving, also sometimes it takes 5 min. to save and after it'll crash or just go back to normal, so i'm at a loss for what could be doing that. A lot of our stuff is saved on a network drive as well as going through PDMWorks.
What kind of things have you found it doesn't like? I wouldn't consider myself new, but i'm far from being an expert on solidworks.
Have you tried working and saving locally with the PDMW add-in disabled?
I decided to run the "reliability history" function in Windows to see how often it happens. I expected to see SW show up a lot, but it doesn't. I'm suspecting that when it crashes and SW own "crash report" box pops up, it won't show up here (why not?). It must only show up here when the Windows crash box pops up and asks to "check for a solution" (which it NEVER has one).
What's really interesting is that Edrawings shows up so much. It showed 75% of the days and I wasn't even aware. It happened yesterday and I don't remember it. In this capture, it shows up 3x in one day and I swear I never saw it. I went back months and edrawings consistently popped up 4x more than SW ever did.
Could Edrawings crashing cause Solidworks to crash? I have edrawings running side by side SW all the time (comparing stuff).
When I said earlier that I crash several times a day, what I usually see is the SW crash box pop up, NOT the Windows one. Is there a way to see the history of the SW captured crashes? As I said, this is the box that pops up and asks "What were you doing" and "have you seen this before?". BOY do I want to write some nasty stuff there, but I restrain myself ;-)
I was just very surprised to see how often edrawings crashed.
Do you just get the drivers from Solidworks Rx recomended?
Don't get me started on how much I hate edrawings! 9/10 i prefer opening the drawing in AutoCAD instead, but back on solidworks i ran the test too and here's what mine looks like...
That's for monday, I'm currently updating my Graphics Driver as a lot of ppl have recomended so we'll see if that helps, but i have a lot of sldworks.exe stopped working, and that seems to be the windows side, not solidworks side, curious...
That's a lot of times in a row with the same time stamp!
I know, that early in the morning too! I probably hadn't gotten into anything good yet, still sippin' on coffee
When it crashes, what do you usually see, the SW crash box "what were you doing when it crashed?" or the Windows "check for solutions" boxes?
The solidworks crash box, and usually i'll just click restart solidworks.
I haven't just because that's where all my work is, I'm the only draftsman at my work with 560,000 drawings in the vault it's hard to work locally, and PDMWorks dosn't let me check solidworks files in not through the add-in.
Workstation, it was built to handle the large assembly files I use.
Maybe once a week or less
I did find something interesting - As soon as I tried to open an old assembly it would crash before I saw anything on the screen, which could be a huge issue, however I found that if I open the drawing file first for the first time and open the assembly from there it wouldn't crash...
Crashes are either circular or huge patterns/arrays etc or jut plain old "Fat Finger Disease"
Andy, thanks for the post on the reliability history. We actually have something similar on the customer portal called the CAD Admin Dashboard. It allows you to see system settings and a history of your SOLIDWORKS sessions. The tool is available to subscription customers and you need to turn on the Customer Experience Improvement Program feedback in your Tools->Options. This might help you get a more reliable gauge of stability. Also, the dashboard can help you see issues with GFX card drivers and tracks installations of SOLIDWORKS.
I'd be very curious to know from those of you who responded on this thread whether the dashboard is helpful for answering the OPs question.
This is the line from the Customer Portal
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