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    Discussion in 'SolidWorks' started by [email protected], Jan 22, 2013.

    1. Miguel@Aardvark3D

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      Oh? I find that strange.

      I use my Dell laptop for freelance work from home. Part time. On my day jobs I've used Dell laptops, HP and Dell desktop workstations and currently I'm using a Lenovo workstation laptop. I have experienced SolidWorks crashes with all these systems, but they've been rare, and usually when I do something to quick and stupid (I work faster than these workstation can keep up). But none have crashed as often as my home laptop. Which leads me to believe there's a hardware problem.

      Have you contacted your SolidWorks support person? They should have several utilities they can suggest you use to test your hardware. You should also check if you have duplicate parts in various directories. Though, after finding and deleting all duplicate parts on my machine, I'm still getting crashes.

      Miguel
       
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    3. ChrisW

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      Solidworks support? HAH! SW won't investigate any problem unless I can reproduce it exactly and tell them how to re-create the fault. I have twice had an issue when inserting an out of context part into a model caused it to create a layout drawing with incorrect dimensions. What did SW do about a catastrophic failure in accuracy? Nothing!

      I started using SW with 2010 version which was going down several times daily, I nearly quit my job because it was so bad.

      2012 has improved but I still crash 2 or 3 times a week. Nothing we or the VAR have offered has improved it, it is by far the most unstable programme I have used in years. I would seriously like to bin it and use something reliable but the firm's legacy data is so vast there is no chance.
       
    4. Ricksmith

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      That sounds about right for SW to crash it is an inherent problem with this product. Could be allot of things, might need to check for your latest updates to see if there might be a fix out there. But if I where you i change cad software and go to Siemens Solid Edge much better cad software and is companionable with SW cad software, In FACT you can transfer your cad files 100% into Solid Edge. There is NO cad software out there that can make that claim is is amazing. Plus the Kernel (engine) in SW belongs to Siemens ( Solid Edge) check for your self in the license file and you will see Siemens and others technology that Dassault uses to make up SW
      But that would be my first suggestion is to go to a much more stable platform. There are more and more companies making this same conclusion and making the switch to Solid Edge.

      Know that may not help much with your current issue. BUT it will fix the problem your having.
       
    5. Miguel@Aardvark3D

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      My post was way back in 2012. Since then I did discover the problem, and it actually had nothing to do with SolieWorks. It has to do with duplicate CAD models located in different folders. I believe I posted the cause and fix for this. Basically you need to ensure you do not have duplicate parts located in different folders, which can happen when you down load components from manufacturers website. My problem was caused by Harwin Connectors. When you down load a connectors it extracts as individual parts in a folder. When you download several connectors that use the same pins, and other component, each connector extracts into its own folder, thus creating duplicate parts located in different folders. Once I cleaned out these parts, SolidWorks worked just fine.
       

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