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    Quote Originally Posted by CharlieN View Post
    I recently installed this EAA Solidworks in my Dell laptop, Win 7-64 bit. I had no issues installing the program. Also no issue with opening Solidworks. But when I went to open a new drawing the program just crashed, repeatedly. I found a diagnostic stating the NVIDIA Gforce 9800M GTX display card is not on some list. This display card works fine for every other program but apparently not with Solidworks.
    NVIDIA Gforce GTX video cards have not been tested with SOLIDWORKS. It is hit or miss as to when they will work or not. We had those running on our computers in the museum lab last year and they worked fine for doing the tutorials in SOLIDWORKS, so long as they had enough video RAM. Yours only has 2GB, whereas ours were the 1070s with 8GB. SOLIDWORKS has tested AMD FirePro and NVIDIA Quadros and recommends 8GB+. I love NVIDIA and they were nice enough to donate Quadro cards to EAA since we are a non-profit and these are our Air Academy computers, but AMD FirePros can give you better performance at lower price points. I do trust NVIDIA reliability a bit more, though.

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    Thank you Cory, This did surprise me when the install went very clean and it was not until I went to open a new drawing, as in no content and the software just went bank.
    I am close to buying a new laptop, probably a Dell M3510, this is on the accepted list for SW. I have a little time this morning and will research a few more upscale computers as well. This old Dell I am on is a solid workhorse and with some reading I have done it seems the issue I am up against is the dual graphics card which uses SLI is just a gamers card and the CAD systems do not use that style.
    So if I want to run this system I need new hardware.
    Regards,
    CharlieN
    VP chapter 968

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