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Solidworks started running unusably slow out of nowhere (i.e. rendering 1 frame per second for simple sketches).

I've re-installed Solidworks, updated video card drivers, virus scanned my computer and Solidworks is still unusable.

I'm running a Intel i7-4800MQ processor and have an Intel HD Graphics 4600 video card with 2160MB.

 

What else should I do? I'm going crazy here


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Last comment By: Kevin Piper   Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:48:28 GMT
Re: Need advice! Solidworks became unusably slow out of nowhere. I've tried seemingly everything...

What is your RAM?

By: Vladimir Urazhdin  Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:06:45 GMT
Re: Need advice! Solidworks became unusably slow out of nowhere. I've tried seemingly everything...

Hi Scott,

 

If you do a search for "slow" in the forums, you'll see a number of people have run into this same problem:

https://forum.solidworks.com/search.jspa?q=slow

 

One thing to note is that your graphics card is not officially supported. Most people that have seen such problems have found it caused by Windows doing an automatic update of the graphics card driver. See the other threads from the search results above for details about how to troubleshoot and possible solutions.

 

I hope this helps,

Jim

By: Jim Wilkinson  Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:18:05 GMT
Re: Need advice! Solidworks became unusably slow out of nowhere. I've tried seemingly everything...

Scott Bahl


In addition to this, I just wanted to throw my solution out there for you to try.  Be sure your graphics card driver is up to date, go to their website and verify this as it was the solution to an unsupported graphics card that a coworkers was using on his home computer for me.  Next step is checking your other hardware and make sure your windows is up to date.  On the other hand, if you just recently updated anything (Windows or the like), revert your changes and test your old settings.

By: Kevin Piper  Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:23:04 GMT
Re: Need advice! Solidworks became unusably slow out of nowhere. I've tried seemingly everything...

your using an integrated GPU try to check the openGL to see if it will improve your performance if it does try to roll back the intel HD driver

By: Jaja Jojo  Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:48:31 GMT
Re: Need advice! Solidworks became unusably slow out of nowhere. I've tried seemingly everything...

I'm having the same issue. It started Monday night (4/17/17). I'm using an Intel HD Graphics 4000 video card (which I realize is unsupported, but it worked perfectly fine for years until Monday) so it's not the nvidia driver problem.

 

The driver for my card is listed as being from Dec. 2015, so it hasn't been updated recently. I have no idea what is going on and Solidworks is completely worthless on my machine now. I've run it in openGL to see if that solves the problem, and it goes even slower. I'm on a really tight timeline to finish a design and SW is taking literally a minute and a half just to smart dimension something in a sketch. Any help would be appreciated!

By: Karl Grueschow  Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:29:54 GMT
Re: Need advice! Solidworks became unusably slow out of nowhere. I've tried seemingly everything...

did you updates your OS because sometimes OS security updates can make your SW to become fancy

By: Jaja Jojo  Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:37:09 GMT
Re: Need advice! Solidworks became unusably slow out of nowhere. I've tried seemingly everything...

Possibly automatic updates, but I haven't changed anything that I'm aware of. That's what is frustrating here- I haven't done anything that I'm aware of that could have caused this.

 

I'm trying to do what Mr. Lin suggests below about changing the registry setting, but I do not seem to have a "Parallels and Intel Inc" section in my registry.

By: Karl Grueschow  Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:02:03 GMT
Re: Need advice! Solidworks became unusably slow out of nowhere. I've tried seemingly everything...

Try rolling your computer back to just before your last windows update.  I have had this help in the past.  When do you have your scheduled updates installed most want them to do it during off hours.  So if it installed Friday evening then you would not have noticed till Monday.

By: David Nelson  Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:39:50 GMT
Re: Need advice! Solidworks became unusably slow out of nowhere. I've tried seemingly everything...

Hi Scott:

 

Try this registry setting:

 

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SolidWorks\SOLIDWORKS 2017\Performance\Graphics\Hardware\Intel\Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000]
"Workarounds"=dword:84000484
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SolidWorks\SOLIDWORKS 2017\Performance\Graphics\Hardware\Intel\Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000\V001_FG_X614105256_V815102256]
"Workarounds"=dword:4000480
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SolidWorks\SOLIDWORKS 2017\Performance\Graphics\Hardware\Intel\Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000\V002_FG_V815102345]
"Workarounds"=dword:4000080
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SolidWorks\SOLIDWORKS 2017\Performance\Graphics\Hardware\Parallels and Intel Inc.
"Workarounds"=dword:84000484
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SolidWorks\SOLIDWORKS 2017\Performance\Graphics\Hardware\Parallels Inc. & Intel Inc.
"Workarounds"=dword:84000484

 

You need to change 201X to your actual SOLIDWORKS version.

By: Shaodun Lin  Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:43:53 GMT
Re: Need advice! Solidworks became unusably slow out of nowhere. I've tried seemingly everything...

Is it just me or does anybody else find this disturbing that we all need to be IT gods to get this software to run efficiently?

By: Dan Golthing  Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:19:37 GMT
Re: Need advice! Solidworks became unusably slow out of nowhere. I've tried seemingly everything...

I was able to change the 4000, 4000/V001, 4000/V002 entries but it didn't make any change to SW's performance. I can't change the "parallels and Intel Inc" entries because they don't appear to exist in my registry.

 

I guess I'll have to try rolling back to before last weekend. I'm hesitant to do it because it will uninstall ANSYS, and that's an hour to install and I need it for class today. I'll give it a try this weekend I guess. If you think of anything else, please let me know. I really appreciate all the suggestions so far.

By: Karl Grueschow  Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:29:40 GMT
Re: Need advice! Solidworks became unusably slow out of nowhere. I've tried seemingly everything...

Running supported hardware configurations does the job (the vast majority of the time).

By: Dave Laban  Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:28:24 GMT
Re: Need advice! Solidworks became unusably slow out of nowhere. I've tried seemingly everything...

I think most of us run SW on the machines we have, not the machines we want.

 

It's frustrating, but this definitely looks like a Windows update issue more than a solidworks issue. I have a few other friends who had SW start going unbearably slow as of Monday night/Tuesday morning. It appears to only affect windows 10 installations, since the win7 versions on the campus computers work fine. I wish I had never "upgraded" to Windows 10.

By: Karl Grueschow  Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:39:32 GMT
Re: Need advice! Solidworks became unusably slow out of nowhere. I've tried seemingly everything...

My home computer has a motherboard that is supported up to W8, but I didn't have issues until the creator's update that they started rolling out recently (I got mine monday or tuesday too coincidentally), had to reinstall my OS and a bunch of other hassles.  I think that creator's update is where the major disruptions are.  Regardless, it definitely sounds like a recent update to software or drivers is the source for the poster's issues.  Since he never returned I'm hoping he got it resolved.

By: Kevin Piper  Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:48:28 GMT
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