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I’m running Civil 3D 2009 on a PC with an Nvidia Quadro 3500 video card. I’ve recently taken a few steps to speed things up. First, I disabled Communications Center, which speeds up start times. Second, I installed the latest Nvidia Drivers. Finally, I installed the Nvidia Powerdraft Drivers.

I didn’t do any benchmarking, so I can’t say exactly what effect these changes had, but if you are having problems with AutoCAD’s speed, you might want to try a few of these things.
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I just ran into a giant brick wall trying to update the Civil 2008 Object Enabler for AutoCAD 2008. I first tried to install the latest OE. Not so easy, because it told me that I already had an older version installed and I needed to uninstall it first. Okay, so I go to Windows Control Panel:Add/Remove Programs and click Remove for the “Civil 2008 Object Enabler for AutoCAD 2008” entry. It then tells me that it needs the original installation package “2B5.tmp_AutoCAD_2008_-_English_(United_States).msi”.
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A blast from the past

I was getting frustrated with the way Layer Freeze in AutoCAD 2008 (and maybe 2007?) handles blocks nested within xrefs. If you have a block which contains entities on layer 0, which is itself on a different layer, and the whole thing is in an xref, and you use 2008 layfrz, you get this message:

Cannot freeze layer “0”. It is the CURRENT layer.

You get that no matter what setting you use (Block, Entity, No nesting).

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Howdy, welcome to my new AutoCAD blog. To start things off, here’s a little hack for you. The Civil 3D 2008 splash screen reminded me of something else, so I decided to change it. Here’s the procedure:

First, download ResHack: http://www.angusj.com/resourcehacker/

Then modify C:\Program Files\AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008\acadres.dll with ResHack:
1) remove RCData:414
2) Add new Bitmap resource : 414 : new splash image BMP (link below)
3) replace Bitmap resource 144 with new splash image BMP
4) save

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