: I have problems with running PRO/E 2001 on my laptop computer (Compaq Evo
: Normally I can start PRO/E and work for some time (5 min, 15 min or maybee 1
: hour), but suddenly PRO/E disapears. It is only PRO/E that stops, the rest
: of the programs continue to work properly .
: I have been told that the problem has something to with the screendriver.
It could be something along those lines, but it could be a lot of things:
it could be hardware that is inadequate to the task of running a high-powered,
professional design suite (i.e., minimal memory, minimal graphics memory, weak
hardware support for OpenGL [e.g., Radeon 7500], slow hard drive);
it could be the way you use Pro/e, as if your laptop were a networked SGI
monster (rapid mouse movements, ripping through menus, keeping lots of windows
it could be the operating system, one that's strong on DirectX for gaming, but
does not offer OpenGL support, for example or just barely;
it could be a config setting within Pro/e that pushes the software past limping
hardware's endurance, exacerbated by being on a network and tripply sensitive
working in a linked session with Ilink.
All these can contribute to bogging/freezing/crashing while running Pro/e. But
number one on the hit list is graphics and lack of hardware/driver support of
: Any suggestions to solve my problem???
Pro/e crashes abruptly, without warning or recourse. Seems to dump without a
trace, but that's not exactly true. It deposits these little turds in working
directory called STD.OUT and STD.ERR which record respectively, startup and
configuration errors and exit errors. So, STD.ERR will say something like
signal number: 0x000013". This is an error number which you can either post here
for clarification or go to ptc.com to investigate. If you find these deposits in
your working directory after a crash, it is wise, and often informative re: the
cause of the crash, to investigate.
As the configuration options settings are suspect, the effect of their changes
from default settings can be easily investigated by renaming the config.pro file
as config.bak or similar, thus, forcing Pro/e to work from hardcoded defaults.
this brings benefit or cure, this is your cue to investigate the settings for
or a combination, that could cause the instability.
Change behavior patterns: open only one window at a time while using Pro/e; save
and close before opening another. See if this ameliorates or cures and, if so,
are definitely bound, tightly bound, by the hardware's limitations.
Change the config option GRAPHICS to Win32_gdi, the default windows graphics
system. It is more or less guaranteed that graphics performance will degrade,
however, stability may be enhanced. If so, you need a graphics card which is
better based, in hardware, on OpenGL as that is Pro/e's cross-platform graphics
language: everyone, from FreeBSD to Linux to Windows XP, speaks OpenGL. If your
GPU/driver combo do not do a very hot job of this, you are doomed. Spend the
to get, at least, a semi-professional setup. Your current one is doubtful.