Just some information I’ve picked up.

Hi Richard,

I’ve got the plugin and ops issue resolved. Deleting the entry did the trick. 6.5.0.5 is running very well on my machine with only a couple of critical errors in over a week. And I realize that’s an issue with video memory. I’ve increased my Virtual Memory Page Size to 1 GB and that seems to help, it’s not lagging so badly like it did with the newer versions.

Just an FYI of sorts:

Recently, 3DC 6.6 quit running on my computer. It kept giving some sort of DirectX error among others and would shut down. Sometimes my system would click off and restart. Very odd stuff.

Well, I started doing some research about video cards and to my surprise found that I don’t have a video card!! I have what’s termed an integrated video system. It’s an S3 ProSavage DDR with 32 MB RAM, which I found out is part of the overall system RAM.

Most of the budget systems for home computers have either the S3 or SiS graphics chips mounted on the motherboard using part of the system memory for the video display. For most situations this is acceptable. But when you get into 3D it can be a problem ranging from minor irritants to major stuff like a crash on the order I was experiencing.

So.. I thought I’d share that with y’all..

I’ll be putting something that’s Radeon Compatible or an ATI card in my machine to get around that. For those of you experiencing similar problems this seems to be the only way to go.. and if you get error numbers in the 2 millions, it’s a DirectX error.

Hope this helps someone out there pulling their hair out <!– s:D –><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!– s:D –>

When a computer shuts down when 3DC is running it is almost always the result of a flakey graphics card driver. Updating it often helps.

You are right about most inexpensive computers not having ‘graphics cards’. Shared memory is definitely a limiting factor to performance.

You may find that removing the registry entry ‘HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareVB and VBA Program Settings3DC’ (as I mentioned in your other post) will correct the DirectX error you are having. It could be the result of a registry entry being corrupted.

Richard

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