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  1. We have Mac OS 9.2.2 running on a mix of Mac CPU's, mainly Biege G3's, with VW v8.5.2. I upgraded Adobe Type Manager (ATM) v4.6 to v4.6.2 and we're having problems. The main one is when an operator zooms out too much, and sometimes on Zoom IN - ATM quits and the workstation needs to be rebooted to restart VW. Any ideas how to solve it?
  2. HiPhi


    We have Mac OS 9.2.2 running on a mix of Mac's, mainly Biege G3's, and VW v8.5.2. I have upgraded Adobe Type Manager v4.6 to v4.6.2 and we're still having problems. The main one is when an operator zooms out too much - ATM quits and the workstation needs to be rebooted to restart VW. Any ideas how to solve it?
  3. We use HP 1050 DesignJet with a Microspot Print Server software package to help counter the "non too great" HP drivers. We also use 2x Epson 3000's but we often have trouble with these and they are a hassle to re-set etc. Nice output though and a lot cheaper then the HP 1050.
  4. Re: Crashing and slow redraws! I have recently had the same, or similar, problems at a practice where I work on contract. I managed to solve the frequently re-occurring problem by carrying out a series of clean Mac OS and VW 8.5.2 installs on the effected machines. I also created a dedicated scratch disk partition on the affected machines and set the Mac Virtual Memory to cache to this drive/partition. I know you don't want to go to this length, but trust me, it'll save you a lot of time in the long run.
  5. I didn't have to add any more RAM or VRAM! Even with the existing 2MB VRAM on the Motherboard and working on A1 & A0 sized drawings the redraw speeds were fine. Also RAM for old biege G3 desktops isn't that cheap nowadays - at least not here in the UK. I didn't even need to keep the VillageTronics graphics card in the unit, it was so quick! Cheers and thanks to all contributors!
  6. I reckon I've cracked the redraw problem at last and thanks TiTaNiuM sAMuRai for your assistance. I'm only part time contract at problem location so sorry for slight delay in response. Before leaving on Monday (last day I logged in) I had the opportunity to test my theory as one of the older G3 workstations wasn't in use due to illness. I fitted a Ratoc usb/firewire card and backed up the entire workstation on external firewire HD. I also fitted a VillageTronic MPDD+ PCI graphics upgrade card to compare results. I then erased the HD and re-initialised it as two seperate partitions, although I think having two actual HD's would be better. I then did a clean install of 9.2.1 making surte to include the IX3D card drivers as a custom install procedure. After completing the whole install process I rebooted and rebuilt the desktop. Once back up and running I went to Virtual Memory and follow TiTaNiuM sAMuRai's advice about giving the system a huge VM but set it up to run from the smaller 500MB "scratch" disk I had just created. I then also followed Katies advice and went into VW 8.5.2's preferences and lowered the undo's from 20 to 12 and some of the other 2D and 3D resolution standards. After another reboot and desktop rebuild for good measure the systemwas running well. I further increased the performance by lowering the colours from 1000's to 256 and then the system flew! The real test will come later today as the absent workstation user is back in and using his computer. Thanks to both TiTaNiuM sAMuRai and Katie for both of your suggestions. Hopefully this work round will keep our aging G3's working until later in the year before upgrading becomes inevitable. By doing this I will save my contract employer largish amounts of money now and the replacement workstations towards the end of the year will be cheaper as the new G5's will be out by then and the existing G4's will have dropped in price. Thanks again!
  7. Thank you Honourable TiTaNiuM sAMuRai: I haven't given them as much as 500MB VM as they only have around 200MB of physical RAM installed. I have already given them similar amounts of Min/Max memory allocation. Do you think the workstations would benefit from me setting them up with a 2nd partition on the internal HD as a dedicated scratch disk to cache to? I know another HD would be better but it's a cost "thang"?
  8. Hi Katie, Thanks again for the suggestions but I've already checked them before posting my 1st message. Please note we have problems with our Biege G3's and not G4's. I'm uncertain as to whether it's the onboard VRAM (only 2MB) with the ATI 3dPro or the actual amount of physical RAM installed. Although most of the machines have around 200MB in them but as they are older G3's I was wondering if they would resolve the problem if given more? Sometimes redraws are slow due to RAM or VRAM - which do you reckon?
  9. Hi Kate, We are mainly using VW 8.5.2 with MacOS 9.2.1 on the G3 233/266's. Any ideas? HiPhi
  10. I think it's the MacOS upgrade as we are using VW8.5 but I upgraded thr OS from 8.6-9.2.1?
  11. I'm a recently appointed network manager for a firm of architects using Apple Mac cpu's and VectorWorks. Most of the Macs are G3 or G4 units and I've recently updated them to MacOS v9.2.1. They all have around 200MB + RAM and are driving large (20") monitors at about 1150 x 870 pixels. Before upgrading from Mac OS 8.6 the redraw speed of the VectorWorks drawing was quicker then in Mac OS 9.2.1 and I can't figure out why. I've left the Apple OS installed ATI Rage driver extension on and tried leaving the ATI Radeon off but even in 256 colours the redraw is noticeably slower. The G3's show the problem not the G4's. The G3's have a ATI 3D RAGE Pro PCI chipped graphics card built-in on the Motherboard. The systems were using the following drivers before upgrading, but even if I put them back in it doesn't seem to do much for the systems performance: Apple IX3D Graphics Accelerator v1.0.4Apple IX3D RAVE Engine v1.0.4Apple IX3D Video Memory Manager v1.0.4 In the system profiler shows the following: Card Type - DisplayCard Name - ATI-Mach64-3DUProCard Mode - ATI, GT-CCard ROM - 113-XXXXX-1.1Rev - 92Vendor - 1002RAM - 2MB I know the VRAM is low but why has it only slowed down since upgrading the OS? The Office is a loyal user of VectorWorks and we would appreciate some assistance. Thanks in advance for a speedy reply.
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