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Doesn't generate 3D

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Hi guys!

My archicad 16 doesn't generate any 3D images. When I press F3 or F5, nothing happens, it look's like some kind of error happens.

My Dell notebook has the windows 8, I don't know if that is a problem to archicad 16.

Can somebody please help me?


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Do you get an error message or just nothing?

Some things to check:

- Renovation Filter
- Axonometric / Perspective view (if perspective your camera may be looking in the wrong direction - change from one to the other and...)
- Zoom Extents - does anything appear (and check in plan view that when you Zoom Extents that there is nothing a long distance away from your model - you might have to do this for each storey)
- If in perspective mode and camera appears to be pointing in the right direction check the camera and target heights (check 3D Projection Settings)

Possible solution:

- Place a camera and make sure camera / target heights are appropriate. Select camera then go to 3D window.


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Nothing, no messages.

It seems like the 3D window doesn't open.
And if I change the engine to inside engine (not using the 3D open GL) the 3D appears, but very slow and with poor graphics.

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Could be a graphics card issue then. Is this something that has just started happening, or are you new to Archicad altogether?

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Karl Ottenstein
Does your laptop meet all minimum requirements here:

in particular the video card requirement? (Laptop should have a dedicated graphics card, not an onboard chip that shares main memory which is common in low-end laptops.)

See also:

(Of course, having nothing happen is not very friendly behavior vs getting a message telling you why nothing is happening.)
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I had the windows 7 and always worked very well

My notebook: 8GB RAM, core i7, 2GB dedicated graphics card

But now that I'm using the windows 8 this happens.

Outside chance: Was this file earlier opened on a dual-monitor setup with the 3d on the second monitor?
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No file works, not even a new file. I've uninstalled and installed three times and nothing changed.

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