AutoCAD Hardware Certification FAQ
1. What products does the AutoCAD graphics hardware certification cover?
|Autodesk Product Family ||2011 ||2012 ||2013|
|AutoCAD® Architecture |
|AutoCAD® Civil 3D® |
|AutoCAD® ecscad |
|AutoCAD® Electrical |
|AutoCAD® LT || |
|AutoCAD® Map 3D |
|AutoCAD® Mechanical |
|AutoCAD® MEP |
|AutoCAD® P&ID |
|AutoCAD® Plant 3D |
|AutoCAD® Raster Design |
|AutoCAD® Structural Detailing |
2. How do I check to see if AutoCAD is using hardware acceleration?
In AutoCAD enter 3DCONFIG at the command line. In the Adaptive Degradation and Performance Tuning dialog box, click the Manual Tune button. In the Manual Performance Tuning dialog box (shown here), see whether Enable Hardware Acceleration is selected. The Manual Performance Tuning dialog box also indicates the 3D display features that are supported by your graphics hardware.
3. Can I set AutoCAD to use hardware acceleration manually if my graphics hardware is not listed?
Yes, if your graphics hardware can support some of the display features in AutoCAD you can turn on hardware acceleration.
To turn on hardware acceleration in AutoCAD enter 3DCONFIG in the command line. In the Adaptive Degradation and Performance Tuning dialog box, click the Manual Tune button. In the Manual Performance Tuning dialog box, select Enable Hardware Acceleration.
4. How do I find my driver version?
You can view information about your graphics hardware driver in the Performance Tuner Log. In AutoCAD enter 3DCONFIG at the command line. In the Adaptive Degradation and Performance Tuning dialog box, click the View Tune Log button.
5. How do I update my Hardware Certification XML file and my graphics hardware driver in AutoCAD?
In AutoCAD you can update your Hardware Certification XML file directly from the software. Enter 3DCONFIG at the command line and click Check for Updates. If a newer file is available, it will be downloaded and installed in your system. If a newer graphics hardware driver is available, a note will be displayed in the dialog box, and you can follow the link to download the latest certified graphics hardware driver for your card.
The Certification XML file can be updated automatically by selecting Check for Updates
6. Why can’t I install and launch AutoCAD for Mac? I use the Windows version of AutoCAD in Boot Camp or Parallels with no problem.
AutoCAD is a very graphics-intensive program, and requires certain effects that not all graphics hardware can support. Because AutoCAD for Mac does not have its own software renderer, it relies more heavily on the graphics hardware than the Windows version of AutoCAD. Some graphics hardware may be capable of running AutoCAD but not adequate for use with AutoCAD for Mac. If the AutoCAD for Mac installer detects inadequate graphics hardware, it blocks installation of the software.