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Autodesk Inventor Hardware Certification FAQ

1. What products does the Inventor graphics hardware testing cover?

Autodesk graphics testing for Inventor covers all variants of Autodesk Inventor version 2011 or later, either standalone or delivered in product suites.

2. What is the scope of Inventor Graphics Driver Support?

Autodesk Inventor version 2011 and later supports Microsoft Direct3D graphics, but does not support OpenGL graphics. Autodesk Inventor 2010 supports both OpenGL and Microsoft Direct3D graphics.

Autodesk Inventor 2011 and later support a graphics shader program based display pipeline. While most Windows Hardware Quality Labs certified 3D graphics accelerator card and driver combinations will work with Autodesk Inventor 2011 and later, not all WHQL certified Direct3D graphics drivers are completely trouble free in this environment. If you encounter display problems, switching graphics mode to “Compatibility”, which uses the legacy Inventor graphics pipeline, should work fine will all Microsoft WHQL certified Direct3D graphics cards and drivers.

Autodesk Inventor supports OpenGL graphics for version 2010 running on legacy systems and environments and may not support all recently added display capabilities available in Inventor. OpenGL drivers are only supported when using a graphics accelerator card and driver tested and certified by Autodesk.

3. How do I check to see if Inventor is using hardware acceleration?

In Autodesk Inventor 2013, click Tools > Application Options > Hardware tab. On the Hardware tab, select any of the Direct3D modes – Quality, Performance or Compatibility, with Software graphics unchecked. By default Inventor is set to Performance mode.

4. Can I set Inventor applications to use hardware acceleration manually if my graphics hardware is not listed?

Yes, if your graphics hardware can support some of the 3D display features in Inventor, you can turn on hardware acceleration.

In Autodesk Inventor 2013, click Tools > Application Options > Hardware tab. On the Hardware tab, select any of the Direct3D modes – Quality, Performance or Compatibility, with Software graphics unchecked. By default Inventor is set to Performance mode.

5. How do I find my driver version?

In Autodesk Inventor 2013, open an assembly window then click Tools > Application Options > Hardware tab. Click on Diagnostics button on the hardware tab. A dialog will pop showing graphics hardware information including driver version.

 

To see more detailed hardware diagnostics information, click OK button to place data on the clipboard. Open notepad and paste the diagnostic information.

6. How do I update my Hardware Graphics Database xml file?

Please see Autodesk Support, technical article: Autodesk Inventor® Hardware Graphics Database, http://usa.autodesk.com/getdoc/id=TS16463761.