Pro-E 2001 on Celeron with 8MB AGP

Discussion in 'Pro/Engineer & Creo Elements/Pro' started by Jim, Jul 19, 2003.

  1. Jim

    Jim Guest

    I am running Pro/Engineer 2001 on Windows 98.

    Does anyone know if it is possible to improve the shading performance of a
    model with only 8MB on a 2x AGP card? My system is a Celeron 400Mhz with
    128 MB RAM with only a AGP 1.0 slot (1x/2x). It cannot accept one of the
    AGP 2.0 4x/8x AGP cards. The PCI slots are also of the older configuration
    and will not accept the newer PCI cards.

    Wire frame images are fine, but when I view a simple model with shading,
    portions of some of the features to not appear and the shaded surfaces of
    those that do look very grainy and even looks this way when the model is not
    being dynamically rotated. Also, colors to indicate surfaces and edges do
    not appear. System is set at 10280 x 1024 with 256 colors.

    Any help would be appreciated.
    Jim, Jul 19, 2003
  2. A whole new computer on a better OS is the real answer. Pretty much all
    hardware is of the minimum acceptable, and even if you get better shading
    performance (which a new graphics card will definitely fix), you'll quickly
    run into another performance problem. I don't remember which card is the
    latest to only be 1.0 AGP spec, but if you can find the latest nVidia,
    3dlabs, or Intergraph/Wildcat you should be happy. I'll bet Ebay can find
    you the outdated card you need.

    The graininess is from running 256 color mode, which I don't believe is
    supported by the software.

    But back to the first statement - you'll be better off running Windows XP,
    256-512MB of RAM, an nVidia or ATI graphics card, and 1280x1024 @24 or 32-
    bit color (16.7million). The latest/greatest CPU speed will mean less to
    you than the other stuff. A system like that can be had for $800(?)

    David Geesaman, Jul 21, 2003
  3. Jim

    Jim Guest

    Thanks for your help!

    All I had to do was change from 256 color mode to 16 bit and everything is
    ok. No new hardware required.
    Jim, Jul 25, 2003
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