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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Ghost Images of the OS!

No I am not talking about Halloween here even though it will be here before we know it!

Ghost is a disk cloning program, originally produced by Binary Research, but purchased by Symantec on June 24, 1998. The Ghost program launched the market for disk-cloning software. The name Ghost originated as an acronym for "General Hardware-Oriented System Transfer". (Wikepedia)

Our friendly computer manufactures now use the ghosting technique for the Operating System (OS) when they build and ship out new computers. The idea behind this process is good but it does wreak havoc for those computer users that are running CAD software.

Here at ECAD we have run into several instances where either Autodesk products or COADE products are not running correctly because of this issue.

It is recommended that when you receive a new computer that you reformat the hard drive and re-install the OS before you load any of the CAD packages.

As always, please check the links below for hardware requirements before you buy a computer to make sure that you are getting what you need to run the CAD software effectively. Autodesk recommends a 128MB graphics card for running their software but what they do not tell you is that they recommend and support certain brands/types. To find out more about the system requirements and certified hardware please visit the links below.

Links to System Requirements:
AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT, AutoCAD Land Desktop, AutoCAD Civil 3D, and AutoCAD Map 3D

Links to Graphics Hardware:
AutoCAD 2008 and 2009 and Inventor (Civil 3D and Map 3D)

Certified Hardware XML Database Update:
http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/ps/dl/item?siteID=123112&id=7440746&linkID=9240698

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