Software Graphics

Some times when running ORD each window view begins to display a [Software Graphics] in the upper right corner, next to the model name (see below).  What does this mean and does it effect performance in any way?

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  • Hi Marc,

    What does this mean

    in general it means that for some reason MicroStation is not able to delegate graphics calculations to graphics card and its emulated by MicroStation itself.

    When it can happen? There are more reasons, but it's often because the graphics card does not provide enough functionality in terms of DirectX version (only DirectX 11 is supported from power platform CE Update 13), there is not enough memory available, the card reports malfunction etc.

    • When software graphics is used always when ORD is started, it's probably caused by insufficient HW configuration.
    • When it happens from time to time, it is hard to determine reason without further logs analysis, but often it's caused by lack of available memory (a complexity of model is not so important, but every opened view multiply memory requirement, because every view is "own independent space") or also sometimes by card or driver bug (but today often video drivers are able to restart themselves automatically).
    and does it effect performance in any way?

    Yes, of course, because typically graphics card is able to handle all calculations and display much more faster than processor itself.

    With regards,

      Jan

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  • Hi Marc,

    What does this mean

    in general it means that for some reason MicroStation is not able to delegate graphics calculations to graphics card and its emulated by MicroStation itself.

    When it can happen? There are more reasons, but it's often because the graphics card does not provide enough functionality in terms of DirectX version (only DirectX 11 is supported from power platform CE Update 13), there is not enough memory available, the card reports malfunction etc.

    • When software graphics is used always when ORD is started, it's probably caused by insufficient HW configuration.
    • When it happens from time to time, it is hard to determine reason without further logs analysis, but often it's caused by lack of available memory (a complexity of model is not so important, but every opened view multiply memory requirement, because every view is "own independent space") or also sometimes by card or driver bug (but today often video drivers are able to restart themselves automatically).
    and does it effect performance in any way?

    Yes, of course, because typically graphics card is able to handle all calculations and display much more faster than processor itself.

    With regards,

      Jan

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