Solids not showing

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When trying to view an assembly/part file, I cannot see the part on the screen. Only the outline of the parts show up when I run my mouse over the assembly/part names. The colour settings are set to the SE default.

I am using the Solid Edge ST4 on a HP 530 Laptop, Intel Core Duo, 2.16GHz,2.17GHz Processors with 3GB Ram. My Operating System is Windows 7 Home Premium.

Any ideas as to why the solids are not viewable.

I am attaching a screen shot.


Re: Solids not showing

more than likely the graphics card or driver on that machine cannot run Solid Edge in default mode. Pulldown the Application Button (far upper left of screen) and choose Solid Edge Options at the bottom. Go to the View tab and change the graphics option to "Backing Store". This is not the fastest mode, but works in almost every situation. Try that.

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I'm having the same problem.
I tried the suggestion above with no results.
Any help?

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Sorry to be only replying now, but the suggestion worked fine for me, it is very slow, and the graphics are not great. I also suspect that my laptop graphics card is not ideal for SE.

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Thanks Nick,

I have ran NX and Catia V5 on this laptop and had no problems.
I guess SE needs more graphics then the above mentioned?

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No, it should not require anything more than Catia or NX. What is the Options set to -- backing store? or something else? Are you in ASM or Part? Have you tried different files?

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Yes, using "backing store", still no visible solid. I also tried asm, part, and other applications and still not seeing visible solids.

Is there anyone I can talk with via phone to possibly help solve this, as my trail is running out soon.
Kind regards,


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