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    Yep, I've tried to install the newest drivers from NVIDIA and since the last Bootcamp update, the driver says it cannot install because it cannot find a compatible graphics card. Argh! I know that the NVIDIA card in the Mac allowed for updating the driver previously when I ran Vista and Bootcamp 2.0....but not anymore. Shame really. I guess having a mac running windows and then windows programs that require a good graphics card, and then doing 3D and Revit may be almost too much a niche market! Still, I have generally been pretty happy with the arrangement. My MBPro17 still runs Revit faster than my officemate's PC that has a quad-core (this is purely subjective, but my high quality renderings take almost half the time his desktop does).
    Anyways, I guess I'll always be bucking up against issues like this

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    I discovered recently that OS X 10.7 Lion uses a new version of BootCamp (4.0) which ONLY supports Windows 7. No XP, no Vista, JUST Windows 7. This is not a surprise, as Apple is not interested in supporting kruft going back a decade the way Microsoft is. Given that Windows 7 home will work fine unless you need to connect directly to a Windows Server domain, the upgrade to Windows 7 isn't too awful expensive.

    I don't know what happens if you upgrade from Snow Leopard to Lion with an existing BootCamp partition containing an older Microsoft OS. Perhaps someone who has that situation can report back? And if DesignApparatus has in fact upgraded to Lion, maybe the result is no longer "seeing" the graphics card when installing drivers? I have read that you can still use BootCamp 3.0, but you would need to have a backup of the pre install OS drive, from which to grab the old BootCamp stuff. Not sure what that entails, as I am 100% Windows 7/Parallels at this point.

    Anyway, thought the heads up was in order.

    EDIT: The new version of BC is 4.0. not 3.0 (Thanks Iru!). And some more BC info can be found here. The reference to downloading drivers via BootCamp Assistant makes me wonder if you have to repeat this process on an upgraded BC partition? I guess I might just have to suck it up and test the theory. Ugh, I hate booting into Windows on hardware!

    Gordon

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    I am running revit 2011 soon to be 2012, off bootcamp on macbook pro. intel core i7-2720qm . 2.20ghz, 8gb... with a amd raedon hd 6750m graphics card. Revit is working fine but when i installed it, it didnt recognize the graphics card so it is running off a standard or something. Just wondering if there is software that i can download so revit can recognize and use the graphics card so it can work better.

    cheers

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    Welcome to the forums Jacck!

    So, the "error" message is pretty standard - almost every user sees that at one time or another. You'll need to be more specific. Can you enable hardware acceleration in the graphic options?

    Also, it seems 2012 has had better compatibility with graphic cards these days, so that might help.

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    yea the hardware accelerator is on, is there a driver i need to install to make the card compatible with revit or do i just deal with it.

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    If HWA is on, and ambient lighting works, and realistic views work, and everything looks good, and Revit isn't crashing, then it doesn't seem like you have a problem.


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    Yea i guess most of it is working well, i regularly get crashes when i mirror reasonably complex in-place models. I haven't had to do any lighting works. Also in autocad the same issue arose at installation and now the cursor seems to be delayed.
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    Greetings, I have Parallels 7 and the latest Macbook Pro quad core, 2.3 ghz 8 RAM, and Revit Arch. 2011 won't even open! What am I doing wrong? I did not see a way of allocating a "core" to the VM. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Floridag View Post
    tidalwave1 - Did you get the BTO iMac you initially spec'd? If so, how has it handled Revit? As a Mac-user in a Mac-based office ('10 MBP), I've been looking to update my '08 iMac and have been considering the iMac specs you listed. After talking to our Apple business rep, they've recommended the Mac Pro NVIDIA has made the FX4800 and 4000 available in a Mac version as well. However, the MP is $$$. They didn't discourage the iMac, but in the past the only real issue we've had with using Autodesk software on the Macs is with their graphics cards and the iMac only comes with the two Radeon models.
    I just finally ordered the iMac that I was talking about earlier this year! It took me longer than I expected to come up with all of the money... Anyway, here's the specs of the machine:

    3.4GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7
    4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
    1TB Serial ATA Drive
    AMD Radeon HD 6970M 1GB GDDR5

    It's supposed to deliver the week before Christmas. #cantwait

    (I'll be ordering 16GB of RAM from crucial.com and getting Parallels 7.)
    Last edited by tidalwave1; December 10th, 2011 at 11:11 PM. Reason: addtl info

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    Hi everyone,

    I'm completely new to Revit and this forum. Actually, I have only decided that I need to learn it (every second job in architecture requires Revit these days) and I'm gathering info about it. This forum seems to be a fantastic source and I'm looking forward to absorbing as much as I can from it in my learning process.

    The reason I'm here is that, after my recent decision to tackle Revit, I immediately stumbled upon an obstacle. Revit refuses to run in my old MacBook - can't blame it, it's an old whitey, 64MB graphics card. My current financial situation isn't the best, so I was considering buying a second-hand MacBook Pro with a NVidia GeForce GT 330M (256MB) but I am worried that Revit won't even bother opening with a feeble setup. Has anyone managed to run Revit successfully on one of these GT 330's? And what scale of projects do you manage with it? Or is it a crazy proposition?

    I've seen some pretty intimidating graphics cards being discussed in this thread but my case is the opposite. It's more a how-slow-a-graphics-card-can-you-get-away-with issue...

    Thanks in advance for whatever input you offer.

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