Friday, August 27, 2010

Ghost compression

There are really only two types of compression for ghost32, fast and high. Fast is -z1 and high is -z2. Apparently fast is ok and and high can cause decompression errors in the load.  I've managed to get away with z2 for many years, but now z4 is problematic.  Will go back to z1.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

ATI Radeon 3600 cards are crappy

Apparently there is a fan problem with these cards which causes them to overheat and shutdown.  Well, the machine doesn't shut down, but there is no video, network connectivity is lost and the machine is inaccessible.  It's happened to at least six machines in the last couple of years.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Autodesk 2010 licensing

The Autodesk 2010 suite has got to be one of the most annoying programs to install.  This is the second time I've tried installing this version and I get different problems every time.  The following information was hard to find so I'm recording it here for posterity.

The location of the license file is in the following registry key. There may be keys for other applications as well.


[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\FLEXlm License Manager]
"ADSKFLEX_LICENSE_FILE"="C:\\Program Files\\AutoCAD Map 3D 2010"

Look for the licpath.lic file in the path – it should contain the name of the license server.