I have already written multiple posts on tweaks for improving various aspects of Windows and subsequently Solid Edge related performance and reliability. You can quickly view many of those older posts by searching for the tags "tweaks" and "performance".
But to bring some of those previous posts together into one place, and more importantly, to review some basic configuration tweaks that haven't been covered before. To be honest, some of these tweaks I'm going to present I always think of as being basic Solid Edge set up and configuration but I still often find myself having to share these with other users. So time to publicly share them.
Typical tweaks to help improve Solid Edge performance and reliability include, in no particular order of priority:
- As much RAM as you can get onto the workstation.
- If running a 32-bit OS with 4GB RAM upgrade to 64-bit OS to take full advantage of the full 4GB RAM for Solid Edge. A 32-bit OS does *not* fully utilize the full 4GB RAM on a workstation.
- If running a 64-bit OS with only 32-bit Solid Edge add additional RAM above 4GB. Solid Edge 32-bit can only use 4GB RAM maximum but additional RAM can be used by other programs while running Solid Edge .
- If running 32-bit Windows set boot switches. On XP set the /3GB and /USERVA=2700 switches. On Vista/Win 7 set the IncreaseUserVa boot switch.
- Set the Windows Visual Effects to "best performance". More information can be found here.
- Set the Windows swap file initial size and maximum size both to 2 X RAM.
- Disable Windows thumbnail caching. More information can be found here.
- Keep the hard drives defragmented. More information can be found here.
- Disable unnecessary services and startup programs including applications running in the System Tray. More information can be found here.
- Relocate swap and cache files onto *physically* separate disk drives from the software (separate partitions/drive letters located on the same physical drive do not count).
- Tweak the workstation network settings for optimum performance. I will being doing another post in the near future with detailed network related performance tweaking suggestions but in the mean time some information can be found here.
- Do not run multiple applications when running Solid Edge i.e. leave as much RAM as possible available to Solid Edge.
- Disable virus scanning on the Solid Edge file types and Solid Edge install folders. More information can be found here.
As with all my posts,YMMV.
So what are some of the tweaks you make on your systems to help improve overall Solid Edge performance and reliability?