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Friday, October 16, 2009

The Revit Clinic: Troubleshooting Startup Delays

Repost: http://revitclinic.typepad.com/my_weblog/2009/10/troubleshooting-startup-delays.html

I’ve had a few scenarios over the last few weeks isolating what may be causing Revit 2010 to launch slower than expected. I wanted to pass along the best approach to troubleshoot this, as well as 3 common areas to verify on the workstation.

To best isolate what may be going on, open the latest journal file. For each action in the journal file, a time\date stamp is recorded. These time stamps will best explain where the delay may be occurring. For example:


Look for long time changes between actions. If you come across one, you can isolate exactly where the delay is occurring.

The 3 most common causes of startup delays typically are as follows:

1. License Connection

Check the line directly before and after the “License Mode” and “Expiration” in the journal file. The 2 time stamps should be close together.


If there is a substantial delay, try steps # 1-4 and # 6 from the technical solution below:

Revit network license troubleshooting

2. ProteinMaterial Library on a Network Location

The recommendation is to have the read-only render appearance library location on the local workstation drive. You can avoid startup delays by keeping the path to the default location in Options > Rendering > Render Appearance Library Location > “C:\Program Files\Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010\Data\Rendering\assetlibrary_base.fbx”. You can see this information in the first journal image referencing “Protein”.

3. Recent Files List

Revit can potentially experience a startup delay when files are referenced in the Revi.ini Recent File list that may have moved. For example a server may have changed locations or have been renamed. To simply test this you can open the Revit.ini file on the workstation located in "C:\Program Files\Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010\Program", make a backup of the file, and then locate the following line:

[Recent File List]

To test, remove all of the entries beneath the “[Recent File List]” to “[Recent Workset List]” leaving a blank line so it appears as follows:

[Recent File List]

[Recent Workset List]

Launch Revit 2010 to see if the startup time has improved.

Source: The Revit Clinic: Troubleshooting Startup Delays


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