Box, thank you for your reply and tips.
It would make sense that the crashes are perhaps lower-level, driver related as there is no exception caught. My setup is very business software and coding oriented. Until this exercise with Sketchup, my work has included lightweight presentation graphics and has never needed much horsepower in that department. I do realize that USB graphics cards are a bit sketchy (probably the wrong word for this) yet till now have been adequate for my use. This is a dual monitor setup running an external Displaylink device. The on-board Intel card is on the laptop. Sketchup is on the external monitors with the tools un-docked on one side. For the most part things are working fine.
One observation that requires more data is that Sketchup may not like being undocked, coming back from laptop sleep or some combination. In that case, easy remedy is not to be lazy and just shut it down each time.
At any rate, it is only while I’m busy using it that it has force closed, so that argues against it.
- Latest video drivers are installed
- Sketchup was installed as administrator
Regarding segments, the setting to change number of segments was not modified. As I clarify for whiterabbit above, it was with selecting the tool, not the drawing of it that was the issue.
I know the tool was stuck in hexagon mode as indicated by a hexagon for the mouse cursor. I could not “unstick” it - the circle tool could not be selected. I wondered if it was just a cursor display issue, but when I drew with it, it did draw the a hexagon. After restarting I was able to “drill” my holes, properly aligned through multiple components (one at a time - using the push tool and solid tool subtraction).
At any rate, none of this amounts to enough to scare me off at the current rate the issues are occurring, Autosave has recovered all except one crash. (PowerPoint will bomb-out on me on me too and maybe that is also another data point about trying to push the USB setup).
Perusing the forum, I don’t see major complaints about the quality of what is very complicated software - that perhaps is my primary question.
I’m enjoying it. If problems persist and I have more information, I’ll post back.
Blockquote Should one mention the Dave Method at this point?
Simon, thanks. I read through that. If this becomes a problem as my model skills and sizes grow, I’ll remember this.
Thank you all,