Thanks everyone for the input. Looks like the Intel on-board GPU was the culprit as you all eluded to. Here’s what happened:
I went into the Nvidia “Control Panel”, added Sketchup 2021 as a selected program and set it to ONLY USE the Nvidia RTX card and CUDA drivers. Tried opening Sketchup and still immediately popped up a Bug Splat window, so that didn’t exactly work.
*Note - this may not work if you only have the onboard Intel GPU. I have a nice RTX card so the onboard GPU seems worthless to me, so I disabled it all together. See below:
I went into the Windows Device Manager (Right click on Windows Icon and find in menu). Find “Display Adapters”. Click the arrow to get the dropdown. Select the Intel UHD Graphics 630 (or whatever you have). Right click on it, go to “Properties”. On pop up window go to “Driver” tab and try to update the driver. Mine was already updated and still had the bug splat. Might help in anyone else’s situation though. I’d suggest this first.
Next, In the same pop up window, go to the “General” tab. You should see a button to “Disable Device”. This is what what worked for me. Note again that I have a really nice Nvidia Graphics card that can handle the entire load. I run high end graphics software, 3D programs, AutoCAD, editing and compositing software. I also run 3 HD monitors plugged into my MSI GS75 Laptop. It’s a beast and I know it can take anything I throw at it. This might not work for someone with a normal laptop. Just a word of caution guys.
If anyone comes up with a better actual fix, please let me know.
Thanks again for your responses. I hope this thread helps anyone else that might run into this issue.
Per Box’s suggestion, I went directly to the Intel website, looked up drivers for my Intel onboard GPU. They actually did have a newer Driver than the one that I currently had (Windows said I had the most recent. Liars.) I downloaded and installed it, but still got a Sketchup pop up error rather than a bug splat. The error window read:
“Hardware acceleration is unsupported or has been disabled on your graphics card. SketchUp requires that you use a hardware accelerated card.” and pointed to their website:
The website only noted “SketchUp will not run if your graphics card does not support hardware acceleration.”
I went ahead and disabled the Intel onboard GPU, relying on the RTX card only and Sketchup works fine again. Hope this extra info help the developers and anyone else.