If you’re having problems with SOLIDWORKS not performing correctly especially in terms of
graphics, you can run in a safe mode. This safe mode removes the graphics card from running in
SOLIDWORKS and hence highlights whether or not it is causing a problem.
SOLIDWORKS: How to Run SOLIDWORKS in Software OpenGL Mode
View an interactive step by step guide below by pressing the play button below.
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If you prefer the solution is outlined in text below.
1. Close all instances of
2. Access in Windows, Start > All
Programs > SOLIDWORKS
20XX > SOLIDWORKS Tools
20XX> SOLIDWORKS RX.
3. Select Home.
4. Select Open in Software
5. SOLIDWORKS will promptly
begin to open
Please use SOLIDWORKS in this mode for a
suitable length of time; to establish whether
the issue persists or not.