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Checkup to Detect Errors for SketchUp2017

Simul Chowdhury: Editor

SketchUp is evolving with time to meet the ever-changing requirements of the promising designers. With launching new features and tools, it has made an indisputable place among the existing applications. With a promise to offer a better accessing point and interface, it changes its inner complications to make the application user-friendly. In 2017, SketchUp has launched new software –SketchUp 2017 Checkup – to meet the growing queries of designers in respect to the SketchUp compatibility on windows. This software allows SketchUp followers to know whether their computer system is suitable for SketchUp designing or not. It finds out the reasons why SketchUp is not working on a system so that you take necessary steps to solve them. This application also creates a file which can be decoded by the support team of SketchUp in order to help the users with providing the needed solutions.

CheckUp Running: You need to install the application first to run the checkup on your system. Choose the ‘Run SketchUp2017 CheckUp’ as the last option while installing it. However, you can run the Checkup application anytime with selecting desktop icon button at the time of installation. Once the installation process completes, choose run Checkup button. The result box would appear on the completion of the process that lets you know what factors make problems for SketchUp in your system.

Decode the result:

Success: CheckUp application shows ‘Success’ for every successful test. This means the computer has no issue related to the test the application passes.
Errors:

1. Error: ‘Hardware acceleration is unsupported or has been disabled on your graphics card. SketchUp requires that you use a hardware accelerated card’
If Checkup shows such message, this means you need upgrade graphic card driver of your system. It accelerates your graphic card and makes your system compatible with the SketchUp design.

2. Error: ‘Your graphics card's OpenGL version is 2.1(changes as per the version). SketchUp requires a graphics card that supports OpenGL 3.0 or better.’
SketchUp 2017 does not work on the computer having lower than 3.0 versions. To get rid of this issue, upgrade your graphics card driver is the ultimate solution you have as updating drive upgrades OpenGL 3.0 version as well.

3. Error: ‘Tests that exercise your graphics card's capabilities have failed.’
Your graphic cards need to be capable enough to support every task of SketchUp 2017. It must support the rendering function which is needed to display SketchUp models. Checkup application tests compilation of SketchUp GLSL shaders and support of OpenGL framework. If your system has a compilation error in the mentioned checks, then you should think to update your graphics card driver.

4. Error: ‘Your computer's system RAM is .SketchUp requires 2GB or more of system RAM’
For having a smooth performance of SketchUp, you must have 2GB or above RAM for your system. Though, SketchUp can run on the system having RAM lower than that. In this case, the application reduces the performance level significantly.

5. Error: ‘Your operating system does not meet the minimum operating system requirement. SketchUp requires Windows 7 or higher.’
For SketchUp, you need windows 7 64 bit or higher version. SketchUp 2017 does not permit you to install it on the lower version of operating system.

6. Error: ‘Graphics card has MB of graphics card memory. SketchUp requires a graphics card that has 256 MB or more of memory.’
SketchUp needs 256MB or above graphic card memory for giving you a smooth way of performing SketchUp.

7. Error: ‘System RAM or Windows Version or Graphics Card Memory is missing.’
Checkup application shows the above error in case it does not find the proper information it is looking for. Update your graphics card driver to improve the performance.

Warnings: The warning message is given when Checkup passes the test but detects a warning condition. In such a circumstance, SketchUp would run on your system, but the performance would be not as efficient as it generally is. Warning message alerts you to take the needed action to improve the workability of the designing tool.

1. Warning: ‘Your computer's system RAM is .SketchUp recommends 4GB or more of system RAM. Performance may be significantly impacted.’
SketchUp needs 4GB or above RAM for a ceaseless performance. Lower RAM may allow you install the application, but its performance will be reduced.

2. Warning: ‘Your graphics card has MB of graphics card memory. SketchUp recommends that your graphics card has 1024 MB or more of RAM. Performance may be significantly impacted.’
SketchUp requires 1024MB graphics card RAM. If your system has one lower than mentioned limit, it informs you to upgrade it.

3. Warning: ‘Your graphics card has a depth buffer that is less than 24 bits. SketchUp recommends a 24 bit or more depth buffer for your graphics card. You may see display issues with your current configuration.’
The message is given in a clear way for your understanding, and it also presents what you should do to avert the problem.

4. Warning: ‘Your graphics card has a color buffer other than 24 bits. SketchUp recommends a 24 bit color buffer for your graphics card. You may see display issues with your current configuration.’
You may face display issue if you have a color buffer lower than 24 bits. Upgrading of which solves the problem.

5. Warning: ‘Your graphics card does not support stencil bits. Shadows may display incorrectly on your current configuration.’
Graphic cards with stencil bits are best to get a proper shadow in your SketchUp designs. If you find incorrect shadow that means you need to add stencil bits for designing purpose.

6. Warning: ‘SketchUp has detected you are using () when your system is capable of using an AMD or NVIDIA graphics card () .SketchUp will likely perform better if you change your system to use the AMD/NVIDIA card.’
A multiple GPU system needs AMD/NVIDIA card to run SketchUp application.

7. Warning: ‘System Ram or Graphics Card Memory or Depth buffer or Color buffer or Stencil buffer information is missing.’
This message is being shown when the above-mentioned conditions (missing of Depth buffer, Color buffer and Stencil buffer) happen. Take the necessary steps to solve the problem.

Checkup to Detect Errors for SketchUp2017
Information about the technicalities of Checkup application is taken from SketchUp Help Centre. For a complete study, visit: help.sketchup.com

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