Computer Basics
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Computer Basics

Feb 20, 2015
Video Length:  48:19
Presented By:  Forrestt Williams

Getting the most out of your Computer, CAD and Land F/X.

Windows 8 got you down? Are you a little confused by computers? In this webinar, Forrestt Williams will cover some helpful and practical computer tips that are integral for using your computer and Land F/X successfully. Because AutoCAD and Land F/X are very robust pieces of software, threy require you to learn a few of the ins and outs of your operating system. Forrestt will provide some great tips on navigating both Windows 7 and 8, putting the information in the context you'll need for your day-to-day business.


Webinar Contents:

Note: The following catalog of content covered in this webinar is time stamped to allow you to follow along or skip to sections of the video that are relevant to your questions. You can also search for content on this page using the FIND command in your browser (CTRL + F in Windows, Command + F in Mac OS.)

  • Intro/TOC
  • Land F/X & CAD Specific Tips
  • General Computer Tips
  • Windows 8 Tips


0:00 – 2:02: Intro/TOC


2:03 – 17:34: Land F/X & CAD Specific Tips

Creating a Land F/X support ticket (2:03)

Note: The Support feature creates a zip file of the drawing, all Xrefs, and the associated Land F/X project. Note that you must send the Land F/X project along with the drawing in order for us to be able to troubleshoot the drawing. (3:10)


Finding the zip file and editing/altering its contents (4:39)

Note:You can delete unnecessary Xrefs from the zip file (Xrefs can often make the file too large for our ticket system. Our system can only accept files smaller than 7.5 MB.) (5:00)


Loading the Land F/X menus (a very simple process) (6:20)

The key step: downloading the latest Setup64 file from and running it from your LandFX folder (7:10).


Don’t know where your LandFX folder is? You can find it in the Install and Server Info screen, accessible from the General Preferences. (8:05)


Unloading and loading the Land F/X menus manually using the MENULOAD command (9:15)


Loading the ACAD (AutoCAD) menus (10:40)


Web searching for basic troubleshooting (12:10)

Remember: Google is your friend when it comes to troubleshooting. You can google an error message, include Land F/X as a search term, and, in many cases, find the solution on our website. (12:20)


We also have a search box for our website, available in the Documentation and Knowledge Base (KB) sections. Search for error messages in that box, and you’ll find many of your answers right on our website. (13:20)


Tips and tricks for searching more effectively (14:45)

-Don’t type a question.

-Think of the keywords that will help you find what you’re looking for.

-Use the minus (-) sign and quotes (“”) to exclude information you DON’T want to see in your search.



17:35 – 30:01: General Computer Tips

Updates (17:40)

Note: We try to put out Land F/X updates once a week, and we recommend checking for updates once a week.


How to update Land F/X (18:05)


Searching for AutoCAD updates (18:30)


Windows updates (19:10)


Video card updates (21:05)


AutoCAD optimal performance tips (for detailed information on the following tips, visit our AutoCAD Optimal Performance Tips documentation section). (21:25)

  • Reboot your computer every day.
  • Check for a common Internet Explorer error.
  • Disable the AutoCAD Info Center.
  • Install the latest AutoCAD Service Packs.
  • Update your video card drivers.
  • Update the .net 4 framework through Windows updates.


Note: We recommend updating your video card drivers when you first get a new computer. You can then bookmark the URL for the update and easily update as needed in the future. (26:55)


How to get the latest AutoCAD Service Pack (28:45)


30:02 – end: Windows 8 Tips

Right-click on the Start menu for a number of important options (example: Control Panel, File Explorer, Shut Down, Restart, etc.) (30:41)


How to search for data in Windows 8 (31:15)


Creating a taskbar shortcut for the File Explorer (allows you to find files and folders easily) (named Windows Explorer in Windows 7) (32:35)


The Ribbon interface in Windows 8 (34:00)

  • Minimizing and accessing the ribbon (34:25)


The Favorites folder (35:05)


The Downloads folder (35:20)


Turning on the file extensions (35:35)


Turning on hidden files (37:52)


Note: If you’re having trouble navigating Windows 8, install It makes Windows 8 look like Windows 7 (39:15)


How to take a screenshot using the Snipping tool (40:05)

Note:When you get an error message using CAD and Land F/X and need technical support from us, please include a screenshot of the error dialog box when you submit your technical support ticket.


Question: What is Land F/X’s recommendation on Windows 10? (42:26)

Answer: It’s too early to tell. Stay tuned.


Question: Can we offer any recommendations for file conversion software that converts from PDF to JPEG? (42:50)

Answer: We use Photoshop or, even easier, taking a screenshot of the PDF.


Why we recommend not using Internet Explorer (we recommend Chrome or Firefox, or Safari on a mobile device) for day-to-day browsing (44:15)

  • It’s insecure.
  • It doesn’t conform to Web standards.


Emptying the temporary files in the File Explorer (45:43)

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