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  • Windows Vista 64Bit Ultimate & 4D

  • Joseph M. Morgan

    September 29, 2007 at 3:17 pm

    My old 3.2ghz HT XP system is going to the retirement home after yet another failed monitor. Since it is out of warranty, I did a bit of research and read an article about how well Cinema 4D runs on AMD 64 bit with Windows 64 bit Ultimate. So I shelled out the money for the AMD 64 Bit Dual Core and Windows Vista Ultimate 64 bit…. and guess what? Cinema 4D doesn’t run on it at ALL! 32 bit nor 64 bit!!!

    Much to my surprise, after installing it and entering my serials, it complains about not being able to write a file called “coffee” due to i being busy or write-protected. Actually, the file it is trying to write doesn’t even exist, and the directory is wide open for read/write. So, I have to enter the serials into the 64 bit version every single time. The 32 bit version took the serials just fine, but cannot process even a simple spline.

    In my system, it actually seems to have something to do with the NVidia driver, and I did some research to find that there are thousands of folks, mostly in gaming forums, having trouble with 3D video drivers and Windows Vista. At first, my search was just about the NVidia driver but I came across some people having trouble with their ATI drivers and vista.

    So, does anyone have a solution? I can run After Effects just fine (so far), and my other graphics programs. It seems to vomit at 3D. I honestly don’t think it is Cinema 4D (except the 64 bit version not saving the serials). I think it has something to do with Vista and 3D Graphic rendering. However, since I’m using 4D… if anyone has the tweak, then I’d sure like to hear it.

    Things I’ve done:

    1) Ran a memory scan to ensure my memory is working OK.
    2) Ran a heat check to ensure my computer isn’t heating up.
    3) Made sure I have enough disk space (145GB of it free)
    4) Ensured I have the latest drivers
    5) Registered Cinema 4D into the NVidia driver (but it doesn’t keep the profile for some reason).

    System Configuration (good enough for what I do and can afford, so you Voodoo guys leave me alone 🙂 )

    HP Pavillion 9000z (customized)
    AMD Turion Dual Core 64Bit 2.2GHz
    Windows Vista Ultimate 64Bit version
    SVGA+ graphics
    NVidia 6500 GO (I know, I know)
    2GB Ram (I know, I know)
    240GB HD

    I use this laptop machine for general design and assembly, texture creation, etc. I then use a desktop for rendering. The thing is, the desktop is an AMD Athalon 64Bit machine running Windows XP 32 bit, and 4D cranks away with no problems.

    Any help, advice, general research, or location of a witch doctor would be appreciated.

    Joseph M Morgan

  • Adam Trachtenberg

    September 30, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    Are you sure you’re running the Win64 Cinema executable and not the standard one? If so I suggest you contact Maxon support.

  • Joseph M. Morgan

    September 30, 2007 at 6:04 pm

    Boy would that have been embarrasing… But… yes, I’m running the 64 bit exe.

    I did figure out the serials writing thing… turns out in Vista (new to me), you have to explicitly tell some programs to run in Administrator mode.

    I think I’m going to go after HP support first, as it seems to be more of a Vista/NVidia thing… I’ll keep you guys posted in the event someone else runs into the problem.


  • Joseph M. Morgan

    January 2, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    This post is for anyone following this thread for solutions.

    Last night, I received an NVIDEA VGA Driver Update, and hoped it would fix the problem. When I started Cinema4D, I did a few things and, to my amazement, it worked! However, this morning, it did not.

    I felt there must be something different between last night and this morning, so I began experimenting and figured it out.

    After starting Cinema 4D, but before doing anything else, I simply zoom in and zoom out on a blank project, then I can do anything. I noticed a small video flash when I zoomed in, so the only thing I can suspect is that something is not completely loaded.

    It is a solution beyond my ability to know exactly what is happening, but I will also post this solution to the NVidia forum, and maybe someone will look into it.


  • Joseph M. Morgan

    March 6, 2008 at 3:23 am

    Final Follow Up. On Feburary 1, 2008, I received another NVIDIA driver update, and I no longer have any problems.

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