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20 February 2007


I'm confused - in your listing for the system requirements for conceptual design (32 and 64 bit AutoCAD) you list Windows XP SP2 as a requirement. Does this mean that Vista is not supported for this?

Good point Jon. I will re-check this but believe it was an oversight or listed XP SP2 as the lowest OS for conceptual but Vista is definitly supported.


I know this is an old blog but, i'm looking at getting a new PC, just wondering what the technical recommendations are for AutoCAD 2008, for example, chipset ie Intel P35 or X38? What about processors? Intel Core 2 Duo, Quad Core or Xeon? RAM, 2Gb, 667Mhz, 800Mhz or 1066Mhz? DDR2 or DDR3? Does any of this matter? I'd like to make sure my new PC is future proof for 3 or 4 years at least.



Getting a PC that will be top notch for 3-4 years is not something that can be predicted as technology can change in an instant. All you can do is aim for the best performance now. I personally would suggest getting the best workstation class graphics card you can get as that is very important when working in a graphics program such as AutoCAD. Also get a dual core CPU and at least 2-3Gig of RAM.


I have a question for you. I have a Mac OSX, would it be possible to use AutoCad? I want to learn how to use this program.


AutoCAD is not officially supported on the Mac OS but you can run it in BootCamp and best from a license server as therre have been reports of license system having problems with the Apple Bootcamp. There is Parallels as well to run Windows applications on Apple hardware.



Is it possible that a laptop can run autocad 2008, efficiently?


Absolutely. It all depends on the types of files you are creating or editing but many of the current laptops available today can be perfect for AutoCAD 2008.
I actually use a laptop as my main machine but I always make sure I have the best graphics card option and the maximum RAM I can get. You can see the recommended requirements http://www.autodesk.com/autocad then select the left side menu item > Features & Specifications.


I'm in the market for a new laptop to run AutoCAD/Revit. My main concern is the Graphics Card so I'm building my laptop around that. I've narrowed it down to either Lenovo, Dell or HP since they contain the NVIDIA Quadro FX Card---any experience with any of these 3 brands and what do you recommend?

Thanks so much...

I am just a simpleton when it comes to computers. We have purchased a new computer with Windows Vista 64 OS and cannot install architecture 20008. I get a messaage cannot install 32 bit architecture on a 64 bit system. From what I read there (apparently) is a fix for this but I am unable to find it. Why is this kept a secret?
Please help


AutoCAD for Architecture is not supported for 64bit, but 2009 will be.


I am looking at getting a laptop for autocad 2008 but I an wondering if an ADM prossesor is alright to use or if I have to get a computer with intel?

I have a one question
on my computer
CPU INTEL P4 CORE 2 QUAD 2.4 LGA775 2x4MB 1066MHZ, VGA PALIT GeForce 8800GT PCI-E 512MB,256 bit,DDR3,TVOut DVI and 4GB Ram,

I have installed 4 different versions of AutoCAD and all of them don't work properly


Thank you for your comment. You mentioned your hardware but not the Operating System, versions of AutoCAD, and what the specific issues were. If I knew more details about "all of them don't work properly" I might be able to make some suggestions to resolve the issue.


how to install autocad 2008 on my 64-bit windows xp(sp2)


All you need is to install the 64bit version of AutoCAD. The 32bit version will not install on a 64bit operating system.


Hi i am after a new laptop to run autocad but are unsure about grapics cards can some one help.

my mohterboard is 4g,processor is core 2 dou 2.2 g,videocard is pci-e 256 g ---can it run on autocad2008 ,my is windows xp sp2 & im planning it to vista ultimate


Your machine should be fine but make sure you have enough system RAM and meet the Operating Systems requirements for Vista which are higher requirements than XP.


why is my 3d modelling have the same workspace just like autocad classic when i click it,since my os is 32 bit vista ultimate,2 g in ram,my vg card is 256 g 64 bit pci express,core 2 duo,any suggestion what to do?

AutoCAD 2008 is supported on Vista with the latest AutoCAD 2008 update as Windows Vista was released after AutoCAD 2008.

Online Knowledge Base Document
Windows Vista™ support for AutoCAD® 2007, 2008 and 2009



If my laptop only 1.83GHz, Window xp home edition, ram is 1 GB is okie for this spec ?


Your specs should be fine provided you are not doing very heavy 3D work.


Hi -

I'm trying to install AutoCAD 2008 on my Windows 2000 machine at work. Unfortunately the install will not complete beacuse I get a dialogue box telling me I need to be running XP. The system requirements when we bought it said it runs on both XP and 2000.
Am I missing something?



You need to be running at least Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 with AutoCAD 2008. Make sure you have the SP4 installed from Microsoft.


Is autodesk autocad 2008 good for making mechanical drawings, need it for patent I'm designing witch is mostly mecahinical.


AutoCAD Mechanical is a great product for 2D mechanical patent drawings or if you are into more complicated assemblys it might be time to consider 3D and Autodesk Inventor. With the Autodesk Inventor Suite you get both best of class 2D design AutoCAD Mechnical and 3D design with Inventor.



i'm an engineering student and searching for a budget Laptop that will work with AutoCad.

So my question would be like this:

Will integrated Video Card like ATI Radeon Xpress 1270 HM be sufficient to run AutoCAD 2008 ?
Processor: Athlon64 X2 TK-55 1.8GHz
RAM: 2x 512 MB DDR2 667 MHz

Thank you in forward for your answer ;)


You did not mention what your operating system is as Vista is a bit more system required than Windows XP due to the graphics of Aero but more stable IMHO. Your spec for the machine should be fine for most 2D work but any 3D geometry could be slow with the 1G of RAM and graphics card you listed. Personally I would get more RAM and a better graphics card if possible as those two items are in my own opinion more important than the CPU these days.

Thanks for the question and I wish you the very best of success in your studies!


Dear Sir,

Will this laptop work with the full AutoCad version?

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y510 (59013885) includes:
Microsoft® Windows Vista® Home Premium operating system installed
15.4"-diagonal WXGA (1280 x 800) VibrantView TFT LCD screen
Intel Core 2 Duo processor T5550 operating at 1.83GHz
2MB L2 cache
Up to 667MHz frontside bus
3GB of PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM memory
Maximum memory capacity: 4GB (Available system memory will be considerably less than this amount and will vary by model and system configuration. This is due to the use of shared video memory and operating system limits.)
160GB 5400-rpm hard drive
DVD±RW drive with Double Layer support (reads/writes DVD±R/RW, DVD+R Double Layer, CD-R/RW)
Intel Pro/Wireless 3945ABG (802.11a/b/g) wireless LAN
10/100Base-T Ethernet network interface (RJ-45 connector)
56K V.92 modem
3 USB 2.0 ports
1 FireWire (IEEE 1394) port
1 S-video out port
Integrated 1.3-megapixel camera, for video chat and still photos
1 ExpressCard expansion slot
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 with up to 256MB shared memory
Intel High Definition Audio and Dolby® Home Theater™, with 4.1 speaker system (includes subwoofer)
Microphone input jack and headphone output jack
Rechargeable lithium-ion battery, for approx. 4 hours of battery life
Dimensions: 1.4"H x 14.3"W x 10.2"D
Weight: 6.4 lb

Other software included:
VeriFace 2.0 (face recognition)
EasyCapture 2.5
OneKey Recovery 4.65
Energy Cut 2.1
Adobe Reader 8.0
Power2Go 5.5
Shuttle Center 2.0
Norton AntiVirus 2007 (trial, with 90 days of free updates)
Microsoft Windows Live portal

Hi, I am planing to build a new CPU, what GPU/Video card should i use? I am more on 3D. I am planing to use AutoCAD 2009. I am currently using Pentium D 3.0Ghz, ATI 9550 128 bit 256Mb GPU/ Video card with 2Ghz Dual channel DDR400, Windows XP SP2. Can i use my Previous CPU to run heavy 3D in AutoCAD 2009? tnx

Engr. JD,

It may sound weak but get the best you can. Get the best workstation class card not a gaming graphics card. An example is a NVIDIA QUADRO or an ATI FireGL V7600. Also make sure to look at the cards we have tested with AutoCAD.



Remember the graphics card is now the most important component for graphics intensive applications even mpore important than the CPU speed.

Best Regards,

I am planning to do my Masters in Industrial Engg and want to do a course in AutoCad
What will be the best config of laptop suitable in the range of about 1000$ ?

Dear Sir

I'm the AutoCAD 2006 and AutoCAD 2009 for Engineering civil and structural drawings which involved big file sizes say 20,000Kb and above.

I would like to know which system requirement would sir recommend to speed up my work especially delivery for urgent work on time.

Please advise. Hear from you soon.

currently I using window xp professional ver 2002 service pack 2
pentium 4 hp compaq dc7600 convertible
3.00 GHz. 512 MB of RAM, 80 GB HARD DISK YEAR 2006 PRODUCT.

I still face the problem / hang saying low system memory especially using AutoCAD 2009.
Cannot delivery the work on expected time.

Thank you.


I want to buy a laptop (windows based) to work on AutoCAD 2009, but i am not sure about the min. hardware requirements for it, specially the processor and the graphic card. Is Intel’s x3100 integrated graphic is sufficient with Intel T5750 (1.8Ghz.) for 3-D designing. Or I should opt Intel T8100(2.1GHz.) with 256MB NVIDIA GEFORCE 8600M GS, and 1400X900 screen resolution.
please tell me.

Thank you for the question, reading the blog, and being an Autodesk customer.

The problem with your machine specs is there is not enough RAM.

"3.00 GHz. 512 MB of RAM, 80 GB HARD DISK"

To be working with 20MB files and more you definitly need to at least double your RAM to 1GB or 3GB would be better if possible and make sure you have sufficient defragmented free disk space. You should also have a decent graphics card.

Best regards,


I'm looking for an inexpensive PC to run AutoCAD 2008. I'll mostIy be working in 2D. I was wondering if this system would be suffficient.

1024GB RAM
800 MHz FSB



I think your machine would be OK for 2D but if possible get another Gig of RAM as it is cheap these days and makes a difference in performance. If possible get a better graphics card option as the integrated graphics cards like this one are at the bottom of the performance level.

Thank you for Reading Between the Lines!
Best Regards,

I have a question about the "true color" requirement on the monitor.

I am trying to help somebody purchase a system for AutoCad work, and am getting hung up on this component.

My understanding is that "true color" is a requirement that the monitor be an 8-bit monitor, rather than a 6+2, and that if you get the wrong kind, you will end up with banding.

My question is: How big of an issue is this really? Will anybody notice the difference?Does everybody doing AutoCAD work on an LCD need to plan for $500 on the monitor?

Any help is much appreciated!


Most modern monitors are truecolor display and you do not need a expensive monitor but make sure that the sharpness is sufficient to not drive you crazy.

I have not seen a monochrome or limited color monitor in years.


For autocad and inventor (i know they arent the same). With a 32bit windows xp, with 2gb of ram and a T9300 or T9500 processor what would be a graphics card that would be good for these types of programs - i dont wanna have to wait to load my programs i want things to run qiuckly


Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD are definitely different requirements as Inventor needs far more resources depending on the assemblies and parts designed. It may sound like a flippant response but you should get the most video graphics card / GPU you can get as that is the most important in a graphics design applications and also max out your RAM.

Best Regards,


I just bought a powerful computer for my 16 year old son who is quite knowledgeable and interested in arts and technology. I believe the system he put together is adequate for programs such as AutoCad. My question to you concerns the monitor since he uses a television as monitor: Sharp Aquos 32" 1080p Flat-Panel LCD HDTV** (LC32D64U) which according to the description has a "Native resolution" of 1920 x 1080p. I do not find anything about "true color" in its description. The tv can be returned to the store and we could buy a monitor instead. The tv is 32" and it is priced at about 900 canadian. To purchase a 30" monitor would be about 1400. Please help me make this decision.

I thank you


I am buying a Dell notebook xps M1330, and wonder if this would be sufficient to run AutoCAD2008.

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T8300 (2.4GHz/800Mhz FSB/3MB cache)

4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz

250GB2 SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)

128MB NVIDIA® GeForce™ 8400M GS



Your notebook looks just fine for AutoCAD 2008. The only comment I have would be if you can get a better graphics card it would be well worth it if you work with large files or 3D.
Thank you for your question and reading Between the Lines blog.

Best regards,

I would like to know if the processor speed on this laptop would be ok for running AutoCad 2008. Thanks.

HP Pavilion dv5-1004nr
- AMD Turion™ X2 Ultra dual-core mobile processor ZM-80
- 4GB DDR2 memory
- 2MB L2 cache memory
- 250GB SATA hard drive (5400 rpm)
- ATI RADEON HD 3200 graphics RS780M with up to 1918MB total graphics memory
- Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition 64-bit operating system with SP1


All seems fine with this hardware but I am not sure how large the drawings you work with are or 2D or 3D use. I always strongly recomend getting the best graphics card you can get over the CPU and you have a decent graphics card.

Best Regards,

i have a macbook with windows xp. 2gb ram. 2ghz .. 80 gb hard drive.. is it ok to run autocad on it?..


AutoCAD is currently only supported on Windows Operating System XP & Vista. We have tested using Apple Bootcamp but discovered that the software licenses can be broken with certain external hard drives.

Best Regards,
Shaan Hurley

Hi I was wondering with an Intel GMA X3100 up to 358MB graphics card can I run AutoCAD 2008 smoothly or will it hang? My laptop is running on windows vista, core 2 duo T8300 2.4ghz and 3gb ram with about 160gb left of hdd.

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