- Check the RECOMMENDED hardware requirements. Not the minimum but do your homework by checking the Autodesk hardware requirements, checking with anyone you value such as a user group contact or trusted reseller. Read information in discussion groups and AUGI to see what others are saying about hardware. Be sure to get a good quality graphics card from the Autodesk list. This will be one that you can optimize for AutoCAD and not a gaming card.
- Check your system. Do you have the latest updates for your bios, video card, printers and plotters, operating system, and other applications? Some of these may be updated almost weekly or monthly. And in some cases the latest may not be the best, but better to start with crossing this off your list first.
- System optimization. Do you need to defragment your hard drive? How long has it been? How about the server? Do you have a good backup?
- System resouces in use. If you think you're running slow, do a Ctrl+Alt+Del and check Windows Task Manager. Do you have applications running that shouldn't be? Is your task bar filled with "junk" that has been downloaded such as IM programs, weather programs, etc? Check the Processes tab. If you are unsure what all those are, go down the list and type the name of everyone in Google. Some of them may be worms, viruses, or only appear to valid. Don't take anything for granted. Check the Performance tab. Watch as you open, perform commands that you believe to be slow, regenerate, or plot. Does the CPU Usage spike or max out at 100 for long periods?
- Support files. Do you have a long list of support paths listed? Do you have a long list of printers listed or printers listed that are in another office or not even available any longer? Along these same lines, deleting the Add A Plotter link has also been reported to help performance.
I have a lot that I want to include here and lots of tips from discussion groups. I'm going to break this up into multiple segments so it's a little easier to digest.