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Autodesk Inventor Professional 2014 SP1 and Dell Inspiron 7520

A student had recently installed Autodesk Inventor Professional 2014 SP1 on his Dell Inspiron 7520, running Windows 8.1. Inventor refused to run and crashed with a more or less useless crash report.

It turns out that Dell or possibly someone else hadn’t properly installed the driver for the AMD Radeon HD graphics card. Catalyst Control Center was surely missing.

A trip to support.dell.com to download the current driver for the AMD Radeon HD graphics card was required. I ensured that Inventor always run using the high performance graphics card and that power savings are disabled regardless of the charger being used or not.

Inventor Professional 2014 SP1 now runs happy on said student’s Dell Inspiron 7520.

Autodesk Inventor Professional 2015: Serious error: VBA failed to initialize properly. Please restart Inventor.

It’s the same story all over again. While preparing installation instructions for Autodesk Inventor Professional 2015, for my students, I came across an error I thought would have been fixed by now. Continue reading Autodesk Inventor Professional 2015: Serious error: VBA failed to initialize properly. Please restart Inventor.

Autodesk Inventor Professional 2014: VBA failed to initialize. Please restart Inventor.

If you receive such an error message from Autodesk Inventor Professional 2014, you might need to reinstall the VBA 7 modules. See http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/ps/dl/item/print?siteID=123112&id=21910314&linkID=9242018 for more details.

The short story is to shut down Inventor and reinstall the VBA 7 modules using either 3rdParty\x64\VBA\Vba7.MSI or 3rdParty\x86\VBA\Vba7.MSI from the installation media or from C:\Autodesk.