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SONY connected to computer display cropped

20 Jan
  • Desktop computer connected to a SONY Bravia TV via HDMI – the screen seemed to be very slightly zoomed but the normal TV zoom setting was definitely set to “full” (no zoom). After reading quite a few suggestions around software to adjust various settings on the video card, I found that the problem in my case at least was with another TV setting.

    The “Display Area” option (press HOME, scroll across to “settings”, down to “screen”) was set to “auto”. There are various other options several of which make it worse (more zoom) but setting to “full pixel” completely fixed the problem for me and now I have the whole Windows desktop displayed.


When You Can’t See an Element in Revit

25 Aug

Top 10 Reasons You Can’t See an Element in Revit

  1. Is the element correct Workset being used?
  2. Is the view range set correctly to see the particular element?
  3. Is the object hosted on an incorrect surface like a floor instead of a ceiling?
  4. Is there a filter applied to the view that is causing the element to be hidden?
  5. Is the detail level of the view set correctly?  Some families are set not to show at Coarse.
  6. Try using the “Reveal Hidden Elements” tool in the view control bar.
  7. Is there a plan region in the view?
  8. Is the view “Discipline” set correctly?
  9. Is the element in the correct phase and is an appropriate phase filter set in the view to make it visible.
  10. Is the element part of a design option and perhaps that isn’t the current option for that particular view?


Check to see if:
1. The object or category is temporarily hidden
2. The object or category is hidden in the view
3. The object is being obscured by another element
4. The object’s category or subcategory is hidden in the view
5. The object is outside the view’s view range
6. The view’s far clip depth is not sufficient to show the object
7. The object resides on a workset that is not loaded within the project
8. The object resides on a workset that is not visible in the view
9. The object resides on a workset that is not loaded in a linked file
10. The object resides on a workset that is not visible in a linked file
11. The object resides within a group (detail model) and it has been excluded from the group
12. The object is part of a design option that is not visible in the view
13. The object is part of a linked file that is not visible in the view
14. The object has one or more of its edges overridden to display as ‘<Invisible lines>’
15. The object is a family and none of its geometry is set to be visible in the view type
16. The object is a family and none of its geometry is set to be visible at the view’s detail level
17. The object is set to not be visible at the category’s detail level
18. The element has been placed outside the view’s crop region (visible extents)
19. The element is an annotation object and does not reside entirely within the annotation crop region
20. The object’s phase settings or the view’s phase settings prevent the object from displaying in the view
21. The view’s discipline is prohibiting the visibility of the object
22. The object is affected by a filter applied to the view
23. The object is subject to an element override, set to background color
24. The object is subject to a category override, set to background color
25. The object style is set to background color
26. The object is constrained to a scope boxes that is not visible in the view
27. The extents of the object itself don’t permit it to be seen
28. The object is a mass, and ‘Show Mass’ is turned off
29. The object’s host view has been deleted (area boundaries)
30. The view’s scale is prohibiting the object’s visibility
31. The object is a linked instance with coordinates too great for Revit to handle
32. The user has incorrectly identified the link instance to which the element belongs
33. The object is in a link that is not in its correct position

34. Something is really far away from the middle of the project and when the view is zoomed to fit, everything disappears

Repost from the CAD Shack,  so kudos go out to Todd Shackelford and Thanks Dave Jones at Revit Forum

Shaft Openings in Existing Conditions Phase

25 Mar

When a Shaft opening is used in the New Construction phase, It is still creating the opening in the existing conditions phase, even when the opening cut properties are set to be in the New construction phase. Does not sound right to me.

This procedure is to follow instead of Shaft opening tool is not used.

When there is a slab that needs to be opened (demolished) to locate a shaft in New construction, follow this steps:

  1. Model the perimeter of the opening in Existing Conditions. (this is the area to be “cut”)
  2. Fill the opening with the same Floor Type as the existing (the portion of existing slab to be demolished)
  3. Select the filled floor area and demolish it in the new construction phase.
  4. To avoid the display of the perimeter in Existing Conditions, Join geometry could be used but this creates a visibilty issue in the Demo Plans because the dasshed openeing is not displayed. To solve that I am using the “Linework” tool to change the edges to invisible in the existing conditions view.
  5. If all is done properly the result is a portion of the slab displayed dashed in the demo plan, no indication in existing plan and an opening in New construction views.

2015-03-25_Floor Opening In Phases

If your presentation Sheets are not going to include a Existing Conditions the view plan Is setup could be set to Show all (New construction, existing and Demo) overriding the edge with LW tool is not needed.

Troubleshooting Underlays in Revit

21 Jan

(Rewritten from:)

HOK BIM Solutions: Troubleshooting Underlays in Revit.

Most likely  the feature is behaving as designed.

The user wanted to use a level above as a reference for a lower level.

The walls didn’t show up, but plumbing fixtures did.

View Range settings are crucial to the behavior of underlays.

If EITHER the host view or the underlay have the View Depth set so that the views ‘cross’ each other – cut object styles will not be displayed. This usually happens when View Depth is set to Unlimited.

While this seems to make sense for an upper level that uses a lower level as an underlay, it behaves the same way in the opposite. If the View Depth of the upper level includes the lower level within the view range, Revit thinks the elements are already being displayed and does not show them in the underlay.

Installing XP in a Old laptop. Blue screen ask to run Chkdsk/F

7 Oct

After formatting the disk (not quick mode) and booting from Win xo disk, the Blue screen of death shows right after all drivers are installed adn the messageof “starting windows” displayed.

The stop error  in BSOD is 0x7b.

The solution was to change the SATA mode in the bios from RAID to ATA (other than AHCI) and reinstall windows from CD.