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I've installed (and reinstalled) AutoCAD 2008 on a computer that was recently reformatted with Windows XP x86.  It installs just fine, and seems to activate properly, but upon launching the actual program (either through a shortcut or by clicking a drawing), it flashes the black CAD field, and, upon loading to "command: dashboard", the program will exit without any dialog.  Occasionally, two paired errors will show up in my log, corresponding to one time I've failed to open the program: errors 1030 and 1058.  It would appear that these are related to Windows Group Policy, may be related to DFS, and could have something to do with permissions.

We use AutoCAD to interface with Microvellum, which talks to our shop machines and decodes the CAD drawings for them.

I'm a bit stuck; I've talked with Microvellum's support staff, and we reinstalled and reuninstalled and rereinstalled it, but the same issues seem to pop up.  I've restarted this computer since this problem, but I have not altered or restarted the server.  The gentleman from MV tech support suggested our version of the install me be corrupted somehow, but was unable to furnish a clean download for 08 (it appears most people get their CAD through MV, and that's 07).

Thanks for the help.
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Was the XP system fully updated?    AutoCAD 2008 requires at least SP2 when running on XP.   I presume your reload is up-to-date with SP3, but just wanted to be sure the issue wasn't something as simple as that.

Other than that, the system requirements for the 32-bit version of AutoCAD 2008 are pretty basic -- minimum of 512MB RAM, 750MB of disk space, and a VGA card with full color depth and at least 1024 x 768 resolution.    Note that if are doing 3D modeling, the requirements jump to 2GB of RAM, 2GB of free hard disk space, and an OpenGL or Direct3D capable workstation class graphics card.     None of these are very stringent requirements, but just to be sure you should confirm that your system meets these specs.

Are you running this under an account with administrative privileges?   It may be trying to do something that a standard user account won't allow -- this could be why you're seeing the residual error messages that were due to permission issues.    If this is related to server permissions (e.g. group policy restrictions), then you'll likely need to get some help from Autodesk, or at least get your system admin to relax the restrictions to see if that resolves it.
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Still no luck but thank you for your attention.
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