We have been experiencing a problem on our 60+ workstations since we upgraded to AutoCAD 2006 since we upgraded. All of the Pull Down Menus including AutoCAD default menus are excruciatingly slow. Until recently we have just run with it hoping the service pack release would fix it and see that there were several questions, but no answers to the same problem. After installing the Service pack 1 for AutoCAD 2006 which was released 8/24/05, I decided it was time to sit down and do some testing. I find that when I turn off the AntiVirus software the menus pop-up like they used to in AutoCAD 2005 and previous versions. I have installed trial versions of Mcafee, Symantec, and Panda AntiVirus software and they all give me the same result. Services started = Slow AutoCAD / Services Stopped = Normal AutoCAD
I am going to do more testing, but don't necessarily feel comfortable disabling any of my AntiVirus options as they are there to protect me, but if it will help speed up the process I will seriously consider it. Also, why has AutoDesk not addressed this issue? I have browsed several articles on AutoDesk's Forums with not one reply or the reply stating that all files should be moved to the local drive.
Oh! That brings up another point, this problem only happens when our Menu Files, Fonts, Etc. are run from our central server location. If I setup a standalone profile for one of our laptop users, they do not experience any speed related problems.
Please feel free to reply to this if you have any ideas or information that will make my research a bit easier.
Steven L. Gear
Larson Binkley, Inc.