Some of us beta testers are finding that Autodesk 360 does not work with the shipping version of AutoCAD 2013, and so in writing our books we have to install AutoCAD on a different computer.
I, however, have limited possibilities. My wife's computer runs Linux. My powerful, 8GB notebook computer is being used by my daughter-in-law for drawings in her fashion design courses. That leaves my 1GB netbook.
To get AutoCAD 2013 running on a netbook is just like earlier releases:
0. Remember to plug into the netbook a high-speed USB thumbdrive or SD card for ReadyBoost memory caching. This will speed up operations considerably.
1. Download the 32-bit version of AutoCAD. (64-bit version won't install.)
2. Install using Custom mode to leave out all the things not needed. In my case, I only needed the Autodesk 360 module.
3. At this point, you need to hook up an external monitor, because the install screen is taller than the 600-pixel height of Autodesk's installation dialog boxes. TIP: Press Windows+P to quickly set up the second monitor.
If you don't have a spare monitor, then there are workarounds:
- Bill Fane hooks up his netbook up to the tv, and then drags the AutoCAD window to the tv screen. He reminds you to quit AutoCAD before unattaching the tv, otherwise you won't be able to reach it.
- A reader (sorry, don't have your name!) says in a pinch he uses his computer's video options to rotate the screen image by 90 degrees. Now the dialog boxes have 1024 pixels to work in.
4. When the install is finished, start AutoCAD 2013. A dialog box pops up warning you that AutoCAD needs 1024x768 in which to run. Close it and ignore it. AutoCAD starts up normally, and here it is, tiny but perfect: