RFO user revittotd has come across an interesting anomaly:

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The Trouble with Tribbles…

Basically, the issue goes something like this:
Revit 2012 can’t find a linked dwg anymore. When I try to reload it, Revit says the file doesn’t exist. There is an other linked dwg in the same folder, which still loads fine.

Here are some relevant forum threads:




Here is one solution.  Well, its not really a solution, more of a method that can be used to fix this problem:

1) make view templates for the graphical overrides of the imported dwg (Overrides import)
2) remove the file from the project
3) save under new name
4) reopen the project and Link CAD the same dwg file
5) apply the view template for graphical overrides
6) check all views, if you imported to all views
7) redo dimensions, if there were any connecting the linked dwg with the model

via this post

You are about to delete a number of model elements, but you are concerned about how many tags and dimensions are going to be affected by this deletion event.

Here is a quick way to check:

  1. Select the elements you intend to delete
  2. Click Group, then 
  3. Click Link
  4. A warning dialog will show up, saying “Elements will be deleted”
  5. Click Expand, then Export and save a list of the affected elements
  6. Click Cancel
  7. Click undo (to undo the Group command)

Now, you can use that list to check check or correct the affected detail items.

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Quickly review Error Report by parsing Element ID in spreadsheet

I find the Error Report – Warning – Select by ID process to be a little unwieldy in Revit (at the moment).

Here is a little process that may speed things up for you when reviewing a Error Report in Revit.

  1. Save Error Report to HTML
  2. Open HTML Error Report
  3. Copy data to Excel spreadsheet.
  4. Use RIGHT formula to extract only the id number to a new column.
    eg =RIGHT(C3,7)
  5. Copy the cell containing the id number to the ‘Select Elements by ID’ dialog in Revit.

If you try to open Revit 2012 and it stalls at the splash screen, you can try ending the process WSCommCntr3.exe by accessing it in the Task Manager and clicking ‘End Process’.

The video below shows the issue:

I think that the problem is definitely related to the WSCommCntr.  This is the Autodesk Infocenter, and it should be located at:
C:Program FilesCommon FilesAutodesk SharedWSCommCntr3lib

As I state in the title, stopping the offending process is only a temporary solution.  There may be some issue that you need to correct.  For instance, my Task Manager also showed WSCommCntr2.exe and I essentially also had to stop this process to get the Autodesk Infocenter to behave.

Feel free to comment if you would like your experience with the Autodesk Infocenter.

I have previously had other issues with Revit stalling at the splash screen:
SECSplashWnd error – Revit 2010 stalls on loading

Have you ever spent ages typing into a web form, only to press submit and be served a message like “Error=remote_computer_lost_your_hard_work” or even just a blank page? 

If this has just happened to you, and before you do ANYTHING else, try this:

  1. Download HxD Hex Editor (here is a link to a portable version)
  2. Open the HxD program.
  3. Click Extras – Open RAM…
  4. Choose the browser your are currently using (such as firefox.exe).  The program now ‘reads’ the RAM stores associated with this program.
  5. Click Search – Find.
  6. Type part of a phrase of what you just typed – and click OK.
  7. This will find the place in the RAM where your form data is stored.
  8. Now just select the text you want to recover, use Ctrl+C for copy, and then paste into Word or Notepad for additional formatting.

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These types of errors do happen, and there is are some very poorly coded websites out there.

Hopefully this has helped you recover some work!

I have been experiencing some Event 1030 errors, and the ‘Details’ tab in the Event Viewer shows the following:

ErrorDescription Logon failure: unknown user name or bad password.           following asf

To correct this, I have tried removing the stored usernames and passwords (on Windows Vista), using this technique:

  • Type Control keymgr.dll and hit ENTER
  • The Window Stored Usernames and Passwords opens, this is we’re you can edit, backup or remove them easily.

This information was found at:

I had a weird issue wherein I could join our office VPN using XP and Vista with no problems, but Windows 7 would not connect to the VPN and would trigger an error. (Please note that I was trying to connect to a Small Business Server 2003 computer).

The following fix worked for me:

  1. In the Windows 7 client, open an elevated command prompt
  2. Type in the following: netsh int ip reset > resetIP.log

Reboot the computer, and see if you can now connect to the VPN.I found this fix at http://thenonapeptide.blogspot.com/2009/09/solving-pptp-vpn-error-720-on-windows-7.html