Thursday, October 8, 2009

Textless Ribbons

Now this one is cool! You install the program and when you launch it everything seems to work but the text on the ribbon shows little rectangles or boxes instead of text. This can happen in AutoCAD based programs as well as Revit, Inventor, Design Review and DWG TrueView.





This appears to be .NET Framework related.

One method to resolve this is a Reinstall or Repair of MS .NET Framework 3.5 sp 1


  1. Go to Control Panel.Run Add/Remove programs.

  2. Select the MS .NET Framework 3.5 sp 1 .

  3. Click Change.

  4. Select the Reinstall option.

  5. Reboot when it finishes.

  6. Test the program.
If that doesn't work, then more drastic measures may need to be employed.

Autodesk Support has a technical solution (TS1056464 ) covering this latter option.

These types of issues can indicate corruption of the .NET Framework. This operating system component is required for several AutoCAD® features, including the Properties Palette, the Layer Manager, Ribbon, Menu Browser, Tooltips and other features.
To correct this issue.


  1. On the Start menu (Windows), click Settings > Control Panel.

  2. In Control Panel, double-click Add or Remove Programs (Windows 2000/XP) or Programs and Features (Windows Vista).

  3. Uninstall all versions of .NET Framework. You may need to uninstall the most recent versions first.

  4. Reinstall only the version of .NET Framework required for your software version. Refer to the list below for AutoCAD requirements. For vertical products, consult the product installation literature for the required .NET Framework version.

There is a link below to access version 3.5.



  • AutoCAD 2005/AutoCAD LT 2005 requires .NET Framework 1.1

  • AutoCAD 2006/AutoCAD LT 2006 requires .NET Framework 1.1 SP 1

  • AutoCAD 2007/AutoCAD LT 2007 requires .NET Framework 2.0

  • AutoCAD 2008/AutoCAD LT 2008 requires .NET Framework 2.0

  • AutoCAD 2009/AutoCAD LT 2009 requires .NET Framework 3.0

  • AutoCAD 2010/AutoCAD LT 2010 requires .NET Framework 3.5

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=ab99342f-5d1a-413d-8319-81da479ab0d7&displaylang=en

If you need assistance we can help! Call the Avatech Solutions National Support Center at 800-808-7645.

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