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QuickSurf - Error: Can't Find base.dcl.

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One customer trying to install QuickSurf 2010 under AutoCAD Map 3D 2010 (32-bit) received the error in AutoCAD:

Can't find file base.dcl.

We resolved the problem by searching the hard drive for "base.dcl" and adding the path to this file in AutoCAD.

  • Open a CMD window in Windows by clicking the Start button, choose Run, and type CMD to display the window.
  • Type CD \Program Files to go that folder.
  • Type dir base.dcl /s to look for the file in the current folder and all sub folders. Note the folder where the file is found. Ours was found in the following folder: C:\Program Files\AutoCAD Map 3D 2010\UserDataCache\Support\ .
  • Start AutoCAD Map 3D in menu mode.
  • Choose the Tools | Options menu command to display the Options dialog.
  • Click on the Files tab, and click on the plus sign to the left of the Support File Search Path to expand the list.
  • Click on the Add button, and add the path, e.g. C:\Program Files\AutoCAD Map 3D 2010\UserDataCache\Support\ .
  • Restart AutoCAD.

Thanks,

Tom B

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Under AutoCAD 2011, I found my base.dcl file in the following folder:

C:\Program Files\Autodesk\AutoCAD 2011\UserDataCache\Support

Thanks,

Tom B

RockWare Inc

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Under AutoCAD 2012, I found my base.dcl file in the following folder:

C:\Program Files\Autodesk\AutoCAD 2012\UserDataCache\Support

This folder is hidden, and not visible with the default settings under Windows 7 and other versions.

To turn on the hidden folders:

  • Run the Windows Explorer program (My Computer).
  • Press the ALT key to view the menus.
  • Choose the Tools | Folder Options menu to display the Folder Options dialog.
  • Click on the View tab.
  • Add a check mark to the Always show menus option to display menus in Windows Explorer.
  • Expand the Hidden files and folders item, and click on the option to Show hidden files, folders, and drives.
  • Remove the check mark from the option to Hide extensions for known file types.
  • Click the OK button.

In AutoCAD:

  • Choose the Tools | Options menu command to display the Options dialog.
  • Click on the Files tab, and click on the plus sign to the left of the Support File Search Path to expand the list.
  • Click on the Add button, and add the path.

Thanks,

Tom B

RockWare Inc

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