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Old 04-04-2007, 08:15 AM
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Cool xref not binding

We have recieved a drawing with xrefs from a consultant. They have also has sent us drawings that have been used for xrefs alog. Now when we try to bind or insert the xrefs does not work. We go to xref dialog box and insert them but they remain xrefs. When we go back and check the xref dialog box it is still there as a xref!!!!!! Please help.
Old 04-04-2007, 09:19 AM
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Do you get an error message? One cause could be "cross-xreffing"-an xref is bound to another.
Old 04-04-2007, 01:07 PM
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Default Check the XREF tree

Check the XREF tree view in the XREF manager. Make sure that the XREF's you are trying to dettach, or bind are not dependent of other xrefs. Also check to make sure there are no blocks in any of the dwgs that duplicate the names of the xrefs in your tree view. acad can not distinguish between a block or an xref with the same name.
Old 04-04-2007, 02:05 PM
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Your problem is most likely as CarlB & CADFX57 states, or you could also have an error in one or more of the xrefs. I would close the main drawing & open each xref, run the audit command and tell it yes to fix errors and note the result, then I would purge the drawing to get rid of any excess baggage, then save the drawing. Do this for each xref then open the main drawing and try to bind the xrefs. If this does not work then you probably have an offending block and xref of the same name and will have to track it down.
Old 04-05-2007, 08:02 AM
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Default xref woes

Originally Posted by Bruce T
Now when we try to bind or insert the xrefs does not work.
Ok, so you do have the xrefed files?

Not a bad idea to "step" through those, and run Purge All on each of them. Then, to the "end" drawing, and execute Purge All on it, as well (best not to go into how often I have found a Block of the xref in the same drawing, or an exploded copy of the xref in the xref-ed drawing . . . )

Depending on version/platform, there are limits on the layer/entity name concatenation lengths, which will return an "error" rather than bind.

The quick test is to see if you can Insert the file being xref-ed. Do this slowly, so you can Undo cleanly. Be prepared to find copies of an xref, which do not "show" under xref manager (because, logiclly, they are not multiple xref's, just copied ACAD Entities).

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