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): i cant run houdini :( June 4, 2003, 1:04 p.m.

Try This-

1) Go to control panels> Administrative tools> open “services”.

2) Look on the list for Houdini Server. Should be under Houdini client.

3) Right click on it to start it from the context menu or via “properties”.

Hope this helps.


Non-commercial promo that I worked on spotlighted on CG Chan April 29, 2003, 8:52 p.m.

Great job Dave. Hope to see more cool work,

Houdini Apprentice on High-Octane Dell Notebook PC? April 18, 2003, 7:51 p.m.

I had almost the same problem on almost the same Dell Laptop-

Try this- Drag all the houdini tutorial folders with the .hip files like the Hoodnik into your side effects folder, yes within the Program Files folder on your local disk (C). Click the show files link if necessary to find the side effects software folder. Drag the tutorials into the main Houdini 5.5.x folder inside. Name the folder “tutorials”. Start houdini- go to file, open.

You should see your tutorial folder within the directories load box along with the bin, document and Houdini folder. Click once on it and it should open up to reveal your files. Select the one you want to start with. I recomend going to the help menu, and opening the tutorial/user guide (in PDF format) and working through those projects first.

Here is a file management project hint
as you become comfortable with the program and you start projects from time to time, create a new directory (folder) by hitting the new button within the “open” dialogue window. Give your new project a simple name like “My tutorials”.
Open this directory and create sub-folders/directories naming them-


save out your project parts into those folders. It will help build good project management habits, and make your life uncomplicated so you can focus more energy on learning the program.

Hope this helps,