AutoCAD LT 2017 displaying unpickable lines all over the screen

Why does AutoCAD LT 2017 display unpickable lines all over the screen, apparently arising from text or line vector points, when opening up drawings from either AutoCAD LT 2011 or 2013. How do I get rid of these?

Asked on September 27, 2016 in AutoCAD.
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When you open an older drawing file in AutoCAD 2015 or later, the drawing displays unwanted linework that cannot be selected or erased. The linework appears to be randomly displayed.

RE: AutoCAD LT 2017 displaying unpickable lines all over the screen


The following graphics cards have been reported to encounter this behavior:

  • AMD ATI Radeon HD 3400 series (with 256 MB of RAM)
  • AMD ATI FirePro 2260
  • AMD ATI FirePro V3700
  • AMD ATI Radeon HD 4200
  • AMD ATI Radeon HD 4250

The issue is not exclusive to these cards.


On the command line in AutoCAD, type  LINESMOOTHING and set it to  Off (0). You can also enter the  GRAPHICSCONFIG command and disable the “Smooth line display” checkbox.

Turning off hardware acceleration completely can also prevent unwanted linework from showing.


  • In AutoCAD 2016 and newer: Before line smoothing can be disabled, the HQGEOM system variable must be turned off (that is, the “High Quality Geometry” checkbox in GRAPHICSCONFIG).
  • In AutoCAD for Mac 2015: The LINESMOOTHING system variable does not exist; this solution does not apply to that version of the program.
  • In AutoCAD for Mac 2016: LINESMOOTHING exists, but HQGEOM does not.
Answered on November 3, 2016.
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I turned off the hardware acceleration and it worked perfectly, no more random lines appearing.

Answered on August 28, 2018.
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Yes, that’s usually the work of hardware acceleration. When all else fails, resetting the program might do the trick!

Answered on April 20, 2020.
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