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Reference dims in drawing mode will not scale

Reference dims in drawing mode will not scale

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I am working to dimension parts in mechanical desktop 8 and  can't get the size of the dimension itself (dimscale) to change to something large enough to see when printed. at the command line "dimscale" will show for example 4.000 but the dim will come in at 1.000. Installed service pack 2 and it didn't help. Tried options/am standards/dimension etc no luck. It has been a frustrating couple of hours. Any help would be appreciated.
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