[Chimera-users] about problems with windows version
gregc at cgl.ucsf.edu
Mon Apr 7 15:22:37 PDT 2008
On Fri, 4 Apr 2008, Ricardo José Soares Torquato wrote:
> Dear friends
> I got chimera program from website, and install on my notebook, and
> installed the last realese of windows version, my machine has a turion64
> as a processor and WinXP pro as OS, but after the installation I try to
> run it, I got this message: ! Outline highlight not supported by
> hadware, in small windows.
> Can you help?
This warning means that your (OpenGL) graphics driver is buggy, but
chimera may still work. The default highlighting mode is automatically
changed to fill mode instead of outline mode.
To get rid of the warning, you need to either (1) change the Display
Properties so that the "Color quality" is "Highest (32-bit)" instead of
"Medium (16-bit)", or (2) update your graphics driver, see
Unfortunately for laptops, updating the graphics driver can be difficult
because laptop vendors frequently alter the graphics driver for the laptop
and only do those alterations again once or twice after the laptop is
released. However, recent ATI Mobility Radeon systems are generally
updatable, as are recent NVidia Quadro FX Mobile systems -- make sure to
check before you buy.
If you are willing to give up your laptop vendor's modifications to the
graphics driver (e.g., power saving modes, maybe other stuff), you can
often get a newer graphics driver from the chipset manufacturer. This is
especially important for Intel and SiS graphics. In fact, for chimera, we
recommend upgrading your Intel or SiS graphics driver to the latest one
available (this is true for desktop systems too).
UCSF Computer Graphics Lab
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