[Chimera-users] Surface calculation failed problem

Hunter Brown bassoongoon at earthlink.net
Thu Aug 8 08:00:21 PDT 2013

Hello, I know this has been a somewhat common problem. When trying to display the molecular surface on a protein (I want to color by hydrophobicity and surface charge) I get the error "Surface calculation failed, mscalc returned code 5." I have tried increasing the VDW radius by 0.5, and lowering probe radius, and turning off 'display disjoint surfaces.' So far I have not been able to display the surface. I have a colleague that has displayed the molecular surface for a viral capsid, so I would think that I should be able to do it for a protein.

Is there anything else I can do? It would be really nice to create some hydrophobicity and surface charge images.

Thanks in advance!


Hunter Brown
Bassoonist, Contrabassoonist, Composer, Chemical Engineering Major
University of New Mexico

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