[Chimera-users] Problem with Chimera-1.8-linux-x86_64

Greg Couch gregc at cgl.ucsf.edu
Wed Oct 23 11:59:50 PDT 2013

So in general, we don't recommend running Chimera within vmware (or any 
other virtual machine, like virtualbox) because Chimera needs direct 
access to the graphics hardware for the best performance.

That said, to get it to work, you'll need to read the vmware 
documentation to figure out how to enable "accelerated 3D graphics".  It 
will probably requiring installing an appropriate graphics driver in 
your Linux virtual machine, and  might require a newer version Linux in 
your virtual machine, or possibly a newer version of vmware.  Some links 
I found: VMware Horizon View 5.2 and Hardware Accelerated 3D Graphics 
VMware Fusion Help > Configuring Your Virtual Machines 
X.org Drivers for VMware virtual graphics <http://www.x.org/wiki/vmware/>,
How to fix 3D Acceleration for Vmware Workstation 9? 
VMware promises better 3D graphics on virtualized desktops 
It appears that 3D graphics in vmware is still a "work in progress".

Perhaps someone who has configured vmware for 3D will speak up.

     Good luck,


On 10/23/2013 10:21 AM, Stephen P. Molnar wrote:
> I have installed chimera-1.8-linux-x86_64 in VMware Player v-6.0.0 
> build-1295980 without any waning or error messages.
> When I start chimera I get the splash screen, then:
> ./chimera
> X Error of failed request:  BadDrawable (invalid Pixmap or Window 
> parameter)
>   Major opcode of failed request:  72 (X_PutImage)
>   Resource id in failed request:  0x4000064
>   Serial number of failed request:  1352
>   Current serial number in output stream:  1358
> computation at inga:~/Apps/chimera/bin$
> Please advise.
> Thanks in advance.

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