[Chimera-users] no moleculr dispay with version 1.8

Tom Goddard goddard at sonic.net
Mon Oct 28 15:54:06 PDT 2013

Hi Bob,

  This is certainly a graphics driver problem.  For more help on it use Chimera menu entry Help / Report a Bug… and say the graphics is black in the description.  The report will tell us what graphics driver you are using.  The probable solution is to update your graphics driver.

  Chimera 1.5.3 is 2 years old and we rewrote much of the molecular graphics to use more modern (faster and simpler) OpenGL (3-d graphics library) in Chimera 1.7 and 1.8 and your driver is having trouble doing the modern graphics.  The specific issue is probably that programs that run on the graphics chip are not working.  You can disable that by turning off "Shading" in the Chimera debug graphics driver dialog.  This will make the graphics slower, so updating your graphics driver is the preferred solution.



On Oct 28, 2013, at 12:55 PM, Robert Wohlhueter  wrote:

> I have chimera-1.5.3 running on my Linux-AMD64 Ubuntu (12.10) computer.  It works fine in every respect.  Recently I installed version 1.8, with runs, but with one fatal flaw.  By "runs", I mean the chimera screen comes up, the menus display.  If I load (say, a pdb file), it seems to be there in the sense, for example, that I can open and view its sequence.
> BUT the molecule display window is absolutely blank (black).  I suspect it has either to do with my python installation, or with my NVIDIA graphics driver. But whatever the problem, it effects only v. 1.8, not v. 1.5.3.
> For NVIDIA driver I'm using version 310.14.
> For python, I understand chimera uses 2.7.  My python executable is indeed set as version 2.7.3 (that is, `python --version1 returns 2.7.3),  though I have version 3 installed, and it could be used, if needed.  I'm not all so clear on how envars PYTHONHOME and PYTHONPATH may or may not effect chimera.
> Of course, the easy way out is to stick with chimera-1.5.3 -- but one likes to stay up-to-date.
> Thanks in advance for any profound wisdom.
> Bob Wohlhueter
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