Blender on netbook.

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Mango
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Blender on netbook.

Post by Mango » Sat May 12, 2012 3:18 pm

I just bought a netbook and wanted to mess around in Blender with it. The 3D viewport performance is fine, but none of the text in the menus is showing? What is likely the problem here, and what is the fix for this? This is happening on both the install versions and folder versions.

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Post by stiv » Sat May 12, 2012 7:09 pm

Sounds like the usual video driver problems from poor OpenGL support.

Update your video driver from the card (or chipset) manufacturer's site.

Turn off eye candy window managers with transparent features.

Maybe turn down hardware acceleration.

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Post by Mango » Sun May 13, 2012 3:19 pm

Nope, tried all those. It has to be a some kind of graphical bug. Something to do with how Blender goes about displaying the menus text. Anyone else got any ideas?

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Post by stiv » Sun May 13, 2012 5:40 pm

It is a problem caused by your video driver/on-board graphics doing OpenGL poorly. Nothing new there.

Not surprising really, in a machine designed for email and web browsing.

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Post by RoboticGolem » Mon May 14, 2012 5:12 am

have the same problem with one of the machines at work. Its way old and only has an s3 onboard card in it.

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Post by ldo » Tue May 15, 2012 12:08 pm

Have you tried a Linux install for comparison?

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Post by Mango » Wed May 16, 2012 4:17 pm

stiv wrote: Not surprising really, in a machine designed for email and web browsing.
... the 3d performance is fine, it can handle tons of polygons. So I don't see your rationale. Surely the rendering of menu text would be similar to... the rendering of text in email and web browsing :roll:

I have been tempted to test a linux version, will install linux this week maybe. The netbook does have a dedicate dual OS feature. Thanks.

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Post by stiv » Wed May 16, 2012 5:15 pm

Surely the rendering of menu text would be similar to... the rendering of text in email and web browsing
If you mean similar in the sense of "composed of tiny colored dots on the screen", they are, indeed, similar. The question is how the tiny colored dots on the screen get there. (hint: it happens through the video driver)

Blender uses OpenGL for *all* its drawing. This is a cross-platform graphics library. Most Windows games use DirectX, a proprietary Microsoft graphics library. Good DirectX performance does not necessarily translate into good OpenGL performance, although there is no reason it cannot. It depends on the video driver.

Some graphics cards/chipsets, like the above-mentioned S3 are famous for having poor OpenGL drivers.

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