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Programs that Require OpenGL Support May Not Run in Windows XP

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This article was previously published under Q285912
When you try to use programs (such as DVD players or games) that require support for the OpenGL standard for three-dimensional graphics display on your Windows XP-based computer, you may experience some or all of the following symptoms:
  • The software or game does not run.
  • The display appears jagged.
  • Pure color is missing.
  • Different shades of color are not displayed to give the three-dimensional look.
  • Some or all colors are displayed incorrectly.
This behavior can occur if your video adapter driver does not support the OpenGL standard.
To resolve this issue, contact your video adapter manufacturer for information about how to obtain and install a Windows XP video adapter driver that supports the OpenGL standard. Note that you may be able to use a Microsoft Windows 2000 video adapter driver on your Windows XP-based computer.
This behavior is by design.
For more information about OpenGL, please visit the following OpenGL Web site:Microsoft provides third-party contact information to help you find technical support. This contact information may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this third-party contact information.
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Article ID: 285912 - Last Review: 04/20/2004 20:48:08 - Revision: 2.2

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