Dear Leo, I purchased an HP laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium installed.
The machine runs well with no problems until earlier today, I installed Angry
Birds and tried to run it when a box came up. “Open GL 2.0 renderer not
supported because Open GL 1.4 not supported because Open GL 1.3 not supported.”
And the game wouldn’t run. I have no idea what Open GL and the renderer
represent or mean. Could you please let me know what this is all about and what
to do about it?
In this excerpt from
Answercast #72, I look at a computer with errors from Angry Birds about the
current video drivers.
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Open GL not supported
Open GL is basically 3D-rendering software. In other words, it’s a way to
draw 3D objects (and more, actually) on a computer screen. It’s basically
software that makes that easier for programs.
It’s a standard interface that programs can write to – that (if it’s
supported) can make writing objects, video objects, display objects on the
screen much easier.
You’ll find it’s used very heavily in computer gaming.
Now, I’m surprised actually that Angry Birds requires it – but I guess I
shouldn’t be too surprised because it is a fairly graphics intensive game.
Getting Open GL
So the question is: you don’t have it, where do you get it? Well, that’s a
bit of a problem. Most of the time, Open GL (along with its more or less
equivalent, Direct X) is installed as part of your video card’s drivers. It
actually usually comes with the video card itself.
So, the only thing that I can suggest you do is identify the video hardware
that’s on your system and see if there are updated drivers for that video card
that include Open GL support. If they don’t, then I’m actually not aware of a
way to make this work for you.
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