Blender install problems on linux

(thinkpad20) #1

I know that people say that you just have to extract the archive and you can execute blender, however, when I try to start it, two different things happen, depending on the situation:

If I try to execute it from my GUI (which is KDE), the screen flickers for a second but nothing happens.

If I try to ececute it from the command line, i get this error message:
X error of failed request: BadDrawable (invalid Pixmap or Window parameter)
Major opcode of failed request: 55 (X_CreateGC)
Resource id in failed request: 0x0
Serial number of failed request: 68
current serial number in output stream: 76

And then it sends me back to the shell.

I am new to linux, so perhaps this is just a naive error, but if anyone knows linux at all, could you help me out?

BTW, I am running Red Hat 7.2 with kernel 2.4.7, I think. Thanks in advance.

P.S. If any of you know any other place which might have ltutorials on the subject, you can’t go wrong in sending them my way :slight_smile:

(overextrude) #2

Tip 1: Make sure you have the latest driver installed for your video card.

Tip 2: Make sure X-Windows is configured correctly to support the driver. The last time I had to mess with this, I had to add something to the XF86Config file that specifically referred to the driver (using an NVidia card). The XF86Config file is located in the /etc/X11/ directory.

(ZoltarX) #3

Don’t forget you can try running the “Static” version first. Then at least you can do some Blending every now ant then to ease the frustration while you try to sort out the other nuts and bolts :-? .


(VelikM) #4

What video card are you using?

(ZoltarX) #5

TNT2 32MB (nVidia chipset) with Redhat 7.2.

I now think there is something I need to tweak as the system still hangs everynow and then when doing something graphically intensive but on the whole I consider it “working”. :wink:

See also thread on “nVidia and Linux” in “News and Chat”.