I just installed Mathematica on my laptop. I use Linux Mint 17. My problem is that I cannot see any 3D graphics. Or more precisely, when I open the Plot3D reference page, I can see the 3D graphs, but when I run the codes myself, the graphs disappear. On the other hand, in the advanced Manipulate functionality tutorial I don't even see the original 3D graphs, just a blank screen of the correct size. 2D graphics work fine. As I understand, I probably have to do something with the video drivers, but if you could direct me to some detailed directions, it would be helpful. Thanks, Ferenc
some details: operating system: Linux Mint 17 graphics card: AMD/ATI RV320/M22 Mobility Radeon x300 drivers: X.Org 1.15.1 ati,radeon GLX renderer: Gallium 0.4 on ATI RV370, GLX version 2.1 Mesa 10.1.0
Some boilerplate I have for similar issues:
Running Mathematica with the following options will work around the
problem in many instances:
mathematica -mesa -defaultvisual
If this works, then the problem is with 3D hardware acceleration.
If your computer uses a NVIDIA graphics card, try running Mathematica
with the following command:
$ env MATHEMATICA_GL_FBO=1 mathematica
Or similar for your shell.
If this works, you can try adding this environment variable to the
bashrc/cshrc/whatever. You may also wish to try upgrading the video
driver(s) or changing video driver from a closed-source version to the
open-source version, or vice versa.
If you are running multiple monitors, check /etc/X11/xorg.conf.
There is a known driver issue when "xinerama" is enabled. If you are
using an NVIDIA graphic card, press Ctrl+Alt+F1 (which switches to the
terminal), kill X (usually by running /etc/init.d/gdm stop, where "gdm"
could be "xdm", "slim", or "xdm", depending on the distribution),
then run the following:
# mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.backup
The -mesa option causes the Mathematica graphics system to use a
software version of OpenGL, instead of a hardware-accelerated version
of OpenGL. This will significantly slow down both complex 2D graphics
and most 3D graphics.
Thank you for the detailed response. Running Mathematica with the mesa option worked. Th card is not NVIDIA, so I did not try the other solution.