triangles cover sky with trial version safemode

Asked by Margo Guda on 2010-05-02

I looked at similar problems before asking, and I downloaded the trial version and installed it, but it gives me the same problem. I also added the lines to the main section in config.ini, but it did not help either. I am running windows 7 with onboard graphics, other software (including things that use opengl) run fine. My drivers are up to date. Whatever I do, my sky is covered in a field of triangles that almost completely obscure any stars. I had used a much earlier version of stellarium under windows xp and had no problems, and I especially like the addition of a realistic horizon, but this prevents my using the software at all. The triangles are relatively small, by the way.

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2010-05-06
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Bogdan Marinov (daggerstab) said : #1

The triangles are the geodesic grid that Stellarium uses to render the sky.

You can try experimenting with your graphics card's settings or updating its drivers. Don't trust Windows' update service, try identifying the card's model (from "System Information" in the Start menu) and downloading new drivers from the manufacturer's website. If your computer is a laptop/notebook/netbook, the drivers may be on its manufacturer's website.

You can post here the contents of Stellarium's log file ("Last run log" in the Start menu), but I doubt that it will contain something useful.

Margo Guda (mhguda) said : #2

On 05/04/2010 02:16, Bogdan Marinov wrote:
> Your question #109213 on Stellarium changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/stellarium/+question/109213
>
> Status: Open => Answered
>
> Bogdan Marinov proposed the following answer:
> The triangles are the geodesic grid that Stellarium uses to render the
> sky.
>
> You can try experimenting with your graphics card's settings or updating
> its drivers. Don't trust Windows' update service, try identifying the
> card's model (from "System Information" in the Start menu) and
> downloading new drivers from the manufacturer's website. If your
> computer is a laptop/notebook/netbook, the drivers may be on its
> manufacturer's website.
>
> You can post here the contents of Stellarium's log file ("Last run log"
> in the Start menu), but I doubt that it will contain something useful.
>
>
Hello,
I got the newer driver from the manufacturers site and installed it,
then my computer would not boot windows. When I rolled back the change,
it was fine. I have not tried again - it would not even let me in in
safe mode, I had to restore from the repair window, booting from the
install dvd. I am bringing my system in for a new card - wanted one
anyhow. I'll report on what develops, if it's relevant. Geodesic
triangles, huh? I thought that was what I was seeing. I will have a look
at the log file later.
Thanks for your support. I look forward to having the software again...
fully. Version 10.2 works OK though.

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Margo Guda (mhguda) said : #3

Hi, here is hot off the press: I got my new graphics card today, one of
the last AGP cards they had in the store. It's an NVIDIA GeForce 6200
with 512MB graphics memory. For all that, I find it slow. I will try to
see if there are updated drivers. However, I wanted to let you know that
the triangles have disappeared. I do still see a horizontal line, above
the horizon, white and curving across the sky. Tonight when I have more
time I will find out more.

Bogdan Marinov wrote:
> Your question #109213 on Stellarium changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/stellarium/+question/109213
>
> Status: Open => Answered
>
> Bogdan Marinov proposed the following answer:
> The triangles are the geodesic grid that Stellarium uses to render the
> sky.
>
> You can try experimenting with your graphics card's settings or updating
> its drivers. Don't trust Windows' update service, try identifying the
> card's model (from "System Information" in the Start menu) and
> downloading new drivers from the manufacturer's website. If your
> computer is a laptop/notebook/netbook, the drivers may be on its
> manufacturer's website.
>
> You can post here the contents of Stellarium's log file ("Last run log"
> in the Start menu), but I doubt that it will contain something useful.
>
>

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Margo Guda (mhguda) said : #4

Latest update: I have updated the driver using the built-in windows service (the manufacturer has drivers that look newer but I'm uncertain if they apply to my card, as they are for a whole bunch of them) and the horizontal line has also disappeared. Stellarium now looks the way I expected it to. Thanks for helping out. And thanks for a great program.