Error message on new 0.13.0 install

Asked by Kat Lomas on 2014-07-19

I just downloaded and installed the latest update to Stellarium. The process was error free until I attempted to 'Launch Stellarium'.

The following error message was displayed....

Insufficient OpenGL version. Please update drivers, graphics hardware or us MESA (or ANGLE) version.

I have no idea what this means or what to do about it. Can you assist, please?


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Best Alexander Wolf (alexwolf) said : #1

You need package for old computers with software rendering -

If you have modern computer then installing drivers for graphics card can solve this issue.

gzotti (georg-zotti) said : #3

gzotti suggests this article as an answer to your question:
FAQ #2570: “Common problems with version 0.13”.

Kat Lomas (mnop1964) said : #4

You need package for old computers

How old do you consider to be old?

Kat Lomas (mnop1964) said : #5

OK. I found it. Let's see what happens.

Kat Lomas (mnop1964) said : #6

It's working. Great and thanks for the help.

Kat Lomas (mnop1964) said : #7

Thanks Alexander Wolf, that solved my question.

gzotti (georg-zotti) said : #8

"Old" in this respect is everything that does not support OpenGL2.1.
So, while a 2007 PC with decent graphics hardware of that time (NVidia GeForce 8xxx and later or ATI/AMD Radeon) may work, a 2010 netbook with Atom CPU or an Intel system with only GMA onboard graphics from the time before about 2011 does not. Whenever graphics hardware/driver is not sufficient, the MESA version includes a software emulation processed on the main processor. However, this slows down the program considerably and makes mostly sense on multicore systems.

Ruth T (rusty-t-p) said : #9

Thank you, thank you, thank you. The link for the 'old' version of stellarium has worked for me. I was pulling my hair out as I need it for my Uni studies.

Kat Lomas (mnop1964) said : #10

I'm glad to be of assistance, Ruth, even if it was inadvertently!!
Kat Lomas

P.S. So good to hear from another female interested in astronomy! Is the subject part of your Uni education?

On Thursday, October 16, 2014 3:06 PM, Ruth T <email address hidden> wrote:

Your question #251880 on Stellarium changed:

Ruth T posted a new comment:
Thank you, thank you, thank you. The link for the 'old' version of
stellarium has worked for me. I was pulling my hair out as I need it
for my Uni studies.

You received this question notification because you asked the question.

Ruth T (rusty-t-p) said : #11

Hi Kat, Yes I am working towards attaining a natural sciences degree with the OU. I needed the Stellarium to plan an observation session using their radio telescope called ARROW.

DracoRigel (dracorigel) said : #12

Thanks Alexander Wolf (alexwolf) for the link. It solved my problem before I could ask the question. I have used Stellarium for years on my Windows XP, but was having a time getting it to play with Windows 7. Humming right along. Thxz again!