[Chimera-users] Problem with Nvidia Quadro FX 880M and Stereocopic view

Greg Couch gregc at cgl.ucsf.edu
Tue Mar 1 12:36:45 PST 2011

If both Chimera and PyMol are complaining, then you've haven't 
configured OpenGL stereo correctly.  The NVidia Quadro driver 
configuration has two places to setup stereo.  There are the 
"Stereoscopic 3D" settings that are not helpful for chimera (except for 
making NVIDIA's stereo image viewer work).  So in addition to that, you 
want to setup stereo in the "3D Settings / Manage 3D Settings" dialog.  
In there, turn on "Stereo - Enable" and select the appropriate kind of 
stereo in "Stereo - Display mode".

     Good luck,


On 02/28/2011 09:11 PM, Veli-Pekka Kestilä wrote:
> I have done all of these and as I said in my original e-mail I got the
> full screen tests nvidia provides working. Problem is that when I try to
> start Chimera or PyMol it fails complaining that 3d vision mode isn't
> available. So question still basically is if it's possible to get it
> working with Quadro 880M
> On 2/23/11 4:40 PM, Sabuj Pattanayek wrote:
>> also see : http://www.pymolwiki.org/index.php/Stereo_3D_Display_Options#NVidia_NVision_3D_Setup
>> . It has some instructions on how to setup 3d vision on windows.
>> On Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 8:36 AM, Sabuj Pattanayek<sabujp at gmail.com>   wrote:
>>> IIRC there's an option in the windows nvidia configuration utility
>>> that enables and disables nvidia 3d vision. I assume that's the setup
>>> you're trying to use, so check that to see if it's enabled or
>>> disabled.
>>> 2011/2/23 Veli-Pekka Kestilä<veli-pekka.kestila at helsinki.fi>:
>>>> Hi Tom,
>>>> On 2/22/11 8:12 PM, Tom Goddard wrote:
>>>>> Hi Veli-Pekka,
>>>>> This is either a driver configuration problem or driver limitation or
>>>>> driver bug. Your driver is from Oct 2010 and there are newer ones. The
>>>>> following 266.58 driver was released Jan 18, 2011 and the notes say it
>>>>> adds support for various "3d vision notebooks". Maybe the new driver is
>>>>> needed.
>>>>> http://www.nvidia.com/object/notebook-win7-winvista-64bit-266.58-whql-driver.html
>>>> I installed back the newest driver and problem still persist. So it's
>>>> problem either with driver or the card.
>>>> 880M isn't very high end on the Quadro Cards.
>>>>> If it is a driver configuration problem, I don't know about that. Our
>>>>> expert on stereo and Windows is on vacation this week but can advise you
>>>>> next week.
>>>> Seems that I will be waiting for that. Thank you for your reply. And
>>>> hope to hear from you next week.
>>>> -vpk
>>>>> Tom
>>>>>> Hello,
>>>>>> I have problem with Nvidia Quadro FX 880M and Stereoscopic view. When I
>>>>>> switch the stereoscopic view on in Chimera it gives me following error:
>>>>>> stereo viewing (Unable to find hardware stereo support
>>>>>> (couldn't choose pixel format
>>>>>> Couldn't configure togl widget)).
>>>>>> I have installed the Quadro drivers version 259.57 in Windows 7 64bit.
>>>>>> And separate 3D driver for Quadro.
>>>>>> Greetings,
>>>>>> Veli-Pekka Kestilä
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