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Weird Graphics Behaviour-Mathematica 4.2

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  • Subject: [mg58145] Weird Graphics Behaviour-Mathematica 4.2
  • From: "Christos Argyropoulos M.D." <chrisarg at>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2005 05:21:20 -0400 (EDT)
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Hello everyone,

Something really strange happened and maybe someone can shed a light.

All of suddent, Mathematica CANNOT display any graphics . Specifically, 
when I issue a graphics command (i.e. Plot, ListPlot, Graphics 
primitives), it outputs a blank space and the Window title line keeps 
flickering the name of the working window. It is not that the graphics 
are not created i.e. I can take the FullForm of any graphics command and 
see the internal representation, it is their rendering that is not 
taking place. Furthermore I can copy the (invisible) graphic into other 
applications (i.e. MSWord)using Copy&Paste via mouse  without any 
problems. The OpenGL viewer AddOn seems to work perfectly (i.e. the 
graphics are rendered in the AddOn Window but not in the active notebook 
window).  I am running Mathematica under WindowsXP Home on a Presario 
Notebook P4 @ 2.2 GHz, 512 MB RAM and the Mathematica Information is as 

  ProductKernelName\[Rule]Mathematica 4.2 Kernel,
  ProductVersion\[Rule]4.2 for Microsoft Windows (August 23, 2002),

BTW Mathematica 5.0 (an old evaluation version came really handy!) 
graphics under the same system seem to work fine. Short of re-installing 
Mathematica (my original CD is  4985 miles away) what can I do to relive 
the old glorious and graphical days?

Christos Argyropoulos MD PhD

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine

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