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Re: Weird Graphics Behaviour-Mathematica 4.2

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  • Subject: [mg58174] Re: [mg58145] Weird Graphics Behaviour-Mathematica 4.2
  • From: John Fultz <jfultz at>
  • Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2005 06:02:47 -0400 (EDT)
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On Mon, 20 Jun 2005 05:21:20 -0400 (EDT), Christos Argyropoulos M.D. wrote:
> 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
> follows:
> In[1]:=
> $ProductInformation
> Out[1]=
> {ProductIDName\[Rule]Mathematica,
> ProductKernelName\[Rule]Mathematica 4.2 Kernel,
> ProductVersion\[Rule]4.2 for Microsoft Windows (August 23, 2002),
> ProductVersionNumber\[Rule]4.2}
> 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

Typical causes of this problem include...

* You're running a multiple monitor system, and the two displays are set to 
different color resolutions.  If this is the case, you can fix it pretty 
easily in the Display control panel.

* You're running NetMeeting, which, as a part of its function, emulates the 
presence of a second monitor running at 16-bit color depth.  Either quit 
NetMeeting or switch your desktop to run at 16-bit color depth using the 
Display control panel.

The problem was fixed in 5.0, which is why you're not seeing it there.


John Fultz
jfultz at
User Interface Group
Wolfram Research, Inc.

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