9 Replies Latest reply on Apr 13, 2009 3:57 AM by Mylenium

    After Effects not detecting graphics card

      Dear all,


      I have Adobe After Effects CS3. My PC config (non-Mac) is as follows:

      AMD Athlon64 3200+

      1 GB DDR RAM

      XFX 8600GT 256MB GDDR3

      160GB + 320GB hard drives


      My problem is that I want to use OpenGL rendering, which is currently disabled in AE. By disabled I mean that in Edit -> Preferences -> Preview, 'Enable OpenGL' is grayed out, and cannot be selected. Upon clicking 'OpenGL info', it basically says that no OpenGL compatible card can be found on my system, which is not true.


      I am running Windows XP, fully patched. My nVidia Geforce Forceware version is 182.08. I have patched AE upto version 8.0.2. I had also tried to uninstall After Effects, run the CS3 clean scripts, and then reinstall AE, but nothing has helped. I have tried running sniffer_gpu.exe from the command prompt, and I get the following output:


      I'm the snoop.

      Device: 00189734 has video RAM<MB>: 256

      Vendor string:     NVIDIA Corporation

      Renderer string:     GeForce 8600GT/PCI/SSE2/3DNOW!

      Version string:     3.0.0


      OpenGL version as determined by Extensionator...

      OpenGL Version Error determining GL version.AIF INternal exception.


      In my opinion, sniffer_gpu is detecting my graphics card, but it is unable to detect my OpenGL version. Please correct me if I'm wrong. Also, I get no error message while starting and/or using AE. It seems to be using software renderer mode, depending entirely on the CPU. My CPU is not very powerful and is unable to handle complex 3D compositions.


      I would deeply appreciate any help regarding this matter.


      Vivek Nair