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OpenGL Issues

29 April 2016 - 04:46 AM



There are several issues that I need to overcome. None of the utilities for OpenGL driver detection work on my laptop.


I have an Acer - Aspire with an Intel Pentium P6200 and Intel Integrated Graphics. Intel website only tells me the drivers shipped from the factory (2.1). The system has been updated, so I know that I have later drivers but can't get a utility which is compatible with my chipset.


One would think that I should be okay because I have updated graphics API drivers and OS (Win 7 ).  It has DirectX 11 and I know that the chipset is compatible with OpenGL 4.X 


I am building with Visual Studio Community Edition.  Is OpenGL detection part of the build process in VS? 


Advanced OpenGL features won't be needed by me for a couple years, so I am thinking that I should be okay on that basis.



Overheating Computer

12 April 2016 - 05:31 AM



I hope that this helps some people. 


  My laptop has always overheated after a half hour or so of use. After reducing the performance settings, that helped and also delayed the onset of overheating but didn't resolve the issue. It also slowed my work pace, which always annoys me.


  There is nothing like peace of mind, so I reached in back of me to a cabinet where I have a small household fan. I got a couple cardboard boxes to set the fan and pointed the thing at the bottom of my laptop. SHAZAM !   No more overheating !  Now I run the laptop at full performance settings in every category with no problem.


  I am the kind of guy who hates waste and I love efficiency, so I turn off the lights or anything else when not in use. This time, I badly needed a fan! It's a very important investment for my workflow.


  A quick note:  I have come across all kinds of computers which overheat (sometimes). This includes a smartphone!  If your device starts just fine and is okay for a while then slows, this could be overheating.


  Grab that fan and see if that works for ya !

New World Order or Clash of Civilizations?

05 April 2016 - 04:41 AM



The title of this thread is self-explanatory.  Let the patriot games begin!

GIT vs Mercurial

21 March 2016 - 07:13 PM




I haven't used GIT in a couple years.  After reading lots of forum opinions, I have read little which directly compares these two software. Please share your viewpoint about them. 


My plan is to use a version control software as an indie for a couple years then add a few people, but I want to really know my stuff before others get involved. I know that there are a few others out there. Please feel free to comment on them, too.

Video Content in a Game

11 March 2016 - 07:31 AM



I am learning OpenGL, using C and eventually C++ and C#.  SDL is kind of where I am leaning, but I have some questions, whether or not I actually use SDL in the future.


For an intro of a game, I want the game to start with a short video of 20 seconds or so. Do you have any ideas on a way to open a video in the game script in a way which is reliably OS crossplatform for computers ( Windows, Linux, etc) ?  I am thinking that Flash video might be the way to go. Is there another good alternative?  Any pitfalls which I am not aware? Any ideas on a configuration file format which would be crossplatform and could place videos at different locations during gameplay?