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Ok here are some code snippets from a program I made. All it does right now is draw a triangle in 3d space. For some reason though, it won't appear on my screen, even though all the vectors for the view matrix and projection matrix appear to be ok. This first one initializes my vertices and vertex buffer:
void InitVertices()
	triVERTEX vertices[] = 

	int vert_count=sizeof(vertices)/sizeof(triVERTEX);
	int byte_count=vert_count*sizeof(triVERTEX);
	void *vb_vertices;

	D3DDevice->CreateVertexBuffer(byte_count,        //Length
                                       tri_fvf,           //FVF
                                       D3DPOOL_MANAGED,   //Pool
                                       &VBuffer,        //ppVertexBuffer
                                       NULL);             //Handle

   VBuffer->Lock(0, //Offset
					  0, //SizeToLock
                      &vb_vertices, //Vertices
                      0);  //Flags

   memcpy( vb_vertices, vertices ,byte_count);


This one is initializing my matrices. Oh yeah, the variables width and height were set at the beginning of the program to GetSystemMetrics(CMXSCREEN) and (CM_YSCREEN) (dont worry bout the probably wrong flags there, I just dont remember exactly what they were. But basically width and height are the windows width and height, so I don't know maybe that makes a difference):
void InitMatrices()
	D3DXMATRIX view_matrix;
	D3DXMATRIX projection_matrix;
	D3DXVECTOR3 eye_vector;
	D3DXVECTOR3 lookat_vector;
	D3DXVECTOR3 up_vector;
	D3DXMATRIX world_matrix;
	float aspect;
	   //Here we build our View Matrix, think of it as our camera.
	   //First we specify that our viewpoint is 8 units back on the Z-axis
	   eye_vector=D3DXVECTOR3( 0.0f, 0.0f,-8.0f );
	   //We are looking towards the origin
	   lookat_vector=D3DXVECTOR3( 0.0f, 0.0f, 0.0f );
	   //The "up" direction is the positive direction on the y-axis
	   //Since our 'camera' will never move, we can set this once at the
	   //beginning and never worry about it again
	  aspect=((float)width / (float)height);
	   D3DXMatrixPerspectiveFovLH(&projection_matrix, //Result Matrix
	                              D3DX_PI/4,          //Field of View, in radians.
	                              aspect,             //Aspect ratio
	                              0.5f,               //Near view plane
	                              100.0f );           //Far view plane
	   //Our Projection matrix won't change either, so we set it now and never touch
	   //it again.
	   D3DDevice->SetTransform(D3DTS_PROJECTION, &projection_matrix);	
	   //The World Matrix transforms Model Coordinates into World Space coordinates.
	   //Setting it to Identity means there is no transformation, so Model Space is directly
	   //mapped onto World Space.

And this last one renders my triangle (but it doesn't appear on screen for some reason)
void Render()
	D3DDevice->Clear(0, NULL, D3DCLEAR_TARGET, D3DCOLOR_XRGB(0,0,0), 0, 0);
	//Bind our Vertex Buffer
   D3DDevice->SetStreamSource(0,                   //StreamNumber
                                 VBuffer,           //StreamData
                                 0,                   //OffsetInBytes
                                 sizeof(triVERTEX)); //Stride

  //Render from our Vertex Buffer
   D3DDevice->DrawPrimitive(D3DPT_TRIANGLELIST, //PrimitiveType
                               0,                  //StartVertex
                               g_list_count);      //PrimitiveCount
	D3DDevice->Present(NULL, NULL, NULL, NULL);

So does anyone see something wrong with this? Because I sure dont. Thanks [Edited by - Coder on November 5, 2005 12:08:21 PM]

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Where you Clear() each frame you should be clearing the Z buffer as well, add this:


Might not solve the problem but you should be doing it anyway.


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But I don't have a ZBuffer...At least I don't think i do =) lol.

EDIT: When I tried to clear the zbuffer as well, I saw a flashing screen between white and black and a black triangle in the middle.

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Well at least now we know your triangle has been transformed into the right position. If you are rendering in 3D then you do have a z-buffer, you have to clear it each frame.

Another thing you are missing is these 3 renderstates:

// Turn off culling
D3DDevice->SetRenderState( D3DRS_CULLMODE, D3DCULL_NONE );

// Turn off D3D lighting
D3DDevice->SetRenderState( D3DRS_LIGHTING, FALSE );

// Turn on the zbuffer
D3DDevice->SetRenderState( D3DRS_ZENABLE, TRUE );

They only need to be set once, but can be done per frame.


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Thanks a lot everyone, that was extremely helpful. I had a feeling it had something to do with lighting, but I wasn't sure how to approach it. And sorry moderators for the problem with source, I tried using the common (code) (/code) tags for it but I guess it wasn't the right one.

Also, how do I stop the flashing screen from occuring when I clear the ZBuffer?

Thanks again

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The flashing screen may be due to the fact that you don't have a Z buffer, as you thought.

The debug libraries change the backbuffer to make a flash if you don't touch every pixel, via a Clear or overdraw. If you ask Clear to clear buffers that don't exist, it fails, and does not clear anything. If you have no Z buffer, you're now not clearing the backbuffer, which is why you'll now see the flashing.

The easiest way to get a Z buffer is with your device creation call, by specifying a valid depth format in PresentParams.AutoDepthStencilFormat, such as D3DFMT_D24X8, and setting AutoDepthStencilEnable to true. For anything but the most basic sample you'll want a Z buffer, so it's a good exercise even if you don't need it yet.

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When I do what you told me to do in order to set up a Zbuffer, my triangle just disappears. Again, fooling around I discovered the triangle was still there: When I set the program to clear the stencil thingmy as well, it started flashing again (haha) and I could see my triangle though. So what is going on? Do I HAVE to use lighting now in order to use a ZBuffer?

Heres what I did to set up my Zbuffer:


pp.AutoDepthStencilFormat = D3DFMT_D24X8;

D3DDevice->SetRenderState(D3DRS_ZENABLE, true);

And lastly typed in the D3DCLEAR_ZBUFFER flag in my D3DDevice->Clear function, which now looks like this:

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you do need lighting in order to used the zbuffer. The zbuffer all it does is draw the correct pixel for you. For example if you draw two triangles and let's say the first z axis 10 and the second one z axis is 11 as you know 11 is behind 10 so the zbuffer is used to sort out your polygons. In lament term it makes sure that polygons are drawned where they supposed to be, even if you draw the Triangle with the depth of 10 first it will still draw it in front the one with depth of 11. If we had zbuffer off then whaterver we draw would lay ontop of whaterver is already on screen thus in this case if we draw the one with the depth of 10 first and draw 11 then 11 will be ontop of 10 which is not correct.

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