# OpenGL Picking works fine on OSX but not in Windows. SelectBuffer is full of garbage.

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I've been developing a game in OSX since last April and the time has come to try to compile it on Windows. Everything works perfectly except for picking and I can't understand why the same code would work one way on windows and another way on OSX... The issue is that sometimes on Windows the picking buffer has 5 names in it... I'm not sure if one of these might actually be the proper name, but regardless, I only give one name to any object so this shouldn't be possible.

So, I'm quite lost and am hoping that maybe someone has a clue that could point me in the right direction.

I'm using gcc(with mingw on windows) and opengl 2.1. Although, I'm actually dynamically linking against opengl32.dll on Windows, I have confirmed that I'm getting a 2.1 context.

Additionally, I *believe* this was working a while ago and have since then added display lists to my code... It's going to be a bit of a pain, but I'm going to rip out that code for now to see if that might be causing an issue since they were deprecated in 3.1... I don't *think* it's the issue but will know shortly and will report back here.

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"Picking" is a fairly general idea with endless ways it can be implemented. What kind of implementation are you using?

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Removing the display lists code did nothing.

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I actually call gluPickMatrix twice, once for the UI and once for the game board. I'm in GL_SELECT render mode, of course.

Edit: it's basically copied from NeHe

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I have some more details so I figure I might as well add them...

The game is also crashing on Windows... Occasionally the VM it's running in crashes as well and twice now my entire system crashed...

I was somehow able to get some info from it before my system went down last time though. It was finding 0 or 1 names for a while(which is expected) but then suddenly it found 80 on one frame and then 18 million + on the next! Since I only allocated 512 bytes for the buffer of names, I'm guessing the gl is writing millions of bytes across my memory and this is why everything is crashing...

Edit:
Additionally, removing ALL of the picking code(everything after glRenderMode(GL_SELECT) and before glRenderMode(GL_RENDER)) stabilizes it.

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Okay, so in hope of finding a clue I printf'ed the entire buffer and found some very strange behaviour. Each byte is seperated by a colon. This is what 'one hit' looks like on OSX

1:-2823681:-2823681:96:1:-2823681:-2823681:123:0:-2823681:-2823681:201:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:

This looks perfectly normal. There are two extra hits, but those are simply leftover from another frame, the buffer isn't zeroed out every frame, that would be a waste.

In Windows, however, the buffer looks like this:

[font="monospace"]12:12:0:0:0:0:0:4:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:4:0:251658240:0:-2127593169:637567279:-2051201536:0:0:0:0:1065353216:-998637568:1148846080:0:0:515:0:1155930377:0:0:6408:0:9728:83886080:66336:0:0:65536:66817:0:0:65536:0:0:0:1158479872:0:0:0:0:0:0:335616264:0:1154637824:0:52430080:838860801:0:0:0:338694144:0:0:0:0:335616264:0:0:0:0:0:0:335616264:0:1158537216:0:0:0:0:335616264:0:336887808:0:0:0:0:335616264:0:0:0:0:0:0:335616264:0:1144410112:0:0:0:0:335616264:0:337448960:0:0:0:0:335616264:0:0:0:0:0:0:335616264:0:1142222848:0:0:0:0:335616264:0:332238848:0:0:0:0:335616264:0:0:0:0:0:0:335616264:0:0:0:0:0:0:335616264:0:0:0:0:0:0:335616264:0:104978368:0:0:0:0:335616264:0:9:0:2:1280:800:1:0:4:0:0:0:0:4:0:80:13:1:0:4259840:4:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:1:0:18:0:0:2:5120:4:1280:800:1:80:13:1:0:4:0:0:1280:800:1:10:9:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:785907712:0:0:0:0:0:-1091632638:0:1280:800:1:10:9:0:0:12:12:1:0:4:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:4:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:4259840:0:0:0:0:1073743168:0:712057992:1359073280:3145728:-2147482368:66336:50331648:0:155794:81:15728640:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:16:0:4259840:0:105055264:0:4:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:213:513:2:2:1:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:4259840:0:0:4259840:0:0:0:0:45519708:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:12:45514250:0:0:0:0:1:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:1:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:1:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:1:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:1:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:1:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0:1:262144:[/font]
[font="monospace"]

Complete garbage.

Anyway, I found the problem halfway through writing this post but figured I'd include all this anyway in case it helps someone else. The problem was actually quite simple.

RTFM!!!!!

"glSelectBuffer[font="Times"] must be issued before selection mode is enabled, and it must not be issued while the rendering mode is [/font]GL_SELECT[font="Times"]."[/font]

[font="Times"]So, if you have a bunch of garbage in your select buffer, you probably called [/font]glSelectBuffer while in GL_SELECT render mode.

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