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I started with C# and SlimDX (again) recently and use the dx11 tutorials at Rastertek as a guide for learning it.

Now that I am at tutorial 8 - loading an obj model - I have encountered my first serious problem. Everything looks fine when it is just a box, but anything more complex than that and parts of the model that should be obscured by parts that are in front of it a are shown. I have attached a screenshot where you can see this and a second one where you can see that a small part of the object (it's rotating) does not have that problem.

Below is my code, excluding the model loading. I do not think the problem is in there, but if anyone wants the full version let me know. I have googled around (mostly for depth problems and render problems in both SlimDX and DX11) and tried playing around with variables/parameters, but nothing so far. Also searched for depth buffer problems and what I could do about those, but creating one specifically either makes my object disappear (comparison.less) or I still have the same problem (comparison.all). Other options also did not seem to solve my problem.
[source lang="csharp"]namespace Dx11Playground
static class Program
static void Main()
var form = new RenderForm("Dx11 Playground");

var description = new SwapChainDescription()
BufferCount = 2, //BufferCount = 1,
Usage = Usage.RenderTargetOutput,
OutputHandle = form.Handle,
IsWindowed = true,
ModeDescription = new ModeDescription(0, 0, new Rational(60, 1), Format.R8G8B8A8_UNorm),
SampleDescription = new SampleDescription(1, 0),
Flags = SwapChainFlags.AllowModeSwitch,
SwapEffect = SwapEffect.Discard

Device dx11Device;
SwapChain swapChain;
ShaderSignature shaderSignature;
VertexShader vertexShader;
PixelShader pixelShader;

Device.CreateWithSwapChain(DriverType.Hardware, DeviceCreationFlags.None, description, out dx11Device, out swapChain);

RenderTargetView renderTarget;
using (var resource = Resource.FromSwapChain<Texture2D>(swapChain, 0))
renderTarget = new RenderTargetView(dx11Device, resource);

var context = dx11Device.ImmediateContext;
var viewport = new Viewport(0.0f, 0.0f, form.ClientSize.Width, form.ClientSize.Height);

ShaderBytecode effectByteCode = ShaderBytecode.CompileFromFile("../../render.fx", "fx_5_0");
Effect effect = new Effect(dx11Device, effectByteCode);

SamplerDescription sampleDesc = new SamplerDescription();
sampleDesc.AddressU = TextureAddressMode.Wrap;
sampleDesc.AddressV = TextureAddressMode.Wrap;
sampleDesc.AddressW = TextureAddressMode.Wrap;
sampleDesc.Filter = Filter.MinPointMagMipLinear;

SamplerState sampleState = SamplerState.FromDescription(dx11Device, sampleDesc);

Texture2D texture = Texture2D.FromFile(dx11Device, "../../testtex.jpg");
ShaderResourceView textureResource = new ShaderResourceView(dx11Device, texture);
context.PixelShader.SetShaderResource(textureResource, 0);

effect.GetVariableByName("TextureSampler").AsSampler().SetSamplerState(0, sampleState);

float fieldOfView = (float)Math.PI / 4.0f;
float aspectRatio = (float)form.ClientSize.Width / form.ClientSize.Height;

Matrix view = Matrix.LookAtLH(new Vector3(0.0f, 15.0f, -40.0f), new Vector3(0.0f, 0.0f, 0.0f), new Vector3(0.0f, 1.0f, 0.0f));
Matrix projection = Matrix.PerspectiveFovLH(fieldOfView, aspectRatio, 1.0f, 250.0f);

Matrix world = Matrix.Identity;

matrixBuffer mBuf = new matrixBuffer();
mBuf.world = Matrix.Transpose(world);
mBuf.view = Matrix.Transpose(view);
mBuf.projection = Matrix.Transpose(projection);

var buf = new Buffer(dx11Device, new BufferDescription
Usage = ResourceUsage.Default,
SizeInBytes = Marshal.SizeOf(typeof(matrixBuffer)),
BindFlags = BindFlags.ConstantBuffer

var mBufData = new DataStream(Marshal.SizeOf(typeof(matrixBuffer)), true, true);
mBufData.Position = 0;

context.UpdateSubresource(new DataBox(0, 0, mBufData), buf, 0);
context.VertexShader.SetConstantBuffer(buf, 0);

using (var bytecode = ShaderBytecode.CompileFromFile("../../render.fx", "VShader", "vs_4_0", ShaderFlags.None, EffectFlags.None))
shaderSignature = ShaderSignature.GetInputSignature(bytecode);
vertexShader = new VertexShader(dx11Device, bytecode);

using (var bytecode = ShaderBytecode.CompileFromFile("../../render.fx", "PShader", "ps_4_0", ShaderFlags.None, EffectFlags.None))
pixelShader = new PixelShader(dx11Device, bytecode);

var elements = new[] { new InputElement("POSITION", 0, Format.R32G32B32_Float, 0),
new InputElement("TEXCOORD", 0, Format.R32G32_Float, 12, 0),
new InputElement("NORMAL", 0, Format.R32G32B32_Float, 20, 0)};
var layout = new InputLayout(dx11Device, shaderSignature, elements);
var vertexBuffer = new Buffer(dx11Device, vertexStream,
Marshal.SizeOf(typeof(Vertex)) * vertexCount,
ResourceUsage.Default, BindFlags.VertexBuffer,
CpuAccessFlags.None, ResourceOptionFlags.None, 0);

context.InputAssembler.InputLayout = layout;
context.InputAssembler.PrimitiveTopology = PrimitiveTopology.TriangleList;
context.InputAssembler.SetVertexBuffers(0, new VertexBufferBinding(vertexBuffer, 32, 0));


float triangleRotation = 0.0f;

MessagePump.Run(form, () =>
context.ClearRenderTargetView(renderTarget, new Color4(0.2f, 0.4f, 0.8f));

mBuf.world = Matrix.RotationY(triangleRotation);
mBuf.world = Matrix.Transpose(mBuf.world);

triangleRotation += 0.0015f;

mBufData = new DataStream(Marshal.SizeOf(typeof(matrixBuffer)), true, true);
mBufData.Position = 0;

context.UpdateSubresource(new DataBox(0, 0, mBufData), buf, 0);

if (triangleRotation > 360.0f)
triangleRotation = 0.0f;

context.Draw(vertexCount, 0);
swapChain.Present(0, PresentFlags.None);




[source lang="csharp"]Texture2D <float4> DiffuseTex;
sampler TextureSampler;

cbuffer matrixBuffer : register( b0 )
matrix world;
matrix view;
matrix projection;

struct VS_IN
float4 position : POSITION;
float2 texCoord : TEXCOORD;
float3 normal : NORMAL;

struct PS_IN
float4 position : SV_POSITION;
float2 texCoord : TEXCOORD;
float3 normal : NORMAL;

PS_IN VShader(VS_IN input)
PS_IN output = (PS_IN)0;

input.position.w = 1.0f;

output.position = mul(input.position, world);
output.position = mul(output.position, view);
output.position = mul(output.position, projection);

output.texCoord = input.texCoord;

output.normal = mul(input.normal, (float3x3)world);
output.normal = normalize(output.normal);

return output;

float4 PShader(PS_IN input) : SV_TARGET
float4 lightColour = float4(1.0f, 0.0f, 1.0f, 1.0f);
float3 lightDirection = float3(1.0f, -2.0f, 1.0f);
lightDirection = normalize(lightDirection);

lightDirection = -lightDirection;

float lightIntensity = saturate(dot(input.normal, lightDirection));
float4 colour = lightColour * lightIntensity;

return colour;

I hope I have given enough information, if more is required please let me know.

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This definitely looks like a depth buffer problem. You need two things to use depth buffering:

1. An appropriately-sized depth-stencil buffer (it should be the same width and height as the render target you're using)
2. A depth-stencil state with depth buffering enabled (IsDepthEnabled = true, DepthWriteMask = All, DepthComparison = Less or LessEqual)

If you bind both of these before rendering, you should get the correct result.

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I made a depth buffer (see code below) and checked if it is the same size as the render target. Unless I'm making a huge mistake somewhere it is. The result of adding in the depth buffer like this is that I do not see any model at all.

The code for creating the buffer is straight below the part where I create the render target. It's probably something simple, but I cannot see what it is. When I have some more time and still cannot fix the problem I might try remaking the project from step 1.
[source lang="csharp"] Texture2DDescription depthBufferDes = new Texture2DDescription()
ArraySize = 1,
BindFlags = BindFlags.DepthStencil,
Format = Format.D32_Float,
Height = form.ClientSize.Height,
Width = form.ClientSize.Width,
CpuAccessFlags = CpuAccessFlags.None,
MipLevels = 1,
OptionFlags = ResourceOptionFlags.None,
SampleDescription = new SampleDescription(1, 0),
Usage = ResourceUsage.Default

var depthBuffer = new Texture2D(dx11Device, depthBufferDes);

DepthStencilViewDescription dsViewDes = new DepthStencilViewDescription()
ArraySize = 0,
FirstArraySlice = 0,
Dimension = DepthStencilViewDimension.Texture2D,
Flags = DepthStencilViewFlags.None,
Format = Format.D32_Float,
MipSlice = 0

var depthView = new DepthStencilView(dx11Device, depthBuffer, dsViewDes);

DepthStencilStateDescription dsStateDes = new DepthStencilStateDescription()
IsDepthEnabled = true,
DepthWriteMask = DepthWriteMask.All,
DepthComparison = Comparison.LessEqual,
//IsStencilEnabled = false,
/*FrontFace = new DepthStencilOperationDescription(){FailOperation = StencilOperation.Keep,
Comparison = Comparison.Always,
DepthFailOperation = StencilOperation.Increment,
PassOperation = StencilOperation.Keep},
BackFace = new DepthStencilOperationDescription(){FailOperation = StencilOperation.Keep,
Comparison = Comparison.Always,
DepthFailOperation = StencilOperation.Decrement,
PassOperation = StencilOperation.Keep}*/
//FrontFace = StencilOperation StencilFailOp/DepthFailOp/PassOp/Func

var depthState = DepthStencilState.FromDescription(dx11Device, dsStateDes);
context.OutputMerger.DepthStencilState = depthState;

context.OutputMerger.SetTargets(depthView, renderTarget);[/source]

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