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Form Flashing when Painting

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Hi Guys,

Just wondering if someone would be able to shed some light on an issue i am having.

I am drawing a simply triangle and getting it to rotate around its axis.

However, when i re paint the screen it flashes as it repaints.

I have attached the code if anyone could shed some light on this problem.

[source lang="csharp"]using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Data;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using SlimDX;
using SlimDX.Direct3D9;
using SlimDX.Windows;
using System.Runtime.InteropServices;

namespace WindowsFormsApplication1
public partial class Form1 : Form
private Device device;
CustomVertex.PositionColored[] vertices;
public static RenderForm Window; // Window used for rendering.
public static Device D3DDevice; // Direct3D device.
public static VertexBuffer Vertices; // Vertex buffer object used to hold vertices.
public static int time; // Used for rotation caculations.
public static float angle; // Angle of rottaion.

public Form1()
// Initialize Direct3D

public void InitializeD3D()
// Create a new PresentParameters object and fill in the necessary fields.
PresentParameters presentParams = new PresentParameters();

// Below are the required bare mininum, needed to initialize the D3D device.
presentParams.BackBufferHeight = this.ClientRectangle.Height; // BackBufferHeight, set to the Window's height.
presentParams.BackBufferWidth = this.ClientRectangle.Width; // BackBufferWidth, set to the Window's width.
presentParams.DeviceWindowHandle = this.Handle; // DeviceWindowHandle, set to the Window's handle.

// Create the device.
D3DDevice = new Device(new Direct3D(), 0, DeviceType.Hardware, this.Handle, CreateFlags.HardwareVertexProcessing, presentParams);

//D3DDevice = new Device(0, DeviceType.Hardware, Window.Handle, CreateFlags.HardwareVertexProcessing, presentParams);

// Create the vertex buffer and fill with the triangle vertices.
Vertices = new VertexBuffer(D3DDevice, 3 * Vertex.SizeBytes, Usage.WriteOnly, VertexFormat.None, Pool.Managed);
DataStream stream = Vertices.Lock(0, 0, LockFlags.None);

// Turn off culling, so we see the front and back of the triangle
D3DDevice.SetRenderState(RenderState.CullMode, Cull.None);

// Turn off D3D lighting, since we are providing our own vertex colors
D3DDevice.SetRenderState(RenderState.Lighting, false);

private static Vertex[] BuildVertexData()
Vertex[] vertexData = new Vertex[3];

vertexData[0].Position = new Vector3(-1.0f, -1.0f, 0.0f);
vertexData[0].Color = Color.Red.ToArgb();

vertexData[1].Position = new Vector3(1.0f, -1.0f, 0.0f);
vertexData[1].Color = Color.Blue.ToArgb();

vertexData[2].Position = new Vector3(0.0f, 1.0f, 0.0f);
vertexData[2].Color = Color.Green.ToArgb();

return vertexData;

public void SetupMatrices()
// For our world matrix, we will just rotate the object about the y-axis.
// Set up the rotation matrix to generate 1 full rotation (2*PI radians)
// every 1000 ms. To avoid the loss of precision inherent in very high
// floating point numbers, the system time is modulated by the rotation
// period before conversion to a radian angle.
Matrix world = Matrix.RotationY(angle);
D3DDevice.SetTransform(TransformState.World, world);

// Set up our view matrix. A view matrix can be defined given an eye point,
// a point to lookat, and a direction for which way is up. Here, we set the
// eye five units back along the z-axis and up three units, look at the
// origin, and define "up" to be in the y-direction.
Vector3 Eye = new Vector3(0.0f, 3.0f, -5.0f);
Vector3 LookAt = new Vector3(0.0f, 0.0f, 0.0f);
Vector3 Up = new Vector3(0.0f, 1.0f, 0.0f);
Matrix view = Matrix.LookAtLH(Eye, LookAt, Up);
D3DDevice.SetTransform(TransformState.View, view);

// For the projection matrix, we set up a perspective transform (which
// transforms geometry from 3D view space to 2D viewport space, with
// a perspective divide making objects smaller in the distance). To build
// a perpsective transform, we need the field of view (1/4 pi is common),
// the aspect ratio, and the near and far clipping planes (which define at
// what distances geometry should be no longer be rendered).
float fov = (float)Math.PI / 4;
float apsectRatio = (float)this.ClientRectangle.Width / this.ClientRectangle.Height;
float nearPlane = 1.0f;
float farPlane = 100.0f;
Matrix projection = Matrix.PerspectiveFovLH(fov, apsectRatio, nearPlane, farPlane);
D3DDevice.SetTransform(TransformState.Projection, projection);

private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)

protected override void OnPaint(System.Windows.Forms.PaintEventArgs e)

D3DDevice.Clear(ClearFlags.Target | ClearFlags.ZBuffer, Color.Black, 1.0f, 0);

// Begin the scene.

// Update the time and angle.
time = Environment.TickCount % 1000;
angle = (float)(time * (2.0f * Math.PI) / 1000.0f);

// Setup the world, view and projection matrices.

// Render the vertex buffer.
D3DDevice.SetStreamSource(0, Vertices, 0, Vertex.SizeBytes);
D3DDevice.VertexFormat = Vertex.Format;
D3DDevice.DrawPrimitives(PrimitiveType.TriangleList, 0, 1);

// End the scene.

// Present the backbuffer contents to the screen.

class CustomVertex
public struct TransformedColored
public Vector4 Position;
public int Color;
public static readonly VertexFormat format = VertexFormat.Diffuse | VertexFormat.PositionRhw;
public struct PositionColored
public Vector3 Position;
public int Color;
public static readonly VertexFormat format = VertexFormat.Diffuse | VertexFormat.Position;
public struct PositionNormalColored
public Vector3 Position;
public Vector3 Normal;
public int Color;
public static readonly VertexFormat format = VertexFormat.Diffuse | VertexFormat.Position | VertexFormat.Normal;

struct Vertex
public Vector3 Position;
public int Color;

public static int SizeBytes

get { return Marshal.SizeOf(typeof(Vertex)); }

public static VertexFormat Format
get { return VertexFormat.Position | VertexFormat.Diffuse; }


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Anyone out there help me out?

I believe that it has something to do with the speed at which the device clears the screen before painting the new one. If i put a breakpoint on the this.invalidate line and then hold f5 to just continue the program it works perfectly.

Looking at msdn and a few other things, the invalidate method has to wait for the messages or something to stop or you should make the messages or something stop, i personally have no idea, so i am hoping someone can help me. Once it get this problem solved i should be good.

Cheers guys

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Nevermind, I'm good.

Turns out that refreshing the matrices every draw doesn't quite work appropriately.

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