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Why am I not seeing a red triangle on my blue screen?

#pragma comment(linker, "/subsystem:windows")
#include <windows.h>
#pragma comment (lib, "openGL32")
#include <gl/gl.h>
#include <gl/glu.h>
bool fullScreen = true;
void Render()
    glMatrixMode( GL_MODELVIEW );
glColor4f(1.0f, 0.0f, 0.0f, 0.0f);

float zPos = -10.0f;
glVertex3f(100.0f, 100.0f, zPos);
glVertex3f(200.0f, 200.0f, zPos);
glVertex3f(300.0f, 100.0f, zPos);
    // Bring back buffer to foreground
void SetupPixelFormat(HDC hDC)
    int nPixelFormat;
            sizeof(PIXELFORMATDESCRIPTOR),          //size of structure
            1,                                      //default version
            PFD_DRAW_TO_WINDOW |                    //window drawing support
            PFD_SUPPORT_OPENGL |                    //opengl support
            PFD_DOUBLEBUFFER,                       //double buffering support
            PFD_TYPE_RGBA,                          //RGBA color mode
            32,                                     //32 bit color mode
            0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0,                       //ignore color bits
            0,                                      //no alpha buffer
            0,                                      //ignore shift bit
            0,                                      //no accumulation buffer
            0, 0, 0, 0,                             //ignore accumulation bits
            16,                                     //16 bit z-buffer size
            0,                                      //no stencil buffer
            0,                                      //no aux buffer
            PFD_MAIN_PLANE,                         //main drawing plane
            0,                                      //reserved
            0, 0, 0 };                              //layer masks ignored
    nPixelFormat = ChoosePixelFormat(hDC, &pfd);

    SetPixelFormat(hDC, nPixelFormat, &pfd);
void InitOpenGL()

GLint iViewport[4];
    glGetIntegerv( GL_VIEWPORT, iViewport );
glViewport(0, 0, iViewport[2], iViewport[3]);
    glOrtho( iViewport[0], iViewport[0]+iViewport[2], iViewport[1], iViewport[1]+iViewport[3], -100.0f, 100.0f );
//glPolygonMode(GL_FRONT, GL_FILL);
glClearColor(0.0f, 0.0f, 1.0f, 0.0f);
/*      Windows Event Procedure Handler */
LRESULT CALLBACK WndProc(HWND hwnd, UINT message, WPARAM wParam, LPARAM lParam)
    //      Rendering and Device Context variables are declared here.
    static HGLRC hRC;
    static HDC hDC;
    //      Width and Height for the window our robot is to be displayed in.
    int width, height;
            case WM_CREATE: //window being created
                    hDC = GetDC(hwnd);  //get current windows device context
                    g_HDC = hDC;
SetupPixelFormat(hDC); //call our pixel format setup function
                    //      Create rendering context and make it current
                    hRC = wglCreateContext(hDC);
                    wglMakeCurrent(hDC, hRC);
                    return 0;
            case WM_CLOSE:  //window is closing
                    /*      Deselect rendering context and delete it*/
                    wglMakeCurrent(hDC, NULL);
                    /*      Send quit message to queue*/
                    return 0;
            case WM_SIZE:
                    /*      Retrieve width and height*/
                    height = HIWORD(lParam);
                    width = LOWORD(lParam);
                    /*      Don't want a divide by 0*/
                    if (height == 0)
                            height = 1;
                    /*      Reset the viewport to new dimensions*/
                    glViewport(0, 0, width, height);
                    /*      Set current Matrix to projection and load in the orthographic matrix*/
                    //glLoadIdentity(); //reset projection matrix
                    //glMatrixMode(GL_MODELVIEW); //set modelview matrix
                    //glLoadIdentity(); //reset modelview matrix
                    return 0;
    return (DefWindowProc(hwnd, message, wParam, lParam));
int APIENTRY WinMain(HINSTANCE hInstance,
                     HINSTANCE hPrevInstance,
                     LPSTR     lpCmdLine,
                     int       nCmdShow)
// Getting rid of unused variable warnings.
    WNDCLASSEX windowClass;         //window class
    HWND    hwnd;                   //window handle
    MSG     msg = MSG();            //message
    bool    done;                   //flag for completion of app
    DWORD   dwExStyle;              //window extended style
    DWORD   dwStyle;                //window style
    RECT    windowRect;
    /*      Screen/display attributes*/
    int width = 2880;
    int height = 1800;
    int bits = 32;
    windowRect.left =(long)0;               //set left value to 0
    windowRect.right =(long)width; //set right value to requested width
    windowRect.top =(long)0;                //set top value to 0
    windowRect.bottom =(long)height; //set bottom value to requested height
    /*      Fill out the window class structure*/
    windowClass.cbSize              = sizeof(WNDCLASSEX);
    windowClass.style               = CS_HREDRAW | CS_VREDRAW;
    windowClass.lpfnWndProc         = WndProc;
    windowClass.cbClsExtra          = 0;
    windowClass.cbWndExtra          = 0;
    windowClass.hInstance           = hInstance;
    windowClass.hIcon               = LoadIcon(NULL, IDI_APPLICATION);
    windowClass.hCursor             = LoadCursor(NULL, IDC_ARROW);
    windowClass.hbrBackground       = NULL;
    windowClass.lpszMenuName        = NULL;
    windowClass.lpszClassName       = "MyClass";
    windowClass.hIconSm             = LoadIcon(NULL, IDI_WINLOGO);
    /*      Register window class*/
    if (!RegisterClassEx(&windowClass))
            return 0;
    /*      Check if fullscreen is on*/
    if (fullScreen)
        DEVMODE dmScreenSettings;
        memset(&dmScreenSettings, 0, sizeof(dmScreenSettings));
        dmScreenSettings.dmSize = sizeof(dmScreenSettings);
        dmScreenSettings.dmPelsWidth = width;   //screen width
        dmScreenSettings.dmPelsHeight = height; //screen height
        dmScreenSettings.dmBitsPerPel = bits;   //bits per pixel
        dmScreenSettings.dmFields = DM_BITSPERPEL | DM_PELSWIDTH | DM_PELSHEIGHT;
        if( ChangeDisplaySettings(&dmScreenSettings, CDS_FULLSCREEN != DISP_CHANGE_SUCCESSFUL) )
            /*      Setting display mode failed, switch to windowed*/
            MessageBox(NULL, "Display mode failed", NULL, MB_OK);
            fullScreen = false;
    /*      Check if fullscreen is still on*/
    if (fullScreen)
        dwExStyle = WS_EX_APPWINDOW;    // window extended style
        dwStyle = WS_POPUP;             // windows style
        ShowCursor(FALSE);              // hide mouse pointer
        dwExStyle = WS_EX_APPWINDOW | WS_EX_WINDOWEDGE; //window extended style
        dwStyle = WS_OVERLAPPEDWINDOW;                  //windows style
    AdjustWindowRectEx(&windowRect, dwStyle, FALSE, dwExStyle);
    /*      Class registerd, so now create our window*/
    hwnd = CreateWindowEx(NULL, "MyClass", //class name
"2D_Project", //app name
dwStyle |
0, 0, //x and y coords
windowRect.right - windowRect.left,
windowRect.bottom - windowRect.top, //width, height
NULL, //handle to parent
NULL, //handle to menu
hInstance, //application instance
NULL); //no xtra params
    /*      Check if window creation failed (hwnd = null ?)*/
    if (!hwnd)
return 0;
    ShowWindow(hwnd, SW_SHOW);      //display window
    UpdateWindow(hwnd);             //update window
    done = false;   //initialize loop condition variable
    /*      Main message loop*/
    while (!done)
        PeekMessage(&msg, hwnd, NULL, NULL, PM_REMOVE);
        if (msg.message == WM_QUIT)     //did we receive a quit message?
done = true;
    if (fullScreen)
        ChangeDisplaySettings(NULL, 0);
    return msg.wParam;

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I tried using <code></code>, but that didn't seem to do the trick. I can't seem to find the tags you're referring to. If you'll show me, I'll be more than happy to add the tags.

I thought the alpha channel was the other way around? Higher value for higher transparency. I haven't enabled GL_BLEND, so that shouldn't be an issue anyway, correct? I tried it with a 1, and I've verified glDisable(GL_BLEND) doesn't help either.

The only thing I see right now is a blue screen (the clear color). On occasion I can see red, but its not what I expect it to be in terms of size, then I keep messing around with code/values and lose it again... I feel like my ortho setup or camera knowledge is lacking somewher....

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WHAAAAT? That's really frustrating. I wonder if it has something to do with my machine. I'll try it on another one. I'm currently trying it on a dual booted macbook pro retina. Maybe apple's drivers aren't up to par or something...?

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Your screenshot gave me an idea.

Ok, I tried using

glVertex3f(0.0f, 200.0f, zPos);
glVertex3f(1600.0f, 900.0f, zPos);
glVertex3f(2800.0f, 200.0f, zPos);

because I have a 2800x1600 display. That way I had a better chance of seeing the triangle, since it would be larger, and I would expect to see the tip of the top be at my center screen, and bottom edges meet properly near the bottom edge of the screen. What I actually see (I'd post a screenshot if I knew the capture button...) is that the triangle tip is appearing roughly in the bottom right quadrant of my screen. Somewhere I must be getting bad values for screen size/viewport size/resolution/whatever.

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Also of note is that the thumbnail image of the program on my taskbar appears to be correct (maybe slightly off, but certainly different than what the fullscreen image is showing... A fullscreen issue then?

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The triangle appears where I'd expect it on my computer based on your projection matrix, vertex data and the screen resolution I am running. Try setting your projection matrix to identity (i.e. comment out the gOrtho line in InitOpenGL) and change your polygon draw calls to the following:


glVertex3f(-1.0f, -1.0f, 0);
glVertex3f(1.0f, -1.0f, 0);
glVertex3f(0.0f, 1.0f, 0);

You should see a big red triangle covering the entire screen (regardless of resolution) like this:



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Doing that, I get a triangle with top at center screen, and bottom corners on the bottom of the screen at 1/4 and 3/4 screen width. The thumbnail image appears to have the triangle positioned such that the bottom left corner is at the bottom left of the image (as if at 0,0), top at (1/3 width, 2/3 height), and the bottom right corner at (2/3 width, 0). I'm still attempting to get this going on another machine too.....

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