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Prot    541

Hi there I followed the instructions to install freeglut and here for glew. I did this on my windows 7 machine and everything worked fine. Then I did the same on my windows 8 machine. I am using VS 2013 on both machines.


It also works and it seems to compile. But following happens:


1. As I created this as an empty console application the console does show up.

2. I can also see the Glut window in the system tray.


The problem is can not click the Glut window and I can't maximize it. There is always only the console in the foreground.

#include "glew.h"// Include the GLUT header file  
#include "GL/glut.h" // Include the GLEW header file  
#include "string.h"

struct Vector4
	float x;
	float y;
	float z;
	float w;

//GLSizei = Unsigned Integer
bool* const keyStates = new bool[256](); // Create an array of boolean values of length 256 (0-255)
bool* const keySpecialStates = new bool[256](); // Create an array of boolean values of length 256 (0-255)
bool* const keyPreviousStates = new bool[256]();

GLfloat redDiffuseMaterial[] = { 1.0, 0.0, 0.0 };
GLfloat whiteSpecularMaterial[] = { 1.0, 1.0, 1.0 };
GLfloat greenEmissiveMaterial[] = { 0.0, 1.0, 0.0 };
GLfloat blankMaterial[] = { 0.0, 0.0, 0.0 };
GLfloat mShininess[] = { 128 };

GLfloat whiteSpecularLight[] = { 1.0, 1.0, 1.0 };
GLfloat blackAmbientLight[] = { 0.0, 0.0, 0.0 };
GLfloat whiteDiffuseLight[] = { 1.0, 1.0, 1.0 };

bool diffuse = false;
bool emissive = false;
bool specular = false;

bool movingUp = false; // Whether or not we are moving up or down
float yLocation = 0.0f; // Keep track of our position on the y axis. 
float yRotationAngle = 0.0f; // The angle of rotation for our object

Vector4 bgColor = { 1.0f, 1.0f, 1.0f, 1.0f };

void renderPrimitive(void)
	glBegin(GL_QUADS); // Start drawing a quad primitive
	glColor3f(1.0f, 0.0f, 0.0f);
	glVertex3f(-1.0f, -1.0f, 0.0f); //Bottom Left
	glColor3f(0.0f, 1.0f, 0.0f);
	glVertex3f(-1.0f, 1.0f, 0.0f); //Top Left
	glColor3f(0.0f, 0.0f, 1.0f);
	glVertex3f(1.0f, 1.0f, 0.0f); //Top Right
	glColor3f(0.0f, 0.0f, 0.0f);
	glVertex3f(1.0f, -1.0f, 0.0f); //Bottom Right

void keyOperations(void)
	if ((!keyStates['e']) && keyPreviousStates['e']) // If the 'a' key has been pressed 
		// Perform 'a' key operations
		/*bgColor.x = 1.0f;
		bgColor.y = .0f;
		bgColor.z = .0f;*/


void keySpecialOperations(void)
	if (keySpecialStates[GLUT_KEY_LEFT]) // If the left arrow key has been pressed
		// Perform left arrow key operations

void moveObject(void)
	if (movingUp) // If we are moving up
		yLocation -= 0.0025f; // Move up along our yLocation
	else // Otherwise
		yLocation += 0.0025f; // Move down along our yLocation 

	if (yLocation < -3.0f) // If we have gone up too far
		movingUp = false; // Reverse our direction so we are moving down
	else if (yLocation > 3.0f) // Else if we have gone down too far
		movingUp = true; // Reverse our direction so we are moving up

	yRotationAngle += 0.005f; // Increment our rotation value
	if (yRotationAngle > 360.0f) // If we have rotated beyond 360 degrees (a full rotation)
		yRotationAngle = 0.0f; // Subtract 360 degrees off of our rotation

void light(void)
	glLightfv(GL_LIGHT0, GL_SPECULAR, whiteSpecularLight);
	glLightfv(GL_LIGHT0, GL_AMBIENT, blackAmbientLight);
	glLightfv(GL_LIGHT0, GL_DIFFUSE, whiteDiffuseLight);

void cubeWireCustom(void)
	glTranslatef(0.0f, yLocation, -5.0f);
	glRotatef(yRotationAngle, 0.0f, 1.0f, 0.0f);
	glColor4f(1.0f, 0.0f, 0.0f, 0.5f);
	glScalef(0.5f, 1.0f, 2.0f);

void display(void) {


	glEnable(GL_BLEND); // Enable the OpenGL Blending functionality
	glBlendFunc(GL_SRC_ALPHA, GL_ONE_MINUS_SRC_ALPHA); // Set the blend mode to blend our current RGBA with what is already in the buffer

	glClearColor(bgColor.x, bgColor.y, bgColor.z, bgColor.w);
	glClear(GL_COLOR_BUFFER_BIT | GL_DEPTH_BUFFER_BIT); //Clear the colour buffer (more buffers later on)  
	glLoadIdentity(); // Load the Identity Matrix to reset our drawing locations  
	gluLookAt(0.0, 0.0, 5.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 1.0, 0.0);
	glTranslatef(0.0f, 0.0f, -5.0f); // Push eveything 5 units back into the scene, otherwise we won't see the primitive



	//renderPrimitive(); //render the primitive	
	glutSwapBuffers(); //Swap our buffers

	memcpy(keyPreviousStates, keyStates, 256 * sizeof(bool));


void reshape(int width, int height)
	glViewport(0, 0, (GLsizei)width, (GLsizei)height); // Set our viewport to the size of our window. (0,0) being bottom left in the window.
	glLoadIdentity(); // Reset the projection matrix to the identity matrix so that we don't get any artifacts (cleaning up)
	gluPerspective(60, (GLfloat)width / (GLfloat)height, 1.0, 100.0); // Set the Field of view angle (in degrees), the aspect ratio of our window, and the new and far planes

void keyPressed(unsigned char key, int x, int y)
	keyStates[key] = true; //Set the state of the current key to pressed	

	if (key == 's')
		if (!specular)
			specular = true;
			glMaterialfv(GL_FRONT_AND_BACK, GL_SPECULAR, whiteSpecularMaterial);
			glMaterialfv(GL_FRONT_AND_BACK, GL_SHININESS, mShininess);
		else if (specular)
			specular = false;
			glMaterialfv(GL_FRONT_AND_BACK, GL_SPECULAR, blankMaterial);
			glMaterialfv(GL_FRONT_AND_BACK, GL_SHININESS, blankMaterial);

	if (key = 'd')
		if (!diffuse)
			diffuse = true;
			glMaterialfv(GL_FRONT_AND_BACK, GL_DIFFUSE, redDiffuseMaterial);
		else if (diffuse)
			diffuse = false;
			glMaterialfv(GL_FRONT_AND_BACK, GL_DIFFUSE, blankMaterial);

	if (key == 'e')
		if (!emissive)
			emissive = true;
			glMaterialfv(GL_FRONT_AND_BACK, GL_EMISSION, greenEmissiveMaterial);
		else if (emissive)
			emissive = true;
			glMaterialfv(GL_FRONT_AND_BACK, GL_EMISSION, blankMaterial);


void keyUp(unsigned char key, int x, int y)
	keyStates[key] = false; //Set the state of the current key to not pressed

void keySpecial(int key, int x, int y)
	keySpecialStates[key] = true;

void keySpecialUp(int key, int x, int y)
	keySpecialStates[key] = false;

void init()

int main(int argc, char **argv) {
	glutInit(&argc, argv); // Initialize GLUT  
	glutInitDisplayMode(GLUT_DOUBLE | GLUT_RGBA | GLUT_DEPTH); // Set up a basic display buffer (now double buffered)   
	glutInitWindowSize(500, 500); // Set the width and height of the window  
	glutInitWindowPosition(2500, 100); // Set the position of the window  
	glutCreateWindow("Your first OpenGL Window"); // Set the title for the window  


	glutDisplayFunc(display); // Tell GLUT to use the method "display" for rendering  
	glutIdleFunc(display); // Tell GLUT to use the method "display" as our idle method as well
	glutReshapeFunc(reshape); // Tell GLUT to use the method "reshape" for reshaping
	glutKeyboardFunc(keyPressed); // Tell GLUT to use the method "keyPressed" for key presses 
	glutKeyboardUpFunc(keyUp); // Tell GLUT to use the method "keyUp" for key up events  
	glutSpecialFunc(keySpecial); // Tell GLUT to use the method "keySpecial" for special key presses
	glutSpecialUpFunc(keySpecialUp); // Tell GLUT to use the method "keySpecialUp" for special up key events	
	glutMainLoop(); // Enter GLUT's main loop  

Please tell me if you need more information.

Edited by Prot

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shacktar    1512

glutInitWindowPosition(2500, 100); // Set the position of the window


2500 seems a little high for the x coordinate. Maybe you meant something like 250 instead?


If you find the console window to be a nuisance, you can always make it not show up by selecting Windows (/SUBSYTEM:WINDOWS) under Linker -> System -> SubSystem in your project settings.

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Stragen    318
You can also get rid of the console using "FreeConsole()" though this may be platform specific (in all likelihood it is) IIRC GlutInitWindowPosition is not a required call (i'm not doing it in my code) and if you leave it out it will default to the top left corner of the screen.

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Prot    541


glutInitWindowPosition(2500, 100); // Set the position of the window


2500 seems a little high for the x coordinate. Maybe you meant something like 250 instead?


If you find the console window to be a nuisance, you can always make it not show up by selecting Windows (/SUBSYTEM:WINDOWS) under Linker -> System -> SubSystem in your project settings.


Of course you are right. I wrote this code at work where I work with two monitors. At home I simply copy/pasted the code without even considering that something might be wrong.


Thanks again!

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