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  1. Hi!   As SDL 2.0 just came out, I was trying to create some code which would enable a modern OpenGL context along SDL. However I can get only the background color (glClearColor) to work. Interestingly, I can draw legacy OpenGL to on the same context and it appears fine.   So below is the code. It combines the OpenGL 2.1 port of the tutorials at opengl-tutorial org and, an OpenGL SDL example at opengl.org (linked at libsdl.org): http://www.opengl.org/wiki/Tutorial1:_Creating_a_Cross_Platform_OpenGL_3.2_Context_in_SDL_(C_/_SDL)   It's a bit hacky and I omitted some parts but can include them if necessary. Yes, the shader code files are in the correct directory. Can you see anything obviously wrong with the stuff below? int main(int argc, char** argv) { SDL_Window *MainWindow; SDL_GLContext MainContext; if (SDL_Init(SDL_INIT_VIDEO) < 0) { ShowErrorAndDie("Unable to initialize SDL"); } SDL_GL_SetAttribute(SDL_GL_CONTEXT_MAJOR_VERSION, 2); SDL_GL_SetAttribute(SDL_GL_CONTEXT_MINOR_VERSION, 1); // 24bit double buffer SDL_GL_SetAttribute(SDL_GL_DOUBLEBUFFER, 1); SDL_GL_SetAttribute(SDL_GL_DEPTH_SIZE, 24); MainWindow = SDL_CreateWindow(PROGRAM_NAME, SDL_WINDOWPOS_UNDEFINED, SDL_WINDOWPOS_UNDEFINED, 0, 0, SDL_WINDOW_OPENGL | SDL_WINDOW_FULLSCREEN_DESKTOP | SDL_WINDOW_HIDDEN); if (!MainWindow) { ShowErrorAndDie("Unable to create window."); } // Attach the OpenGL context to our window MainContext = SDL_GL_CreateContext(MainWindow); CheckSDLErrorAndDie("Unable to initialize OpenGL.\nPlease make sure that your OpenGL driver supports at least version 2.1."); SDL_ShowWindow(MainWindow); // Enable vsync SDL_GL_SetSwapInterval(1); if (GLEW_OK != glewInit()) { ShowErrorAndDie("The GLEW subsystem failed to initialize."); SDL_Quit(); exit(1); } // Dark blue background glClearColor(0.0f, 0.0f, 0.4f, 0.0f); // Create and compile our GLSL program from the shaders GLuint programID = LoadShaders( "SimpleVertexShader.vertexshader", "SimpleFragmentShader.fragmentshader" ); // Get a handle for our buffers GLuint vertexPosition_modelspaceID = glGetAttribLocation(programID, "vertexPosition_modelspace"); static const GLfloat g_vertex_buffer_data[] = { -1.0f, -1.0f, 0.0f, 1.0f, -1.0f, 0.0f, 0.0f, 1.0f, 0.0f, }; GLuint vertexbuffer; glGenBuffers(1, &vertexbuffer); glBindBuffer(GL_ARRAY_BUFFER, vertexbuffer); glBufferData(GL_ARRAY_BUFFER, sizeof(g_vertex_buffer_data), g_vertex_buffer_data, GL_STATIC_DRAW); while (1){ // Clear the screen glClear( GL_COLOR_BUFFER_BIT ); // Use our shader glUseProgram(programID); // 1rst attribute buffer : vertices glEnableVertexAttribArray(vertexPosition_modelspaceID); glBindBuffer(GL_ARRAY_BUFFER, vertexbuffer); glVertexAttribPointer( vertexPosition_modelspaceID, // The attribute we want to configure 3, // size GL_FLOAT, // type GL_FALSE, // normalized? 0, // stride (void*)0 // array buffer offset ); // Draw the triangle ! glDrawArrays(GL_TRIANGLES, 0, 3); // 3 indices starting at 0 -> 1 triangle glDisableVertexAttribArray(vertexPosition_modelspaceID); // Swap buffers SDL_GL_SwapWindow(MainWindow); while (SDL_PollEvent(&InputEvent)) { if (InputEvent.type == SDL_KEYDOWN) { if (InputEvent.key.keysym.sym == SDLK_ESCAPE) { goto ExitLoop; } } } } ExitLoop: glDeleteBuffers(1, &vertexbuffer); SDL_GL_DeleteContext(MainContext); SDL_DestroyWindow(MainWindow); SDL_Quit(); }