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libGL error: failed to create drawable

asked 2018-03-29 03:49:56 -0600

Delb gravatar image

updated 2018-04-16 06:45:12 -0600


I get this message when rviz or Gazebo crashes when I launch my project. After a lot of reseach I figured that it's related to the graphic drivers but after updating and checking that everything was fine I still get this issue.

Then, thanks to the rviz troubleshooting wiki page I found that by simply turning off the hardware acceleration I don't have issues anymore and rviz and Gazebo always launch without crashing.

At first I was satisfied, but there is a downside : since the hardware acceleration is disabled the performances of Gazebo are significantly reduced which is really annoying. Since I know that the issue comes from the hardware acceleration being enabled or disabled is there any possibility to find an halfway solution by changing the configuration of this hardware acceleration (which I'm not at all familiar with) ?


I exported the project on a much more powerful computer (alienware) and never had the issue once so it was only because of the hardware not powerful enough I guess.

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Is this a VM?

gvdhoorn gravatar image gvdhoorn  ( 2018-03-29 03:56:56 -0600 )edit

No I'm using Ubuntu 16.04 and the graphic card is Intel Ivybridge Mobile

Delb gravatar image Delb  ( 2018-03-29 04:19:02 -0600 )edit

Hm. This could be a driver issue then, as you already note. Do you have problems with other OGRE based 3D applications? Disabling acceleration would not seem like a viable work-around to me.

gvdhoorn gravatar image gvdhoorn  ( 2018-03-29 08:33:38 -0600 )edit

With this computer I only use Ros related applications so I don't really know (in addition I don't really know which applications are using OGRE..), I should try to use moveit! then.

Delb gravatar image Delb  ( 2018-03-29 08:49:49 -0600 )edit

MoveIt does not come with a visualiser. It just ships an RViz plugin. From your question text I get the impression you already tested that.

gvdhoorn gravatar image gvdhoorn  ( 2018-03-29 08:51:19 -0600 )edit

I've found something talking about hardwware acceleration here (page 8 third paragraph) but I'm not sure if it's a similar issue to mine

Delb gravatar image Delb  ( 2018-03-29 08:52:00 -0600 )edit

That's a patent application document. I'm not sure how that is useful here.

gvdhoorn gravatar image gvdhoorn  ( 2018-03-29 08:55:05 -0600 )edit

Well it's talking about an issue using harware acceleration with their application too.

Delb gravatar image Delb  ( 2018-03-29 09:08:56 -0600 )edit

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answered 2018-04-16 09:43:47 -0600

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The issue hasn't been solved with my current configuration but when exporting my project on a more powerful computer (with a better graphic card) this issue doesn't occur anymore. So the problem only comes from an hardware limitation.

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answered 2021-09-27 02:51:04 -0600

mues gravatar image

Today i noticed the same error. When i run roscore before rviz the warning doesnt appear anymore for me.

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