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asked 2012-11-25 09:44:44 -0500

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updated 2013-03-30 09:48:53 -0500

Hello together,

when I try to start rviz in 60% of the tries the rviz screen just stays black. Starting with the same parameters! When Rviz on time stayed black the chance is smaller that the next try works. Sometimes there a 20 tries with only black screens. After doing a while different stuff the chance get higher that rviz works agagin. I dont have any clue which factor influences rviz to work or not to work.

Edit: This was the problem: I suggest the problem could be that I run my ROS-Enviroment on a ubuntu in the vmware-player. Maybe the virtual graphic-card of the vamware-image doesnt fit with rviz.

Many thanks in advance Dominik

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I get the same thing running Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit natively with ATI graphics card. I have not seen this on any laptops/desktops with Nvidia cards.

Thomas D gravatar image Thomas D  ( 2012-11-25 13:22:11 -0500 )edit

Which ROS release are you using? I had similar problems on Electric, but haven't experienced it at all since installing Fuerte. I'm also running Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit natively, with an ATI graphics card.

damjan gravatar image damjan  ( 2012-11-25 23:02:16 -0500 )edit

Im using also Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit natively with an ATI graphics card. I use Fuerte.

viovio gravatar image viovio  ( 2012-11-25 23:56:20 -0500 )edit

So, you are running Fuerte on a Ubuntu that's running inside a vmware-player, which is running on a native Ubuntu? This could be a problem:

damjan gravatar image damjan  ( 2012-11-26 05:33:42 -0500 )edit

But there seems to be no solution, except installing ubuntu on a single partition. This would be pretty uncomfortable, especially using visual studio for programming. Are there more proposals? Meanwhile I try to follow the Answer.

viovio gravatar image viovio  ( 2012-12-01 03:23:19 -0500 )edit

Did changing OGRE_RTT_MODE (as suggested in the answer by @stephanem) help? For me, deleting the whole ~/.rviz directory prior to starting rviz would sometimes help.

damjan gravatar image damjan  ( 2012-12-05 01:46:34 -0500 )edit

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answered 2012-11-25 22:37:38 -0500

Have you tried changing (OGRE_RTT_MODE) to something else than "PBuffer" ?

When I had some problems with rviz, I saw that this parameter may influence the behavior of rviz...

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eric-wieser gravatar image eric-wieser  ( 2016-04-02 14:37:21 -0500 )edit

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