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ROS in VMWare, No information shown in rviz

asked 2011-02-14 16:39:02 -0500

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I installed ROS on a VMWare Ubuntu image on a MAC. I am using a kinect camera, when I run roslaunch openni_camera openni_kinect.launch, it is good. but there is nothing shows in rviz, no message could be received. When I use a rosbag file, it is good. Could you help me out?

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Looks to me like rviz is not the problem here. Question states "When I use a rosbag file, it is good." Doesn't it sound more like a problem with openni?
hersh gravatar image hersh  ( 2012-02-03 05:18:49 -0500 )edit

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answered 2011-02-14 16:39:23 -0500

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As others have reported lately, rviz does not usually work well in a virtual machine. It seems to need access to real 3D graphics hardware for adequate performance.

The usual workaround is installing Ubuntu in a separate partition with dual boot.

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@tfoote : Sure worth a note ! ...
Arkapravo gravatar image Arkapravo  ( 2011-12-06 05:38:39 -0500 )edit
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answered 2011-02-15 01:33:34 -0500

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I have had better success using Parallels for RVIZ. Parallels supports OpenGL acceleration in the virtual machine, and has worked with RVIZ in the past.

On older versions of Parallels (5), there was a slight workaround because Parallels Tools didn't get OpenGL properly working. I believe that it was due to a library being incorrectly installed. This workaround only works if you currently have NO openGL acceleration (For example, Compiz doesn't work).

  1. Open terminal: sudo gedit /etc/ld.so.conf.d/GL.conf
  2. In Gedit: delete "mesa"
  3. Line should read: /usr/lib/
  4. Save and Close
  5. Reboot
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As of Parallels 7, this just works. No modifications necessary.
mjcarroll gravatar image mjcarroll  ( 2011-09-11 03:13:02 -0500 )edit

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