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How do I fix GL errors?

Alton Alexander
By Alton AlexanderUpdated on June 4th, 2022

There are a few reasons why you might get a GL error code. One reason is that you're trying to use a function that's not available on the current platform. For example, if you're trying to use a GLES 2.0 function on a device that only supports GLES 1.1, you'll get a GL error code.

Another reason you might get a GL error code is if you're trying to use a function that's not supported by the current graphics driver. This can happen if you're trying to use a newer GL function on an older graphics driver.

If you get a GL error code, it's important to check the platform and driver support before continuing. Otherwise, you might end up with unexpected results.

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1. Check if the graphics drivers are up to date

  1. Under Display adapters, find the graphics adapter that is not working
  2. Right-click on the graphics adapter and select Properties
  3. Under the Driver tab, find the Driver Date and Version fields
  4. Compare the Driver Date and Version to the most recent versions that are listed in the Update Driver section
  5. If the Driver Date and Version are not up to date, follow the instructions in the Update Driver section to update the graphics driver.

2. If using an integrated graphics card, make sure that the latest BIOS is installed

  1. Determine if your computer has an integrated graphics card by looking for a card with a “integrated graphics” logo or description. If your computer has an integrated graphics card, make sure that the latest BIOS is installed.
  2. Open the BIOS by pressing the Delete key and entering the BIOS Setup screen.
  3. On the advanced tab, find the graphics option and make sure that the “Use integrated graphics” option is enabled.
  4. Restart your computer. If the gl errors persist, contact your computer manufacturer for further assistance.

3. Try running the game or application in compatibility mode

  1. Launch the game or application.
  2. If you are using Windows 10, press the Windows key + X to open the taskbar, and then select "Game Explorer."
  3. Right-click the game or application, and then select "Run as Administrator."
  4. In the "Application" pane, select the game or application, and then select "Compatibility."
  5. In the "Compatibility" pane, select the version of Windows that you are using.
  6. In the "Settings" pane, select the "Windows Compatibility" tab.
  7. In the "Settings" pane, select the "Run this program in compatibility mode" checkbox.
  8. In the "Settings" pane, select the "Use the following settings" checkbox.
  9. In the "Settings" pane, select the " Program settings" tab.
  10. In the "Program settings" tab, select the "Disable display of graphics" checkbox.
  11. Click the "OK" button.
  12. Launch the game or application.
  13. If you are using Windows 10, press the Windows key + X to open the taskbar, and then select "Game Explorer."
  14. Right-click the game or application, and then select "Run as Administrator."
  15. In the "Application" pane, select the game or application, and then select "Compatibility."
  16. In the "Compatibility" pane, select the version of Windows that you are using.
  17. In the "Settings" pane, select the "Windows Compatibility" tab.
  18. In the "Settings" pane, select the "Run this program in compatibility mode" checkbox.
  19. In the "Settings" pane, select the "Use the following settings" checkbox.
  20. In the "Settings" pane, select the " Program settings" tab.
  21. In the "Program settings" tab, select the "Disable display of graphics" checkbox.
  22. Click the "OK" button.

4. Turn off any overlay features that may be enabled in the game or application

  1. Open the Settings app on your device.
  2. Tap on the General tab.
  3. Tap on the Accessibility button.
  4. Under Display, disable any overlay features that may be enabled.
  5. Under Audio, disable any overlay features that may be enabled.
  6. Under Camera, disable any overlay features that may be enabled.
  7. Under Game Services, disable any overlay features that may be enabled.
  8. Under System, disable any overlay features that may be enabled.
  9. Under Display & Brightness, adjust the display brightness as needed.
  10. Tap on the OK button to save the changes.

5. Lower the graphics settings for the game or application

To fix graphics errors in games or applications, users will typically have to lower the graphics settings. This can be done by opening the game or application's settings menu, selecting the "Graphics" tab, and lowering the graphics quality. Some games or applications may also require users to disable certain graphics features in order to fix gl errors.

If you didn't find success with an option above, then try:

  1. If the issue persists, try reinstalling the game or application.