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Windows 7: Video Card Fails to Enable OpenGL Drawing in Photshop

02 Jan 2011   #1
ad1l8

windows 7 ultimate
 
 
Video Card Fails to Enable OpenGL Drawing in Photshop

I wanted to learn Photoshop CS4 on my Dell Precision 670 Intel Xeon 2.8 Ghz × 2.8 Ghz With 2Gb of Ram and Graphic Card Radeon X300/X550/X1050 Series of 128 MB n I am using Windows 7 Ultimate!! Now, I can't "Enable OpenGL Drawing" in Photoshop and I guess I will have to change my graphic card to help the cause!! I am looking forward for your kind recommendations!! Thanks


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02 Jan 2011   #2
Punkster

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64-bit)
 
 

Hello there, probably the error that Photoshop is giving you is because your video card can't handle the OpenGL feature, maybe because it's an old card and it has waaaay too little vRam!

The solution would be, adding a new video card, the issue is, in the Dell website there's not a single thing about the PSU that the Precision 670 has! but probably is weak enough for not to handle a newer video card, plus.. i saw that the motherboard doesn't support PCIe x16 2.0 but that's not a problem.. you could still run PCIe x16 2.0 cards in a PCIe x16 1.0 slot because they're backwards compatible!

Could you give us the PSU information, please?
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02 Jan 2011   #3
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

If you use the internal help in Photoshop (this is from CS5, but I expect that CS4 is the same), these are the listed requirements:

>supports OpenGL, a software and hardware standard that accelerates video processing when working with large or complex images, including 3D.

>has at least 256 MB of RAM.

>has a display driver that supports OpenGL 2.0 and Shader Model 3.0, which the GPU uses to perform rendering effects.


Photoshop Help also lists tested cards, but the list is not up-to-date, especially for ATI cards.

I don't know whether it's possible to manually turn on OpenGL with your 128MB graphics card.

The requirements would be met by many graphics cards on the market now. You have a PCI-E X16 slot, so you can use most of them. Many of the current cards are PCI-E X16 version 2.x, but they're supposed to be backwards compatible.

Your Precision 670 has a 650W power supply. That's good enough for most cards. I don't know if it has the auxiliary PCI-E power connectors that high-powered cards require. Low-end cards get all their power through the PCI-E slot, so you'd be safe with one of those. Cards based on the Radeon 5450 chipset are like that, and are full DX11 cards. Newegg (www.newegg.com) has them for less than $40US. A Radeon 5770 would be a much more powerful card, but it's more expensive (>$100), and you'd need a 6 pin PCI-E power connector (or a Molex to PCI-E adapter, which is ususally supplied with the card). I'm not sure what's comparable in the nVidia line. Their GTX460 is highly regarded by gamers, but it's a $150+ card, and it needs two 6 pin PCI-E power connectors.

If you'd like to update your power supply to support a really high-end card, I can't recommend that, because the 670's PSU is nonstandard. I'm unaware of any maker of PSUs that would fit.

I'm not sure what to recommend for the card. If you'ved lived with your old graphics card for a while, any of the newer cards will be significantly better (completely aside from Photoshop support).


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02 Jan 2011   #4
Ivan the SoSo

windows 10 pro 64 bit
 
 

Documentation "supposed" to be 650 watt....very oddball....very expensive also +/-$318...I doubt you can use the old Tin Snips method to get a standard ATX power supply to work.....
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03 Jan 2011   #5
ad1l8

windows 7 ultimate
 
 

Well, Since I am a Novice So I am finding it hard still to devise a clear strategy But I want to Thank all for taking your precious time out and help me!! But Now I am Thinking to Buy Dell XPS 8100 as a Solution, So would it help the matters? Thanks All! Cheers!!
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03 Jan 2011   #6
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

Should more than take care of your problem Dell Studio XPS 8100 Desktop Details | Dell
Fabe
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03 Jan 2011   #7
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ad1l8 View Post
Well, Since I am a Novice So I am finding it hard still to devise a clear strategy But I want to Thank all for taking your precious time out and help me!! But Now I am Thinking to Buy Dell XPS 8100 as a Solution, So would it help the matters? Thanks All! Cheers!!
Seems like an expensive way to proceed, but perhaps you want the major upgrade.

I'm a little discouraged that the PSU is only listed as 350W. There's a mention of a GTX260 in the link friom thefabe, but the highest end card I see in customizing the system is a Radeon 5770.

My personal view? Assemble your own. I haven't bought an appliance PC desktop since 1995.

Tools required: one medium Philips screwdriver. One old plastic credit card or equivalent to spread the heat sink compound on the CPU. (Not everyone does it that way.) For my own use, I want a magnetic retriever for dropped screws.

Here is the most recent collection of recommendations that I could find:

Holiday 2010 System Builder's Guide - AnandTech :: Your Source for Hardware Analysis and News

The emphasis among home builders is gaming, but you'd get pretty good Photoshop performance as a matter of course.
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03 Jan 2011   #8
rvbfan

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ad1l8 View Post
Well, Since I am a Novice So I am finding it hard still to devise a clear strategy But I want to Thank all for taking your precious time out and help me!! But Now I am Thinking to Buy Dell XPS 8100 as a Solution, So would it help the matters? Thanks All! Cheers!!
I think you will be very happy
with your choice.
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06 Jan 2011   #9
ad1l8

windows 7 ultimate
 
 

I apologize to admins for bumping my topic BUT I did it to Appreciate People who gave their valuable suggestions, especially bobkn!! Thanks to All!!
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