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How to access OpenGL* and DirectX* 3D graphic settings

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Many games require support for application programming interfaces (APIs) to function, and to provide a high-quality gaming experience. OpenGL and DirectX APIs are designed to render 2D and 3D graphics.

Note The dialog box that displays, and the options for 3D settings, depends on your operating system and the graphics driver you have installed.

Open GL and DirectX settings are managed through your graphics properties.

  1. Right-click on your Desktop.
  2. Click Graphics Properties > 3D.
  3. Find the Intel® Graphics name that displays on your screen, and follow the instructions provided here for settings.

Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel

From these screens, you can select 3D General Settings and Custom Settings.

Intel® Graphics and Media Control Panel

From these screens, you can select 3D General Settings and Custom Settings.

Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator Driver

Older drivers can only control the OpenGL settings, not DirectX. You can change the value of each OpenGL attribute or Restore Defaults. After settings are made, click Apply and OK to save them.

Click (+) or the section descriptions to expand the content:

Attribute Default value Other applicable values

Asynchronous Flip

Off On

Triple Buffering

Off On

Flipping Policy

Off On

Depth Buffer Bit Depth

Off On

Force S3TC Texture Compression

Off On

Force FXT1 Texture Compression

Off On

Driver Memory Footprint

Off On

Texture Color Depth

Off On

Anisotropic Filtering

Off On

You can change the value of each OpenGL attribute or restore the default values to all attributes. Select the apply button to save your changes.

Related topics
How to Open the Intel® Graphics Properties Window
Intel® Driver Update Utility

Operating System:

Windows Vista *, Windows 7 *, Windows XP *, Windows 8*

This applies to:

2nd Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® HD Graphics 3000/2000
3rd Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® HD Graphics 2500
3rd Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® HD Graphics 4000
4th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® HD Graphics 4200
4th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® HD Graphics 4400
4th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® HD Graphics 4600
4th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® HD Graphics 5000
4th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® Iris™ Graphics 5100
4th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics 5200
Intel® 82945G Express Chipset
Intel® 82946GZ Graphics Controller
Intel® 82G965 Graphics and Memory Controller Hub (GMCH)
Intel® B43 Express Chipset
Intel® Celeron® Processors with Intel® HD Graphics
Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® HD Graphics
Intel® G31 Express Chipset
Intel® G33 Express Chipset
Intel® G35 Express Chipset
Intel® G41 Express Chipset
Intel® G43 Express Chipset
Intel® G45 Express Chipset
Intel® Pentium® Processors with Intel® HD Graphics
Intel® Q33 Express Chipset
Intel® Q35 Express Chipset
Intel® Q43 Express Chipset
Intel® Q45 Express Chipset
Mobile Intel® 4 Series Express Chipset Family
Mobile Intel® 945GM Express Chipset Family
Mobile Intel® 965 Express Chipset Family

Solution ID: CS-030506
Last Modified: 07-Aug-2014
Date Created: 26-May-2009
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