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How To Access OpenGL* & DirectX* 3D Graphic Settings

Contents:

What is OpenGL* and DirectX*?
Accessing the control panel
Newer graphics drivers
Older graphics drivers
OpenGL attributes for older drivers
Related Topic

What is OpenGL and DirectX?
OpenGL (Open Graphics Library) and DirectX are two different "application programming interfaces" (APIs). These APIs determine how various software components interact with each other. OpenGL and DirectX are two such APIs that are designed to render 2D and 3D graphics. Many games require support for various APIs in order to function, as well as provide a high-quality gaming experience.

Accessing the control panel
You can configure OpenGL & DirectX settings through graphics properties.

Note Both OpenGL and DirectX 3D graphic settings are controlled by the same control panel in newer graphics drivers.
  1. Press Ctrl+Alt+F12.
  2. Click 3D or 3D Settings (depending on your driver version). The control panel dialog box displays.

The 3D settings dialog box that displays on your computer is dependent on the graphic driver version you have installed.

Newer Graphics Drivers
If your system has the newer drivers installed, the Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel/Graphics and Media Control Panel will display. You have the ability to set 3D Preference or Custom Settings.


Figure 1A: Set 3D Preference


Figure 1B: Set 3D preference


Figure 2A: Set 3D Custom Settings


Figure 2B: Set 3D Custom settings

Older graphic drivers
For systems with even older drivers installed, the Intel® Graphic Media Accelerator Driver panel displays. See Figure 3 for attribute value settings and their expanded definitions in the OpenGL Attributes table below.

Note Older graphics drivers using the older Interface (as shown below) control only the OpenGL settings, not DirectX.  Older drivers did not have the functionality to control 3D settings for DirectX.


Figure 3 Attribute value settings

The following table provides information on the various OpenGL attributes that can be changed in the OpenGL Settings dialog box.

OpenGL Attributes for older drivers

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 Topic:
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: 19-Dec-2013
Date Created: 26-May-2009
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