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Our customer tried running a MonoGame project and received an error related to a gl_bind call.

Essentially, his system/drivers are not updated to support the OpenGL version required.

He is unable to update his graphics driver to the latest version through official sites (like Intel), as they do not support Windows 8.1 32-bit. All recent downloads we found are for 32-bit systesm before Windows 8 or 64-bit systems.

Technical Details:

  • Visual Studio Version: 2013
  • Express MonoGame Version: 3.2
  • Template: Windows OpenGL
  • Project Machine: Dell Optiplex
  • Windows Version: 8.1 32-bit
  • Graphics Device: Intel G341 Express Chipset

Is there a way to get specific drivers for a niche machine setup?

  • What version of OpenGL does this application require and does the hardware have support for that version? I found display drivers for the G41 Express Chipset, but none have been released for Windows 8.1, which is confusing because you indicate they do exist for 64-bit version of Windows 8.1 ( which I doubt considering the age of the hardware ). – Ramhound Sep 10 '15 at 17:45
  • The iGPU your friend has only has full support for OpenGL 2.0, partial support for OpenGL 2.1(Pixel Buffer Objects) and partial support for OpenGL 3.0(Frame Buffer Objects).If the application uses anything that this iGPU does not support then the application cannot be run on the hardware you have described. Since Intel has not released Win 8 drivers for this device, in either 32-bit or 64-bit versions, the Win 7 drivers should be used instead.There is no guarantee this will work, to put it simply, the hardware being ran is not fully supported on Win 8.1 by Intel so one cant expected to worke – Ramhound Sep 10 '15 at 17:53
  • The software requires OpenGL 2.0 which the chipset should be able to support. As you pointed out, there aren't official drivers for windows 8.1 that's where we are hung up. My colleagues and I have found posts about getting it running using 64bit windows 8.1, but these solutions have not worked in a 32bit environment. – Alucard964 Sep 10 '15 at 18:12
  • Your friend needs to run Windows 7 or purchase a dGPU to runt he software he wants to run. The hardware is does not support Windows 8.1, if you have tried install the Windows 7 drivers, and it still does not work you have tried all work arounds. The only alternative would be to not run Windows.. – Ramhound Sep 10 '15 at 18:26

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