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I'm trying to get Godot 3 running on my Linux Mint (18.3) laptop (old-ish, doctor gave it to me when my old Mac Mini died and I was facing running an a home business on my cell phone). Its graphics card does support GLES2 (with drivers). I can run blender all the way up to version 2.79, where blender switches from GLES2 to GLES3 at 2.80. I can load Godot 3, but if I try to do anything, like running one of the sample projects (2D or 3D), nothing happens. But, when I exit, I see some popups that popped up under the screen saying that it couldn't find GLES2.

glxinfo reports the following about GLES2 on my graphics card/drivers:

OpenGL vendor string: Intel Open Source Technology Center
OpenGL renderer string: Mesa DRI Intel(R) Ironlake Mobile
OpenGL version string: 2.1 Mesa 18.0.5
OpenGL shading language version string: 1.20

Can anyone see anything there that explains why I can run one app (blender 2.79) that requires GLES2, but not Godot 3? I'd really love to be able to use Godot 3, especially after seeing some great tutorials (nice pace, clear and easy to understand vocal narrative, etc.) that make it look much simpler than my first impression.

Thanks,
--jim

asked Feb 2 in Engine by JimG (12 points)

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Old Intel graphics (like the ones in Ironlake CPUs) don't support recent OpenGL versions well at all. This is why recent Linux drivers downgraded the advertised OpenGL version as OpenGL 2.x was simply too buggy to be usable on such hardware.

answered Feb 2 by Calinou (5,674 points)

Ok, thanks. Looks like I'll have to rely on GDevelop 5 and a few RPG apps (mostly for their terrain building ... then import that to GD5) until my GD5 games make some money so I can buy another real system. First game, for what it's worth, will be an Asteroids variant, with a real ship, real-looking asteroids, ten levels from easy (getting used to the controls) to "Insanity Rules Here" where you start off completely surrounded by asteroids and as you try to shoot your way out, you're just adding more. I looked on Android, and every Asteroids clone there has at least 10k installs, so the popularity is still there. Oh, almost forgot: the title is Asteroids Mk II, and I'm adding a little surprise after the upper levels, a short animation from a video of my Maine Coon, Jinx, standing up and patting my hand ("gimme 5"). :-)

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