If you are running a VMD binary which has been built with a native OpenGL implementation (i.e. not Mesa), you should make sure that you have the vendor provided OpenGL runtime libraries and the X server extensions correctly installed. SGI systems normally have the OpenGL runtime support installed on them. Sun, HP, and IBM systems often do not come with OpenGL support by default. If you don't have the OpenGL runtime libraries for these systems, they can be downloaded for free from the Sun, HP, and IBM web sites respectively. Each of the vendor's OpenGL implementations generally include "install check" programs which verify the correct installation and operation of the OpenGL libraries.