From: Sabuj Pattanayek (sabuj.pattanayek_at_Vanderbilt.Edu)
Date: Tue Mar 29 2005 - 11:11:54 CST

Hi John,

This is what I was able to test on vmd 1.8.3, I think 1.8.2 will do the
same (note this only affects the quadro cards and not geforce):

Representation Result
-------------- ------
Lines (Default) ok
Bonds crash
DynamicBonds crash
HBonds ok
Points ok
VDW ok
CPK crash
Licorice crash
Trace crash
Tube crash
Ribbons ok
NewRibbons ok
Cartoon crash
NewCartoon ok!!!
Surf ok
Dotted ok
Solvent ok
Isosurface(points) ok
Isosurface(solid) crash
Isosurface(wireframe) ok
VolumeSlice ok? ..not sure what datatype this wants (never used this
before), i was using a brix map but couldn't see anything

Sabuj Pattanayek

David A. Horita wrote:
> Hi,
> I Haven't tried VMD yet, but Windows XP-pro pymol crashes upon file open
> under the 71.84 drivers, but not the 70.78 drivers. (Quadro 1300,
> XP-Pro servicepack 2)
> David Horita
> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [] On Behalf Of John Stone
> Sent: Monday, March 28, 2005 10:10 AM
> To: Sabuj Pattanayek
> Cc:;
> Subject: Re: vmd-l: vmd and Re: [PyMOL] pymol crashes with new [7167]
> nvidia driver
> Hi,
> Have you reported the crashes to NVidia? I'd suggest sending an email
> to their mail address. The fact that multiple
> packages crash with the new driver indicates that they may have a new
> bug in their drivers. You mentioned that making a licorice rep crashes
> your VMD on that driver, what about VDW or bonds? Do they have a
> similar effect?
> John Stone
> On Sat, Mar 26, 2005 at 04:42:42PM -0600, Sabuj Pattanayek wrote:
>>Yeah I have the same problem in the beta pymol, haven't tried the
>>OpenGL-based graphics engine:
>> GL_VENDOR: NVIDIA Corporation
>> GL_VERSION: 1.5.3 NVIDIA 71.67
>> Hardware stereo capability detected.
>> Adapting to Quadro hardware...
>> Detected 2 CPUs. Enabled multithreaded rendering.
>>/usr/bin/pymol: line 14: 8852 Segmentation fault
>>$PYMOL_PATH/pymol.exe $*
>>and 7167 won't compile on 2.6.10-11? kernels either, need 2.6.12-rc1,
>>haven't tested others. I get similar crashes in VMD 1.8.2+ using 7167
>>also. For instance, if you load a pdb and try to make a "licorice"
>>representation, vmd just closes/crashes.
>>I also think this maybe a Quadro problem and not a a problem with
>>GeForce cards. I have a GeForce 5500 FX on another machine and it
>>doesn't have these programs, and realtime GLSL rendering works very
>>nicely in vmd 1.8.3.
>>Sorry for posting this on both mailing lists, just trying to avoid
>>..Sabuj Pattanayek
>>HuiZhe Li wrote:
>>>just upgraded nvidia driver from 6629 to 7167 (Linux, RHEL 4) and
>>>pymol crashes when a molecule is load. is there a fix? (pymol worked
>>>fine with 6629 driver).
>>>OpenGL-based graphics engine:
>>> GL_VENDOR: NVIDIA Corporation
>>> GL_RENDERER: Quadro FX 1400/PCI/SSE2
>>> GL_VERSION: 1.5.3 NVIDIA 71.67
>>>Adapting to Quadro hardware...
>>>/usr/local/bin/pymol: line 14: 4575 Segmentation
>>>fault (core dumped) $PYMOL_PATH/pymol.exe $*