I'm using Intel HD Graphics as graphics card and I'm trying to open an OpenGL program, but, when I try to run it, I have the following error: OpenGL GLX extension not supported by display ':0.0'

Then, I tried to run glxinfo, then I had the:

Error: couldn't find RGB GLX visual or fbconfig ubuntu 12.04 error.

How can I fix this error from not happening again?

  • this seems to be a bug bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/mesa/+bug/1278168
    – JoKeR
    Jun 3, 2014 at 3:37
  • i've already uninstalled Xserver-Xorg, but I'm still with the problem.
    – romaolucas
    Jun 4, 2014 at 3:01
  • now it's working, when i reinstalled Xserver-xorg, i forgot to reboot my computer, thanks for your help!
    – romaolucas
    Jun 4, 2014 at 10:33
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    could you provide your answer please with complete workaround what did you do, so that your answer might help future readers.
    – JoKeR
    Jun 4, 2014 at 17:55

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To solve my problem I had to enter the following commands:

sudo apt-get remove --purge xserver-xorg

sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg

sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg

And then: sudo reboot

But I think that if you on pure text mode, you don't need to reboot your computer, but you would have to do sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop before you type the commands I mentioned above and, after typing then, you will have to use sudo /etc/init.d/gdm start to start the graphic interface again.

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    Purging also removed ubuntu-desktop, ubuntustudio-desktop and xorg package. Recording here for @snafu after reboot. Jan 7, 2016 at 14:51
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    Nah, reinstalling xserver-xorg didn't help. Jan 7, 2016 at 14:54
  • Didn't have to do the --purge to get it working on my Lenovo laptop with an NVIDIA GeForce 920M card. I thought this issue was connected to my graphics drivers that are not being utilised properly, but thanks to your suggestion I know that it isn't.
    – user373531
    Jul 6, 2017 at 14:07
  • Didn't work for me, what worked was: sudo apt-get --reinstall install libgl1-mesa-dri and then reboot. (Problem happened after a failed proprietary AMD drivers install.)
    – Jocelyn
    Feb 14, 2019 at 11:49
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    This is a harmful answer, and users following this advice tend to kill their desktop. Many of them will need to reinstall because they don't see any other way out.
    – HuHa
    Jan 2, 2022 at 12:39

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