If you have an ATI video card then you may need to do these steps (SL viewers seem to not play well with ATI cards, none of them).
Furthermore, other types of video cards also require that the first step here be done; VBO is known to cause crashes in multiple different scenarios.
If you are seeing everything pink, the issue is the graphics card driver. The best solution is to install the Catalyst 12.01 driver (which may imply reverting to an older version than you currently have); links are provided in the section "Known Good ATI Driver", below.
If for any reason you are unable to update to 12.01, then you can try 12.6 - see here.
If this too is not an option:
Here are some work-arounds to solve the problem:
Windows: Installing the Catalyst 12.01 driver (which may imply reverting to an older version than you currently have) is likely a preferable solution; links are provided in the section "Known Good ATI Driver", below.
Mac: The issue has only been seen on Snow Leopard (OSX 10.6.8) so far. Since drivers are tied into the operating system on Macs, you would need to upgrade to Mountain Lion (OSX 10.8.3) for a permanent solution at this time. If that is not an option for you, then use the workarounds above.
This is a known issue with ATI Catalyst versions 12.2 through 12.4. If you have one of these versions, then you will need to roll back to 12.01. See below for how to get that version.
See below for how to obtain an earlier version of catalyst.
Some have reported all manner of graphics glitches, including:
These can often be solved by updating the ATI driver; but see above regarding known issues with recent drivers. Get Catalyst 12.01, below.
Please refer to this page for more on that issue.
These issues have been reported with Catalyst versions 12.11 and 13.01. See if any of the following suggestions are helpful:
Rolling back the driver to 12.1 is a preferable solution.
Windows 8.1 may install its own driver for ATI/AMD graphics cards. This does not work well with Firestorm. You will need to remove the Windows driver, then install the appropriate driver from the ATI/AMD website.
Another good reference is the table on this page. However, sadly, AMD have not kept it up to date. The drivers missing are:
|12.11 beta with .NET||Windows Graphics Driver Version: 8.17.0010.1169||OpenGL Version: 4.2.11995 Compatibility Profile Context|
|13.1||Windows Graphics Driver Version: 8.17.0010.1172||OpenGL Version: 4.2.12002 Compatibility Profile Context 126.96.36.199|
|13.2 beta||Windows Graphics Driver Version: 8.17.0010.1191||OpenGL Version: 4.2.12171 Compatibility Profile Context 188.8.131.52|
|13.4||Windows Graphics Driver Version: 8.17.0010.1191||OpenGL Version: 4.2.12217 Compatibility Profile Context 184.108.40.206|
|13.5||Windows Graphics Driver Version: 8.17.0010.1191||OpenGL Version: 4.2.12198 Compatibility Profile Context 220.127.116.11|
|13.5 beta2||Windows Graphics Driver Version: 8.17.0010.1191||OpenGL Version: 4.2.12198 Compatibility Profile Context 18.104.22.168|
|13.6 beta||Windows Graphics Driver Version: 8.17.0010.1211||OpenGL Version: 4.2.12337 Compatibility Profile Context 22.214.171.124|
|13.6 beta2||Windows Graphics Driver Version: 8.17.0010.1211||OpenGL Version: 4.2.12337 Compatibility Profile Context 126.96.36.199|
|13.8 beta||Windows Graphics Driver Version: 8.17.0010.1234||OpenGL Version: 4.2.12438 Compatibility Profile Context 188.8.131.52|
|13.9||Windows Graphics Driver Version: 8.17.0010.1230||OpenGL Version: 4.2.12422 Compatibility Profile Context 184.108.40.206|
As of this writing, the most recent, known good driver for ATI cards is Catalyst 12.1 - aka 12.01 (ATI use both ways of designating the same version; 12.1, released Jan 2012, is not 12.10 which is Oct 2012). Please make very sure that you remove whatever driver you currently have installed.
Catalyst 12.01 may be obtained here:
Windows 8 may have issues with this driver, however, in which case, keep reading …
In several of the sections above, we have recommended reverting to Catalyst 12.01 if you have a more recent version. However, some cards are too new and not supported by 12.01.
If you have this card, and have graphics issues, try using the 12.6 Catalyst drivers, also found on the above link.
Another thing to try is to create a profile for the viewer you use, and then disable OpenGL Tripple Buffering.