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macOS 10.11 and NVIDIA user interface display broken
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Description

System Information
Operating system:
OS X El Capitan Version 10.11.6
iMac (24-inch, Early 2009)

Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 130 512 MB (standard built-in)

Blender Version
Broken:
blender-2.80.0-git20190214.a9da750aee08-x86_64 (from app file name - splash screen unreadable)

Short description of error
See screenshot. Interface is very colorful, but obviously unusable.
Granted, this is a 10 year old computer, but Blender 2.79b works like a charm.

Exact steps for others to reproduce the error
Interface appears as seen here upon launch.

Details

Type
Bug

Event Timeline

I have the same issue and can add some extra info

System Information
Operating system:
OS X El Capitan Version 10.11.6
Macbook pro mid 2009

Blender version : blender-2.80.0-git20190214.a9da750aee08-x86_64

Extra info:
This only happens when using the 'Higher performance' graphics setting (NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT). Setting the power settings to 'Better battery life' (NVIDIA GeForce 9400M) works. It seems to me blender mixes up the two gpu's and perhaps the textures are initialized on the wrong gpu or something like that..

Side notes
The Eevee renderer doesn't work even while using the 'Better battery life' setting. It renders either completely white or black. OpenGL core profile 3.3 should be 100% supported though on the system using both gpu's according to OpenGL Extension Viewer. The OpenGL Compatibility mode is only 2.1 on both gpu's

Here is the output from opening blender while using 'Higher performance' setting..

Do you think the eevee render issue is related, or should I start a second thread for that?

Thanks for any help...

Sebastian Parborg (zeddb) triaged this task as Normal priority.

The issue here is that apple has very buggy opengl drivers. Additionally they have dropped opengl support so they will not fix their buggy drivers either.

@Clément Foucault (fclem) anything we can do here?

Brecht Van Lommel (brecht) renamed this task from Scrambled, extremely colorful User Interface to macOS 10.11 and NVIDIA user interface display broken.

I have downloaded the source code and setup the project to compile on my mid 2009 macbook pro (running 10.11.6).

If anyone has some ideas or tips on what to try out, or patches to test I can do and test it right away.

I don't know what to say at this point. Even the basic shaders are not behaving correctly.

@Ole Prinds (oprinds) you can try starting with a single area with only text and icons and try to see what does not work from here. Seems the biggest problem is texture drawing, not a single textured quad displays correctly.

I got some warnings from AppKit and CoreGraphics. I am not sure what they mean, but they are related to the GL context, so I am posting them here. Maybe some of you can make out what it means and if it's is perhaps related to the texture drawing issues.

WARN (rna.define): /Users/ole/blender-build/blender/source/blender/makesrna/intern/rna_define.c:1090 RNA_def_struct_ui_text: 'Combine OpenEXR multilayer images rendered with different sampleranges into one image with reduced noise.' description from 'CYCLES_OT_merge_images' '' ends with a '.' !
Mar 28 10:58:34  blender[48103] <Warning>: void CGSUpdateManager::log() const: conn 0x1b593 token 0x1ffffffffffe85
Mar 28 10:58:34  blender[48103] <Warning>: Backtrace (at 358520):
Mar 28 10:58:34  blender[48103] <Warning>: void CGSUpdateManager::log() const:  0   CoreGraphics                        0x00007fff9d2007e8 CGSDisableUpdateToken + 155
Mar 28 10:58:34  blender[48103] <Warning>: void CGSUpdateManager::log() const:  1   AppKit                              0x00007fff98e1d420 ___disable_updates_sync_block_invoke_2 + 17
Mar 28 10:58:34  blender[48103] <Warning>: void CGSUpdateManager::log() const:  2   libdispatch.dylib                   0x0000000110b92cc5 _dispatch_client_callout + 8
Mar 28 10:58:34  blender[48103] <Warning>: void CGSUpdateManager::log() const:  3   libdispatch.dylib                   0x0000000110b943db _dispatch_barrier_sync_f_invoke + 375
Mar 28 10:58:34  blender[48103] <Warning>: void CGSUpdateManager::log() const:  4   AppKit                              0x00007fff98e1d2ee NSCGSDisableUpdates + 213
Mar 28 10:58:34  blender[48103] <Warning>: void CGSUpdateManager::log() const:  5   AppKit                              0x00007fff98e1d124 NSCGSTransactionRunPreCommitActionsForOrder_ + 156
Mar 28 10:58:34  blender[48103] <Warning>: void CGSUpdateManager::log() const:  6   AppKit                              0x00007fff98e1d06b NSCGSTransactionRunPreCommitActions_ + 21
Mar 28 10:58:34  blender[48103] <Warning>: void CGSUpdateManager::log() const:  7   AppKit                              0x00007fff995cbce4 -[_NSCGSTransaction synchronize] + 33
Mar 28 10:58:34  blender[48103] <Warning>: void CGSUpdateManager::log() const:  8   AppKit                              0x00007fff995cbf59 NSCGSTransactionSynchronize + 76
Mar 28 10:58:34  blender[48103] <Warning>: void CGSUpdateManager::log() const:  9   AppKit                              0x00007fff993b6fc5 -[NSSurface syncSurfaceWantsExtendedDynamicRange] + 150
Mar 28 10:58:34  blender[48103] <Warning>: void CGSUpdateManager::log() const:  10  AppKit                              0x00007fff98eef2cd -[NSSurface _createSurface] + 677
Mar 28 10:58:34  blender[48103] <Warning>: void CGSUpdateManager::log() const:  11  AppKit                              0x00007fff98eeec28 -[NSSurface setFrame:] + 785
Mar 28 10:58:34  blender[48103] <Warning>: void CGSUpdateManager::log() const:  12  AppKit                              0x00007fff993b70cb __38-[NSSurface syncToViewUnconditionally]_block_invoke + 154
Mar 28 10:58:34  blender[48103] <Warning>: void CGSUpdateManager::log() const:  13  AppKit                              0x00007fff98e0c325 NSPerformVisuallyAtomicChange + 147
Mar 28 10:58:34  blender[48103] <Warning>: void CGSUpdateManager::log() const:  14  AppKit                              0x00007fff98eee54c -[NSSurface syncToViewUnconditionally] + 100
Mar 28 10:58:34  blender[48103] <Warning>: void CGSUpdateManager::log() const:  15  AppKit                              0x00007fff993b7164 __37-[NSSurface orderSurface:relativeTo:]_block_invoke + 44
Mar 28 10:58:34  blender[48103] <Warning>: void CGSUpdateManager::log() const:  16  AppKit                              0x00007fff98e0c325 NSPerformVisuallyAtomicChange + 147
Mar 28 10:58:34  blender[48103] <Warning>: void CGSUpdateManager::log() const:  17  AppKit                              0x00007fff98eee41f -[NSSurface orderSurface:relativeTo:] + 160
Mar 28 10:58:34  blender[48103] <Warning>: void CGSUpdateManager::log() const:  18  AppKit                              0x00007fff98fe1e56 NSOpenGLContextAttachOnScreenViewSurface + 183
Mar 28 10:58:34  blender[48103] <Warning>: void CGSUpdateManager::log() const:  19  AppKit                              0x00007fff9930e6c7 __27-[NSOpenGLContext setView:]_block_invoke + 192
Mar 28 10:58:34  blender[48103] <Warning>: void CGSUpdateManager::log() const:  20  AppKit                              0x00007fff98e0c325 NSPerformVisuallyAtomicChange + 147
Mar 28 10:58:34  blender[48103] <Warning>: void CGSUpdateManager::log() const:  21  AppKit                              0x00007fff98fcec0d -[NSOpenGLContext setView:] + 119
Mar 28 10:58:34  blender[48103] <Warning>: void CGSUpdateManager::log() const:  22  blender                             0x00000001017d39bd _ZN16GHOST_ContextCGL24initializeDrawingContextEv + 2733
Mar 28 10:58:34  blender[48103] <Warning>: void CGSUpdateManager::log() const:  23  blender                             0x00000001017fb395 _ZN17GHOST_WindowCocoa17newDrawingContextE25GHOST_TDrawingContextType + 165
Mar 28 10:58:34  blender[48103] <Warning>: void CGSUpdateManager::log() const:  24  blender                             0x00000001017f6672 _ZN12GHOST_Window21setDrawingContextTypeE25GHOST_TDrawingContextType + 114
Mar 28 10:58:34  blender[48103] <Warning>: void CGSUpdateManager::log() const:  25  blender                             0x00000001017f8d2a _ZN17GHOST_WindowCocoaC2EP17GHOST_SystemCocoaRK10STR_Stringiijj18GHOST_TWindowState25GHOST_TDrawingContextTypebtb + 1290
Mar 28 10:58:34  blender[48103] <Warning>: void CGSUpdateManager::log() const:  26  blender                             0x00000001017f927a _ZN17GHOST_WindowCocoaC1EP17GHOST_SystemCocoaRK10STR_Stringiijj18GHOST_TWindowState25GHOST_TDrawingContextTypebtb + 186
Mar 28 10:58:34  blender[48103] <Warning>: void CGSUpdateManager::log() const:  27  blender                             0x00000001017ecde0 _ZN17GHOST_SystemCocoa12createWindowERK10STR_Stringiijj18GHOST_TWindowState25GHOST_TDrawingContextType16GHOST_GLSettingsbi + 736
Mar 28 10:58:34  blender[48103] <Warning>: void CGSUpdateManager::log() const:  28  blender                             0x00000001017d0ab6 GHOST_CreateWindow + 198
Mar 28 10:58:34  blender[48103] <Warning>: void CGSUpdateManager::log() const:  29  blender                             0x0000000100199d19 wm_window_ghostwindow_add + 281
Mar 28 10:58:34  blender[48103] <Warning>: void CGSUpdateManager::log() const:  30  blender                             0x0000000100199aee wm_window_ghostwindows_ensure + 510
Mar 28 10:58:34  blender[48103] <Warning>: void CGSUpdateManager::log() const:  31  blender                             0x000000010015a033 WM_check + 195

I just realized, it was my breakpoints, that triggered the warnings..

Sorry for the noise..

Brecht Van Lommel (brecht) closed this task as Archived.

Closing since we only officially support macOS 10.12 and higher for Blender 2.80 now.

More information on that decision is here:
https://code.blender.org/2019/04/supported-gpus-in-blender-2-80/

We keep this bug listed in T61936: EOL GPU problems tracking report in case anyone is interested in fixing it.