Tecplot error at startup: X Error: GLXBadContext

Note:  This should no longer be an issue.  Download the latest release or get a free trial. Problem: Tecplot crashes with X Error: GLXBadContext. Solution: One possible cause could be due to a security issue in Xorg that disables the “indirect mode” in GLX. If that is the case then the solution is to enable the GLX indirect mode.


Unable to run Tecplot after upgrading to XQuartz 2.7.5 Mavericks OS X 10.9 (and in some cases 10.8)

Note: Tecplot 360 EX is native to the Mac and doesn’t rely on an X Windows System. Download the latest release or get a free trial. Problem: Unable to run Tecplot after upgrading to XQuartz 2.7.5 on Mavericks OS X 10.9. Solution: If you are running Mavericks OS X 10.9 (and in some cases 10.8) you may have noticed XQuartz has pushed out a new release of XQuartz 2.7.5.  After you have […]

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Tecplot 360 does not finish opening on Mac OS X10.5.7, OS X 10.8.2, after security updates are applied

Note:  With the release of Tecplot 360 EX for Mac the use of an X server is not needed.  Tecplot is now native to the Mac so this is no longer an issue with Tecplot 360 EX. Download the latest release or get a free trial. Problem: When opening Tecplot 360, the initial Tecplot window appears, however, Tecplot appears to “hang/freeze” on a grey screen. Solution: Apple is no longer supporting […]

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Failed to create OpenGL context

Update: The 2020 R1 release of Tecplot 360 has changed the way Tecplot is rendered in mesa. See the Troubleshooting chapter of the 2020 R1 documentation for more information. Problem: I saw this message after installing Tecplot on a 64 bit Linux Red Hat machine. How do I fix it? Solution: This message means that the computer does not support OpenGL. Please be sure your computers graphics card supports OpenGL […]

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Banner flash but Tecplot doesnt open.

Note: Tecplot 360 EX is native to the Mac and doesn’t rely on an X Windows System. Download the latest release or get a free trial. Problem: XDarwin also won’t launch. Solution: Installing XDarwin is a two-step process. Be sure to install the patch after installing XDarwin.


Cannot find shared library

Problem: When I try to start Tecplot I get the message: Cannot find shared library. Solution: Solution 1: Set or add to SHLIB_PATH to include /usr/lib/X11R5. (HP-UX 10.x: The system file locations are different.) Solution 2: We use 2 permanent links that seem to take care of all the main problems. Link /lib to /usr/lib and link /bin to /usr/bin.