Pixel Format Not Accelerated

This error message is commonly caused by outdated video card drivers. To fix this, you generally need to update your video card drivers, please follow the directions for your Operating System below. If you are having trouble following the directions below, please see this.

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Please read on for further information on updating your Graphics Drivers.


  • Hold your Windows key then hit R together, to bring up a run dialogue.
  • Type "dxdiag" in the Run window and press enter.
  • When a DxDiag window opens, browse to the 'Display' tab.
  • You should get an output similar to this.
  • Look for the Name and Manufacturer name part.

Once you have found this, look for your manufacturer in the table below and go to their "Auto-Detector" site and scan your computer for any out-of-date drivers.

If one is found, please install the update; if for any reason there are no available updates or the updates do not solve your issue, please see this article to get assistance.

Auto-Detector Manual
AMD / ATI Link Link
NVIDIA Link Link
INTEL Link Link
VIA / SiS Unsupported Unsupported


Most Linux distributions provide a way to install drivers with its package manager. 
It is highly recommended you use the distro's packages for drivers; not doing so can cause problems later!.
  1. Open your terminal.
  2. Enter in lspci -v | less
  3. Look for the line that says VGA Compatible or Video Controller.
  4. Look for the Manufacturer and model name.
  5. Install the necessary driver from the website:
AMD / ATI Link


Most Apple computers come with built-in drivers and a graphics card that cannot be changed. Please make sure that your system is up to date.

You can make sure your Mac is up-to-date by viewing by Apple on using Software Update.