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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This error message is commonly caused by outdated video card drivers.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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Causes

  • Graphics drivers are outdated, they do not support required OpenGL support to run Minecraft.
  • Invalid memory allocation, if you set any Java arguments in your Profile Settings, please remove them.
  • On Windows 10, driver updates are automatically installed on your PC whereas previously they were optional. Sometimes the drivers obtained through Windows Update may not contain the proper OpenGL required for Minecraft. You should in this case update your PC's graphics driver as explained below.

Please read on for further information on updating your graphics drivers.

Windows

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look for your manufacturer in the table below and go to their "Auto-Detector" site and scan your computer for any out-of-date drivers.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

If you recently installed Windows 10, you must take additional steps to ensure that your drivers are not overridden by Windows Update. Refer to this page for more information. You must first uninstall the current driver you are using before you use an updated driver from below whether or not you are using the auto-updating tool or manual methods.

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

Linux

Warning!
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:
Manual
AMD / ATI Link
NVIDIA Link
INTEL Link

Mac OSX

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.