On some Linux machines with Intel 945 graphics cards, problematic graphics drivers crash Mathematica. The crashes commonly happen when rotating 3D graphics. Starting Mathematica with Mesa, an open-source 3D graphics library, prevents the crash.
- To see what graphics card is on the computer, evaluate in Mathematica:
A dialog appears with your computer’s system information. Navigate to: Devices ► Graphics Subsystem: OpenGL
- To prevent the crash, start Mathematica in a special mode that uses Mesa graphics. Start Mathematica in the terminal with the
This prevents crashes caused by some open source drivers.
- Alternatively, try reverting to an older version of the graphics driver or update once a new driver becomes available.