Sketchup not initializing on ubuntu

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Hi guys,

I use a ATI Mobility Radeon 9700running on a Ubuntu 8.04 platform installed through
Wine 1.0 rc3

When I first installed SketchUp via Wine, I would always get this error upon launching of the program. 


SketchUp was unable to initialize OpenGL!

Please make sure you have installed the correct drivers for your graphic card.

Error: ChoosePixelFormat failed



Got ideas on this one?


Best Answer by Vinson forman
Answered By 0 points N/A #123725

Sketchup not initializing on ubuntu


Hello Winnie,

That's mean sketchUp told that your graphic card driver is not compatible with your system.
But actually we can solved this problem with a little tweak.
First, you must use the latest version of Wine. Remove your version and download the latest at http//

Now open terminal then type:
wine regedit

In regedit goto HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareGoogleSketchUp6GLConfigDisplay
Right click HW_OK
select modify
in value data change the 0 to 1
close everything out

Now open Google Sketchup. 🙂

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Answered By 0 points N/A #196778

Sketchup not initializing on ubuntu


Hello Winnie,

Thanks that you have shared your problem with us. I hope it will much helpful for you.

Dear your error statement clearly saying that it is a problem of VGA adapter.

It seems that your display driver becomes expire, or you have not yet update it.

OpenGL (Open Graphic Library) is a graphic platform which relates with 2D and 3D drawings. And these drawings require high resolution to show the results clear. If you have not installed updated driver and not high resolution VGA adapter, so this error will remains permanently.

Kindly update you VGA driver to resolve this.

I hope you will satisfy by me.


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