G.D. Feb 1, 2013 @ 4:36pm
SFM has no graphics? :/
My Source Filmmaker doesn't seem to work right.

When I start it up, I get a message that my video card is not supported and that I should switch graphics card if my computer has multiple ones (it does). However, making SFM use the normal video card rather than the integrated one has no effect on the message showing up.

The main problem is this: I load a session and it shows the same screen with the "NO MAP LOADED" message at all times. I can click play and it will make the correct noises at the correct times (in the Meet The shorts that are available), but there will be absolutely nothing on the screen. Sometimes, by some divine intervention it will show a single low quality image of some scene in progress, with a white line crossing it diagonally, but it's completely still.

I'd totally take having the white line up on the viewfinder constantly, as long as there was motion.

If it helps, this is being done on a Dell Vostro 3550 laptop. It has an ATI Radeon HD 6630M video card, as well as an integrated Intel one.

I've tried updating the drivers, but it caused my laptop to flip out for some reason and I had to use System Restore. Updating drivers is not something I want to try again, unless there's absolutely no other solution, at all.
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R234 Feb 1, 2013 @ 5:45pm 
Updating your video drivers IS the solution, besides of course getting a desktop computer, which is adviseable for a gamer. Don't you have the Radeon Catalyst Control Center suite? Normally, it automatically looks for driver updates and, with the click of a button, downloads and installs them. Or does the mobility version of the CCC not do that (somehow that wouldn't surprise me)?
Pte Jack Feb 1, 2013 @ 5:54pm 
No, the mobility catalyst doesn't go searching, I watch for updates to my desk tops then run the self detect mobility update on the AMD site. Sometimes you have to be careful about using the updated drivers for Laptops though because it is an integrated chip. Best check the laptop manufactures website for updates before running the one from AMD. Dell is notrious for proprietory components. Could be that this person is running the generic window Radeon driver as well, which is usually about 2 updates behind anyway.

G.D. Feb 2, 2013 @ 2:40am 
Originally posted by R234:
Updating your video drivers IS the solution, besides of course getting a desktop computer, which is adviseable for a gamer. Don't you have the Radeon Catalyst Control Center suite? Normally, it automatically looks for driver updates and, with the click of a button, downloads and installs them. Or does the mobility version of the CCC not do that (somehow that wouldn't surprise me)?
A desktop computer is not an option and the Control Center indeed cannot download any updates by itself.

Originally posted by Pte Jack:
No, the mobility catalyst doesn't go searching, I watch for updates to my desk tops then run the self detect mobility update on the AMD site. Sometimes you have to be careful about using the updated drivers for Laptops though because it is an integrated chip. Best check the laptop manufactures website for updates before running the one from AMD. Dell is notrious for proprietory components. Could be that this person is running the generic window Radeon driver as well, which is usually about 2 updates behind anyway.
I checked the Dell website for drivers, but it only gave me headaches when updating. I checked the AMD site for drivers and the downloader utility said my hardware wasn't supported.
Pte Jack Feb 2, 2013 @ 9:56am 
I think you said something about having 2 graphics cards. An internal and an external?? Is the external your 6630M or the ATI?? Did you disable the internal and enable the external?

Anyway, if you have an external graphics card for your laptop and the internal is enabled and controlling the laptop's lid screen, then SFM is not going to work for you. THe software is try to push graphics to an unsupport chip. If the external meets specifiations and is the only driver that is active, then SFM will recognize it and push the graphics to the external monitor. THe laptop screen will be disabled because it has no feed through the internal chp, so make sure you have a monitor connected before you disable the internal chip.
G.D. Feb 2, 2013 @ 10:16am 
I think you misunderstood what I meant. The laptop itself has two graphics cards inside it. They're both "internal", it's just that one is a proper card and the other is the Intel integrated thing. A monitor is not the same as a graphics card, you know.

I don't know if the ATI card meets the specifications because of the way the laptop/Windows handles these dual cards. It seems to always use the Intel card first, so every application knows it's that one, but it switches the cards depending on your setting later. Every Source game works without a hitch, except SFM.
Pte Jack Feb 2, 2013 @ 5:17pm 
Ok, In your computer devices, disable the intel card, make sure you have a monitor plugged in to handle the output from the ati chip. It is your intel chipset that is causing your problem. My laptop 5770 chip handles SFM ok, being a newer laptop I would suspect the 6630 should be able to display SFM. then again a 30 may not cut the mustard. Once you finish doing what you want in SFM, renable the intel set to get your laptop monitor back.
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