How to Fix Minecraft Accelerated OpenGL Mode Error

When you try to play Minecraft, you get an error message saying:

Bad video card driver!

Minecraft was unable to start because it failed to find an accelerated OpenGL mode.
This can usually be fixed by updating the video card drivers.”

What causes this error?

As the error message says, the Minecraft accelerated OpenGL mode error occurs due to bad video card drivers. Usually, it’s because your current graphics driver doesn’t support OpenGL or has bad OpenGL.

What is OpenGL?

OpenGL (Open Graphics Library) is a mostly widely adopted 2D and 3D graphics application programming interface (API) in the industry. With OpenGL, programmers can create high performance, visually compelling graphics software applications on many computer platforms.

To fix the error, you just need to update the graphics driver. OpenGL will be updated along with the graphics driver update. You can download and update the graphics card driver via Windows, from the manufacturer’s website, or using a third-party driver utility. See the below methods.

Method 1: Reinstall the graphics card driver
Method 2: Update the graphics card driver

Method 1: Reinstall the graphics card driver

To fix the Minecraft accelerated OpenGL mode error, you can try uninstalling and then updating the graphics card driver. Here’s how:

Firstly, uninstall the graphics card driver:

1) Open Device Manager.

2) Expand the category “Display adapters”, right-click on the graphics card entry and then click Uninstall device.

how to uninstall graphics driver

3) Click the checkbox next to Delete the driver software for this device, and then click Uninstall. Then the driver will be uninstalled successfully.

4) Restart your computer.

Secondly, update the graphics card driver:

1) Go back to Device Manager.

2) Right-click on the graphics card entry and then click Update driver.

how to update graphics driver from device manager

3) Select Search automatically for drivers. Then Windows will search for a new driver and then install it automatically.

allow windows to update graphics driver

After you follow the steps above, check if the Minecraft accelerated mode error still persists. If Method 1 doesn’t work for you, try Method 2.

Method 2: Update the graphics card driver

To fix the error, you can download and install the latest version of the graphics card driver from your graphics card manufacturer’s website. Following steps are for your reference:

1) Identify what graphics card you have.

2) Open your favorite browser, for example, Chrome.

3) Search with the keyword combination “graphics card model+driver”.

search graphics driver manually

4) Click the link that will direct you to the right driver download page. Usually, the first link is the answer.

5) Download the driver from the manufacturer’s website.

Once you’re done with downloading the driver, double-click on the downloaded driver (.exe file) to install it on your computer. If it’s a .zip file, unzip it first.

Hopefully you find this post helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to drop a comment below. I’ll get back to you ASAP.

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