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Troubleshooting and bug reports - SpaceEngine
SpaceEngineerDate: Thursday, 26.12.2013, 00:29 | Message # 1
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Please post here all of your reports about bugs or crashes in SpaceEngine. Before you post any bugs, please follow these steps:

  • Read the Fixing common issues section below. It is possible that your problem can be solved there.
  • Read the List of known issues section below and make sure that your bugs are not on in it. You can use your browser's word finder to help search the list.
  • If the bug is not on the list then please post it in this thread. Attach to your message a screenshot (if possible) and a log file (it's called the se.log and is located in the SpaceEngine/system/ directory). Only the log file will help me to understand your problem and find a solution!

    Fixing common issues

    1) Obsolete or incompatible drivers
    These are the most frequent errors found in SE. You will get a popup window with one of these following messages:

    - "You have old OpenGL version (2.1.1). Update your graphics card driver or install compatible hardware"

    - "You have old GLSL version (1.2). Update your graphics card driver or install compatible hardware"

    - "Critical extensions missing: GL_ARB_vertex_program GL_ARB_vertex_buffer_object"

    - "Error loading surface generator shaders. Press YES to run program with procedural planets disabled. Press NO to exit"

    Download and install latest drivers for your video card. If you still get this message, it could be that you have an incompatible video card (see next paragraph).

    [CRITICAL NOTE] Some recent NVidia drivers are incompatible with SE. Symptoms are flashing planet images on the screen when you open the F2 menu (see the spoiler), missing lens flares, grayed out options for HDR and FXAA in the Graphics settings menu, and other glitches. The errors in the se.log are look like this:

    If you have run into these problems, update to at least 344.65, or roll back to earlier than 337.xx.

    But you still can try and run SpaceEngine by disabling checking of critical errors at startup. Open main.cfg and change value of this parameter to 'true':

    IgnoreCriticalCheck true // ignore checking of OpenGL version and critical extensions supporting

    NOTE: I can give no guaranties that SpaceEngine will be stable and work correctly if you do make this change.

    If you have an "Error loading surface generator shaders" error and press Yes, SpaceEngine can run, but it will not be able to render procedural planetary landscapes.

    After updating or rollback of the drivers, you must delete the cache folder in the SpaceEngine directory.

    2) Weak system
    Most of the forum posts I receive are from users that report an inability to start SpaceEngine, This is because those users have inbuilt Intel graphics card, or some old GeForce 5700 series, or not a proper "gaming" laptop. There is no way but to update your hardware system. There are no plans to make a second version of the engine for weaker systems with simplified graphics, CPU texture generation, etc. It would be like coding another engine from scratch. Once again, I would remind everyone that the minimum system requirements can be found on the Home page, but I will mention it here as well:

    CPU 2.0 GHz
    RAM 2 Gb
    Video GeForce 8600, Radeon HD 2600
    vRAM 512 Mb

    I stress that the special role played by videocard onboard memory (vRAM). 512 MB is the absolute minimum. The engine uses a large amount of data that must be in video memory (textures, meshes, vbo, etc). If your system meets the recommended requirements, the engine will work, because its development is made for this hardware:

    CPU 3.0 GHz
    RAM 4 Gb
    Video GeForce 9800 GTX, ATI Mobility HD 5730
    vRAM 1024 Mb

    You can try to start the engine with some OpenGL extensions disabed, if your hardware does not support them: frame buffer objects (FBO), half floats, float textures and 3D textures. Information about this is written at the beginning of the log (SpaceEngine/system/se.log), after the list of extensions:

    Framebuffer objects supported
    Half floats suppoted
    Floating-point pixel format: GL_RGBA16F_ARB
    3D textures suppoted

    If the log reads 'unsupported, then the extension is not supported and the engine will disable itself. If it seems to support float and 3D textures, but the atmosphere of planets has some monstrous bottleneck, such as the GeForce 6200 and GeForce 6600, then it is best to disable those extensions forcibly. This is done in the file config/main.cfg:

    IgnoreFBO false // disable framebuffer objects
    IgnoreHalfFloat false // disable half floats
    IgnoreFloatTextures false // disable float textures
    Ignore3DTextures false // disable 3D textures
    IgnoreShaderBinary false // disable binary shaders cache
    IgnoreCriticalCheck false // ignore checking of OpenGL version and critical extensions supporting

    - The Milky Way and other nearby galaxies and nebulae use FBO. HDR rendering mode also use FBO. Disabling it disables the 3D models of galaxies and nebulae, and disables HDR mode.
    - Atmospheres using float and 3D textures. Disabling any of them disables the atmosphere. HDR rendering mode uses a float textures, disabling them disables HDR.
    - Shader binary cache reduces lags on loading shaders. Works normally on NVidia, onr ATI and Intel it disabled automatically after first laubch of SpaceEngine.

    If you have a Intel HD graphics card, it is better to disable asynchronous loading in the main.cfg as well:

    LoaderMode 2 // loader mode: 0 = immediate, 1 = interleaved, 2 = asynchronous

    3) System with hybrid graphics (NVidia/ATI + Intel HD)
    If you're running SE on a laptop with dual graphics, make sure SE runs on NVidia or ATI chip instead of Intel HD. You may see it in the beginning of "SpaceEngine/system/se.log" file. If it says:

    Vendor: Intel
    Renderer: Intel® HD Graphics 4000

    then you should open NVidia Control Panel or ATI Catalyst and force SpaceEngine.exe run on NVidia/ATI graphics card. If you do not found SpaceEngine profile there, create a new one.

    4) Crashing in the interstellar or intergalactic space or after appearing of the nebula in the view field
    If you open the "SpaceEngine/system/se.log" file after a crash, and it ends up with line like this:

    Creating nebula model "cache/models/nebulae/M42.nm",

    then try to disable asynchronous loading of a resources. Open the file config/main.cfg with the Notepad and change this parameter to 1:

    LoaderMode 1 // loader mode: 0 = immediate, 1 = interleaved, 2 = asynchronous

    After that, delete the cache folder from the SpaceEngine directory. Performance will drop while flying between a stars and galaxies, but stability may be improved. After a while, all models of galaxies and nebulae a being be generated, and you may enable asynchronous loading back (set up LoaderMode 2).

    5) Spaceship disappear when far from a star
    It is not a bug. Current version have not yet completed spaceships rendering system - they cannot be rendered if there is no stars or planets in the renderlist. Just imagine that ship becomes invisible in interstellar flight smile

    6) Blurry textures on Solar system planets
    It is not a bug. Our Solar system planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and its satellites) have no procedural textures, only real ones with limited level-of-detail. You can download addons with high resolution textures to increase level of detail of real planets.

    7) Artifacts on procedural planets
    If you get missing landscape blocks, blurry or blinking textures, random spikes sticking out of surface, check out these recommendations here:

    a) If you have a laptop with hybrid graphics, read the paragraph 3.

    b) Make sure that you make a "clean" installation of SE. If you install a new version overwriting the old one, you may get many bugs and glitches. If you get some glitches after the patch is installed, remove the folder called cache from SpaceEngine's directory.

    c) If this does not help, read the paragraph 8.

    8) Frequent crashing while generating planetary surface
    If you have frequent crashes on planets, or get an "OUT OF MEMORY" message on screen, or "Unexpected deleting of child node" in the log file, try taking these steps first:

  • Close any other programs that can consume the video memory (games, video players, graphics editors, etc.). SpaceEngine is not a small flash type game, video memory is the most important resource for it. It may help to disable the Windows Aero theme too, as it consumes a lot of video memory.
  • Disable "3D water" in Graphics settings (Ctrl-F4)
  • Reduce "Landscape LOD" to -2 in Graphics settings (Ctrl+F4)
  • Set up the amount of video memory in the main.cfg file:

    VideoMemorySize 2048 // video card onboard memory (VRAM) in megabytes

    The value must not be less than 1024, but not more than the total amount of physical video memory plus amount of RAM. For example, if you have a graphics card with 1024 MB of video memory, and more than 2 GB of RAM, you can increase VideoMemorySize to 2048.

    List of known issues

    Green items have been fixed for the next release

    Not real bugs, but effects caused by limitations in the engine:
    - Ships do not render in interstellar space
    - Star catalog has many errors in star classification, so there are many "giant dwarfs" and "dwarf giants"
    - Many real binary stars rendered as single, and many single rendered as binary - SE simply have incomplete catalog of binary stars
    - An unwanted star (sprite) is visible in the barycenter of a binary star from distance greater than 0.01 pc
    - Comet nucleus star-sprite will shine through planets [example].
    - Galaxy/nebula sprites will rotate when seen from certain angles
    - Auroras, comet tails and rings can be rendered in front of ships/moons sometimes
    - Lens flares are distorted by gravitational lensing (black holes and ship warp drive effect)
    - Text editor for Wiki descriptions is not working - it is not implemented yet
    - Solar system moons don't have extremely accurate orbits (requires implementation of custom orbit models, e.g. VSOP-87)
    - Sunspot distribution is not always realistic
    - Ocean tag not yet implemented in planet editor
    - Rounding errors (e.g. 30° in catalog rounds to 29°59'59.99" displayed on HUD)
    - Ship retro engines have not been implemented yet

    Real bugs:
    - Too many planets with life (panspermia issue)
    - Oceanias have landscapes above water
    - Several bugs with the planet editor
    - Changing "modes" between simulation and orbital when piloting ships can cause glitches
    - Few issues with asynchronous loading (stars don't always generate properly, especially when flying to new galaxies)
    - Holes in some giant stars when camera is directly above a very tall spot [example]
    - Flashing landscape LOD on a planet when Wiki for it is displayed
    - Star clusters not displayed in Wiki
    - GUI response issues with some users (interface items glitchy or not respond easily)
    - GUI toolbars may completely disappear when pressing pin button while half-hidden
    - Deep space objects (e.g. stars, galaxies) will shine through planets when HDR for DSO is off, but HDR is on and Bloom is on [example]
    - Some neutron stars can have very low temperatures [example]
    - Flickering flare color in close binary systems [example]
    - Auto-exposure does not react when a sun is blocked while diffraction spikes are set to normal or super
    - Planet rings have an unrealistic color palette
    - "Eclipse bug" on distant planets (weird dark shimmering on outer planet caused by inner planet crossing the sun or two suns eclipsing)
    - Cloud cyclones have cut edges sometimes
    - Level horizon command (End key) doesn't work properly on oblate objects
    - Problems when releasing Left + Right click
    - Lines or junctures are visible on planetary surface
    - Switching to fullscreen doesn't work sometimes
    - Weird behavior of movement keys in tracking mode (T) and after releasing it
    - Automatic reference object setting with spacecraft doesn't always choose the best object (for example, when near dwarf moons or debris asteroids close to a planet you are trying to orbit)
    - 3D water fog sometimes starts above the water surface
    - Problems with the skybox export interface, and with the planetarium after using it, for some users
    - Music player will unpause when SE window is minimized and restored, or when entering and exiting the main menu
    - If a galaxy model is selected, the camera is not following any object, and the program is in Edit Mode, closing and restarting the program will cause the WASDRF movement keys to behave incorrectly until the camera is set to follow an object
    - "Crop orbits" in the Map mode doesn't work
    - Spaceship and lens flare textures do not load when loader mode is set to "Immediate"
    - Visual atmosphere heights are inconsistently and unrealistically generated
    - Physical atmosphere properties are inconsistently and unrealistically generated, and are not tied to the visual models
    - Dwarf moons can be generated on colliding orbits
    - Moons are never generated with retrograde orbits
    - Bugs with the surfaces of carbon stars and zirconium stars
    - Cyclones are not generated in the southern hemispheres of gas giants
    - Sometimes, worlds which are too small are classed as "selena" when they should be classed as asteroid
    - Shimmering bloom splotch when very close to the surface of a planet [example]
    - CW/CCW rotation keys for ship in atmosphere are reversed
    - Mouse axis inversion settings for spaceship controls are not saved
    - Z faces are switched when exporting skyboxes (pos_Z is really neg_Z)
    apenpaapDate: Monday, 03.02.2014, 02:39 | Message # 286
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    Also, depending on what it was, either the image dump or the bug report thread would've been a better place to post it.

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    Edited by apenpaap - Monday, 03.02.2014, 02:39
    Gca1030Date: Monday, 03.02.2014, 02:56 | Message # 287
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    Well let me describe it: A circle crater which looked like it had another in it. Unnaturally smooth and carefully laid out.
    RockoRocksDate: Monday, 03.02.2014, 08:41 | Message # 288
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    Also, maybe we should add the flag for Reunion if possible (just use the french flag for it)

    I will be inactive on this forum for the time being. Might come back eventually

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    Edited by RockoRocks - Monday, 03.02.2014, 08:41
    WeaNDate: Monday, 03.02.2014, 17:21 | Message # 289
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    Hey guys. Thanks for the answers.

    Quote DeathStar
    I am pretty sure that a software that simulates the entire universe has rotation implemented- that is a task so simple that even I could do it.

    Quite right. That's also what I thought, which explains my surprise when I realized (wrongly it seems) there was no visible rotation.

    Quote Rockorocks
    Are you sure you didn't pause your time? Press the spacebar if your time is still paused. No, you can't actually see the Earth rotate unless you speed up the time.

    Good call. That's also one of the things I checked and doublechecked, along with Following and Tracking being disabled. Time definitely wasn't frozen.

    Quote apenpaap
    Also, when you start SpaceEngine, it does not place you at the current (real life) time, but at the time it was set to last time you left the program. Thus, nothing would have moved. However, you can set the time to the current time by Ctrl+\

    An amazing feature indeed. I always make sure I have it enabled, and last time was no exception smile !

    What do you guys reckon the best way to check Earth rotation would be ?
    Speeding up time didn't help - although it allowed me to check sun orbiting since the thing moved away quite fast. Should I try the Follow feature while speeding up time ?
    Edit :
    Alright I'm an idiot. Turns out I wasn't speeding up time fast enough. Rotation can only be seen from 300x and above.
    There I go.

    Sorry for the stupid question guys...

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    So much space. Need to see it all. Gotta go to space. Gonna be in space.
    Are we in space yet? What’s the hold-up? Gotta go to space. Gotta go to SPACE.

    Edited by WeaN - Monday, 03.02.2014, 17:44
    neutronium76Date: Monday, 03.02.2014, 20:57 | Message # 290
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    Quote HarbingerDawn ()
    I've had an increasing number of problems with Nvidia's latest drivers, particularly with OpenGL apps, so I went back to an earlier driver version. Currently I'm using 310.90 and everything works perfectly for me.

    Although the latest driver did work for me, I noticed some random terrain flashes so I uninstalled it and downgraded to 310.90. I think SE runs more smoothly now. Do you think that it might be wise to contact NVidia and tell them about SE issues with latest drivers? Would they listen anyway?..

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    EdisonMaxwellDate: Thursday, 06.02.2014, 10:10 | Message # 291
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    There seems to be a problem with the installer. When the installer reaches the stage where it has to extrac galaxy images its unable to do so and there are no specifications of the problem.

    Added (06.02.2014, 13:10)
    Edit: Says source file is corrupted. Bad download?

    marasmusineDate: Thursday, 06.02.2014, 10:26 | Message # 292
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    Rings visible through asteroid

    For example:
    RS 8421-42-0-0-11 5.1

    The orbit of the asteroid is within the rings of the parent gas giant. When you are near the asteroid, you can see the outer rings through the asteroid. The inner rings are correctly obscured though.
    HarbingerDawnDate: Thursday, 06.02.2014, 18:02 | Message # 293
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    Quote marasmusine ()
    Rings visible through asteroid

    This is a known issue. Read the list in the OP.

    All forum users, please read this!
    My SE mods and addons
    Phenom II X6 1090T 3.2 GHz, 16 GB DDR3 RAM, GTX 970 3584 MB VRAM
    DeathStarDate: Friday, 07.02.2014, 12:22 | Message # 294
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    This is starting to become really annoying. For some reason, sometimes(very often, actually) SE stops rendering anything in map view. This forces me to restart the software. What also happens is that the star browser becomes unresponsive and impossible to use, which again, forces me to restart. Anyone having a similar problem?
    HarbingerDawnDate: Friday, 07.02.2014, 15:16 | Message # 295
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    I rarely use the star browser, and when I do it is for relatively few stars (<3000 or so), and I never use the map, so I've never encountered either of those problems. I'll try to replicate them later.

    All forum users, please read this!
    My SE mods and addons
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    SebarbarDate: Saturday, 08.02.2014, 17:45 | Message # 296
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    Hi everyone!

    I don't like to start my first post with problems, but i need some help with Space Engine.
    My Problem is, that Textures don't load proberly, especially by Gasgiants. There are no Clouds or other atmospheric structures. I have also serious problems with planet textures, cloud layers and water. They are glitching around like hell.
    I tested the solutions in the FAQ area and looked through some troubleshooting threads but they didn't solve it.

    Gasgiants and Brown Dwarfs look like this: Click Me!

    My PC-Specifications are:
    Windows 7 64Bit
    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 ~ 3,0GHZ
    RAM: 8GB
    Videocard: AMD Radeon HD 7700 (1024MB)
    Drivers are up to date.

    I attached my latest SE-Log.

    PS.: Sorry for my english.

    Attachments: 1648219.log(52.2 Kb)

    Edited by Sebarbar - Saturday, 08.02.2014, 17:47
    KubeQ11Date: Sunday, 09.02.2014, 00:01 | Message # 297
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    In SE, when my cam is directed to the star, on the HUD and the star appear transparent lines that blink blink and it's awfully annoying angry What's the reason of it? I thought to myself, if this could be due to Polish version. Please answer.

    P.S. It appears sometimes on the planets' surfaces too.

    Edited by KubeQ11 - Sunday, 09.02.2014, 00:01
    RockoRocksDate: Sunday, 09.02.2014, 10:36 | Message # 298
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    KubeQ11, I don't really understand what you mean, would you mind posting a picture of that?

    I will be inactive on this forum for the time being. Might come back eventually

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    KubeQ11Date: Sunday, 09.02.2014, 13:57 | Message # 299
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    Quote RockoRocks ()
    KubeQ11, I don't really understand what you mean, would you mind posting a picture of that?

    I did a picture of it and on the picture lines don't appear. They are only in the game. I'll try to draw it in GIMP.
    Look at this picture:

    and GIMP rework:

    This is really disturbing and annoying problem.

    Can it be due to polish version of SE?

    Edited by KubeQ11 - Sunday, 09.02.2014, 14:14
    VoekoevakaDate: Sunday, 09.02.2014, 14:32 | Message # 300
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    I don't think. But you can test if it happens to you with other localizations.

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