Angry Birds for PC – OpenGL Error Fixed

After I got Angry Birds for the PC as a free download, I installed it on several computers. Most of them ran smoothly. After all, this was a game designed with mobile devices in mind. The requirement was not that demanding. It even ran well on an 6 year-old laptop. However, I did run into a problem when I installed it onto one computer. Whenever I ran it, I got this error message:

OpenGL 2.0 renderer not supported!
Reason OpenGL 2.0 is not supported
OpenGL 1.4 renderer not supported!
Reason OpenGL 1.3 is not supported

The video card of the computer was a Nvida card, and I am pretty sure it supported OpenGL. A quick Google search produced an article that suggested updating the video card driver. I did as instructed, and the problem was fixed. Some of my readers had problems updating video card drivers. so I decided to add some more information. The first thing you can try is letting Windows update the driver automatically. Here are the steps:

  1. Click on the Windows logo on the task bar and type in device manager. The Device Manager shows up. Click on it to run.
  2. Expand Display Adapters and right click on the device you are interested in and select Update Driver Software… .
  3. Click on Search automatically for updated driver software. 
  4. When it finds an updated driver, the driver is downloaded and installed automatically. You can reboot the computer after the driver is successfully installed.

If this works, you can stop reading the rest of the article. If not, read on.

The next thing to try is to update the video card driver manually. There are three major manufacturers for video cards. Here are the links to the driver download sites for them.




Visit the sites and enter your video card’s model to search for the driver. Note that you can find your video card’s model in Device Manager. Download the latest driver and install it.

I had a more detailed post about updating video card driver on Windows. Click on the link to find out more.

How to Update Video Card Driver on Windows

If all else fails, you can always play Angry Bird on Chrome browser.

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