Your graphics card does not support alpha blending

Last Updated on October 18, 2018



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Ideally, a pixel on a screen is a combination of 3 colors (red, green, blue). Almost any opaque color could be made from this combination, but many advanced photo editing games and tools use transparent and translucent colors. Color components include what we call an alpha bitmap, and the process of mixing and producing these colors is called alpha blending. The transparency component is called alpha channel.

When you try to play games that require alpha blending, the user may receive the following error message:

Your video card does not support alpha blending



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Although the statement blames the video card for not supporting the function, this is generally a problem with video drivers, as most brands have updated their drivers to support alpha mixing. However, drivers may not be installed correctly or may not be updated.

Try the following step-by-step solutions to solve the problem:

1] Update graphics drivers

Without changing the graphics card, many manufacturers have added alpha blending functionality. Here is a guide to updating graphics drivers for Windows.

If this does not work, we can install the latest drivers from the manufacturer’s website.

It has also been suggested to reset the video drivers if things don’t work properly.

2] Enable GPU scaling/display

GPU scaling is a feature of newer graphics cards that supports the output of any game or application to the screen. This function can be enabled on the graphics driver configuration page and the procedure is different for different drivers.

1] Right-click any free space on your computer screen and check the graphics card properties in the list. It can have different names for different drivers.

2] After opening the graphics card setting, open the Display tab or the Display setting and enable GPU scaling or display scaling. Again, this would be different for different drivers, but understandable.

3] Selecting a standard graphics card

For those who use a dedicated graphics card on their system when the integrated card is already present, there may be a conflict, as the system constantly changes between the cards depending on the application.

To resolve this conflict, you can permanently select a graphics card.

1] Right-click anywhere on the desktop screen, then click to open the graphic properties.

2] Go to 3D Properties (it can be an icon or a tab) and select one of the default graphics cards. It is recommended to use the dedicated card for its superior configuration here, but it is up to you to choose.



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