I open a blank Blender project, I go to switch it to cycles. The entire program pauses for about a second, then crashes completely. This also happens to a project I have been working on.


  • Blender 2.76b
  • Windows 8.1
  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 760m

Steps I have taken:

  • I have restarted Blender.
  • I have Reinstalled Blender from the website.
  • I have looked at any pages that seem to have this problem and nothing comes up.
  • I have tried the zip version of Blender.
  • My drivers are up to date.

Thanks for reading.

  • $\begingroup$ try reinstalling the drivers for your GPU, or/and using the zip version of blender. $\endgroup$
    – user1853
    Mar 7, 2016 at 7:31

1 Answer 1


I needed to enable CUDA and use my NVIDIA GPU in the user settings.

This is done by:

  • Opening user preferences under File/User Preferences
  • Going to the System tab
  • Scrolling down till you see the option entitled Compute Device
  • Selecting CUDA instead of None and selecting your GPU from there.

Apparently my CPU integrated is either not compatible, or the drivers are not installed correctly. Regardless, I wanted to use my more powerful GPU anyway.

Refer to this answer for a more in depth explanation on how this is done should you run into any problems.


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