Blender Ver 2.77a
hp elitebook 8460p
i5 2520m
Intel HD 3000 (crap) graphics

I'm just starting Blender.

When I set up a smoke domain using a half a Sphere, and the Quick Smoke (the long way of doing this too, using youtube how tos).

When I run it Alt+A it will show the smoke, then every time after that it is gets worse and then begins not showing smoke, so I have no way of knowing my results unless I render it to a file then check it like that.

Problem two, it sticks on frame 1 at times as well after following the youtube video I go to play it again to see the results, using Alt+A and it cycles frame 1.

I wish, I knew what detailed information you really needed to understand what I am talking about, but I am confused about this so me making heads or tails out of it to enplane it in here better is a far cry to do.

  • $\begingroup$ You should post your .blend file $\endgroup$
    – Bithur
    May 31, 2016 at 17:29

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Upon further investigation, I found that Blender's Cycles render engine is not compatible with the Intel HD 3000 (waste of time developing it) graphics "card" on my laptop. I purchased a new (different, used) motherboard with an ATI graphics card for 25$ cheap...hopefully that will fix this issue.

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    $\begingroup$ Ati graphic card have other compatibility issues when using cycles... $\endgroup$
    – user1853
    Jul 1, 2016 at 13:55

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