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Intel HD Graphics drawing issue(s) with hardware acceleration

Backwards compatibility issues related to the conversion of Rainmeter to D2D.
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Intel HD Graphics drawing issue(s) with hardware acceleration

Brian » September 26th, 2018, 6:26 am

This thread is only for those users with Intel HD Graphics AND hardware acceleration turned ON and are currently having drawing issues.
We are aware of some drawing issues associated with Intel HD graphics due to a bug in their graphics drivers. Various users have indicated that updating their graphics drivers to the very latest release from Intel has corrected any issues they have had.

Another option is to turn OFF Hardware Acceleration (HWA) in the Settings tab in the Manage dialog.

To update your Intel drivers, do the following:

*Note: Intel recommends checking with your device manufacturer first before installing their drivers to make sure any features or customizations are not lost.
  1. Find the exact graphics driver installed on your system:
    • Open the Run dialog (Windows key + R), type dxdiag and press enter.
    • Select the Display tab. You may have more than 1 so make sure you select the correct one.
    • Take note of the Name and Version of your graphics driver.
  2. Next, search the download center for the correct drivers:
If the problem persists, please report back to us. Make sure to include the name of your graphics driver, the version information from the Rainmeter About dialog, a simplified version of the skin you are using (just the relevant parts), and a screenshot of the skin.

Until a new graphics driver is available, please turn off hardware acceleration from the Settings tab in the Manage dialog (see picture above).

Sample skin

Here is a very simple test skin from user oZone (packaged by me) that demonstrates a drawing issue caused by a buggy Intel driver.
As you can see, with HWA turned OFF, everything works as expected. With HWA turned on, there are some obvious drawing issues.

Known Intel HD graphics with drawing issues

Here is a list of Intel HD graphics that have had drawing issues, but the latest drivers are confirmed to fix the issue:
  • Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000
  • Intel(R) HD Graphics 520
Here is a list of Intel HD graphics that still have drawing issues, and we still need confirmation if the drawing issues are fixed:

Reported bugs
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