How to fix Minecraft GLFW error 65542 "The driver does not appear to support OpenGL"

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If you've sat down to have a Minecraft session, and been hit by Minecraft GLFW error 65542, you might be scratching you head, wondering what on earth it means, and how to fix it.

Don't worry - you've come to the right place if you are seeking answers. We'll tell you all you need to know about error 65542: what it means, what causes it, and how to fix it.

So without further ado, here are the details.

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What is Minecraft GLFW Error 65542?

After attempting to start the Minecraft launcher, players on the Java edition are being hit by the following message:

GFLW error 65542: WGL: The driver does not appear to support OpenGL.
Please make sure you have up-to-date drivers (see aka.ms/mcdriver for instructions)

Unless you are fluent in acronyms, this probably doesn't mean a huge amount at first glance. So let's break it down. OpenGL stands for Open Graphics Library.

This is responsible for controlling the way graphics are rendered in the game, helping it to run as smoothly as possible. This particular error means that your video card drivers are not up-to-date to be able to support OpenGL to work properly. So now we know the crux of the issue, what do we need to do, to fix it?

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How to fix Minecraft GLFW Error 65542

The good news is that this is usually a straightforward fix. All you need to do is make sure your video card drivers are fully updated. Minecraft's own help page does not recommend using Windows Update to automatically check for updates, as the manufacturer's website will be more up-to-date. In order to determine what video card you have:

  • Press Windows key and R together
  • Type dxdiag in the run window, then press enter
  • In the window that will open, go to the display tab, and look for the manufacturer name
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Once you have identified the name of the manufacturer, go to their website, and download the drivers you need. After downloading and installing the drivers, make sure you restart your computer. If you still see the error message after doing this, then it's possible that your computer does not meet the minimum system requirements to run the game.

If you are using a Mac, then you can check for any updates here.

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