How to fix OpenGL error in Minecraft

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Who doesn't have fun installing mods? They can be a great way to make the game even more entertaining and diverse. But unfortunately, sometimes having too many mods installed can cause problems, as it might be in Minecraft. So, let's find out how to fix OpenGL error in Minecraft and carry on gaming.

This is one of many errors that can happen in the game, with other games reporting trouble with Minecraft multiplier and outdated server error.

But if the game is acting up because of the OpenGL error, we are here to help. Let's find out how to address this.

How to fix the OpenGL error in Minecraft

The best way to fix this problem is, along with making sure you have the latest graphic drivers for your video card, to delete any mods you installed recently that might be causing problems.

Clearly, that doesn't mean deleting all of the installed mods, but simply going to check out the ones you installed most recently and try to uninstall one at a time to see if it works.

Here's how to do it:

  • Find the folder where Minecraft is installed (should be in the AppData / Roaming folder, just look for ".minecraft").
  • To make it easier you can look for it in the Windows search bar.
  • Now click in the mods folder.
  • Sort them by most recent date and delete the latest one, then try running the game again.

After a few tries, we are pretty sure you might be soon finding the culprit of the game not working.

How to disable OpenGL in Minecraft

But of course, you might also want to disable OpenGL completely in Minecraft. That won't help the performance in the game, or the look, but might definitely fix any issues you might have.

Here's how to do it:

  • Open Minecraft, and find the Video Settings in the Options menu.
  • Now click on "Advanced OpenGL" to disable it.
  • Save it, then restart Minecraft to see if it worked.

Clearly though, this requires being at least able to run the game, so not all gamers might be able to access this fix.

What is the OpenGL error in Minecraft?

Basically this is a generic graphics error which says something among the lines of "Unable to initialize OpenGL. Please (re)install the latest graphics drivers and try again. If the problem persists, please contact support. Error code: CS-1842". But there might also be other errors such as "failed to initialize OpenGL".

Basically, this is caused by mods acting up, problem with your graphic card drivers or just some third party program preventing Minecraft from running correctly.

But if you follow our guidelines we are pretty sure you will fix the error. For more tips and tricks on Minecraft, check out how to fix the launcher.

For more articles like this, take a look at our Guides and Minecraft page.