Curved Spaces 3.0
(Windows version)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. How do I use the Curved Spaces software?

Start up Curved Spaces and choose Help from the Help menu for complete instructions. The page on “How to fly the spaceship” is a good place to start.

Q2. Curved Spaces tells me it Cannot find a language file for my preferred language. What should I do?

Situation #1. Curved Spaces Cannot find a language file for English either.

Curved Spaces comes with a collection of supporting files for Languages, Sounds and Textures. If you copy Curved Spaces to a different location on your computer’s hard drive and don’t copy the supporting files along with it, then Curved Spaces will give you the above message about not finding a language file. The fix is easy: Download a fresh copy of Curved Spaces and then, if you want to move it to a different location on your hard drive, move the whole Curved Spaces folder (which contains the Curved Spaces program along with all supporting files) as a single unit.

Situation #2. Curved Spaces runs correctly in English, but you’d prefer it to run in some other language, such as Spanish or Chinese.

At the moment Curved Spaces’ sister program Kali runs in twelve different languages. In principle Curved Spaces could too, but I haven’t yet found volunteers to do the translations. If you’d like to translate Curved Spaces’ menus into your own native language please let me know and I’ll send you a text file containing the menu items to be translated. Thanks!

Q3. Why does Curved Spaces ask me to Select 32-bit color ?

Your computer’s 3D graphics circuitry draws tilings lightning fast in full 32-bit color, but at lesser color settings it may not work at all. To switch to 32-bit color, go to Start : Control Panel : Display : Settings, select 32-bit color, and hit the Apply button.

Q4. Curved Spaces tells me it Cannot find an “OpenGL driver” for my 3D graphics hardware. What is an OpenGL driver and where can I find one?

Curved Spaces uses the standard cross-platform OpenGL graphics library, which in turn uses your computer’s 3D graphics circuitry to draw the tilings. A piece of software called an OpenGL driver forms the bridge between OpenGL and the 3D graphics hardware. On most computers this all happens automatically and you never have to think about it. Computer manufacturers like Dell, HP and Gateway pre-install a high-quality OpenGL driver on every machine they ship, so if you bought a standard PC, Curved Spaces should run fast and well. If, on the other hand, you built your own PC or for any reason needed to re-install Windows from scratch, then read on…

Microsoft Windows comes with an OpenGL driver that ignores your computer’s good, fast graphics circuitry and instead draws tilings using “software rendering”, which can be 200 times slower, too slow to be usable. If you installed Windows XP directly from a Microsoft Windows disk or downloaded a driver from Microsoft Update, you got Microsoft’s crummy driver.

To correct the problem, you need to download a good driver from the web site of the company that manufactured your 3D graphics card. To determine who manufactured your graphics card, go to Start : Control Panel : System : Hardware : Device Manager, click on the ‘+’ next to your computer’s name to see the list of hardware types, and then click on the ‘+’ next to Display Adapters to see what graphics circuitry your computer has. Most likely you will have Intel Integrated Graphics, an ATI graphics card or an NVIDIA graphics card.

Intel Integrated Graphics. Say, for sake of discussion, you find your computer has Intel Integrated Graphics 82865G. You would then go to Intel’s download page, choose Graphics from the menu on the left-hand side of the page, select your particular graphics controller (82865G in our sample case), and follow the instructions.

ATI. If you have an ATI graphics card, go to ATI’s site, choose Drivers & Software from the menu stretching across the top of the page, choose your operating system, and follow your nose to find a driver (most likely the Catalyst driver) for your card (most likely some sort of Radeon). ATI makes life simple by supplying a single Catalyst driver that works with all Radeon cards.

NVIDIA. If you have an NVIDIA graphics card, go to NVIDIA’s site, choose Download Drivers from the menu stretching across the top of the page, choose Graphics Driver, select your particular model, select your particular operating system, click Go and follow the instructions to download and install the driver.

Q5. I got some red-blue glasses to view the tilings in Stereoscopic 3D but the images look confusing and I feel a headache coming on.

Turn your glasses around! Your left eye should see red while your right eye sees blue/green.

Q6. My question doesn’t appear on this FAQ. What should I do?

Submit your question to the Geometry Games Contact Page.