OpenGL "Request for more GPU memory than is available" Meaning

Answer ID 3553
Published 07/25/2014 07:22 AM
Updated 10/06/2016 06:11 PM

What does the OpenGL message “Request for more GPU memory than is available" mean?

I have seen this Event Log Message:

"An application has requested more GPU memory than is available in the system. That application will now be closed."

What does it mean?

The most common cause for this issue is that the application exhausted the resources available to it in the GPU. It can also be caused by the application sending to the graphics card a command stream that cannot be broken into small enough pieces to be processed.

How can this be fixed?

Verify you are running the most recent driver for your application. Drivers certified by Professional Software vendors can be found here Quadro Certified Drivers. If you application is not listed, install the most recent ODE driver for your graphics board from the NVIDIA Driver Download page. You should also check with your application provider for any updates or patches to your application.

You can also try manipulating smaller blocks of data in your application. If that doesn't work or is not practical, you likely need a GPU with more memory to handle this application.

If you are certain that your graphics card meets the application hardware requirements and none of the above suggestions solve the problem, please file a support request here by clicking on "Ask a Question" near the top of this page. Please make sure to correctly enter the operating system, the NVIDIA driver version, the application name and version, graphics board maker and model, along with the steps which were taken to make this issue appear.

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