Crash when running 3D plots in mathematica

Mathematica has changed it’s openGL rendering code in Methematica 6 causing X-Win32 to crash when trying to displaying 3D plots.

There are 2 workarounds for this issue

  1. Run Mathematica with the -mesa option: mathematica -mesa
  2. This will use a different mathematica rendering protocol which will not crash X-Win32

  3. Run mathematica using the LIVE server Connection method. OpenGL images will be rendered and compressed on the server side and then sent over to be displayed. This option generally will cause mathematica to run faster than the -mesa option. LIVE sessions require the LIVE server to be installed on the remote side.

    LIVE Server Installation Instructions