JavaFx system requirements: Intel GMA 4500MHD: driver update problem

Kevin Rushforth kevin.rushforth at
Fri Feb 1 06:25:30 PST 2013

You can bypass the driver version check with a system property:

java -Dprism.forceGPU=true ...

Note that there are (or were) known bugs with this driver version that 
you may run into.

-- Kevin

Yennick Trevels wrote:
> Anyone has any thoughts on this? Is there a compatibility mode that I can
> turn on?
> On Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 7:59 PM, Yennick Trevels
> <yennick.trevels at>wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I'm having a problem getting JavaFx to work on my laptop because of the
>> currently installed display driver.
>> I'm always getting the following error when I try to run my JavaFx
>> application:
>>     Device "Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family"
>> (\\.\DISPLAY1) initialization failed :
>>     WARNING: bad driver version detected, device disabled. Please update
>> your driver to at least version
>> Now, this message is very clear on what I need to do, but I can't update
>> my drivers to that version even though my graphics card should be supported
>> according to the official system requirements of JavaFx (
>> ).
>> My laptop is a Sony Vaio VGN-BZ13XN with a Mobile Intel® Graphics Media
>> Accelerator 4500MHD graphics card (which is in the supported list). I
>> updated my drivers with the VAIO Update program, but it's only upgrading to
>> driver version
>> I tried downloading the updated driver directly from the Intel site, but
>> it refuses to execute the installation because it detects that I'm on a
>> Sony device.
>> Is there a solution for this? If not, then maybe the system requirements
>> page should indicate the driver version instead of the graphics card model.
>> Also, my laptop isn't new, but not really old (5+years) either, it's only
>> about 3 years old. So this could become a problem to deploy JavaFx
>> applications in an enterprise environment where pc's/laptops aren't
>> upgraded every few years.
>> Thanks,
>> Yennick

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