How to learn the identity of the graphics card?

Chien Yang chien.yang at
Wed Aug 6 16:49:29 UTC 2014

There isn't a public Java API support for what you want to do. However 
if you are willing to patch JavaFX in your own build, you can add the 
bad card to the GLGPUInfo blackList[] in the GLFactory class of the 
specific platform if you are using the es2 pipe. You will need to dig 
down into the native C++ code if you need to support Windows d3d pipe. 
This will be a little more work see D3DBadHardware.h for the entries. 
Hope this helps.

- Chien

On 8/5/2014 11:39 PM, Peter Penzov wrote:
> Hi All,
>     I'm interested how I can get the model of the GPU card using Java. Can
> you show me some basic example?
> BR,
> Peter
> On Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 3:02 AM, Jim Graham <james.graham at> wrote:
>> If there is a card that can't keep up with what we want it to do then we
>> should probably be dealing with that on our end as well, whether by
>> disabling 3D on that card or by black listing it and just falling back to
>> sw pipeline.  We already do that with a number of embedded GPUs...
>>                          ...jim
>> On 8/1/14 2:27 AM, Mike Hearn wrote:
>>>> Scott is correct about the determining of the SW pipeline. To add to
>>>> that,
>>>> if knowing whether you are running on SW is sufficient
>>> Unfortunately for the Intel HD4000 card that some older laptops have, it
>>> technically supports 3D but struggles to do basic shader effects at 60fps
>>> when running at high pixel densities. I think I posted about this problem
>>> before. Simpler animations work better (just) but I'd prefer to only fall
>>> back to that when necessary.
>>>   I think the suggestion about starting out assuming that animation will be
>>>> OK and then backing off is a good one, if it is practical for your
>>>> application.
>>> Given that I'll be bundling a JVM with the app anyway I think it'd be
>>> easier and give a better UX to just patch JavaFX to expose this data using
>>> an API specific to my app. It obviously has it because when running with
>>> Prism debug logging the info is printed.

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