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Thread: VMD crashing on Kubuntu 7.04

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2005

    Exclamation VMD crashing on Kubuntu 7.04

    Hi everyone I'm testing Feisty (i made the upgrade from Edgy). I usuall work with molecular modelling software. VMD is one of this programs, when I made the upgrade I can't make it run, when it begins everything looks normal but when I close it all the machine freezes but until last Friday It crash and send me to the kdm initial page. After The last update of xorg, my computer freezes completly and I have to do a hard reboot. Does any one have any trouble like this? I'm using a toshiba A75-S209 with a ATI Radeon card 9000 using the ati driver from Xorg.

    When I checked the Xorg.0.log nothing looks bad.

    Any help will be appreciate.

    Thank you.

    Best regards

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2005

    Re: VMD crashing on Kubuntu 7.04

    Could you point me to any site with instructions for installing VMD on ubuntu?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2005

    Re: VMD crashing on Kubuntu 7.04

    Hi! I just do the following:

    $> tar xvjz vmd-1.8.6.bin.LINUX.opengl.tar.gz
    $> cd vmd-1.8.6/
    $> ./configure <- you can change the path, in case you want to install it at your home
    $> cd src
    $> make install

    Note: If you want to install it for everyone, you have to install it using sudo

    The installation procedure is the same (I think) for every unix system.

    Here is the vmd web page:

    Best Regards.

    Final note: On the last Feisty upgrade, VMD runs perfectly.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2007

    Re: VMD crashing on Kubuntu 7.04

    Hi. May be a bit off-topic, but this is my first post and well...
    I have downloaded VMD, I installed it with checkinstall and everything went perfect, But when I try to run it, it looks like it starts up but quits immediately. I've been using kubuntu for a week or two, so, a detailed explanation would be welcome.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2005

    Re: VMD crashing on Kubuntu 7.04

    I remember on some place that you must check first if you had an xterm installed, If this didn't help you check the vmd-user list for help on the same link that I post earlier

    best regards.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2005

    Re: VMD crashing on Kubuntu 7.04

    I had similar problem and found a solution.
    I installed csh,tcl8.4,tcl8-3 and then checked that glxinfo does not show any error.
    typed in a terminal:
    vmd -dispdev text

    In my case it complained:
    /usr/local/lib/vmd/vmd_LINUX: error while loading shared libraries: .5: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

    libstdc5++ was not installed, so I installed it .
    then fired up vmd . It worked.
    It looks like vmd is compiled with gccc3.3 and requires listdc++5.
    Last edited by ercxy; May 11th, 2007 at 06:43 PM.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2007

    Re: VMD crashing on Kubuntu 7.04

    I have noticed that if desktop effects are enabled, VMD won't start properly. When I turned off desktop effects (ubuntu 7.04), VMD worked well. Alternatively, you can start it by setting the display size explicitly, e.g.
    vmd -size 600 600
    Best wishes,


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