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How do I enable 3D stereo on Windows?

To use 3D hardware stereo on Windows for viewing structures in Maestro, you must have the necessary graphics card and driver. See Article 1745 for the hardware requirements. As NVIDIA cards are the most commonly used and the only ones we test, the rest of this article refers to these cards.

To make the settings for an NVIDIA graphics card, you can use the NVIDIA Control Panel. Instructions for using this panel are available from the download page for the graphics driver on the NVIDIA web site. In the Additional Information tab, click the Control Panel User's Guide link. You should follow the instructions for OpenGL stereo, as Maestro does not support DirectX stereo.

When making settings, you should make sure that:

  • your desktop resolution is set to the 3D monitor's native resolution
  • the refresh rate is at 120Hz or higher
  • you have your Nvidia Quadro card selected
  • the correct option is selected for the emitter connection (On-board DIN, if you plugged it into the card, Generic if you connected it via USB)
  • stereo is turned on

You should run the tests in the NVIDIA Control Panel even though they are for DirectX, as these tests will ensure that you have the right driver, the emitter is connected properly, and the glasses are successfully working.

With the stereo set up, start Maestro and open the Workspace Toggles panel (click the circle with a + sign in the lower right part of Maestro) and toggle on the Stereo togggle and choose "Hardware" from the pulldown menu.

If everything is configured correctly, the 3D Vision emitter should glow bright green. When functioning, the monitor should flicker slightly and a stereo image should appear when using the stereo glasses.

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