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Thread: 3.2 Core, VAO, and glDrawElements not drawing

  1. #1
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    Nov 2012

    3.2 Core, VAO, and glDrawElements not drawing

    Greetings. First time posting here. I'm fairly new with OpenGL and am having a devil of a time trying to get glDrawElements to work. I am using 3.2 Core to attempt to draw a simple multicolored triangle. When I use the glDrawArrays method as specified in the code below the triangle displays. When I comment that out and use the glDrawElements method nothing is displayed. I have to use a vertex array object because I am running this on Mac OS X. I had also checked for glerrors and did not have any. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Code :
    GLfloat vertices[] = {	-0.3f, 0.5f, -1.0f,
        -0.8f, -0.5f, 0.0f,
        0.2f, -0.5f, 0.0f };
    GLfloat colours[] = {	1.0f, 0.0f, 0.0f,
        0.0f, 1.0f, 0.0f,
        0.0f, 0.0f, 1.0f };
    GLuint indices[] = {0,1,2};
    // two vertex array objects, one for each object drawn
    unsigned int vertexArrayObjID;
    // three vertex buffer objects in this example
    unsigned int vertexBufferObjID[3];
    GLuint indexBufferID;
    static void initOpenGL()
        // Allocate Vertex Array Objects
        glGenVertexArrays(1, &vertexArrayObjID);
        // Setup first Vertex Array Object
        glGenBuffers(2, vertexBufferObjID);
        // VBO for vertex data
        glBindBuffer(GL_ARRAY_BUFFER, vertexBufferObjID[0]);
        glBufferData(GL_ARRAY_BUFFER, 9*sizeof(GLfloat), vertices, GL_STATIC_DRAW);
        glVertexAttribPointer((GLuint)0, 3, GL_FLOAT, GL_FALSE, 0, 0);
        // VBO for colour data
        glBindBuffer(GL_ARRAY_BUFFER, vertexBufferObjID[1]);
        glBufferData(GL_ARRAY_BUFFER, 9*sizeof(GLfloat), colours, GL_STATIC_DRAW);
        glVertexAttribPointer((GLuint)1, 3, GL_FLOAT, GL_FALSE, 0, 0);
        glGenBuffers(1, &indexBufferID);
        glBindBuffer(GL_ELEMENT_ARRAY_BUFFER, indexBufferID);
        glBufferData(GL_ELEMENT_ARRAY_BUFFER, 9 * sizeof(GLuint), indices, GL_STATIC_DRAW);

    Code :
    static void drawAnObject()
    	GLfloat modelView[16];
    	glUniformMatrix4fv(modelViewUniformIdx, 1, GL_TRUE, modelView);
    	glBindVertexArray(vertexArrayObjID);	// First VAO
    	glDrawArrays(GL_TRIANGLES, 0, 3);	// draw first object
    //    glDrawElements(GL_TRIANGLES, 3, GL_UNSIGNED_SHORT, 0);

  2. #2
    Advanced Member Frequent Contributor arekkusu's Avatar
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    Nov 2003
    You've uploaded indices as uints, but are drawing them as ushorts. So this sequence:
    0x00000001, 0x00000002, 0x00000003
    is interpreted as
    0x0000, 0x0001, 0x0000
    which is a degenerate triangle, so you see nothing.

    You've also uploaded 9 indices when you have only allocated 3, which is a potential crash if your indices happen to be near the end of a malloc page.

  3. #3
    Junior Member Newbie
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    Nov 2012
    Thank you very much! I can't believe I overlooked that. Changing the indices to GLushort corrected the problem.

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