“Access violation reading location 0x000000000” in a simple OpenGL app

I have a problem in openGL when using buffer object to store vertex array . when I run the code , a window appears that display message " access violation reading location 0x000000000 " and when I move the cursor to arrow beside glGenBuufers function I see description: this is the next statement to execute when this thread returns from current function.


int frame=0;
void display();
void datasource();

 GLuint vbo;

void datasource()
    GLfloat vertex1[]={-1.000000 ,0.500000 ,-0.700000 ,0.500000 ,-1.000000 ,0.800000 ,-0.700000 ,0.800000 ,-0.400000 ,0.500000 ,-0.100000 ,0.500000 ,-0.400000 ,0.800000 ,-0.100000 ,0.200000 ,0.500000 ,0.500000 ,0.500000 ,0.200000 ,0.800000 ,0.500000,0.800000 ,0.800000 ,0.800000 ,0.500000 ,1.100000 ,0.500000 ,0.800000 ,0.800000 ,1.100000,0.800000  };


void init(int arc,char **arch)
    glutInitDisplayMode(GLUT_DEPTH | GLUT_DOUBLE | GLUT_RGBA);

int main(int arc,char **arch)
    return 0;

void display()

What did I do wrong?


glGenBuffers, glBindBuffer and glBufferData are functions of either the Vertex Buffer Object extension or of OpenGL-1.5. The default system ABIs only go to OpenGL-1.2 so you need to post-load extended OpenGL functionality before you can use it. Just including the headers is not sufficient, because those just provide you the uninitialized symbols.

Most easy way to go:

  1. Download and install GLEW from http://glew.sf.net
  2. Replace all occurances of #include <GL/gl.h> with #include <GL/glew.h>
  3. Call glewInit() right after glutCreateWindow and check the error code
  4. Check if are VBOs are available (i.e. at least GL_ARB_vertex_buffer_object or OpenGL version >= 1.5)
  5. Add the GLEW library to your linker settings

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