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Using Anaglyph Glasses with 3D Vision Driver

June 22nd, 2009 · 30 Comments · Anaglyph Glasses


With the 3D Vision drivers you get a nice bonus, or at least you may call it like that, because apart you’ll also get free support for anaglyph 3D stereo mode. Or said with simpler words you’ll be able to play with a depth perception using your normal computer system and a pair of anaglyph (those plain old red/cyan paper or plastic) glasses. Of course using the anaglyph mode will not provide the same impressive and great looking depth perception in games and 3D applications, but will give you a nice upgrade when gaming, because you’ll be able to at least have some 3D effect. The requirements that the anaglyph mode has to you is to own a pair of anaglyph glasses and it seems Nvidia will start offering some of these very soon, but you can also get them from other places pretty cheap. The only other thing you’ll need is an Nvidia-based videocard, preferably a faster one that can provide enough frames for comfortable playing. There is no limit to the supported GPUs as when using the 3D Vision shutter glasses, and also there is no need to have a special 120Hz display, because anaglyph mode can work just fine with your normal CRT or LCD monitor. Just have in mind that the 3D Vision drivers require you to be using Windows Vista or Windows 7 in order to function, because they are not available for Windows XP! So why don’t you install the latest video drivers version 186.18 and the 3D Vision drivers included in the package and try the anaglyph 3D mode…

Here is a quick setup guide:
1. Open “Nvidia Control Panel” in Standard or Advanced mode.
2. Select “Stereoscopic 3D” and choose “Set up stereoscopic 3D”.
3. Click on the checkbox called “Enable stereoscopic 3D” in the main panel.
4. A new window will open, where you need to click on the button labeled Next.
5. Put a tick in the checkbox celled “Enable 3D Vision Discover” and click on the Next.
6. You’ll see a message saying no compatible 3D display is found, again click on Next.
7. Now you have to put on your anaglyph glasses and pass the test you’ll be provided with.
8. A new test is being displayed to verify if you are actually seeing depth on a special image.
9. Finally you can see some 3D stereo demo images if everything is fine, but you can as well skip this step.
10. If you’ve passed the two tests everything is ok and you can start playing games in 3D Stereo using your anaglyph glasses.


By default you have set a depth value of 15% which should be Ok for a start, but you’ll probably want to be able to adjust it during gameplay to achieve the best possible perception of depth. If you’ve had GeForce 3D Vision there is a hardware button to easily change the depth percentage, but here you’ll have to do it with a key combination. Another thing that you should know is how to activate and deactivate the anaglyph 3D mode with a key combination, because by default when you run a 3D application it will be automatically activated. If you don’t want that check the Hide stereoscopic 3D effects when game stars in drivers’ control panel. Then when you want the 3D mode turned on you need to just press CTRL + T and then a second time to disable the anaglyph mode so your game will be back to normal. The other useful key combinations are CTRL + F3 to decrease level of depth and CTRL + F4 to increase it, of course there are more kay combinations, but I’ll discuss them later on in a separate topic. This should be just enough to get you started in playing games with anaglyph glasses with a pretty nice 3D effect, although you’ll notice that you have some problems with color reproduction, but that is normal when using anaglyph glasses so don’t worry…

Aside from the color reproduction and perception you might notice one other thing that is also completely normal after using anaglyph glasses so don’t freak out if/when that happens. If you haven’t used anaglyph glasses up until now when you wear them for some time and take them off your vision will be a bit strange for a while. And if you close one of your eyes you’ll either see a hotter image (more reddish) or a colder one (more bluish)… as I told you it is normal and a few minutes later everything will be back to normal. This happens because your eyes adjust with the different color filters the anaglyph glasses use and even when you take them off there is some time needed for them to revert to normal. ;)

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30 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ed // Jun 28, 2009 at 02:51

    I haven’t been able to get these to work at all – do you need to own 3D Vision hardware already? Do you need a particular graphics card to use these? I’m running Windows 7 with SLI 7600GTs.

  • 2 Bloody // Jun 28, 2009 at 11:18

    No, you don’t need 3D Vision hardware… just anaglyph glasses. There are no limitations for having a high-end video card as with 3D Vision, but I’m not exactly sure if it requires at least 8-th series GPU or later. I have tried it on GeForce 8400 and GeForce 8600 that normally are not supported by the 3D Vision shutter glasses…

  • 3 Julian // Jul 7, 2009 at 02:14

    Well… i have the anaglyph glasses… but how do i pass the test? tho images like you’ve explained… but the Next Button never shows up… Help Me.

  • 4 Bloody // Jul 7, 2009 at 12:09

    Did you select the right one for each eye, before trying to click on Next?

  • 5 Gabriele // Sep 2, 2009 at 23:12

    What do you think about this?:


  • 6 Bloody // Sep 3, 2009 at 00:13

    Gabriele , it looks promising as a better alternative to anaglyph. I need to try it and compare, because it is new for me. The only problem is that it cannot be used for games, but if it is much better than anaglyph Nvidia might be interested replacing 3D Vision Discover mode with these glasses instead of anaglyph ;)

  • 7 Grubblik // Sep 17, 2009 at 16:53

    I’ve been trying to get this to work, however as soon as I click enable stereoscopic 3d my monitor goes off.. obviously can’t handle the 120hz that the shutter glasses require, thus preventing me from turning the anaglyph mode on. Any ideas how I can turn this on without going to that panel (registry entry for example)??

  • 8 Sid // Mar 21, 2010 at 21:25

    Grubblik // Sep 17, 2009 at 16:53

    I’ve been trying to get this to work, however as soon as I click enable stereoscopic 3d my monitor goes off.. obviously can’t handle the 120hz that the shutter glasses require, thus preventing me from turning the anaglyph mode on. Any ideas how I can turn this on without going to that panel (registry entry for example)??

    Hey dude u cant use shutter glasses on a monitor with frame rates of 60hz .. just because the individual frame rate to each eye will drop down to 30hz . which is not supported by the glasses n even if u manage ..will give flickering results … the best alternative is to use anaglyph 3D option wid da blue – red glasses .. or buy a new monitor with 120hz support … btw crt monitors with 120hz support are quite cheap n will do the trick :P .. even though u may attain those refresh rates only at resolutions like 1280×1024

  • 9 Nathaniel // Jun 19, 2010 at 23:04

    I installed the 3d vision driver but I don’t see any “stereoscopic 3d” tab.

  • 10 Bloody // Jun 20, 2010 at 00:59

    With the newer drivers the 3D Vision Discover mode does not work on laptops… only on desktop GPUs, unless you connect and external display to the laptop or already have a laptop with 120Hz LCD panel.

  • 11 Mike // Sep 5, 2010 at 14:27

    Does anyone know if there is a way to make the Depth go lower then the minimum settings? Like a hack or something? The ghosting is so annoying I often get frustrated and just disable 3D all together. I have read other blogs about 3D vision, and there are setting that adjust the convergance… However, 3D discovery does not have that available.

  • 12 Albeto Odor, MD // Sep 16, 2010 at 04:39

    I installed: Quadro_3D_Vision_258.49_USB_driver

    Is that the correct driver? My Laptom has a Quadro FX 3500

    After installing it I have get a message: The driver installed but it failed to detect the driver service. Please check the devise conection.
    I tried with a) Nec MultySync external monitor; b) i-glasses PC PRO; c) e-Magin Z800 all of them conected to the laptop as primary VGA source

  • 13 Albeto Odor, MD // Sep 16, 2010 at 04:40

    Forgot to mention in the last message, I can’t fin the window with the “Enable Stereoscopic 3D”

  • 14 Bloody // Sep 19, 2010 at 14:58

    Albeto Odor, what you’ve installed is just a USB driver for the external IR transmitter that comes with the active shutter glasses and if you are trying to make the anaglyph 3D Vision Discover mode work then you probably don’t have that. You need to download and install the full 3D Vision driver, although with the latest releases it is now a part of the GeForce video driver package. This USB driver is required only for Quadro card to make it work with the shutter glasses as the other part of the OpenGL Quad Buffered mode they support is built-in the Quadro drivers for quite some time now. However for the anaglyph mode you need the 3D Vision driver that offers support for Direct3D mode. So try downloading and installing the 258.96 3D Vision for GeForce driver.

  • 15 Mesecur // Oct 24, 2010 at 14:53

    Will a 7600GS with latest drivers be enough?!?

  • 16 Bloody // Oct 24, 2010 at 15:41

    No, you will not be able to use that video card with the 3D Vision Discover mode as the driver needs GeForce 8xxx series or newer, you can however try the iZ3D Driver as it should work with its free anaglyph mode with the 7600Gs.

  • 17 Tomas // Oct 29, 2010 at 18:14

    I’ve got the Geforce 9500 GT but I don’t have the Stereoscopic 3D option in the Nvidia control panel. I remember that I did have it once (just tried it that time) but now it’s not there anymore. Is it possible that a newer driver changed the control panel? My current driver is 196.21
    THX tor your help :)

  • 18 Bloody // Oct 29, 2010 at 19:00

    You are using quite an old driver, you should download and install a new one. Make sure that you also have the 3D Vision driver installed, otherwise you will not have the stereoscopic 3D option in the control panel.

  • 19 Xras // Nov 16, 2010 at 13:11

    I have the same problem as Grubblik:
    Grubblik // Sep 17, 2009 at 16:53

    I’ve been trying to get this to work, however as soon as I click enable stereoscopic 3d my monitor goes off.. obviously can’t handle the 120hz that the shutter glasses require, thus preventing me from turning the anaglyph mode on. Any ideas how I can turn this on without going to that panel (registry entry for example)??

    The problem here is that when the 3d setup wizard starts, it’s out of my monitor’s range. It’s starting up in 100+ Hz mode i think. This makes it impossible to set it up for anaglyphic view, as you can’t see what to tick, and where.
    A solution would be nice.

  • 20 Bloody // Nov 16, 2010 at 13:23

    The free anaglyph mode does not need 120Hz display and should not be switching to 120Hz in the setup wizard, that mode is designed to work on 60Hz displays. Just make sure that your monitor has a driver installed with information on what resolutions and refresh rates it supports if its capabilities are not detected automatically or are detected incorrectly.

  • 21 Xras // Nov 16, 2010 at 15:35

    I have the correct monitor driver installed, but any other widescreen mode besides 1980×1020 will automatically turn my monitor out of range with the message “not optimum mode, use 1980×1020”. Anyways, i’ve found the answer in another blog. By using regedit and changing the value for 3dvisionconfirmed to 2, it’ll bypass the setup wizard completely. Thanks for the fast answer though :)

  • 22 Bloody // Nov 16, 2010 at 15:40

    Maybe there is some bug in the recent drivers, I haven’t tried the anaglyph mode for a while. Good that you’ve found a workaround and thanks for sharing it ;)

    But don’t you mean changing the registry value of StereoVisionConfirmed to 1 to skip the wizard?

  • 23 Xras // Nov 16, 2010 at 19:26

    StereoVisionConfirmed it is, yes, but i read about changing it to 2.. didn’t even try 1. It was at 0.

    Ah well.. At least it works, right?

  • 24 Xras // Nov 16, 2010 at 19:28

    Just rechecked my registry, and it looks like it reset itself to 1.

    My mistake for not looking again after it worked.

  • 25 Justin // Dec 23, 2010 at 04:50

    Good day I have 9500GT and 260.99 driver but i had this problem “The 3D Vision USB Driver is not installed” I cant find a driver in nvidia.com please help me

  • 26 Justin // Dec 23, 2010 at 05:16

    oh and another thing can am i able to view 3d w/o IR emitter?

  • 27 crown85 // Feb 15, 2011 at 00:32

    so I have no hope to use the glasses on my laptop? I have a nvidia geforce 445m gt on a dell XPS 17, my laptop panel is not at 120Hz.

  • 28 Herc // Feb 12, 2013 at 23:01

    I get a “Out of Range” monitor whenever I check the enable 3d vision checkbox … my monitor only goes up to 60Hz but so does my brother’s and this works for him … ideas anyone? Tried all kinda o’ drivers. I have a 660GTX and a analog ASUS monitor.

  • 29 Eddy // May 13, 2013 at 05:37

    I got through the test and all that but when I play games, I cant see the 3d, I have tried the keys specified in the control panel but I cant find 3d in ANY games

  • 30 Bat // Aug 15, 2015 at 21:31

    The 3D Vision pretty much sucks, I only tried playing few games, and yeah, it gets some 3d effects but its off, some objects are being shown incorectly (closer or further than should be) , colors sucks. NVidia should try to do split screen 3d its much better looking without discoloration.

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