I am using Mathematica 10.1. Mathematica constantly freezes on the first or the second attempt to display a 3D Graphic (Plot3D, ListPlot3D, Show..).

Here's a simple example

In[1]:=test = Plot3D[1, {x, 0, 1}, {y, 0, 1}, ImageSize -> Large, 
                  BoxRatios -> Automatic, SphericalRegion -> True];


After calling the second line for a couple of times Mathematica hangs up. A message asking to disable dynamic updating appears after a while, but disabling has no effect.

There are also some other details and my thoughts:

  • Everything worked just fine, then I didn't use Mathematica for about a month and the problem appeared.

  • The problem arises with a different pieces of code.

  • The problem seems to be connected with displaying 3D plots or dynamic updating.

  • When Mathematica hangs up it does not drain a lot of memory or CPU, but it constantly requests more memory until the process is killed.

UPD: I have another observation: after some evaluations all of my variables just get cleared while they shouldn't. Didn't work out a rule when this happens though.

  • $\begingroup$ Do not be angry for my question, I take it you checked for viruses? $\endgroup$ Oct 28, 2015 at 8:36
  • $\begingroup$ What OS are you on? $\endgroup$ Oct 28, 2015 at 8:51
  • $\begingroup$ Windows 8.1, @AlexeiBoulbitch i am currently using windows defender, did not experience any problem with viruses in recent years. But may be you are right and it's worth a shot to download some Antivirus and run a full scan. $\endgroup$
    – icemtel
    Oct 28, 2015 at 8:52
  • $\begingroup$ @icemtel Well, I have no experience with Win8, but such things as you write I had on the virus occasion. So I would recommend to check it. $\endgroup$ Oct 28, 2015 at 13:12
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    $\begingroup$ Have you tried "clean starting" the frontend? Hold down the CONTROL+SHIFT keys while double clicking the Mathematica icon. $\endgroup$ Oct 28, 2015 at 16:28

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I am not absolutely sure, but it seems like updating Windows fixed the problem.


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