Re: [R] unable to get plot in R

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Wed, 04 Jun 2008 07:22:28 +0100 (BST)

On Tue, 3 Jun 2008, Duncan Murdoch wrote:

> On 03/06/2008 6:53 PM, Chin-Cheng Su wrote:
>> Hi everyone,
>> I use R to plot my data set (x,y) in Windows XP, but keep getting error
>> message like follows,
>>> ...
>>> plot(x, y)
>> Error in windows() : unable to start device devWindows
>> How can I solve this problem? Thanks for any suggestion or help.
> Somehow you appear to have set options("device") to "devWindows". If you set
> it to "windows" using options(device="windows"), things should be fine.

I don't think so. windows() is a family of devices, and that is what they report if GADeviceDriver fails. That would seem to mean that either allocation fails (unlikely) or GA_Open fails (which AFAICS only fails if newwindow does).

We don't have the 'at a minimum' details requested in the posting guide, and this might be something to do with the locale. I'd suggest starting R in an English locale if that is not already the case (add LC_ALL=en to the target of the shortcut used to start R -- see the rw-FAQ).

Brian D. Ripley,        
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University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
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