# [R] problem with plot() and R 2.1.0

The following line when pasted into an R Console window causes Windows XP to flash a blue screen
and then restart.

R version 2.1.0

*>plot(x=c(1:100000),y=sin(c(1:100000)), type="l")
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Windows XP SP2

I installed the precompiled version of R 2.1.0

This isn't the data I was originally trying to graph, but a way to reproduce the error I observed.
Plotting without the sin() did not reproduce the error.

I realize this might be unique to my system, but I thought I would report the problem and see if
anyone else had encountered this difficulty. I have also tried a variety of other plots and those
results are summarized below.

Other plot() attempts:

R version 2.0.0

*> plot(x=c(1:100),y=c(1:100), type="l")
*

*> plot(x=c(1:100),y=sin(c(1:100)), type="l")
*

*> plot(x=c(1:1000),y=sin(c(1:1000)), type="l")
*

*> plot(x=c(1:10000),y=sin(c(1:10000)), type="l")
*

*> plot(x=c(1:100000),y=sin(c(1:100000)), type="l")
*

*> plot(x=c(1:1000000),y=sin(c(1:1000000)), type="l")
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*> plot(x=c(1:10000000),y=sin(c(1:10000000)), type="l")
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all plotted without problem (if you try the last one it might require some patience to plot)

R version 2.0.1

*> plot(x=c(1:100),y=c(1:100), type="l")
*

*> plot(x=c(1:100),y=sin(c(1:100)), type="l")
*

*> plot(x=c(1:1000),y=sin(c(1:1000)), type="l")
*

*> plot(x=c(1:10000),y=sin(c(1:10000)), type="l")
*

*> plot(x=c(1:100000),y=sin(c(1:100000)), type="l")
*

*> plot(x=c(1:1000000),y=sin(c(1:1000000)), type="l")
*

*> plot(x=c(1:10000000),y=sin(c(1:10000000)), type="l")
*

*>
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also all plotted without problem

R version 2.1.0 (further tests)

*> plot(x=c(1:100000),y=sin(c(1:100000)), type="p")
*

works

*> plot(x=c(1:1000000),y=sin(c(1:1000000)), type="p")
*

works

*> plot(x=c(1:1000000),y=sin(c(1:1000000)), type="b")
*

works

*> plot(x=c(1:1000000),y=sin(c(1:1000000)), type="o")
*

works

*> plot(x=c(1:1000000),y=sin(c(1:1000000)), type="n")
*

*> lines(x=c(1:1000000),y=sin(c(1:1000000)), type="l")
*

no plotting

*> plot(x=c(1,1000000), y=c(1,-1), type="p")
*

*> lines(x=c(1:1000000),y=sin(c(1:1000000)), type="l")
*

crashes the computer

*> plot(x=c(1:10000),y=sin(c(1:10000)), type="l")
*

*> plot(x=c(1:15000),y=sin(c(1:15000)), type="l")
*

*>works
*

*> plot(x=c(1:20000),y=sin(c(1:20000)), type="l")
*

The screen resolution is set to a very low level.
The color depth has been set to a very low level.
windows displays an error which reads:

"The ati2dvag display driver has stopped working normally. Save your work and reboot the system
to restore full display functionality. The next time you reboot the machine a dialog will be
displayed giving you a chance to upload data about this failure to Microsoft"

I was convinced that I had a hardware /driver issue until I saw the plots work in older versions
of R. Now I don't know what to think. So I'm sending out this email to see if anyone else has
similar problems or can suggest a solution.

Errol Robinson

ewr@berkeley.edu

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Received on Fri May 06 05:19:31 2005
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