Reset Rhino (specifically Rhino Renderer/Cycles) to default


I am using an installation of Rhino 7 on someone else’s computer and the Rhino Render settings are completely off. Everything looks terrible, there is no ground plane, no shadow, no sun.

I have used the ‘Reset to default’ in the Rhino Render panel, but it has no effect unfortunately.

Is there any way to do a ‘deep’ reset to defaults (for the whole Rhino 7) install to remedy this?

Many thanks!

Hi Mathias - can you run SystemInfo on that machine and copy/paste the results here?


Yes, of course.

Here it is:

Rhino 7 SR17 2022-4-12 (Rhino 7, 7.17.22102.05001, Git hash:master @ 13b57035af8fb22da005ef72c56e4555d9dbcfe3)
License type: Commercial, build 2022-04-12
License details: Cloud Zoo

Windows 10.0.19044 SR0.0 or greater (Physical RAM: 64Gb)

Computer platform: DESKTOP 

Standard graphics configuration.
  Primary display and OpenGL: NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 (NVidia) Memory: 8GB, Driver date: 12-6-2021 (M-D-Y). OpenGL Ver: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 472.84
    > Accelerated graphics device with 4 adapter port(s)
        - Windows Main Display attached to adapter port #0
        - Secondary monitor attached to adapter port #1

OpenGL Settings
  Safe mode: Off
  Use accelerated hardware modes: On
  Redraw scene when viewports are exposed: On
  Graphics level being used: OpenGL 4.6 (primary GPU's maximum)
  Anti-alias mode: 4x
  Mip Map Filtering: Linear
  Anisotropic Filtering Mode: High
  Vendor Name: NVIDIA Corporation
  Render version: 4.6
  Shading Language: 4.60 NVIDIA
  Driver Date: 12-6-2021
  Driver Version:
  Maximum Texture size: 32768 x 32768
  Z-Buffer depth: 24 bits
  Maximum Viewport size: 32768 x 32768
  Total Video Memory: 8 GB

Rhino plugins that do not ship with Rhino
  C:\Program Files\Common Files\McNeel\Rhinoceros\7.0\Plug-ins\Fologram for Rhino (468a328b-20d9-494b-b9e1-cbe9f827d3a2)\2020.3.5.0\7\Fologram.IO.Rhino3d.Win7.rhp	"Fologram for Rhino"	2020.3.5.0
  C:\ProgramData\McNeel\Rhinoceros\7.0\Plug-ins\Datasmith Rhino Exporter (d1fdc795-b334-4933-b680-088119cdc6bb)\DatasmithRhino7.rhp	"Datasmith Exporter"
  C:\Users\carme\AppData\Roaming\McNeel\Rhinoceros\packages\7.0\EleFront\4.2.2\ElefrontProperties.rhp	"ElefrontProperties"

Rhino plugins that ship with Rhino
  C:\Program Files\Rhino 7\Plug-ins\Commands.rhp	"Commands"	7.17.22102.5001
  C:\Program Files\Rhino 7\Plug-ins\rdk.rhp	"Renderer Development Kit"	
  C:\Program Files\Rhino 7\Plug-ins\RhinoRenderCycles.rhp	"Rhino Render"	7.17.22102.5001
  C:\Program Files\Rhino 7\Plug-ins\rdk_etoui.rhp	"RDK_EtoUI"	7.17.22102.5001
  C:\Program Files\Rhino 7\Plug-ins\rdk_ui.rhp	"Renderer Development Kit UI"	
  C:\Program Files\Rhino 7\Plug-ins\NamedSnapshots.rhp	"Snapshots"	
  C:\Program Files\Rhino 7\Plug-ins\RhinoCycles.rhp	"RhinoCycles"	7.17.22102.5001
  C:\Program Files\Rhino 7\Plug-ins\Toolbars\Toolbars.rhp	"Toolbars"	7.17.22102.5001
  C:\Program Files\Rhino 7\Plug-ins\3dxrhino.rhp	"3Dconnexion 3D Mouse"	
  C:\Program Files\Rhino 7\Plug-ins\Displacement.rhp	"Displacement"

Hi Mathias - Does rendered display mode look correct? Note the GP and sun are file specific - if you had these on in your templates and are used to them being on, you may not be starting with the same templates on this other installation.
Does the problem occur with a brand new file and say a single box added?


Hi Pascal!

Yes, the problem occurs from the start with the same template.
The first image is Rhino 7
The second image is Rhino 8 WIP


Hi Pascal!

Can I do a clean re-install of Rhino 7?


Hi Mathias - So these are both raytraced viewports or full renders, correct?

You can try re-installing, but I am curious about what is going on - can you please try blocking the plug-ins that are listed as not installed with Rhino (Options > Plug-ins page), close and re-open Rhino?


Hi Pascal,

The problem persists after disabling all not shipped plug-ins.

Let me know

Hi Pascal,

I tried a Rhino 7 ‘Repair’ install but could not resolve the problem.

In the below screenshot is an example of a ‘Physically Based’ material. The screen shot shows the default settings, which should be a white matte material, but it looks like the screenshot below.

Are these issues related to the Cycles render engine specifically?

Do I need to do a full de-install and re-install to address this?
How about my Grasshopper installation? Its quite extensive…