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mental ray in Maya Disappeared? Bring it Back!
Probably, one of the most common question about Maya is this one: — Where is my mental ray?! Any Maya user faced this problem at least once, and beginner 3D Artist is easy to be confused with this. He look in Render Settings menu and there is no any sign of mr anymore. So — what to do for bring it back and why mental ray disappears so sudden anyway? Read the answer next.
Observant users for sure noticed that mental ray disappears after Maya crashes or unexpected PC reboot. That's the main reason why it gone — Maya developers decided to automatically unload and un-plug mental ray in case of unexpected shotdown of Maya, i.e. if Maya "hangs" and was killed through Task Manager or so on.
Because mental ray in Maya is just a plug-in — it can be enabled and disabled just as regular one, in dedicated for this menu. So, for bring it back you need just go to Window --> Settings/Prefrences --> Plug-in Manager, find in the list Mayatomr.mll and check Loaded and Autoload. That's it, mental ray should load and work as usual now.