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Sometimes, when you log in, you will find yourself as a cloud, or ruthed. Or it may be that if you change clothes, they do not appear on you. This occurs as a result of a lack of communication between your computer and the SL servers.

A brief explanation. When you wear (non prim) clothing, the clothing textures are sent from SL server to your computer. There, the viewer layers the clothing textures onto your skin textures (a process known as baking) and then send the resultant textures back to the SL servers. The servers then send these textures to other avatars that might be in the region. If any one of these things don't work properly, the result is commonly called a bake fail; bake fails are what can leave your avatar looking like a cloud, or ruthed, or your clothing not visually changing when you change outfit.

NOTE: Bake fails occur on all SL viewers, not only Firestorm. In fact there are multiple SL JIRAs on this issue, like this one; this also documents cases where you seem fine but all other avatars remain grey. We would encourage our users to watch and comment on the jira link above. Hopefully if we get enough doing that LL will do something about bake fail.

In broad terms, bake fails occur when there is a communication problem. So solutions range from trying to force your avatar textures to bake again, to investigating and solving the cause of the communications issue.

 Please see the instructions in the link below. They come from the Firestorm team but work for all viewers. Just replace 'firestorm" by "secondlife" when needed.

http://wiki.phoenixviewer.com/fs_bake_fail

ETA: In case you would use wireless, DON'T. Use a regular cable. Wireless is not steady enough to run SL correctly. 

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Sometimes, when you log in, you will find yourself as a cloud, or ruthed. Or it may be that if you change clothes, they do not appear on you. This occurs as a result of a lack of communication between your computer and the SL servers.

A brief explanation. When you wear (non prim) clothing, the clothing textures are sent from SL server to your computer. There, the viewer layers the clothing textures onto your skin textures (a process known as baking) and then send the resultant textures back to the SL servers. The servers then send these textures to other avatars that might be in the region. If any one of these things don't work properly, the result is commonly called a bake fail; bake fails are what can leave your avatar looking like a cloud, or ruthed, or your clothing not visually changing when you change outfit.

NOTE: Bake fails occur on all SL viewers, not only Firestorm. In fact there are multiple SL JIRAs on this issue, like this one; this also documents cases where you seem fine but all other avatars remain grey. We would encourage our users to watch and comment on the jira link above. Hopefully if we get enough doing that LL will do something about bake fail.

In broad terms, bake fails occur when there is a communication problem. So solutions range from trying to force your avatar textures to bake again, to investigating and solving the cause of the communications issue.

 Please see the instructions in the link below. They come from the Firestorm team but work for all viewers. Just replace 'firestorm" by "secondlife" when needed.

http://wiki.phoenixviewer.com/fs_bake_fail

ETA: In case you would use wireless, DON'T. Use a regular cable. Wireless is not steady enough to run SL correctly. 

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