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Hey SL world...

So I am getting fed up with the upates to the viewers that are making my poor pc work too hard. Up until the previous firestorm update everything had been great. But for the past 6 months I have been having terrible texture errors and have read all the threads on here and made the tweeks to my viewer to try and sort this issue to no avail. Today I did a clean install of the latest viewer with a hope that it would be somewhat better with all the bug fixes listed, but alas it is worse.. now I am freezing every 10 seconds or so and some prims just won't load... I have made sure I have turned off the settings I don't need but am so frustrated. I can make upgrades to my pc if needed as long as it's not the cost of a brand new pc. Not for a few months anyway.

Below are my pc details. I know you will probably crucify my pc lol but please be gentle. I am not tech savvy when it comes to my pc so I hope I am posting the right thing.

Thank you in advance for any feedback.

Firestorm 4.7.3 (47323) Aug 17 2015 23:36:16 (Firestorm-Release) with Havok support
Release Notes

You are at 137.0, 129.0, 3,602.0 in Dylamon located at sim10367.agni.lindenlab.com (216.82.51.17:13005)
SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dylamon/137/129/3602
(global coordinates 284,041.0, 280,449.0, 3,602.0)
Second Life RC LeTigre 15.07.28.303910
Release Notes

CPU: AMD FX(tm)-4100 Quad-Core Processor             (3616.34 MHz)
Memory: 3199 MB
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 32-bit (Build 7601)
Graphics Card Vendor: NVIDIA Corporation
Graphics Card: GeForce GT 640/PCIe/SSE2

Windows Graphics Driver Version: 10.18.0013.5330
OpenGL Version: 4.5.0 NVIDIA 353.30

RestrainedLove API: (disabled)
libcurl Version: libcurl/7.38.0 OpenSSL/1.0.1h zlib/1.2.8
J2C Decoder Version: KDU v7.6
Audio Driver Version: FMOD Ex 4.44.56
Qt Webkit Version: 4.7.1 (version number hard-coded)
Voice Server Version: Vivox 4.6.0017.21209

Settings mode: Viewer 3
Viewer Skin: Starlight (Original Orange)
Font Used: Deja Vu (96 dpi)
Font Size Adjustment: 0 pt
UI Scaling: 1
Draw distance: 32 m
Bandwidth: 1250 kbit/s
LOD factor: 1
Render quality: Medium-Low (2/7)
Advanced Lighting Model: No
Texture memory: 512 MB (1)
VFS (cache) creation time (UTC): 2015-8-21T12:39:12
Built with MSVC version 1800
Packets Lost: 9/32,199 (0.0%)

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Well it is quite a low spec pc, particularly the graphics card and you are running the most bloated viewer.

Your card isn't even listed here but a GTX 660 is a good starting point for running SL

 

http://www.nvidia.co.uk/object/geforce-desktop-graphics-cards-uk.html

And your CPU is way down on this comparison list.

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=AMD+FX-4100+Quad-Core

I love Firestorm but it does need a fast pc with a half decent graphics card to run smoothly.

So, my suggestion is try Alchemy viewer which runs a little lighter and save up for a nice new PC.

 

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Step 1: fump firestorm. If you can handle the v1 UI look at Singularity or CoolVL. If you want v3 style just try the others till you find what works.

 

2. Get more RAM. Between windows and SL you will eat through your ram in no time. You will be swapping to disk and it will noticably reduce your performance. Until you get more RAM make sure you don't run any other software while you run SL. Especially not a web browser.

 

Those two things should help a ton.

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i have a 640 at one of my W8.1 systems and can run SL in high mode with shadows, so the card can handle that.

I would look for problems in your processor or connection instead of the other specs of your machine. W7 should be working ok although 3gb memory isn't very much for recent standards, but all your 32b OS can handle.

 

Set your texture memory to 1024, that's possible in Firestorm now, all what's stored at your machine you don't have to download.

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seanabrady wrote:

Step 1: fump firestorm. If you can handle the v1 UI look at Singularity or CoolVL. If you want v3 style just try the others till you find what works.

 

2. Get more RAM. Between windows and SL you will eat through your ram in no time. You will be swapping to disk and it will noticably reduce your performance. Until you get more RAM make sure you don't run any other software while you run SL. Especially not a web browser.

 

Those two things should help a ton.

More ram is useless, it's a 32 bit system that supports only up to 3,7 GB of ram.

Using more than 3.7 GB of ram requires a 64 bit operating system

J.

 

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Thank you all for your replies and for not being too harsh on my pc lol

I used to Whirly but did remove it. Does it cause issues then?

 

I was told the same about Ram, that on my pc it won't actually help. Am thinking I am going to have to wait it out til I can afford a new pc. :(

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  • 3 weeks later...

Bit of an update...

 

My lovely RL hubby bought me a new pc... specs are below... but it seems to be struggling a little, and I thought this would have been enough for SL tbh. So now I am scratching my head lol He has said we can take it back and get another, so I also have the specs of another one I am looking at listed below..

Do I change it? or is what I have good enough and just needs tweeking?

I really do appreciate your thoughts and input. My pc budget is £700.

Gift pc from hubby -

CPU: AMD A10-7800 Radeon R7, 12 Compute Cores 4C+8G  (3493.45 MHz)
Memory: 7867 MB
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit (Build 9600)
Graphics Card Vendor: ATI Technologies Inc.
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon R7 Graphics + R7 A260 Dual Graphics

Windows Graphics Driver Version: 8.17.0010.1267
OpenGL Version: 4.2.12820 Compatibility Profile Context 13.352.1013.0

RestrainedLove API: (disabled)
libcurl Version: libcurl/7.38.0 OpenSSL/1.0.1i zlib/1.2.8
J2C Decoder Version: KDU v7.6
Audio Driver Version: FMOD Ex 4.44.56
Qt Webkit Version: 4.7.1 (version number hard-coded)
Voice Server Version: Not Connected
Settings mode: Viewer 3
Viewer Skin: Starlight (Original Orange)
Font Used: Deja Vu (96 dpi)
Font Size Adjustment: 0 pt
UI Scaling: 1
Draw distance: 48 m
Bandwidth: 500 kbit/s
LOD factor: 2
Render quality: High (5/7)
Advanced Lighting Model: No
Texture memory: 1024 MB (1)
VFS (cache) creation time (UTC): 2015-9-5T13:32:41
Built with MSVC version 1800

But like I said this is struggling a bit especially on busier sims.

 

Specs on pc I am looking at -

4.4GHz AMD FX-8350 8-Core CPU *Overclocked*


  • MSI 970A-G46 Motherboard

  • NEW! AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB Graphics Card

  • 1TB (1000GB) Sata III Hard Drive

  • [AMD ONLY] 8GB Patriot 1600MHz DDR3

  • Corsair Graphite 230T Grey/Blue Case

  • Corsair Hydro H60 Liquid CPU Cooler

  • Vibox 600W 80Plus Certified PSU
  • 24x dvd- rw optical drive
  • 120GB Kingston V300 Solid State Drive (SSD),

 

  • Again I really appreicate any input and feedback.
  • Thank you in advance  x
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