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Can't Start My Viewers Any More (Lubuntu)

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In December or January, I decided to move on to Lubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver). I did a fresh install, formatting the hard disk that had previously had 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus). After that, I had several busy weeks with no time for Second Life.

When I finally tried to return, nothing happened. Neither my Firestorm viewer (downloaded as Phoenix_FirestormOS-Release_i686_6.0.2.56680.tar.xz) nor my Second Life viewer (downloaded as Second_Life_4_0_8_319463_i686.tar.bz2) can be started any more. There may be a faint flash on the screen, but nothing more.

I removed my Firestorm and re-installed it. Nothing changed.

I have tried to find reports on known issues, but all of those seem to revolve around 64-bit Ubuntu causing problems. Mine is 32-bit, I have checked.

One forum message I read somewhere suggested that my Lubuntu might be missing certain necessary libraries, but nobody else has mentioned that idea anywhere else. Have there been such major changes between Lubuntu 16.04 and 18.04?

I have had quite limited time to ask around, and getting help appears to be difficult. No, I am not expecting a quick fix (any more). More like, I am asking whether anybody has any idea what is going on and could provide reading suggestions or something. No, I am not good with computers, but sometimes I get problems solved regardless.

Before this, both the Firestorm viewer and the SL viewer worked decently on my computer... mostly. There have been very bad crashing issues at least twice, and seemingly nobody has ever described the exact same problems anywhere, but they have always gotten fixed within weeks, or within a couple of months at most. Nothing else has ever excluded me as totally as this issue now.

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1 hour ago, Bivalva said:

In December or January, I decided to move on to Lubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver). I did a fresh install, formatting the hard disk that had previously had 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus). After that, I had several busy weeks with no time for Second Life.

When I finally tried to return, nothing happened. Neither my Firestorm viewer (downloaded as Phoenix_FirestormOS-Release_i686_6.0.2.56680.tar.xz) nor my Second Life viewer (downloaded as Second_Life_4_0_8_319463_i686.tar.bz2) can be started any more. There may be a faint flash on the screen, but nothing more.

I removed my Firestorm and re-installed it. Nothing changed.

I have tried to find reports on known issues, but all of those seem to revolve around 64-bit Ubuntu causing problems. Mine is 32-bit, I have checked.

One forum message I read somewhere suggested that my Lubuntu might be missing certain necessary libraries, but nobody else has mentioned that idea anywhere else. Have there been such major changes between Lubuntu 16.04 and 18.04?

I have had quite limited time to ask around, and getting help appears to be difficult. No, I am not expecting a quick fix (any more). More like, I am asking whether anybody has any idea what is going on and could provide reading suggestions or something. No, I am not good with computers, but sometimes I get problems solved regardless.

Before this, both the Firestorm viewer and the SL viewer worked decently on my computer... mostly. There have been very bad crashing issues at least twice, and seemingly nobody has ever described the exact same problems anywhere, but they have always gotten fixed within weeks, or within a couple of months at most. Nothing else has ever excluded me as totally as this issue now.

No idea what it is, it runs fine on Ubuntu 18 here. Try adding a second desktop environment like kubuntu or xubuntu to see if the problem is is specific to the Lubuntu components.

Also try running kokua or singularity alpha out of their folders (no installation needed) to check if it is FS specific...

 

Good Luck!

pages @Whirly Fizzle

PS: My system has been patched and upgraded for 4 years now without reinstalls... I run my personal hell of Mate desktop on classical ubuntu with dozens of fixes... Might not be the ideal reference system...

PPS: Look if the update nuked your GPU drivers or accidentaly made them only work with root privilegdes (Yes that crap happened to me once) if "sudo firestorm" brings it up you know where to look at.

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On 4/1/2019 at 9:35 AM, Miro Collas said:

You likely lack required libraries.

That was my most informed guess, but I had no idea how to check what exactly was missing, if anything...

On 4/1/2019 at 9:35 AM, Miro Collas said:

See here - Click on linux.

Thanks a ton! That was exactly the link I needed.

Input

LD_LIBRARY_PATH="./lib:${LD_LIBRARY_PATH}" ldd bin/do-not-directly-run-firestorm-bin | grep not\ found

gave me the output

libGLU.so.1 => not found

After that, it took me a while to find out that Synaptic knows "libGLU.so.1" as "libglu1-mesa". Installing that one was all I needed to do – at least Firestorm is back to normal now.

On 4/1/2019 at 9:35 AM, Miro Collas said:

This may also be handy.

If it is relevant, please specify how. I tried to stress above that I am on a 32-bit system to begin with.

To Fionalein: Many thanks for your suggestions as well. Even though it was Miro who pointed out the solution I needed, I can see you put effort into helping me.

All in all, both of you gave me a good first impression of the SL Community. I am happy, and online again!

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