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Hello. A cache file, is a file which automatically saved in your hard disk when you are active in world. It could be a private corversation you had, images, textures everything. To understand better is something like the Temporary Internet Files of your browzer. Every time you visit a web page, this page includes text, images, animated images, maybe videos etc. All these files saved in your computer. Why? Because next time you visit the same page, all these files loaded from your computer (hard disk) and NOT from the web and that means the pages showed very quickly. Exaxctly the same are cache files for Second Life. I guess you have noticed that when you visit for first time a region (sim), you need long time to see everything arround. When you visit again the same region, you need shorter time for the reason i explain. You have already the textures (everything you see arround in world are textures) in your hard disk. You can find these cache files in your computer in 2 folders. If you have Windows Vista or 7:

C: \ Users \ (USER NAME) \ AppData \ Roaming \ SecondLife and
C: \ Users \ (USER NAME) \ ApplData \ Local \ Secondlife

EDIT: It is suggested to delete these files often. Some users delete them every month, some others more often.

 

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Hello. A cache file, is a file which automatically saved in your hard disk when you are active in world. It could be a private corversation you had, images, textures everything. To understand better is something like the Temporary Internet Files of your browzer. Every time you visit a web page, this page includes text, images, animated images, maybe videos etc. All these files saved in your computer. Why? Because next time you visit the same page, all these files loaded from your computer (hard disk) and NOT from the web and that means the pages showed very quickly. Exaxctly the same are cache files for Second Life. I guess you have noticed that when you visit for first time a region (sim), you need long time to see everything arround. When you visit again the same region, you need shorter time for the reason i explain. You have already the textures (everything you see arround in world are textures) in your hard disk. You can find these cache files in your computer in 2 folders. If you have Windows Vista or 7:

C: \ Users \ (USER NAME) \ AppData \ Roaming \ SecondLife and
C: \ Users \ (USER NAME) \ ApplData \ Local \ Secondlife

EDIT: It is suggested to delete these files often. Some users delete them every month, some others more often.

 

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That's a cache (as opposed to chace).  It's a folder where data is copied on your computer for any future access to the same data your computer may need......the data is stored as files in that folder.

 

Textures are cached (stored as data files in the cache folder).  It speeds your computer's access to those textures so that they can be reproduced by your graphics card/adapter the nest time your viewer calls for that texture to be seen by you.  Obviously that folder is ever changing with new files being written to it.  The folder has a finite size so once it gets full the files are over-written.  A problem sometimes occurs when a files is not completely over-written, leaving bits of data that are not part of the texture data your viewer is saying for the computer to reproduce........it's corrupted (damaged).  Your video card/adapter will attempt to reproduce the file but it's not going to be what the texture really is......most of the time it shows as a blurry image but there are other displays that are not correct......you get weird stuff showing on your monitor.  Those files tend to not be over-written as your computer continues to cache the texture files.  That's when the cache must be cleared (to get rid of those erroneous texture files).

 

To clear your cache if you are using SL's Viewer 2.xx, go the the "Me" menu and select "Preferences".  Click on the "Setup" tab and near the middle of the tab dialog you'll see a field named "Cache Location".  Next to the field you'll see a button named "Reset" (it's the button to the far right).  Click it and you'll get a pop-up telling you that your cache will be reset (cleared) the next time you log in.  Click "OK" and then quit SL (log off).  Restart your viewer and log back in.......it will take a few more seconds for everything to rezz around you as your cache must be reloaded.  Clearing your cache fixes a log of graphics issues.......but not all.  It's the best "first fix" for graphics problems.  Hence why people always say "Clear your cache".

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