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My avatar looks as though its flying continuously when bumping into things. Nothing has helped.


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You have a weak, or intermittently flaky Internet connection, so communication between SL's servers and your client is not continuous.  The servers keep updating your position continually and send the new information to the client. If the signal is interrupted, though, the image you see on the screen can start "rubberbanding" -- hopping forward as if you are on bungee cords.  At the same time, your client is getting incomplete signals from the server about when to trigger the animation that makes you appear to be walking, flying, or hovering.  You can keep flying after you meant to stop, or walk when you meant to fly...

Suspect two things:

1. Your router needs to be rebooted.  Unplug it from the power for a few minutes and go get youself a cup of coffee. Plug it back in and it will have cleared its RAM and will be able to get a fresh hold on an IP address.

2. Get Off WIRELESS.  Wireless connections just aren't as stable as direct cable connections.  You lose a lot of potential bandwidth too.  SL is not like games you may have played on line.  It's really touchy about having a continuous, strong connection because it has to send information back and forth all the time.

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You have a weak, or intermittently flaky Internet connection, so communication between SL's servers and your client is not continuous.  The servers keep updating your position continually and send the new information to the client. If the signal is interrupted, though, the image you see on the screen can start "rubberbanding" -- hopping forward as if you are on bungee cords.  At the same time, your client is getting incomplete signals from the server about when to trigger the animation that makes you appear to be walking, flying, or hovering.  You can keep flying after you meant to stop, or walk when you meant to fly...

Suspect two things:

1. Your router needs to be rebooted.  Unplug it from the power for a few minutes and go get youself a cup of coffee. Plug it back in and it will have cleared its RAM and will be able to get a fresh hold on an IP address.

2. Get Off WIRELESS.  Wireless connections just aren't as stable as direct cable connections.  You lose a lot of potential bandwidth too.  SL is not like games you may have played on line.  It's really touchy about having a continuous, strong connection because it has to send information back and forth all the time.

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You have either a very slow connection or you are running SL on a wireless connection that is weak, or your router/modem need rebooting.  Shut down your router and modem bu unplugging from the electrical source and leave unplugged for 3 to 5 minutes.  Plug them back in and restart your computer to re-establish your Internet connection.

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