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    Error with Intel motherboard chipset drivers

    To correct this, update the drivers for your motherboard, if they're out of date.

    There are a few Intel motherboard types that show this error even if the drivers are current. Notice that this message says Would you like to see a page with drivers? and provides Yes/No buttons. Clicking on No in response to this message results in an attempt to load Second Life.

    Components missing from the display panel (vbo check box)

    If you receive an error message similar to:

    "the following components missing from display panel-------------- vbo check box"

    you need to uninstall all versions of Second Life currently on your system, and then reinstall. More detailed instructions can be found in this article.

    "Unable to find a valid certificate" or "Unable to establish a secure connection to the login server"

    Your local network may be blocking secure logins. It's also possible (but comparatively rare) that your secure login is failing due to an incorrect date/time on your computer.

    To verify, double-click the clock in the Windows taskbar (usually in the lower-right corner of the screen). On a Mac, check your Date & Time. Make sure it's not a year off! Most modern computers can set their time automatically, including daylight savings.

    Be sure a firewall or Internet security isn't blocking Second Life access.

    If you're on an office or university network, your network administrator may have secure logins disabled. In this case, you may not be able to use Second Life on that network connection. See Using Second Life with a firewall for more information.

    Computer's clock is set incorrectly

    The full error reads:

    Unable to connect to Second Life.
    Often this means that your computer's clock is set incorrectly.
    Please go to Control Panels and make sure the time and date
    are set correctly.

    This message refers to time-based sensitivities with security certificates but normally isn't a problem, as you can test for yourself by deliberately setting your computer to the wrong time and trying to login. It should work.

    If you're absolutely certain your time is set correctly, you haven't changed your system setup, and Second Life was working fine moments before, it's likely a transient problem with our servers. Check the Grid Status Reports page for news and try to login periodically. If you continue to get this message after logins are again working reliably for other Residents, contact Support.

    Invalid certificate due to malware

    In rare cases, malware may affect the security certificate and cause this error message. You can confirm Second Life's security certificate by following these steps:

    1. Launch the Chrome web browser.
    2. Navigate to https://secondlife.com.
    3. Log into the Second Life website.
    4. Once logged in, click on the padlock icon at the top left of the browser, in the URL entry field.
    5. After clicking the padlock, click Certificate and check the following information:
    6. The correct Second Life certificate (as of January 10, 2023) is:
      • Issued to: secondlife.com
      • Issued by: DigiCert
      • Valid from: June 13, 2022
      • Valid to: June 14, 2023

    If the certificate does not match this information, run a full virus scan on your computer and then re-check the certificate.

    If the certificate claims to be issued by McAfee or Symantec, you may be able to resolve your login issue by adding SecondLifeViewer.exe to your antivirus software's whitelist.

    Second Life fails to load and displays an error regarding DINPUT8.DLL

    This usually means that Microsoft's DirectX is not installed properly, or is an older version. To fix this, install DirectX 9.0. You can download DirectX at Microsoft's website.

    Motherboard or AGP drivers out of date

    The software that controls the core components of the computer, particularly the slot the graphics card is plugged into, is out of date and needs updating.

    You should be able to update your motherboard/chipset/AGP drivers. If you purchased your computer from a retailer, such as HP, Dell, or eMachines, you can obtain drivers at the manufacturer's website. If your computer was home-assembled, check your motherboard manufacturer's website for the most recent drivers. If you don't know what motherboard you have, you have two options:

    1. Second Life creates a log file (located in C:\Documents and Settings\<your user name>\Application Data\Second Life\Logs) that you can use to identify the manufacturer of your AGP chipset. You can find chipset drivers for the most common manufacturers at the following links:nVidia nForce Chipset DriversVIA Chipset DriversSiS Chipset DriversIntel Graphics Chipset Drivers
    2. Download WCPUID. (This application is not supported by Linden Lab!)
      1. After unzipping WCPUID to a directory, run wcpuid.exe (it may show up for you as simply wcpuid).
      2. Select View > System Info.
      3. When the Select Access Type window pops up, select TYPE 1 and click OK. The relevant information is under Manufacturer, Product String and Version String. At this point, you should be able to search Google for the information contained within Product String. You may not find a direct link to your motherboard manufacturer's site, but you should find a specific name for the motherboard if Product String was a code. You can then use that name to find your motherboard manufacturer's support site.

    If you're unsure what to do at this stage, post to the Technical Issues Forum. Be sure to mention your computer's specifications, including manufacturer model number (if it's a prebuilt system like an HP or Dell, or if it's a laptop) or the information WCPUID produced in the Manufacturer, Product String and Version String fields.

    "Verifying Protocol Version," "Cannot resolve domain name," or "Cannot find server"

    This problem usually takes the form of Second Life...

    • Gets to Verifying Protocol Version and stops.
    • Says it Cannot resolve domain name.
    • Says it Cannot find server someservername.lindenlab.com.

    This error usually means that Second Life's network connection is completely blocked by your computer or your local network setup. In the vast majority of cases, this means that a firewall (such as your router), firewall software, or internet security software is blocking Second Life's network access. (Firewalls and internet security software frequently block most network uses that are not web browsers, instant messengers, etc.)

    If you're running a firewall or firewall/internet security software, you may have to reconfigure or disable it to use Second Life.

    If you're using wireless networking, you may need to use a wired connection.

    If you're on a business or university internet connection, you may need to contact your network administrator to verify that you can make non-web connections to the Internet. Specifically, you need to make both UDP and TCP connections inbound and outbound, on network ports 443 and 12020 to 13050.

    Can't run full screen, Can't run with a specific resolution, or can't run with 32-bit color

    Unfortunately, these error messages usually mean your graphics card isn't compatible with Second Life. If you've checked your graphics card and it is compatible, try updating its drivers.

    If your graphics card is listed as compatible, and you have the latest drivers, try these steps:

    Check Display settings:

    1. Right-click any empty space on your desktop and choose Properties.OR, open the Control Panel, then open Display.
    2. Click on the Settings tab.
    3. The Color Quality box should read Highest (32-bit). If it does not, change it to Highest (32-bit) and click OK.
    4. The Resolution should be at least the resolution Second Life is trying to run at. (In most cases, you probably want it higher, like 1024x768 or 1280x1024.)

    Check Windows Program Compatibility settings:

    1. Right-click the Second Life Icon and choose Properties.
    2. Go to the Compatibility tab.
    3. Make sure everything is unchecked.

    User Feedback

    Perhaps it would be good to add some information about the error message (rare but crippling) "Login failed: despite our best efforts, something unexpected has gone wrong".

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