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    Jeremy Linden

    Why am I not seeing Materials effects in my viewer?

    Your viewer must support Materials. The Second Life Release viewers 3.6.0 and later do. Please check Third Party Viewer web sites for whether or not the version you are using supports Materials. In addition, you must have Advanced Lighting Model checked in your Graphics settings.


    What map types are supported with Materials?

    Currently normal and specular maps are supported. Other map types, such as bump maps are not currently supported. Note that bump maps will not work if applied as normal maps.

    I just added a normal and specular map and my object doesn't look any different.  What's up?

    First, make sure you have Advanced Lighting Model set to on. Then find a movable light source and move it across the surface of your object to see the effect.

    What are the system requirements to view Materials?

    • OpenGL 3.0 is required
    • One of the following supported GPUs:
      • GeForce 8 and later
      • Intel HD and later
      • ATI Radeon X1000 and later

    What happened to the flip option on horizontal and vertical repeats per face (which allows tiling of textures)?

    The flip option just made the repeats value negative, so we now allow these values to be negative instead of providing the flip checkbox. This was done to allow new functionality on the Build Tool while not increasing the size of the floater.

    I’ve updated my repeats and rotation on my diffuse map, but they aren’t updated on the normal and specular maps. How do I fix this?

    You need to go to each texture type and set the repeat and rotation values. Currently, there is no way to apply the same values to all maps at the same time.

    Some colors appear slightly different with the Materials Viewer. Can you fix this?

    Slight changes to the way colors appear is expected with the new functionality. Materials now supports gamma correction, which changes the color curves, resulting in slight fluctuations in color hue or intensity.

    Why are my Materials objects now using Land Impact as opposed to Prim Accounting?

    Moving forward, all new graphics features will use Land Impact to better evaluate the system load so users and creators alike can make more educated decisions about how to build and what to place in their regions.

    I’m seeing what I believe is unexpected behavior when viewing items/building items with Materials. What do I do?

    Please file a MATBUG for the time being. Eventually, this will switch over to using the normal BUG project--we will let you know when that happens.

    List of GPUs where advanced lighting is enabled by default:

    ATI All-in-Wonder X1800

    ATI All-in-Wonder X1900

    ATI Radeon X1800

    ATI FireGL

    ATI FirePro M5800

    ATI FirePro M7740

    ATI FirePro M7820

    ATI M76

    ATI Radeon HD 6600M

    ATI Radeon HD 6700M

    ATI Radeon HD 6800M

    ATI Radeon HD 6600G

    ATI Radeon HD 7500

    ATI Radeon HD 7600

    ATI Radeon HD 7700

    ATI Radeon HD 7800

    ATI Radeon HD 7900

    ATI Radeon HD 7000 Series

    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 550v

    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 560v

    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 565v

    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2700

    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3800

    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4800

    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5000 Series

    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5100

    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5300

    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5500

    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5600

    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5700

    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6200

    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6300

    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6400M

    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6500M

    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6600M

    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6700M

    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6800M

    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6900M

    ATI Radeon HD 2900

    ATI Radeon HD 3600

    ATI Radeon HD 3700

    ATI HD3700

    ATI Radeon HD 3800

    ATI Radeon HD 4600

    ATI Radeon HD 4700

    ATI Radeon HD 4800

    ATI Radeon HD 5400

    ATI Radeon HD 5500

    ATI Radeon HD 5600

    ATI Radeon HD 5700

    ATI Radeon HD 5800

    ATI Radeon HD 5900

    ATI Radeon HD 6400

    ATI Radeon HD 6500

    ATI Radeon HD 6600

    ATI Radeon HD 6700

    ATI Radeon HD 6800

    ATI Radeon HD 6900

    ATI Radeon 5xxx

    ATI R580 (X1900)

    ATI RV570 (X1900 GT/PRO)

    AMD ANTILLES (HD 6990)


    AMD BARTS (HD 6800)



    AMD CAICOS (HD 6400)

    AMD CAYMAN (HD 6900)

    AMD CYPRESS (HD 5800)

    AMD HEMLOCK (HD 5970)

    AMD JUNIPER (HD 5700)


    AMD REDWOOD (HD 5500/5600)

    AMD TURKS (HD 6500/6600)

    AMD RV635 (HD 3600)

    AMD RV670 (HD 3800)

    AMD R680 (HD 3870 X2)

    AMD R700 (HD 4800 X2)

    AMD RV730 (HD 4600)

    AMD RV740 (HD 4700)

    AMD RV770 (HD 4800)

    AMD RV790 (HD 4800)

    ATI FirePro 5000

    ATI FirePro 7000

    ATI FirePro M

    Intel HD Graphics 3000

    Intel HD Graphics 4000

    NVIDIA G100M

    NVIDIA G 410M

    NVIDIA GT 130M

    NVIDIA GT 140M

    NVIDIA G210M

    NVIDIA GT 220M

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    NVIDIA G100

    NVIDIA G210

    NVIDIA 210

    NVIDIA GT 240

    NVIDIA GTS 240

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    NVIDIA GTX 260

    NVIDIA GTX 270

    NVIDIA GTX 280

    NVIDIA GTX 290

    NVIDIA 310

    NVIDIA 315

    NVIDIA GT 320

    NVIDIA GT 330

    NVIDIA GT 340

    NVIDIA 405

    NVIDIA GT 420

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    NVIDIA GTS 450

    NVIDIA GTX 460

    NVIDIA GTX 470

    NVIDIA GTX 480

    NVIDIA 510

    NVIDIA GT 520

    NVIDIA GT 530

    NVIDIA GT 540

    NVIDIA GTX 550

    NVIDIA GTX 560

    NVIDIA GTX 570

    NVIDIA GTX 580

    NVIDIA GTX 590

    NVIDIA 605

    NVIDIA GT 610

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    NVIDIA GT 630

    NVIDIA GT 640

    NVIDIA GT 650

    NVIDIA GTX 650

    NVIDIA GTX 660

    NVIDIA GTX 670

    NVIDIA GTX 680

    NVIDIA GTX 690

    NVIDIA G86

    NVIDIA G92

    NVIDIA GeForce 6100

    NVIDIA GeForce 7900

    NVIDIA GeForce 8300

    NVIDIA GeForce 8600

    NVIDIA GeForce 8700

    NVIDIA GeForce 8800

    NVIDIA GeForce 9400

    NVIDIA GeForce 9500

    NVIDIA GeForce 9600

    NVIDIA GeForce 9800

    NVIDIA G94


    NVIDIA Quadro 2000 M/D

    NVIDIA Quadro 3000M

    NVIDIA Quadro 4000M

    NVIDIA Quadro 4000

    NVIDIA Quadro 50x0 M

    NVIDIA Quadro 6000

    NVIDIA Quadro CX

    NVIDIA Quadro FX 2700M

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    NVIDIA Quadro FX 3600

    NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700

    NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800

    NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500

    NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M

    NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800

    List of GPUs where Materials is available but not enabled by default:

    ATI All-in-Wonder HD

    ATI Display Adapter

    ATI FireGL 5xxx

    ATI FirePro M3900

    ATI FireMV

    ATI Radeon HD 6300M

    ATI Radeon HD 6400M

    ATI Radeon HD 6500M

    ATI Radeon HD 6300G

    ATI Radeon HD 6400G

    ATI Radeon HD 6500G

    ATI Radeon HD 7200

    ATI Radeon HD 7300

    ATI Radeon HD 7400

    ATI Mobility Radeon 4100

    ATI Mobility Radeon 5000

    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 530v

    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 540v

    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 545v

    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400

    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600

    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3400

    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3600

    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4200

    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4300

    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4500

    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4600

    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5400

    ATI Mobility Radeon Graphics

    ATI Radeon HD 2300

    ATI Radeon HD 2400

    ATI Radeon HD 2600

    ATI Radeon HD 3200

    ATI Radeon HD 3300

    ATI Radeon HD 3400

    ATI Radeon HD 4200

    ATI Radeon HD 4300

    ATI Radeon HD 4500

    ATI Radeon HD 6200

    ATI Radeon HD 6300

    ATI Radeon 3000

    ATI Radeon 3100

    AMD RS880 (HD 4200)

    AMD RV620 (HD 3400)

    ATI 760G/Radeon 3000

    ATI FirePro 2000

    ATI FirePro 4000

    Intel GMA 3600

    Intel HD Graphics 2000

    Intel HD Graphics


    NVIDIA G 110M

    NVIDIA G 120M

    NVIDIA G 310M

    NVIDIA GT 120

    NVIDIA GT 130

    NVIDIA GT 140

    NVIDIA 200

    NVIDIA G200

    NVIDIA GT 220

    NVIDIA GT 230

    NVIDIA GeForce 7100

    NVIDIA GeForce 8100

    NVIDIA GeForce 8200M

    NVIDIA GeForce 8200

    NVIDIA GeForce 8400M

    NVIDIA GeForce 8400

    NVIDIA GeForce 8500

    NVIDIA GeForce 8600M

    NVIDIA GeForce 8700M

    NVIDIA GeForce 8800M

    NVIDIA GeForce 9100M

    NVIDIA GeForce 9100

    NVIDIA GeForce 9200M

    NVIDIA GeForce 9200

    NVIDIA GeForce 9300M

    NVIDIA GeForce 9300

    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M

    NVIDIA GeForce 9500M

    NVIDIA GeForce 9600M

    NVIDIA GeForce 9700M

    NVIDIA GeForce 9800M


    NVIDIA nForce

    NVIDIA Quadro 1000M

    NVIDIA Quadro 400

    NVIDIA Quadro 600

    NVIDIA Quadro FX 770M

    NVIDIA Quadro FX 1600M

    NVIDIA Quadro FX

    NVIDIA Quadro NVS 1xxM

    NVIDIA Quadro NVS 2100M

    NVIDIA Quadro NVS 3100M

    NVIDIA Quadro NVS 4200M

    NVIDIA Quadro NVS

    NVIDIA Corporation N12P

    NVIDIA Corporation N11M

    PowerVR SGX545


    Edited by Jeremy Linden

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