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Rohan Dockal

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  1. I also have a Samsung S21, and was able to log into SL for weeks with no problem, then in the last couple months only it wouldn't work. It kept getting stuck on "waiting for region handshake". I tried everything. Using another viewer, another laptop, tweaking every one of my settings, turning off firewalls, moving to a different spot, nothing would work. I could still get blazing fast 5G speed in my browser. I could also log into SL using the Lumiya app. But I couldn't get into SL thorugh my laptop. 

    Today FINALLY I was able to get in after making the following changes to my phone. I just logged out and logged back in three times successfully so it looks like this really works. 

    Go to "Settings", then "Connections", then "Mobile Hotspot and Tethering", put your finger on "Mobile Hotspot" for a moment and let go, so you see the options there. Make sure Security is set to "WPA2-Personal", Band is set to "5 GHz preferred" , the MAC address type is set to "Phone MAC", and "Support Wi-Fi 6 standard" is on. That's all I changed and now it works. 

    BTW, to respond to someone above, SL doesn't use as much data as you think. In a typical evening, maybe 300 mb or so, if I travel to a couple new places, and keep my streaming media off. Obviously if you are playing region music and/or videos, and teleporting around a lot, that will add to the data. If you stay at a familiar place thats already loaded in your cache, and keep all media off, the data used will be considerably less.  

  2. Either EEP is crazy, or it's not working for me as intended. 

    For the record, I usually keep my graphics on ultra or close to it. I'm using Firestorm because almost everyone I know does as well. I prefer to set the viewer to "shared environment" because I want to see the same sky that everyone else sees. I don't want to be looking at bright daylight while my friends are all midnight, for example.

    Here is my the problem. Under shared environment, for some reason it's constantly dark. Nights are really dark, no surprise. But even the day is too dark. Instead of a bright blue sky, it's a very dark blue.  And the contrast is so high, everything not facing the sun is in a dark shadow and difficult to see. At night I can adjust the gamma level, and that helps, but that resets the next time I log on. I could turn shadows off, and that helps a little, but even with them off, there is still way too much contrast. Don't tell me to just change the windlight - yes that works, but then I won't be seeing the sky in sync with everyone else. 

    Also, I can't find any manual or documentation how to use this. It's as if Firestorm just swapped the dashboard of an automobile with the dashboard of a jumbo jet and expects us to be able to figure it out. For example, what does "scale" do? What about "glow focus"? etc.  I've checked the Firestorm site, the EEP blog, and the wiki. They are much more focused on telling us how great this is, or telling you how to make presets. But I could always change my personal windlight before EEP, so I don't see what the difference is there

    I consider myself fairly technically minded, and I've been on SL for 11 years, and I can't figure this out. So how is a new person supposed to?
     

  3. 11 hours ago, Theresa Tennyson said:

    The "absolute lowest setting" may not be the best performing setting for your graphics card. The extremely low settings are for very old/limited cards and for moderate cards like yours they may be turning off settings that will actually help your card. I'm thinking of basic shaders, etc.

    Thank you, I think that's it!! I did some serious testing today and found out that the middle graphics setting got me a better frame rate than the lowest setting. I think that's why catznip seemed to work better initially. And thats not all -

    Today I extensively tested Firestorm and Catznip viewer at 4 locations. Both graphic settings were identical (set to mid) and the network settings were identical too. In each case I gave it several minutes to settle down so everything could load after teleporting to that location. 

    1. Inside a small box 2000m in the air: Firestorm: 80 fps, Catznip 100fps

    2. On the ground, looking at these waves hitting my beach: Firestorm: 44 fps, Catznip 15fps 

    3. At a public store (Truth Hair), with 3 people in my field of vision: Firestorm: 28 fps, Catznip 28fps 

    4. At a club (Fogbound) looking at the dance floor, at least 20 people: Firestorm: 15 fps, Catznip 15fps 

     

    Overall there was no real difference except for the beach at my house. That result was so bizarre I tested it twice, and still same results. 

     

     

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  4. 10 hours ago, Gadget Portal said:

    Running an i7-7700, overclocked GTX970, with the cache on an M.2 drive, I can see FPS as high as 120 even on the mainland.

    If you can afford it, just use pure horsepower to overcome SL's crappy content. Build the computer yourself, buy parts on sale or when the next gen is being released. You can get great hardware cheap if you take the time. 

    If you're running a laptop with any series mobile card, you're simply not going to have a whole lot of fun in SL without LL making drastic changes to content limitations. 

    I guess that's my only real option, but I wonder how many times do I need to upgrade? I wonder if Sansar will be better.  

    I do have to point out that your 120 FPS doesn't really exist. At least I've been told by people that the highest SL supports is 45, so anything above that is superfluous. 

    I did try Catznip viewer and here's the weird thing - it did noticeably improve my FR at the clubs. However, back at my house, it was slightly worse then Firestorm! However on balance, it performs better. Only problem is I'm used to running Firestorm with the Old Phoenix interface and Catznip confuses the hell out of me...

     

  5. 13 hours ago, Alyona Su said:

    This. Turn off Advanced Lighting and your frame rate will double instantly. 

    @Rohan Dockal - here's something I haven't seen mentioned, yet: have you tried a different viewer?

    The newest Catznip was just released last week and I am seeing such a performance boost that I am able to literally double my graphics setting for the same performance as I get with Firestorm. It's not my intent to evangelize Catzip or harp on firestorm (I am with the belief that most of the viewers, including the official LL viewer, are great viewers). They cost nothing but a little time and experimentation. Try them: Catznip, Kokua, etc.

    Yes, I've turned off advanced lighting. As I said, when I'm at clubs I turn down to the absolute lowest setting, and it's still laggy. 

    Using a different viewer is a new suggestion - I'll try that. 

  6. 20 hours ago, chibiusa Ling said:

    Now you would think "Yes but my card is a 940m, surely my card is better than your card". Nope...only slightly and at the same time not, if you check this link out : https://www.game-debate.com/gpu/index.php?gid=2802&gid2=2702&compare=geforce-940m-2gb-vs-geforce-gt-650m-v2 you will find that we actually get comparatively similar scores on everything and the cards come out roughly equal on most things with my card even beating your card on certain other things. Yet your card was released in 2015....mine 2012 or before. So thats probably one possible factor.

    All I can suggest to you is this..

     

    Trust me, I don't need any tips on tweaking my settings or selecting my graphics card. I have tried EVERYTHING. 
    And even though my graphics card is from 2015, that doesn't tell the whole story - SL ran better for me back in 2009, and I was obviously using a much more low powered machine back then. 
     

  7. Second life didn't used to be as laggy as it is today, and I don't think I'm imagining it, because my friends all say the same thing. I've been on almost 10 years now, since 2009. I didn't pay attention to my frame rate in the past, but in the past we could go to clubs, even crowded clubs as a group. It was a little laggy, but we could dance, and see each other dancing. Now it's impossible to enjoy except at the most empty places. 

    For example, as I type this, I'm in the Fogbound club (a popular place every night). Even with my graphics preferences on the absolute lowest settings, I'm getting a FR of only 2 (TWO!!!) if my camera is in the direction of the dance floor. So in other words, if I actually want to look at people, all I can see are some glimpses of movement, and mesh body parts floating around the room. Even typing in IM is laggy. If the camera is on myself only, no other people, then the FR goes up to 11. If I stare at the brick wall only, then it goes up to 50.

    What gives? Just for reference, I'm using a laptop with an i7 processor, 16 gb ram, Windows 10, and an Nvidia graphics card (GeForce 940M), and have a very fast internet connection. I know that's not the absolute top of the line graphics card, but my machine is well above average. And I used much more modest computers years ago, some had no dedicated graphics card at all, yet SL ran more smoothly back then. Hell, I remember years ago using a very basic laptop on a library wifi connection and going to clubs or other public areas without much problem. 

    I've heard some people speculate mesh is causing this problem. But mesh is less prim heavy, so it seems the opposite would be true. But if it is, then was introducing mesh bodies really worth it?

    Is there some other reason this is happening? 

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