Nalates Urriah

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  1. Having a good Internet connection does NOT guarantee you have a good connection to the SL servers. You will have to test the specific connection. For the how to see http://blog.nalates.net/2011/10/26/troubleshoot-your-sl-connection/ Open Viewer Statistics (Ctrl-Shift-1) and look for packet loss. When you say the avatar keeps walking... do you mean it is moving across the terrain? Or the legs move whether it is moving across the terrain or not? In the first case, it is serious connection lag to the SL servers. You should see the stats showing long ping times and often high packet loss. Use the troubleshooting info to track down the problem. In the second case, you likely are seeing intermittent packet loss. Things like avatar movement, scripted objects moving, and other updates from the SL servers as to what is happening in the simulated world are getting lost. Updates travel via the UDP protocol, which has no error checking or packet resend. How easy this is to detect depends on how much data loss is occurring. Press Ctrl-Shift-Alt-U to turn on the updates display. See http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/About_the_Update_Indicators for an explanation of the color codes. It takes some experience to notice small issues in the update stream but, you should be able to see the type of loss you are talking about. The problem can be in the downstream, coming to you, or in the upstream, going to the servers. It is very difficult to detect problems in the upstream. I don't have any tips for doing that. Most testing is done on incoming data. Either way, the problem is almost certainly in the connection. That a relog clears the problem, may just be that it resync's the connection. Often a teleport to a new region will do the same. Or using the viewer's Stop Animating Me will resync things. (Me->Movement->Stop...) You can test with other viewers to eliminate any possibility of a viewer problem, which I think is unlikely. Remember. Network connections change by the millisecond. So, a change to a different viewer may take up the time needed for the network problem to clear.
  2. An impossible part of the problem is the Registry Entries. The install program places data the viewer requires in the computer registry. There is no viewer that would allow you to place the Reg Entries, logs, settings, and caches on a USB drive. You could build one, the viewer is open source. AFAIK, no one has. PS: A bit of research... someone did build a portable viewer for SL & OS. It appears to be about 4 years out of date. https://sourceforge.net/projects/phoenixportable/
  3. @payal0002 I think this is what you are looking for: http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/APIs_and_Web_Services_Portal
  4. Check your system against the SL System Requirements. You can try other third-party viewers and see if they will install and launch. I suggest Singularity as it has a lite hardware
  5. That several viewers on the same computer have the same problem and a laptop doesn't, that suggests there is something your desktop doesn't like. Most probably something that upsets the video card. Heat problems will usually give you a few minutes in SL. You can get CPUID Hardware Monitor (free) and track the max temp in the CPU and GPU. If you have heat problems open the case and clean the fans and heat sinks. Canned air works well. Don't over rev the fans with the canned air. Try wearing the Ruth avatar in the laptop. (Develop->Avatar->Character Tests->Test male/female) Go to some place like Pooley or Furball. Log off. Then try logging at last location in with your desktop. If it doesn't crash, it is something you were wearing or in the environment. If it does, give us your computer and viewer specs. Use the viewers HELP->ABOUT... you can capture that info before you login.
  6. This is an interesting set of opinions. No one seems to get down to the base principals. That pretty much reflects what is going on in real life discussions of various issues. Cyber Bullying is a hot buzzword these days. Bullying in any form is the base issue. On a primal level, the issue is basic human behavior. We see various actors playing off known human behaviors to run their agendas. Push button, get result. Propaganda works. People can be trained. The book The Rape of the Mind by Joost Meerloo, a hard read, gets into how what was learned in WWII is used by governments, corporations, and radical groups to manipulate the masses today. The science of propaganda is rapidly advancing. If one does not understand they basic concepts, they are pretty much defenseless. Dani86 and several others here are exemplars of how well the training is working. They would like a law passed to eliminate what they think is bullying. The ‘law’ thing implies someone else will do the heavy lifting to eliminate bullying. Jesse Venture, not the deepest or most rational thinker, is attributed the saying, ‘You can’t legislate morality.’ George Clooney twisted it to say ‘You can’t legislate good taste’. Considering the two you should grasp the concept being implied. However, people, especially politicians, try to do both. With Dani86 we see a proposition being taken as harassment. That should have people realizing the basic problem with ‘law’. Someone has to determine what behaviors are… legal, illegal, socially acceptable, inappropriate, whatever. Who do you trust with that power? If a person on Facebook belittles a person and wishes them dead, that is cyber bullying. On The View, if that same behavior is targeted at Trump then it is socially acceptable. How does one write a law to make that work? How is THAT progressive? On FB, Twitter, and other social media shaming and hate speech are lamented as portending the end of society and something we have to ban and restrict by passing strong ‘hate speech’ laws. No more trolling. But, it is socially acceptable to degrade, shame, and belittle one’s political opponents. How does one write a law to allow that? And why would one? Across college campuses, snowflakes demand ‘safe spaces’ where their ideas won’t be challenged and they can avoid being exposed to strange new thoughts that may upset them. No longer are colleges places of free thought and radical new ideas. Berkley the historic home of modern free speech erupts to silence anyone who should dare to speak of anything other than Leftist ideology. What happened to the idea of free speech and diversity? Why is this silencing even remotely acceptable? Colleges are segregating to give minorities safe, privileged spaces to the exclusion of other racial groups. They are basically saying, screw M L King Jr and his effort to achieve racial equality. How does a political party promote identity politics and claim MLK is a hero? Complaints about the lack of civility on the Internet are legion. But, the mainstream media models some of the worst behavior going, wishing people ill health and death. The anti-Trumpers are often the most enthusiastic of the vile haters. But, these are socially acceptable expressions. How is that? I suspect few understand the difference between situational ethics and just ethics. So, a proposition is bullying, hate is justifiable political speech, and the silencing of diverse ideas and segregation of races are good things. Are things turning upside down? …and here, no one has mentioned the basic principles of civilization.
  7. Making an image a part of the GUI places a high priority on the image so it is held in the graphics card memory. You can see the effect of having too many images marked high-priority by wearing a bunch of HUDs with lots of large textures or enabling the avatar icons in chat. Texture thrashing is the result. So, making these images crisp by adding them to the GUI is going to make most people see the rest of SL as blurry. In an attempt to be inclusive, the Lab has to make compromises.
  8. You can also use Gestures to program the behavior of keys. There are limits and complications. Between the XML file mapping changes and gestures, you should be able to accomplish most things.
  9. @Evie Moriguchi AVSitter 1 is already open source, free. AVsitter Going Open Source – Free
  10. There is a retail add-on for Blender and another for Maya that provides the avatar skeletons and tools for working with 'Bento' or standard bones. They are AvaStar and MayaStar respectively. you can find them in the Market Place and on the web, AvaStar for Blender is made by Machinimatrix. They also provide a free workbench version of the avatar on their website. It can be used to create animations. Blender allows the export of BVH and ANIM files. AvaStar builds in some checks to their ANIM export that helps with various SL animation problems. MayaStar is still developing the ANIM export. Progress is slow, but soon. Talk to Cathy Foil, MayaStar developer, if you are going the Maya route. SL optimizes animation files uploaded in BVH format. Internally SL stores animations in ANIM format. Using ANIM format for the upload avoids the optimization process that breaks subtle animations. Plus it allows more animation tricks. AvaStar for Blender is made by Machinimatrix. They also provide a free workbench version of the avatar on their website. It can be used to create animations. Blender allows the export of BVH and ANIM files. AvaStar builds in some checks to their ANIM export that helps with various SL animation problems. MayaStar is still developing the ANIM export. Progress is slow, but soon. Talk to Cathy Foil, MayaStar developer, if you are going the Maya route. SL optimizes animation files uploaded in BVH format. Internally SL stores animations in ANIM format. Using ANIM format for the upload avoids the optimization process that breaks subtle animations. Plus it allows more animation tricks. animation files uploaded in BVH format. Internally SL stores animations in ANIM format. Using ANIM format for the upload avoids the optimization process that breaks subtle animations. Plus it allows more animation tricks. On YouTube "Medhue" has a bunch of recent SL animation tutorials using Blender/AvaStar. These can give you a good foundation for how animation is SL works and what some of the gotchas are. Also, the SL Wiki has a LIMITS page listing the various limits you'll run into when uploading animations and other creations.
  11. Just keep filing Abuse Reports. Each time the person abuses you, file an Abuse Report for Harassment and any other violation of the ToS. The Lab reads every report. Sometimes the reports are only filed. Other times various levels of action are taken. But, the only thing you will hear is that they received the report. No other information is given out. So, it may look like the reports have no effect or are ignored. But, they are in fact read, evaluated, researched, and in some way acted on. There are groups that use Abuse Reports as a form of harassment. This forces the Lindens to take some time to evaluate reports. In some cases, they may have to build a history of the parties involved before taking action. The Lab spends a huge amount of staff's time fighting hackers, abusers, and griefers. Results are slow coming. There are tutorials on avoiding and fighting griefers. There are also tutorials explaining scams and cons. I suggest you check out a few to get a sense of how to protect yourself. Just as in RL there are places and things you avoid to stay safe. And there are defensive measures you can take.
  12. You often see an S at the end. If it is "Linden Lab's staff..." in the possessive form then it is grammatically correct. But, there is only one Linden Lab.
  13. FPS% ... what do you mean by the '%' ? The minimum playable FPS according to the Lindens is 10 FPS. The base max speed is 45 FPS... but that is a bit misleading. The SL servers can only provide updated information 45 times per second. The viewer can render more frames and make a smoother camera movement appearance. But, everything is based on those 45 updates per second. Bigmoe oversimplifies but is basically correct. CPU, Memory, PCI bus, hard disk/SSD cache, and GPU have to work together. Anyone can be the bottleneck. Use CPU-z and GPU-Z to see how your computer is performing and where a bottleneck may be. The System Requirements for memory are low, IMO. 8GB is the minimum IMO, Even then I suspect you'll have mini-freezes. 16 or 32 GB of fast memory is way better. Draw Distance and LoD settings can kill performance on even high-end gaming machines. Set LoD to 2 and turn the Draw Distance (DD) down to 128 or 256. Larger draw distances will have your viewer trying to talk to way too many regions. Standing in the middle of a region, 128 only has to deal with one region. At a corner 3 regions. At DD 1024 your viewer can be trying to talk to 15 to 30 regions. To really have any idea, beyond generalities, you have to tell us about your system and which viewer you are using. Use the Viewer's HELP->ABOUT... to gather info.
  14. When you ask a technical question we need lots of information. Start with the viewer's HELP->ABOUT... info. Give us information on what media you are trying to play and how.
  15. It sounds like you are bringing something in with you. So, eliminate that possibility first. TP out. Put on the Ruth avatar (Develop->Avatar->Character Tests->Test Female/Male) and TP back. If you still get the errors, it is something in the region. Your arrival may trigger the event or... you may just be coming within range of the error messages. Click the Clear List button in the error panel. If you have error messages streaming though... it is likely something in the region. Then it is a matter of whether you rent or own. If you own, you can use the Region/Estate Tools to track the problem down and eliminate it. If you are not familiar with the tools, a Trouble Ticket is a good choice.