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From the Second Life Knowledge Base, some possiibly useful information for those with dual core processors:
The following info has been contributed by Kona, Fordak, and Steve Linden:
Dual core processor machines (Pentium D, Core 2 Duo, Athlon 64X2…etc) have been proliferating in the market since late last year, and as a result, more of our Residents are using this type of PC. Unfortunately, Second Life isn’t currently optimized for dual core processor setups.If you’re reporting poor performance and you’re running a dual core machine, please do the following:
- While running SL (or at least have the SL client login up), bringup the Windows Task Manager by pressing CTRL+ALT+Delete
- Select the Processes tab, and locate SecondLife.exe listed underImage Name
- Right-click on SecondLife.exe, and from the dropdown, select “SetAffinity…”
- When the Processor Affinity window pops up, you’ll most likely notice that two CPUs are selected, CPU 0 & CPU 1. Select only one of the CPUs, then click on OK.
Affinity will reset back to using both processors after you log off SL. You will need to repeat the process above after you log back onto SL.
To see if you’re running a dual core processor machine, do the following:
- Bring up the Windows Task Manager by pressing CTRL+ALT+Del
- Select the Performance tab
- If you see TWO graphs in the CPU Usage History section, you’re running a dual core processor setup.
What may also help you cut down on rendering “lag” is turning on the Client menu and selecting Client > Rendering > Use VBO. Vertex Buffer Objects in Second Life are still in development, so consider it experimental, but it made a lot of noticeable difference for me (Torley Linden). Please see this entry on my own blog for more context.
One of the following applications can be used to permanently change the affinity of a process/application:
If you’re running an AMD Dual Core system, you should install AMD’s hotfix which is located here:
If the hotfix isn’t enough, you can use a little application called Imagecfg that will allow you to permanently change the affinity of a process/application:
You can also use other similar programs that set the affinity of an application, such as those listed below:
Also, you can create a batch script so the affinity settings persist between logins:
- Make a text file with the following contents:c:
cd \\Program Files\\SecondLife
imagecfg -a 0x1 SecondLife.exeand then rename the suffix “.txt” to “.bat” and run it while Second Life is closed.
- Start Second Life and confirm affinity is set to only one core.
You’ll need to do this each time you’ve updated to a new version of Second Life.
Note that this information might well be out of date or not apply – I have put this here so that people can get to it without having to be logged in to the Second Life Knowledge Base.
There is a wealth of useful information in the Second Life Knowledge Base. It’s a shame that you can’t open in and leave it open in a tab in the background without having it bug you about timing out every ten minutes.
Originally uploaded by SuezanneC Baskerville
Posting in the SLUniverse.com forums using the wall browser in the Twinity virtual world.
In a virtual world designed to let the the browser component interface with the virtual world, complex web pages could serve as control panels for inworld objects, as well as allowing people to sit in the virtual world together and watch youtube videos, among many other possible uses.
Soup.io is a pretty neat site. You tell it about your Twitter site and your WordPress blog and your Flickr site and it monitors them and provide a means of looking at them merged into one chronological stream.
Check out my soup stream at http://suezanne.soup.io .
You may not find my soup to your liking but someone else is bound to make a flavor you will enjoy. Perhaps you should try your hand at making some some soup de Your at http://soup.io .
Livemocha looks like it should be a good site for those wanting to learn additional languages. My daughter is taking French and Spanish in school and is teaching herself Japanese on her own and plans to take the AP Advanced Placement test in Japanese based on her independent study. I am thus going to make sure that she gives this site a good looking at.
Originally uploaded by SuezanneC Baskerville
Worlds (aka Worlds Chat) has a bunch of different places requiring you to download and restart. One of these is the Hanson Superstore.
Uploaded by SuezanneC Baskerville on 20 Dec 07, 12.14AM CST.