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I thought I would write a blog on how to get Second Life to run on an ATI Radeon HD2600XT video card.
My card is the AGP series of the card as my computer is an AMD Athlon XP 3000+ with 2 gigabytes of Corsair Value Select memory and a 250 gigabyte Western Digital Caviar hard drive.

I also have Windows XP Professional dual booted with Windows Vista Home Premium with Second Life installed on the Windows XP partition as you will see in the Second Life screenshots.

What I am about to show you through screenshots may apply to the PCI Express version of the card as well.

I tried a Google search for a solution to my problem first but only got more questions and very little in answers to a possible solution so I decided to delve into the 3D settings in the Catalyst Control Centre, below is the outcome of what helped me run Second Life.

The first step is to go to the Catalyst Control Centre and select the 3D Settings tab as Screenshot 1 shows below, this way you will be able to get to the Second Life login if you don’t do this initial step Second Life will load for a second and stay resident in memory but nothing will be on the screen.

image Screenshot 1: 3D Settings in the Catalyst Control Centre

The second step is to go to the Catalyst AI tab in 3D settings and tick on “Disable Catalyst AI” as shown in Screenshot 2, by doing this it will allow Second Life to start without crashing.

imageScreenshot 2: Disabling the Catalyst AI in the Catalyst Control Centre

The other thing to remember is to allow Second Life to control anti-aliasing as well as de-select “Enable Adaptive Anti-Aliasing”. I also found that if you allow Second Life to “Control Anisotropic Filtering” Second Life will start without crashing.

This now brings us to the Second Life side of getting Second Life to start without crashes.

When you get to the Second Life login screen you need to select the Edit menu and then Preferences.

You then need to select the Graphics tab as shown in Screenshot 3.

image Screenshot 3: Graphics tab in the Second Life Preferences Menu

From here you need to select Hardware Options on the Graphics tab as shown in Screenshot 4 and de-select “Enable OpenGL Vertex Buffer Objects”, I was also told that OpenGL VBO can cause objects not to display properly in the Second Life Viewer and also cause the viewer to crash.

image Screenshot 4: Disabling “Enable OpenGL Vertex Buffer Objects”

So there you have it my solution to getting Second Life to run on an ATI video card, took awhile to work out but it’s cool.

Enjoy

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In this blog I will take you step by step through the steps you need to go through to back up the Second Life Cache in Windows Vista showing you through several screenshots.

There are two ways to do this:

  1. Using backup software included in Windows Vista to schedule a regular backup of the Second Life Cache and
  2. Manually copy the folder to somewhere else on the hard drive such as Documents.

For this blog I will be using option 2 to show you how to back up the Second Life Cache in Windows Vista.

The steps are as follows:

Go to the Start Menu and select Computer as shown in Screenshot 1 and then double click on C: drive and you will see a folder called Users double click on it as shown in Screenshot 2.

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Screenshot 1: Go to the Start Menu and select Computer

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Screenshot 2: Double click on C: drive and you will see a folder called Users double click on it.

When you double click on Users you will see two folders called Public and whatever you have called yourself at log-on at this stage you will need to go to the Organise Menu and then click on Folder and Search Options as shown in Screenshot 3 and Screenshot 4.

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Screenshot 3: Click on the Options Menu

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Screenshot 4: Click on Folder and Search Options

Once you have opened the Folder Options you need to click on the View Tab and click on Show Hidden Files and Folders as shown in Screenshot 5

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Screenshot 5: Click on Folder Options and select Show Hidden Files and Folders

Double click on the folder that has your log-on name and double click on the AppData folder as shown in Screenshot 6.

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Screenshot 6: Double click on the AppData folder

At this stage three folders are displayed Local, LocalLow and Roaming, you need to double click on the Roaming folder as shown in Screenshot 7.

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Screenshot 7: Double click on the Roaming folder

Scroll down until you can see the Second Life folder and then double click on it as shown in Screenshot 8 and 9.

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Screenshot 8: Scroll down until you locate the Second Life folder

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Screenshot 9: Double click on the Second Life folder

You should now see several folders displayed browser_profile, cache, logs, your avitar name and user_settings.

Right click on the Cache folder and select Copy from the menu as shown in Screenshot 10.

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Screenshot 10: Right click on the Cache folder and select Copy

The next step is now to open the Start Menu and click on the Documents folder as shown in Screenshot 11.

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Screenshot 11: Click on the Start Menu and click on the Documents folder

With the Documents folder now open right click on any space you can find and select Paste as shown in Screenshot 12.

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Screenshot 12: Right click on any space you can find and select Paste

It is a good idea to back up the copy of the Second Life Cache folder you just pasted to the Documents folder to a CD or DVD depending on the size of the folder.

To hide files and folders you need to do the reversal of showing files and folders which can also be done while in the Documents folder.


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A  friend asked me some time ago why her computer was slow and crashed frequently while in Second Life the short answer is she needs to defragment her hard drive before using Second Life as the program places a lot of demand on a computer.

I find the best way to avoid the problem with Second Life crashing intermittently is to use CCleaner (http://www.ccleaner.com/) to clean the computer from accumulated junk and to also allow CCleaner to search for issues and then backing up the relevant registry entries when asked.

After  the registry entries have been backed up complete the cleaning process.

By backing up the registry entries this allows you to restore the registry prior to the cleaning process in the event of further problems caused by the deleting the registry entries.

I have never had the need to restore the deleted registry entries myself but that doesn’t mean anyone else would be in the same boat.

After using CCleaner I generally do a defragmentation of the hard drive as this places all the Second Life program files in one place on the hard drive helping the computer user to maintain stability in Second Life.

To use the Windows Defragmenter you need to follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the windows XP Start Button and click it
  2. Click on All Programs then select Accessories
  3. Click on System Tools then select Windows Defragmenter

After doing a defrag of the hard drive the computer should now be stable while using Second Life, this is required each time you connect to the Second Life server in order to maintain stability and to avoid both a system reboot which occurs frequently for some SL users or Second Life crashing altogether which happens to me every now and then.

So hopefully this blog has helped you to overcome the problems of a highly fragmented hard drive slowing down the performance of your computer right down to a crawl.

As always enjoy my blog and feel free to make suggestions about the content and any topics for discussion you would like answers to, if your questions are beyond my area of expertise I will research the problem for you and get back to you in a relevant blog.