Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Frame rate drops update



We have updated our story about the OpenGL problems causing sudden frame rate drops in Second Life, because this issue now spreads from KB3176938 released on 31st August, to KB3189866 which was released yesterday.

KB3189866 is a cumulative patch, so if you removed KB3176938 is adds the code your computer is 'missing', back into the system.

The update is towards the bottom of the story here: Frame Rate drops story

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

SL Enquirer blogs London City Birthday



Thank you to Lilya Luv of the SL Enquirer for the story about London City's 7th Birthday.

As the article mentions, this coming weekend we will be revisiting where it all started, the Mainland and be holding a party for avatars as they would have looked 7 years ago!

You can read the SL Enquirer here http://www.slenquirer.com/2016/09/seven-years-and-still-running-london.html

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Redeemed



As part of our 7th Birthday celebrations, on Saturday we premiered a new show. A tribute to Televangelism called "Jebus Revival".

Thanks to the Players for making it possible:
The Choir, Ian, Ando and Lucien.  The Happy Goodmans, With Bailey as Jessica Hahn, Katty as Saint Mother Teresa, CoffeeQueen as Howard 'Happy' Goodman, RubyB as Vestal, God as the voice of Kenneth Copeland and Tammy Faye Bakker and Jan Crouch appearing as themselves.

Thank you for making it a great show and adding so much comedy.






Wednesday, September 07, 2016

NVIDIA setting you might like to try



Have you tried this setting in your NVIDIA control panel?  It won't work for everyone, but might work for you.

Under program settings, create a profile for your SL viewer software, and try enabling "Vertical Sync".

You need to restart your viewer after this change.  On our computers, frame rate increased from an average of 28-30 to 40-50.  Every little helps!

It does not fix the issues with the Windows 10 KB3176938 problem, but was a tweak we found along the way whilst researching the causes.


Monday, September 05, 2016

Trash or Treasure



People are always throwing things away in the litter bins in London City.   You never know quite what you will find in there.  A useful gadget or even some cash.   By walking up to the bin a random gift will be given to you.

You can visit the litter bin in Regent's Park here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/88/205/23

And the reason for this reminder?  Lovely new team member Elise has made a bespoke Umbrella with pose, especially for the rainy days here in London.  Visit the litter bin often for a chance to get this new gift!


Sunday, September 04, 2016

Sudden Frame Rate Drops (KB3176938)




Updated 14th September (notes at bottom)

Finding your frame rate inexplicably goes from whatever is normal to about 2 frames a second?

Well you can relax to an extent, there is nothing wrong with your settings and you are not being griefed.

But you are a Windows 10 Anniversary user, and you have the KB3176938 update and it installed around 1st September. This is the cause of your problems.



This is not simply a Second Life related problem, this issue is common to all OpenGL rendered applications, including D&D Online, Runescape, and Xplane, with emerging reports from the Minecraft community.

The problem occurs when any other application steals focus from your viewer such as a web browser or going to your desktop or minimizing the SL viewer.  The SL viewer then fails to regain foreground priority until your relog.   Sometimes it can take an hour for this problem to show itself, sometimes just a few minutes.

Linden Lab are aware of the issue, and their developers are actively pursuing a resolution for the problem.  However, at the time of writing this, the only workaround they can suggest is to consider uninstalling the hotfix patch from Microsoft.

If you cannot wait for a resolution to this, which now seems likely to be a further fix from Microsoft, and you are feeling brave, here is a guide to removing updates:  http://www.howtogeek.com/235474/how-to-roll-back-builds-and-uninstall-updates-on-windows-10/

There is also a thread to follow on the Microsoft site, specific to this issue.  Although it says it affects Firestorm, the Lab confirms it is all viewers with this update:  severe performance issues on Firestorm viewer

You can also follow the issue on the Firestorm Jira: http://jira.phoenixviewer.com/browse/FIRE-20034

There is now a LL JIRA for this issue.  https://jira.secondlife.com/browse/BUG-37795



extra note:
Please be aware that whilst the workaround of uninstalling KB3176938 does solve the framerate issue, if like me, you have always had Cortana disabled, the removal will of KB3176938 will  trigger it to become activated.

One of the 'features' of the Anniversary update was to remove the "off" switch for Cortana and once activated, it cannot be turned off again without hacking the registry.


14th September

If you removed KB3176938 alas the frame rate problem returns on the update KB3176938 released last night.  The patch is cumulative, meaning that it gives you all the updates to date.  If you are therefore missing KB3176938 because you removed it, it will be included in the patch from last night.

You can follow this direct link to the MS trouble-shooter which allows you to Show or Hide updates from your PC:   http://download.microsoft.com/download/F/2/2/F22D5FDB-59CD-4275-8C95-1BE17BF70B21/wushowhide.diagcab

You can run the troubleshooter and uninstall the patches as described here: http://www.howtogeek.com/235474/how-to-roll-back-builds-and-uninstall-updates-on-windows-10/

As previously explained, unrolling the updates will enable Cortana if you previously had it disabled, because a 'feature' of the Anniversary Update was to remove your ability to turn it off.

However by following this Registry Edit which I can confirm works as I have done it myself, will turn Cortana off in Windows 10 Anniversary.   Every caution should be taken when editing the registry.  Check and double check you have made any alterations correctly and back up your registry before meddling with it!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iW1heCjMe3w


Birthday Blog roll



A couple of great stories covering London City's 7th Birthday

Daniel Voyager has written about London City many times over the years.  We thank him for all the coverage he has given us, including this story for London City's Birthday.


You can visit Daniel Voyagers blog here to see the story


Jude Walter has a backpacking blog where he continues a journey through various places on the grid.  He has also written about London's celebrations on his blog.


You can visit Jude Walter's SL Backpacker here for the story






Friday, September 02, 2016

Simply Red - Saturday



Simply Red the tribute takes to the stage this Saturday.

Simply Red is a British pop/soul group formed in 1985.  To date they have sold over 50 million albums.

Their most famous songs include, Money's Too Tight To Mention, Holding Back The Years, Every Time We Say Goodbye,  It's Only Love,  If You Don't Know Me By Now, Something Got Me Started, Stars, Your Mirror and Fairground.

The Party starts at 12pm SL (8pm UK) with the show and hour later at 1pm SL (9pm UK) at the concert area, located here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/126/106/23