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


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

From an acorn..



London City started out on the Mainland, seven years ago.  Back then it was called "Mainland London".

For posterity, we still maintain a small parcel on our original home region 'Mephilo Tor'.


You can visit the original site here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mephilo%20Tor/77/237/80

Sunday, August 28, 2016

London Carnival - Video Review



It is Carnival in RL London and also in London City.

Here is video from the weekend concerts.  Join us today at 11am SL Time (7pm UK) for more celebrations.


Friday, August 26, 2016

Bank Holiday Carnival Weekend



Here it is.. The Summer Bank Holiday Weekend and the London Carnival.

It is time to party and getting us into the mood on Saturday, the one and only BOB MARLEY.

So get you carnival outfits on for a great time in London City, starting today (Friday) at 11am SL Time (7pm UK) in Bar Soho, then on to Madame Lala's.

Carnival events run all weekend in London City with the Bob Marley show on Saturday at 12pm SL http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City/130/113/24

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Lab explains Tuesday Service Interruption



On Tuesday, Second Life suffered an outage lasting approximately four hours.

At first, this outage appeared to behave differently to previous problems, as users logging in were told to check that their name or password was entered correctly, leading many to think that their password had been changed without their knowledge.

About 15 minutes later we all received assurance that it was a problem the lab was aware of and was actively seeking to resolve.









The troubles were due to the master node of the central database crashing. Attempts to bring logons back were hampered by it being a very busy time of day and the volume of residents logging in caused the system to topple again.

Linden lab have blogged the incident and give a full account of what went wrong HERE

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Bank Holiday Weekend approaching






It is the Summer Bank Holiday this weekend, meaning people in the UK enjoy a 3-day weekend.

We hope you will join us throughout the long weekend. With all London City venues running holiday parties and the weather hotting up, this should a wonderful Carnival with pool parties, street traders and musicians, contests and competitions and lots of people popping by to enter into the spirit of things.

Begins 11am SL (7pm UK) on Friday at Bar Soho.


Sunday, August 07, 2016

"London City Players" is looking for Band Members



On Saturdays from 12pm to 2pm SL time, London City Players  play band members in the weekly tribute act shows.

We are seeking to expand this team. You do not need to perform each and every week, it is done in rotation.

We often provide your costume ourselves and gratuities are split between the Players that night.

If you are engaging and chatty and can work as part of a team, contact rubyjones in-world

You must have a basic understanding of Second Life, a presentable avatar and be of a chatty disposition.  This role would suit experienced residents.

Friday, August 05, 2016

London (City) Riots remembered 5 years on



Five years ago, London rioted, causing the single biggest loss of property and possessions since the blitz.  For those of us living close to the capital it was three nights of terror, which went as quickly as it came.   Here is a vintage (and somewhat clonky) video from 2011 in London City, created at the same time surrounding areas were under siege by hooligans looting and burning towns.  We clearly remember turning our lights out and staying logged into Second Life and other social media as trouble crept towards our RL district.


Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Lab blogs about Second Life Improvements and Developments



On Tuesday, Linden Lab blogged about Second Life Developments and about new features being added.

The story highlights the new Bento Avatar Skeleton giving more bones to avatars for even greater realism; The Virtual Outfit Browser which will allow you to store a picture of a saved outfit to jog your memory without having to wear it to see; Replacement for Quicktime, Quick Graphics and much much more..

To see the latest improvements and things coming to Second Life, check the official blog Here