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Tuesday, August 01, 2017

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Flashing Merlin

Eerie silence in response to this topic: four days now, but no one has posted a Sansar site they liked best.

I'm going to take a chance and post my experience. It's not the answer Hamlet is looking for, but it could be relevant.

The Sansar viewer downloaded with no problem. However, when it started to install, I soon got an error message, something like, "File overflow. Unknown file." I quit and started the installation again. Again I soon got an error message, something like, "Host not found." I gave up, and just went on to do something else.

When I returned to the screen, I saw it had started to install again. So I just let it run and watched. Again it stopped with an error message, but after a few minutes, started to install again. I was impressed that it could recover from errors and continue the installation.

That download was installing on a Win 7 laptop. I started a second installation on a Win 8 desktop, and saw the same pattern of stopping at errors. I decided to let them both run overnight. By the next morning the Win 7 installation had completed, but Win 8 was only at 70%.

I used the Win 7 installation to register my avatar name & ID, and then tried to enter the NASA Sim. I got the message that NASA was downloading, but that just went on, and on. I went on to something else.

When I finally got back, the Win 7 reported that it had stopped the NASA download because it timed out. The Win 8 installation had completed, so I tried to enter NASA on that one, but again the NASA download just went on and on.

By next day the Win 8 also reported timing out. I tried to use the Win 7 to enter a different SIM, but got the message that a new download was now required - something I had predicted with dread in an earlier post on here. However, the installation of that new download took less than an hour, so apparently the first installation takes the longest.

I realize my bandwidth here is less than optimal (although it's fine for SL), so over the weekend I'll take my laptop to a location where I will have 10 mbps and see if I can enter NASA from there.

From the "pile up" picture, it's obvious a lot of avatars were able to get into a Sim, but I wonder if a significant number of SL users had problems, hence the lack of responses to this topic so far.

Jay Salton

This is the first Virtual world I've built. I made an art gallery in Sansar.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hqq7n87KdB4

Flashing Merlin

I'm impressed that Jay Salton was able to get into Sansar, build an art gallery, and shoot a video of it. Great work Jay!

I tried my laptop in two locations that had the recommended 10 mbps bandwidth. Both had the same results: The NASA Sim seemed to load, and my avatar appeared, however all I saw was a gray sky. Nothing rezzed, except one other avatar, who rezzed for a few seconds and then vanished.

The amount of lag I experienced when I tried to move my avatar made SL look blazing fast by comparison. OK my laptop is not an advanced gaming model, but it runs SL with no problems. I can read specs like, “NVIDIA GTX 970 equivalent or greater,” and I guess my laptop video card doesn't qualify, but I would love to see a survey of how many SL users were able to use Sansar, and what were they using, in terms of goggles vs. desktop, computing power, video cards, and bandwidth.

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