Lag at SL9B: How to deal with it

KT asked me to share my lag write up with the readers here. I have updated the blog to focus on SL9B. Just remember, lag is like taxes and death–it’s inevitable. Deal with it and it will be a lot less pain for you.

In dealing with lag at SL9B this year, the organizers did all they could to decrease lag (mostly by being really tough on scripts), but let me clue you in—there will inevitably be some lag, so be prepared. That is what this blog is about.

We highly recommend you visit a sim a day or two sims and don’t try to do it all at once. There is a LOT to see at SL9B—folks have worked very hard on their displays and they all want you to enjoy and experience them. Take the full time of the birthday to do that—it goes on from June 10-June 27. Do a couple sims a night. Don’t think this is a one-hour-and-I-will-be-done experience.

A lot has been written about lag, and there are a lot of myths and half truths. We have tried to get to the core of what you what you can do to make your visit more enjoyable. First, let us say that any sim that has 50 or more avatars moving around and doing things is going to experience some lag. It’s that simple.

First off, and we hate saying it’s you but it really is you. The biggest portion of lag comes from the user’s end. It comes from having a lower-end graphics card, a slower computer, a slower internet connection, and a poor set up. We can’t give you all new computers and better internet connections. (Gosh would we love to.) But we can give you some hints to make it all work better. In short, our tips for making your time at SL9B (and everyone else’s) more enjoyable are as follows:

  • Make sure you are using a more current version of any client. Most old versions of LL’s 1.23 are obsolete. Get rid of them. Go grab a third party viewer or get v2 or v3.
  • Tinker with your Graphics preferences in your client:

Take down graphics quality and performance. (Go to Preferences > Graphics and set to mid or low.) Some people call this “turning down draw distance.” Do it!

Lag at Fashion for Life


Turn off anistropic and antialiasing. (Go back to Preferences > Graphics. In v1 viewers, check the “Custom” and click “Hardware Options.” In V2 viewers, click “Advanced” and “Hardware.” In that window, uncheck “Anisotropic Filtering” and make sure Antialiasing is set to Disable.

Lag at Fashion for Life 


Stop looking at other avatars. Do this by going to Advanced > Debug Settings > RenderAvatarMaxVisible and just take that down to 5. Really. Are you really looking at everyone else or looking at the displays? Come on! This isn’t some fashion show. (See below.)

Lag at Fashion for Life

  • Close other programs you might have running. They may be hogging computer resources and bandwidth. You really REALLY don’t need PS, Firefox, iTunes, Messenger, and WoW running all at once. You need to experience SL9B!
  • Adjust your graphics card to optimal settings.
  • Remove all scripts (including AOs). Too many scripts make the sim cry. We will be monitoring for script usage on the sims. If people enter with an unusual load, we will ask them to descript or in worst cases, resort to booting them. And we have done it but generally, honestly, it’s the rare individual who needs us to go that far.
  • Take off those particle wings, the combat systems, the big glittering ring, the scripted prim toe shoes from 2009 (and you know which I mean). Just be a normal person—or furry—or whatever. Leave the special effects at home. It’s just not necessary. NO ONE IS LOOKING AT YOU. They are all looking at the displays.
  • Wait a few days and go later and enjoy leisurely, less-lag perusing. (It’s open from June 10-27! Look on the map and choose a less busy sim.)
  • Do not lecture others on their arc, scripts, etc. Mind your own business and don’t be a drama queen. We don’t like the fashion police and really don’t care for the ARC police.
  • Have patience. We’re open for over two weeks. You can hit a sim a night, slowly enjoy the incredible bounty of beautiful building and music  and spend more than a week having fun.

If you really want to know how the sim is running, if you REALLY think it’s not you, go to Statistics view and get a better idea (or hit ctrl-shift-1):

Lag at Fashion for Life

If Sim FPS is running in the 10s or less, it IS the sim. They will restart the sims every day to clear the cache of the sims.

Look at the Packet Loss. If that is more than 0%, your connection is struggling. It’s not us. Call your internet provider 😉

Look at the Main Agents. That is how many people are on the sim. Remind yourself that the more avatars on the sim, the more cumulative lag. I typically enjoy most of SL lag free because I have followed all these rules and then some. It really works!



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7 responses to “Lag at SL9B: How to deal with it

  1. Venus Petrov

    Great writeup. I think the dates for SL9B are incorrerct…June 10? – June 27. Can you please check on that?

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  4. Great post, I have found, even on my really high end gaming system, that just reducing draw distance from my normal 256M to 64M makes a dramatic difference. I use Firestorm so it is very easy to change. Once in a while I will push it back up to take a broader look around but I stand still while I do that.

  5. Wolf Baginski

    60 AVs in a region: it doesn’t matter what you’re settings are, that region is going to have lag. And, right now, a lot of the SL8B regions are that full. I got out, after a couple of tries, with a very unusual TP error message. Might be a more general TP problem, but the numbers, and the sprt of lag I experienced, leave me thinking that the organisers are asking for it.

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