Update: I just found a ton of JIRAs for issues related to the same issues I was having, so this bug is more widespread than I thought, and not just Mac centric.
The newest Firestorm beta has just been released that also contains this bug, so this might start effecting lots of people. Symptoms can vary, such as TP’s fail or crash you, friends list never loads, (shows loading) you can’t IM someone (but they can IM you) you can’t open profiles, groups do wierd things, can’t see or upload mesh or can’t edit objects or have trouble creating objects or saving objects. It can seem like you aren’t fully connected to the grid. See the instructions below to change your DNS to Google’s as a workaround so you can continue to enjoy SL while they work on fixing the bug.
I see quite a few people complaining on Plurk that the official Second Life Viewer2/Viewer3 is very laggy for them. This may help, it’s worth a shot. And it might improve your internet speed overall (or so I read, if that’s wrong and you know better, chime in).
I was having some DNS related bugs on the newer set of viewers 2.7 and above, and the workaround is setting my DNS to use Google’s DNS. My original problems seemed to be more Mac centric, though there were some Vista users. BUT! whatever the DNS related bugs, it could be affecting other people in different ways. So, worth a shot I think?
If this does work, please leave a comment! And if it doesn’t work, leave a comment, too. And if you just want to say Hi, leave a comment 🙂
MAC (Mac first, sorry I’m biased)
- Open ‘System Preferences’ -> ‘Network’ -> ‘Advanced…’ -> ‘DNS’
- Click “+” and type 188.8.131.52
- Click “+” and type 184.108.40.206
- Close ‘System Preferences’
- Restart Second Life
Here’s a pic of the relevant windows on Mac:
I can’t guarantee this workflow b/c I’m not a PC but it covers XP, vista and 7 here:
Linux – I assume you know how to change your DNS, change it to: