Way back in May of 2013, we wrote an article entitled Debug settings to make graphics crashers obsolete. It was the most popular link on the blog to date, and generated some good discussion. The method involved making changes to three different settings in the debug menu, but it had “side effects.” If you ever tried it, you know that it would cause floors and walls to disappear, and not in a consistent way. So I put my settings back to normal after enduring all of the problems, and I suppose everyone else did too.
After dealing with graphics crashers for so long, Second Life peacekeepers have tried many different ways to be able to stay in the same region as a graphics crasher so we can write an Abuse Report. Those with low end computers can’t stay around for long, and even high tech systems will crash after a long exposure. But finally we have discovered a way to minimize the effects of a graphics crasher. This will work for everyone.
In your viewer’s Advanced menu (hit Ctrl-Alt-D if you don’t see it), you will see a menu item called Rendering Types. Toggling these 13 different settings allows you to see or not see things in Second Life. To turn off your view of a graphics crasher, you want to turn off your view of Volume. You will see on the menu that the shortcut for that is Ctrl+Alt+Shift+9
If you hold down the Ctrl, Alt, and Shift keys you will be able to hit the 9 key and toggle your view of Volume on and off. I knew that this worked for prims, but wasn’t sure whether it also works for mesh objects (and mesh graphics crashers). So we did a test. Here is my friend Lucy sitting on a mesh park bench:
And here is the same screen after turning off the Volume view:
You can see that the view of the floor and the other objects and Lucy’s mesh boots and the bench itself is gone. The only reason you can see the outline of the bench is that it is still being edited. That’s good to remember – if you are holding the graphics crasher in edit, whether it is rendered or not, you will see your speed decreasing, headed for the ultimate crash (using the Statistics display, Ctrl+Shift+1).
So that’s it! The end of the rule of graphics crashers over Second Life residents. If you turn off Volume, you can’t see them and they can’t crash you. Granted, everyone else looks weird with no hair or furry heads or prim boobs, but at least you get to stay online.
As always, if there are issues with this method or someone has a better solution, please post in the comments.