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Entering Second Life in Four Easy Steps

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Hello. I’m Jeremy Kemp. I’m the Assistant Director for the Second Life campus for San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science. And I’m here to give you a video on four easy steps to enter the Second Life virtual environment. Okay, the first step is to go to the website Now find the “Get Started” button Choose an avatar. But don’t worry about this too much because you can change it later. Do be sure to Choose a Community, so “Show me optional community start locations.” You’ll need this later. The system assigns last names, so be a little fanciful here with the first name. Give the system your email address. I’m going to fast forward through the rest of this form because it is straightforward. The community we’re going to start in is called Virtual Ability. It is on the second page of the community’s list. Click it and choose “Yes, start here.” The system will send you an email to verify and download the software. Start by launching the software that you’ve loaded. Enter the user name and password that you just created. It’s easy to forget that “Last name” is the name they have given your avatar and not your real last name. The screen will turn black and you will see a progress bar. This shouldn’t stay still for more than 10 or 15 seconds. If it does, re-launch the application. It is right here, while the application is loading, that you may have some problems The end of this video includes a troubleshooting section. So if you cannot login, forward to the troubleshooting section. Virtual Ability Island is a special place in Second Life and the first of its kind in any virtual world. As you start here, be sure to read all the orientation signs. These are expertly designed as a comprehensive curriculum to get you started. The Virtual Ability community is a support group for people who have difficulty moving around in the real world. but who want to experience movement simulations and liberating social settings. As a new user to Second Life, you yourself are disabled in a sense, because you are not yet able to fully participate. The Virtual Ability orientation experience is the best out there and is created entirely by volunteers. Take a look around. Become an expert at moving in this environment, and get to know some of the volunteers that you might see. When you’re done you will see the SJSU logo. Right-click on the sign and choose “Keep” for the landmark. Then choose teleport to go to our island. You’ll land right in the middle of the island. From this location, it if very obvious how to get to the two quests. We placed some goodies for you. There is free content in the backpack on the right side of the calendar. There is also free stuff on the left side of the calendar. The next section is on “gotchas” and how to do troubleshooting. I’m going to cover three topics: your connection, your hardware and how work the strangers in Second Life. The first of these topics is connection issues. Now you are going to want to use a broadband connection – not wireless. If you have a wireless laptop, don’t use the wireless function. Also, you might have some firewall issues. When you try to log in to Second Life you see the bar crossing the black screen. If you get an error before the bar crosses and you cannot connect you will know that you have a firewall issue. And you either have to go to another network or work with the server administrator to have the server administrator open access on your network. But the most common problems you encounter here is with your hardware. I want to show you how to check your system. The front of the Second Life web site has a link to system requirements and they break it in to PCs and Macs, also what is required and what is suggested. You can see them here. So let’s start for Macintosh users checking which graphics card you have and compare against the system requirements. Go ahead and click on the Apple in the top left of the screen and choose “about this Mac.” You’ll see the processor and memory here. Click “More info” to see the graphics card. Click “Graphics/Displays” and you’ll see the chipset model. That does it for the Macintosh. For the Windows machines, you actually have two things that you can do and I’ll go over those now. First, right click on your desktop and choose “Properties” from the tab that pops up. You get the display settings box and you can see the graphics card listed in the display field. Okay, that’s the first way to do this on a PC. The second way is a little bit more technical. Click on the “Start” button and choose run. In the run dialogue type the letters “dxdiag” and hit “Ok”. And now you’ll see the DirectX Diagnostic Tool which shows the processor and memory. Click on the “Display” tab and you will see the graphics card listed there. Finally, Second Life is a large space with a lot of social interactions. If you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation, click "Map" on the bottom of the screen. And then go back to SJSU SLIS. I hope you've enjoyed this short tutorial on Entering Second Life in 4 Easy Steps. This is Jeremy Kemp. <<<<<THIS VIDEO IS OVER>>>>>>>

Video Details

Duration: 9 minutes and 50 seconds
Year: 2009
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Jeremy Kemp
Views: 1,330
Posted by: jeremykemp on Aug 5, 2009

This is a video introduction to the process of starting to use this virtual environment. Register for an account, install the software, complete the orientation and find SJSU SLIS Island.

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