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(OLD) 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 SecondLife.com website and find the “get started” button and click it. Okay here is where you choose your avatar’s name. You can’t use your own last name. They have a set list of last names. But you can make up your first name. Notice you have to choose two or three different names before you find one that’s available. In this case I started with “David Magic” and had to change it to "Stinson Magic". Now you will enter your birth day, month, year, and your e-mail address. This is kind of a fun part. You can choose your default avatar. Don’t worry about this too much because you will be able to change this later. You’ll enter your real name and a password and the country you’re from. And a “Captcha” which they use to exclude automated tools from spamming them. You do not need to the pay anything so, unless you want to you, you don’t need to upgrade to premium. Now the system will send you an e-mail that you will need to respond to. Now we will go over the process that you will use to install the viewer. It starts with an email that is sent to the account you sent to them earlier. Head to the web site that they give you and download the software for your Mac or PC. The second step is to install the viewer on your computer. This will be pretty straightforward and I’ll skip this step. Ok, now the real fun begins. You’re going to log in and head to Orientation Island. Start by launching the software that you have loaded and entering your user name and password that you just created. It’s very easy to forget that “last name” is the name they've given your avatar and not your real last name. So the screen will turn black and you’ll see a progress bar. This shouldn’t stay still for more the 10 or 15 seconds. If it does, re-launch the application. It’s right here while the application is loading that you may have some problems. The end of this video includes a troubleshooting section. If for some reason you cannot get in the system at this point you need to forward to the troubleshooting section. When you want to leave this environment and go to the San Jose State island, look for a sign that mentions help island and click it to get a landmark which is going to forward you to that help island. You need to exit the orientation island to help island before you have a lot of the controls available to you. You should keep the object (landmark) and be sure to press “teleport” once that landmark opens up in your screen. Once you see the words “help island” at the top of your screen you’re going to able to teleport anywhere within Second Life. Now is the point at which you can exit to the Second Life campus of San Jose State University School of Library and Information science island. So now we are going to head to SJSU SLIS Island. Start off by looking at the bottom of the screen and you will see the button labeled “Map.” Go ahead and click that. When the map panel pops up you are going to look at the three fields on the right side. On the bottom of the three white fields, type in “SJSU SLIS” and click the search button. And you should see our island with the SJSU logo in the top right. Click “teleport” and you should be sent to the island. We you arrive, you will see that you are on the little pedestal with some orientation information around you. Go ahead and read that, click on the buttons and look around. 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 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. Now, because Second Life is a public space to some degree, you may find yourself interacting with people who are not polite. I want to tell you what you can do here if you find yourself in that situation. There are 4 courses of action I would propose to you: the first is to ignore the person. There are number of ways in Second Life that you can turn off voice or turn off chat from that particular person. The second thing you can do is click on the “Map” tab and teleport somewhere else. Finally what you can do is just stop your browser.

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Duration: 7 minutes and 12 seconds
Country: Andorra
Language: English
License: Public Domain
Producer: Jeremy Kemp
Director: Jeremy Kemp
Views: 2,421
Posted by: jeremykemp on Jul 1, 2008

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