For the past few weeks I’ve been using Firestorm 188.8.131.52527 and Linden 4.1.2 and 184.108.40.2060160 (Bento). These versions are much better than the pre-September versions that were out. I suppose some of the improvement is my change to a newer computer with 32GB of RAM. But, I still crash.
This version of Firestorm is much better than the previous version. I have found that if I am online for more than an hour I will likely crash on exit. This means if I change any Preferences, I need to relog after making the change or backup the settings (recommended). When FS crashes it does not save the settings so, changes in the session are lost.
I don’t always notice a crash on exit. But, I do when I see a notice that the viewer crashed and wants to send a crash report. It seems to me FS is better about catching those crash-on-exit fails. Or maybe FS is just more in my face about it.
If I start taking pictures I am way more likely to crash to my desktop, on Firestorm and Linden. The viewer just poofs.
My Linden viewer is set to just send crash reports. No pop up begging to send the report. So, I am way less likely to notice a crash-on-exit using this viewer. Plus, I change my settings less often when using the Linden viewer. I tend to use the Linden viewer for shopping, some exploring, and Bento meetings (which I video – Channel).
But, using the viewer for over an hour and taking pictures will crash it, poof.
So, while I am happier with these newer versions of the viewer and WAY happier with my new machine, the viewers do crash. That is a real pain at times.
For instance, N-Core was having a big sale… SHOES… this past weekend, 50% off. Saturday the region was swamped. That is when the viewer, in this case Linden 4.1.2, decided to poof. I had been trying to get in for over an hour. So…. GRRRRrrrrr!
But, I did make it back in on relog. Whew! Still it is a pain to deal with crashes. (I did get some great boots.)
Fortunately crash rates have been pushed down and the Lindens and third parties work on the crash-problems. I don’t know which has the better crash rate, fewer. So, remember to relog before you start doing something for which a crash would be a significant problem.
I’ve also notice the time to rez things and avatars after a crash goes way up. On the new machine I am getting used to a region rendering in a minute of less. So, when a region and the avatars in it take 5 minutes to render, it is annoying.