[SLED] Blue Mars vs. SL for Educators: SL wins!
lhavenst at ksu.edu
Mon Dec 21 09:11:07 PST 2009
The key isn't how old the computer is but what kind of video adapter you have. If you
have a video adapter that is Intel or has shared memory it will be a challenge to get it to
work often with Blue Mars. The recent release does allow you to set a low res setting in
the properties, but that doesn't always fix it.
Shared video memory is bad. It is bad in SL also but it just generates lag in SL. All Intel
video adapters use shared video memory. If you have an ATI or Nvidea video adapter
with dedicated memory it works fine. You will also find that SL works much better also.
On 21 Dec 2009 at 9:33, Linda Rogers wrote:
I went and checked out Blue Mars a couple of days ago. I just went to the welcome area
and chatted to a few people. Several were there doing the same thing as me, putting the
dibs on their avatar names!
I am on fairly powerful new laptop running Windows 7. I had no difficulty with crashing or
bugs. The environment was stunningly realistic, but no better than a great SL build
rendered in ultra. It was kind of hard to judge as the welcome area is fairly boring.
The movement and camera controls were clunky. The avatar customization controls were
broadbrush lacking the ability to finetune as you can in SL.
Mostly it just felt a lonely and sad place with nowhere to go and nothing to do and no
System Engineer & KSRE/COA Computer Security Officer
Information & Educational Technology
Department of Communications
K-State Research & Extension
Kansas State University
Lhavenst at ksu.edu
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