Sometimes when we log into Second Life we remain a cloud either when seen on our own screens or when others look at us, and no amount of rebaking (CTRL-ALT-R / CMD-OPT-R) will fix.
Bake fail is a server-derived issue involving a communications failure, such as between the server and your computer, or the server and someone else’s computer / a group of computers. Typical examples of each are:
- Everyone else sees you in an outfit you just changed into, but you still see yourself in the previous outfit = you have suffered bake fail
- You see yourself wearing the outfit you’ve just changed into, but others see you still in your previous outfit = others have suffered bake fail.
Should you suffer from bake fail, there are a number of ways in which you can resolve it.
1. Swap you Bald Cap and / or Group Tag
As amazing as it sounds, something as simple as swapping your bald cap or changing your Group tag can resolve a bake fail situation.
2. Reload your Avatar from Inventory
This requires some set-up in advance:
- In your inventory, create a folder called “Fix Rebake Fail” (or something you’ll recognise for these situations.
- Drop your skin, shape, preferred hair, eyes and some undies or clothing (in case you are forced to log to a G-rated sim and cannot rez).
When you find yourself unable to rez, and rebaking / swapping bald caps fails:
- Open your inventory and locate your “rescue” folder.
- Right-click on the folder and select Replace Outfit.
- If (2.) fails, drag the folder from your inventory and drop it onto your avatar
- This will force your skin, shape, etc., to reload and your avatar to rebake. Note that any HUDS, etce you were wearing may be knocked off.
- Allow the rebake process to complete.
- Reattach any HUDs, etc., knocked off.
This should clear the issue for you. However, if you still have rezzing issues, you may need to clear cache and / or reload your User Settings.
3. Force a reload of your Avatar Settings
Only do this if (2.) fails to resolve your situation.
- Log out of Second Life.
- In Windows Explorer / Finder / File Manager, navigate to the User Settings Files Location (see table above, where “[username]” is your Windows / Mac OS username and “[viewer]” is the name of your Viewer).
- Within these locations will be one (or more, depending on how many Alts you use!) folders named after each of your avatars.
- Delete the folder for the avatar you are experiencing issues with.
- Log back into Second Life.
- Allow a few minutes for your Avatar Settings to download to your computer.
- Once downloaded, your avatar should rez normally.
4. Run an Avatar Test
Perform this as an alternative to (2.).
- Log-in to Second Life.
- Take one of the following steps:
- Viewer 1.x: enable the ADVANCED menu, if not already visible (CTRL-ALT-D / CTRL-OPT-D) and select CHARACTER -> CHARACTER TESTS and then either FEMALE TEST or MALE TEST.
- Viewer 3.x: Enable the DEVELOP menu (ADVANCED -> SHOW DEVELOP MENU) and then select DEVELOP -> AVATAR -> CHARACTER TESTS and then either FEMALE TEST or MALE TEST.
- Your avatar will revert to fully “Ruthed” (default avatar state).
- Rebake, if required (generally not).
- Re-wear your preferred chape, skin, hair, etc., and re-attach your usual HUDs and attachments.
The above techniques are not foolproof, but have worked for me over the 4+ years I’ve been actively engaged in Second Life.
I SEE GREY PEOPLE
if you see a grey avatar or avatars near you, don’t ask them to rebake – try changing your Group tag. Or, if your Viewer supports it, try right-clicking on them and using the texture refresh option (only available on some TPVs).