|Photography by Jago Constantine|
I checked Second Life forums and many people will similar graphic cards to mine (an ATI 4650 512k card on my HP Pavilion Laptop) which is definitely on the "approved" list) were having similar problems.
I downloaded all new drivers from ATI. It made no difference. I also spent an hour playing around with my hardware and viewer graphic settings.
I have an idea -- I now have three viewers running on my laptop -- Phoenix, Imprudence, and Second Life 2.7-1. I am going to uninstall everything from all three viewers, including those pesky files in App Data, and reinstall the new viewer to see if that will do the trick.
The more advanced Blue Mars platform works lightening fast on my PC, and has dynamic shadows. The problem with Second Life viewers is all the legacy code hanging out there everywhere, internal and external to Linden Labs, that is causing conflicting instruction sets all over the place. As Linden starts phasing out the legacy viewers in preparation for mesh (which is a far bigger deal than dynamic shadows), these problems will continue. Eventually, they will be reconciled.
In the meantime I am going to go back to Phoenix and look at the new Firestorm version which Ziggy reviewed yesterday.