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  • Error messages
  • Possible causes
  • What to do

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This article helps you identify your problem and choose an appropriate solution.

Before you start troubleshooting: First check Second Life grid status to make sure there are currently no known issues that prevent login.

If you can't log in to Second Life, the error message may indicate the source of the issue.

  1. Important Notes. Second Life is not compatible with dial-up internet, satellite internet, and some wireless internet services. Second Life may not run on graphics cards other than the ones listed above. The following cards are NOT compatible with Second Life: NVIDIA cards that report as a RIVA TNT or TNT2; ATI cards that report as RAGE, RAGE PRO, or RADEON 320M, 340M, 345M, or similar.
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Waiting for region handshake

Scheduled - We will be performing rolling restarts for a small number of regions on the Second Life RC Server channels on Tuesday, April 27th, beginning at approximately 7:00 AM PDT. Please refrain from rezzing no copy objects and remember to save all builds.

The 'Waiting for Region Handshake' message occurs when the Second Life Viewer does not receive an acknowledgement from the server. The usual cause of this error is a firewall blocking UDP packets. Reconfigure your firewall to resolve this problem.

For information on how to configure firewalls, see: Using Second Life with a firewall.

Your account is not accessible until (date/time)

If the error states that you are already logging in (or out), then Second Life is still attempting to log out your avatar. Close Second Life, wait fifteen minutes, then attempt to log in again.

If you see this error message:

Login failed; Your account is not accessible until (date/time)

— this usually means that your Second Life account has been administratively blocked. Short-term blocks (less than an hour) may be the result of inappropriate behavior inworld. Longer blocks are typically the result of abuse.

You will be unable to use Second Life until the indicated time; if that is more than an hour away, you will receive an email from the abuse team on the matter. Be sure to check your spam filters.

Linden Lab is unable to remove administrative blocks for abuse.

You cannot log into Second Life from this location

This error message may also appear as:

  • Login failed.
  • Second Life cannot be accessed from this computer.

These messages generally indicate you have been blocked from the Second Life servers by Linden Lab as the result of:

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  • Documented cases of fraud
  • Use of Second Life by a minor
  • Exceptionally flagrant abuse activity

Note that someone else in your household may be responsible for this activity, not necessariliy with your account.

If you believe that this is an error, submit a support ticket via the support portal. To help customer support determine what block has been placed and why, include in the ticket your Second Life account name and any Second Life accounts that log in from your location.

DNS could not resolve the host name

This error may also appear as:

  • Host http not found
  • Login failed. Unable to connect to a simulator.

These messages indicate that your computer has a general networking issue with the domain name service (DNS) that translates numerical IP addresses into human-readable ones.

Confirm that you can reach internet sites such as secondlife.com,Google, or others. Once your computer can connect to these websites, this error should no longer occur.

Also check whether there is a wider issue with Second Life, as described below.

Usually, restarting your computer and your router will resolve this issue. If not, contact your internet service provider. You may also wish to try using Google's DNS servers to see if that will resolve the issue. See Using Google Public DNS for more information.

Linden Lab may have temporarily restricted all logins

Linden Lab occasionally restricts access to Second Life when its servers experience severe technical difficulties or require major maintenance. These outages affect all Residents and are not limited to your computer or account.

Check the status of the Second Life at http://status.secondlifegrid.net. This page lists any known issues.

Wrong password

Incorrect passwords are a common cause of login failure. Passwords are case-sensitive, so remember to check Caps Lock if you know you entered your password correctly.

If you've forgotten your user name or password, follow the instructions in Account credentials to retrieve it.

Account disabled due to delinquency

If you do not pay your tier or private Region fees in a timely fashion, your account and your alternate accounts may be disabled for delinquency. For more information, see Delinquency Policy.

Account on hold due to disciplinary action

If we find that a Resident has broken our Terms of Service, Community Standards, or other policies, we may place that Resident's account on hold as a disciplinary measure. When we place an account on hold in this way, we send an email to the account holder at the address registered to that account.

Important: Make sure you add 'secondlife.com' and 'lindenlab.com' to your email client's trusted senders list to prevent our messages from getting marked as spam or junk mail.

The system is logging you out

Your previous session must be logged out before you can get back into Second Life. Sometimes, usually after a recent logout or crash, Second Life mistakenly thinks you are still logged in. If you receive a login failure message stating that 'The system is logging you out...,' try waiting a few minutes before logging in again. If you continue to receive this message, you may be a victim of 'stuck presence,' which can be fixed by restarting the region in which your avatar is stuck.

Residents with premium or Concierge level accounts may request a region restart via live chat, ticket submission, or phone support. Basic accounts do not have access to avatar-level support at this time.

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If you're not sure why you can't log in, try these things:

  1. Double-check your username and password. If you continue to receive an error message, try logging into the Second Life website. If you are unable to log into the website, the problem is likely to be your username or password. Follow the Forgot your login information? instructions on the website to reset your password.
  2. Change your login location to a different region. See below for instructions on how to do this.
  3. Restart your computer, modem, and router. When restarting, make sure to leave everything powered off for at least ten seconds before restarting. This step can often fix routing issues and other connection-related problems.
  4. If you are still unable to log in, premium and Concierge Residents may contact customer support via live chat, support cases (tickets), or telephone. Basic customers may file a support case. See How to contact customer support for more information.

Change your login location

A starting location field appears on the login screen; you may choose to log in at your last location, your home, or you may enter the name of any Region in order to attempt to log into that Region directly.

(Optional): Set these preferences in order to enable your favorite locations in the dropdown on the login screen:

  1. Start Second Life. At the login screen, go to Me > Preferences.
  2. Click the General tab.
  3. Check the box marked Show favorite locations on login screen.
  4. Click OK.

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Official Second Life APIs provided by Linden Lab

These are official Second Life APIs provided and documented by Linden Lab.

Registration API

Enables you to register Second Life residents from your web page.

Map API

Enables you to embed Second Life Maps onto your web pages.

Media Plugin API

API used by Second Life Viewer media rendering plugins.

Viewer Web Widgets

Widgets used in the login screen and elsewhere. (Experiment-in-progress!)

Name to Agent ID API

Enables you to translate user names to their corresponding agent ID.

Unofficial APIs

This information is not provided or reviewed by Linden Lab.
Linden Lab does not guarantee that these APIs work as described or work at all. Use at your own risk!

Snapshot API

Format of information contained within snapshots sent from the viewer.

Search API

Enables you to search Second Life for events, groups, people, places, and also to search this wiki.

World API

API for gathering information on residents, groups, and parcels.

Third-party / Community Web Services

Web services and other APIs provided by third-parties related to Second Life but not affiliated with Linden Lab.

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