CCU System Hints

Buying and setting up your new CCU:

  • The CCU and all components are copyable. Please make a backup copy of any device before modifying it.
  • To allow others to operate you easily, purchase an Access Panel. Choose the one that will look best on your shape.
  • To have a limited power supply that must be recharged periodically, purchase a Battery. The batterysettings notecard inside it may be edited to change your battery life, emergency reserve, and other settings.
  • To have a clockwork key that must be wound up periodically, purchase a Doll Key. The keysettings notecard inside it may be edited to change how much winding the key requires, and other settings.
  • If you have an Access Panel or Battery, mount them at the best attach point and adjust their position and rotation so they look good. Be sure to look at yourself from multiple angles, and in different poses. If your attachment looks like it’s floating in space near you rather than being attached to you, fix it.
  • Access Panels and Batteries may be recessed into your surface. Some require an alpha layer to be properly visible. You can get a selection of alpha layers, along with a guided walkthrough of making your attachments look great, from the “Perfectly Positioned Panels” vendor just to the left of the entrance to the workshop (with the workbench in it; I’ll put a sign there sooner or later).
  • Access panels are editable. You can change colors of the frame (not the glowing indicators, but the metal or plastic frame they are embedded in), edit the config file to remove the door or change sounds, and more.
  • You can add more poses that you can be posed in while shut down or frozen. Just drag them into the CCU.

General tips for new constructs

  • Starting with Version 1.8, the CCU comes with a guided walk-through of many of its features and abilities. I strongly suggest using it – and then maybe going through it a second time after you’ve been using the system for a little while, to remind you of things you may have forgotten.
  • Your CCU HUD provides you with a wide range of information about your system state and, unless you’ve been programmed otherwise, options you can use. These include:
    • On the Power icon (yellow if activated, blue in standby, dark green if shut down)
      • View your power and charge status.
      • Shut down, fully disabling yourself. Later, Boot yourself to return to normal operations.
      • Reboot yourself – that is, shut yourself down momentarily, then automatically boot. This can repair some problems (and in future versions will do more).
      • Put yourself in Standby mode. Later, try to Activate yourself to come back to normal operations… although this will be a challenge unless someone has just spoken or emoted near you.
    • On the Motion/Freeze icon (snowflake icon – normally green, red when frozen, amber when experiencing motor or sensory difficulties):
      • View your motor system status
      • Freeze or Unfreeze yourself, shutting down your motor systems so you cannot move. Most units can still speak in this state, although this ability can be disabled.
      • Bolt Down your CCU and attachments, preventing yourself or others from detaching them. Or, Unbolt them so you can detach them.
      • Uninstall: Removes your CCU and all related attachments.
      • Fix Anim: Sometimes you’re supposed to be motionless but your avatar is still moving anyway. This button can force you back into the pose you’re supposed to be in.
      • AO Stopper: Some animation overriders (AOs) and other devices (tails in particular) keep your avatar moving even when you should be frozen, and Fix Anim doesn’t help or only helps for a short time. Click AO Stopper to receive a script you can add to most such attachments to pause them while you’re frozen.
    • On the Speech icon (comic speech icon – normally green, red when silenced, amber when experiencing speech difficulties):
      • View your speech system status
      • Silence yourself, so you cannot speak, or Unmute to reactivate your speech system.
      • Enter or exit Quiet Mode, which will prevent you from speaking programmed phrases. This can be useful, for example, if you suddenly realize you’re not in the mode you’ve been roleplaying and want to change modes without drawing attention to the fact with the automatic announcement. Quiet Mode automatically turns itself off after five minutes, or when you reboot.
    • On the Processing icon (gear in skull icon – normally green, amber when experiencing cognitive or memory difficulties):
      • View information about your thinking and memory systems
      • Monitor: Allows you to try to get out of Standby Mode or overcome interference or other problems.
      • Think: Allows you to send a message to any Remote Control or Workbench that is connected to you.
      • List Rules: Displays all the rules your programs currently require you to obey.
      • Set Debug: Don’t use this unless an ACS Staff member tells you to. At best, you will cause your CCU to spam you with information you will not know how to use.
      • Diagnostics: This causes your system to check for certain types of problems and report the memory usage of each CCU script.
      • AFK: Sets your title to AFK to alert others you’re not responding.
      • Defrag: Reloads all of your programming. This can fix some problems.
    • On the colored rectangles on the right side of your CCU:
      • View and/or change the state of each of your modes.
    • The small icons at the top left of your CCU indicate what is connected to your CCU. If something you think you have attached does not appear there, it is not working. Try detaching and reattaching it. If that fails, resetting scripts on it usually works. Relogging is not likely to help.
      • HAN = Your Handle. Should always be connected.
      • PAN = Any Access Panel
      • BAT or PWR = Any Battery, Doll Key, or other power source
      • REM = Any Remote Control
      • CHG = Any charging device, such as a Charging Platform
      • WKB = The Workbench
      • MNT = A Maintenance Station (not yet available)
      • UPG = An upgrader
    • At the bottom of your HUD, reminders are displayed of the programming you are currently required to follow. You have to do this yourself – the CCU won’t actually control your roleplaying. Units that don’t obey their programming are highly frowned upon and are rarely used.
  • To use your own access panel, type /36panel (or click on it).

Recharging

If you have an ACS Battery, you will need to recharge from time to time. If you go long enough without recharging, your speech and movement will start to slow down. Your battery indicator will also turn yellow, then red.

ACS Batteries also come with a small emergency reserve (though you can disable it by editing the battery’s “batterysettings” notecard). When your power is low or exhausted, you can click on your battery and select “Use reserve.” This will give you a small amount of power – hopefully enough to reach a charger.

To recharge:

  • Find an ACS Charging Platform. There are several located in the Workshop at ACS.  (You or your owner can also purchase your own to put at your own home or business.) The Display Stands are NOT charging platforms.
  • Sit on the Charging Platform (right-click it, and choose “Recharge”). If your power level is VERY low, you will need to get very close to the platform before you can do this.
  • In a few seconds, a menu should appear. Click “Charge.” (If the menu doesn’t appear, click on the Charging Platform to get it.)
  • Recharging a one-hour battery with the standard chargers takes about four minutes (15:1 ratio). During recharging, the drain indicator on your HUD will spin, and the charge indicator will gradually rise.
  • You will be notified, and usually disconnected from the charger, when charging finishes.

Programming

  • You are encouraged to customize your CCU’s program modules, or to allow your owner to do so for you.
  • To modify your programming, edit the notecards in your CCU with names beginning with “p” and a 2-digit number. Rules and settings in cards with higher numbers (e.g. p95) override conflicting rules or settings in cards with lower numbers (e.g. p24).
  • You can add more program modules (notecards) to your CCU.
  • Others who have one of your passwords can also add or modify your programming.
  • The default root password is “autonomycontrolsystemstech”. To change it, edit your p95 Factory module. (If you don’t, anyone can reprogram you!)
  • Your p99 Unitonly notecard can NEVER be modified by anyone except yourself. Settings included in it by default include:
    • hudwidth: The width of the CCU HUD on your screen.
    • panellock: Change this to 1 if you want to be asked every time a new person tries to open your Access Panel. This allows you a little control over who can operate you. However, once the panel is open, anyone can use it.
    • clothingfolders, shapefolders, and behaviorfolders: See Shapes and Clothing.
    • You can add “set remoteok=0” to prevent Remote Controls from connecting to you.
  • Settings included in your original p95 Factory program module include:
    • owners: Specifies who owns you. This information will be displayed in your HUD and to any Remote Control connected to you. It does not give anyone any special power over you.
    • passwords: Allow others special power over you. If you wish to be owned, your owner should have your password9. This will allow them the fullest control over all of your programming (except p99). Other passwords allow lesser access: for example, password5 allows access to programs level 0-59, password6 allows up to level 69, and so on.
    • selfuse: If set to 0, you cannot change your settings, unbolt your CCU, or operate or reprogram yourself using an Access Panel, Remote Control, or Workbench. You can still change your programming (including changing this setting) unless your CCU is bolted down. If your owner wishes to maintain control of you, he or she is likely to set this to 0 and bolt down your CCU. (Uncomment some of the lines at the end of the module to specify actions you will take if you try to operate yourself when not allowed to.)
    • motorspeech: If set to 1, then when you are frozen your speech will be garbled (because you cannot move your lips and tongue to articulate clearly). If your speech is produced electronically without the need for movement, leave this set to 1 and you will be able to speak even while frozen.
  • To deny yourself the ability to operate your own CCU, edit a program module to ‘set selfuse=0’.
  • You can obtain and install more pre-written program modules at ACS.
  • To keep your CCU bolted down, remove the four lines in p95 Factory that bolt and unbolt it on freeze/shutdown.
  • To allow people to dress you while you?re immobilized, make your clothingfolders setting (in p99 Unit) point to a folder in your #RLV folder that contains outfits. See Shapes and Clothes for more information.

What others can do

  • …with your Access Panel:
    • See how your controls are set and your power level
    • Open the Access Panel (if you permit it, or if you unlock the panel)
    • Shut you down, put you in Standby mode, or reactivate you
    • Freeze or unfreeze you
    • Silence or unmute you
    • Prevent you from moving from where you are standing
    • Change your control settings (e.g. operating modes)
  • …with a Remote Control:
    • See how your controls are set and your power level
    • Put you in standby or reactivate you
    • Freeze or unfreeze you
    • Silence or unmute you
    • Prevent you from moving from where you are standing
    • Change your control settings (e.g. operating modes)
    • View or modify your programming (with a password)
    • Add new freeze animations (with a password)
    • Send you arbitrary commands, queries, thoughts, and messages (with a password)
  • …with the Workbench in the ACS Workshop:
    • Anything a Remote Control allows
    • Install new components
    • Bolt down components so you cannot remove or modify them, or unbolt them
    • Position your external components
  • …with a Novatech Sonic Screwdriver:
    • Scan your to obtain information about its functioning (currently similar to what an Access Panel reveals; a future CCU version will allow some diagnosis of problems as well)
    • Attempt to interfere with your functioning
    • Attempt to activate you (if you are shut down)
    • (In a future CCU version) Attempt to repair problems

Limiting Access

  • An Access Panel with a door (that is, the Lightbox and Iris Editions) can be locked by editing your p95 Hardware notecard. When someone tries to open your locked Access Panel, you will be able to decide whether to allow them to open it or not. However, once your Access Panel is open, anyone within range can operate its controls. (This feature does not work in Version 1.8 or 1.9; it was fixed in Version 1.10.)
  • You can disable remote access by editing your p95 Hardware notecard.
  • If your CCU allows access by Remote Control, then any Remote Control can connect to it and access the basic functions available on an Access Panel (except for shutdown). More advanced functions such as sending direct commands and programming (and, as of version 1.10, use of controls configured to require it) require a password. You can change your passwords from the default by editing your p95 Access notecard.
  • A CCU that is shut down cannot be accessed by Remote Control, but can be accessed using the workbench.