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November 19, 2011 8:25:10 PM

IMPORTANT NOTE: Absolutely do not update to patch 1.2 backup your TESV.exe and interface.bsa file in a folder just in case. Also run STEAM in offline mode only! This will prevent Steam from borking your game.

UPDATE: 12/3/11
I found a great resource on Skyrim Nexus. It's called the Skyrim Sanctuary mod video series and it shows in video the mods and tweaks that are useful in action. http://www.skyrimnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=507

UPDATE: 11/30/11
Mod community has been very busy and there are many awesome mods available now. I've added quite a few since the last time and they all go well together. The 1.2 update should available sometime today, but after looking at the release notes for it, it doesn't really seem to address the major issues.


UPDATE: 11/28/11
Nvidia video card users: Absolutely use 290.36 which was released today, go into your control panel and if not enabled, enable ambient occlusion under 3d in the settings. Not only does this fix the shadows being jaggy but it's given me at least 10 fps higher in the game. They seem to be rock solid as stability goes. I just got done with a 2 hr session and no issues.


UPDATE: 11/26/11
TES V reduced texture pack http://www.skyrimnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=47 Note:This is useful for people running 512mb video cards and hitting minimum specs for Skyrim. (When using the launcher you need to click on data files, load loose files.)

UPDATE: 11/24/11
If you can't run the game at 1080p, try running the game at 1600x900, with textures on high, everything else on medium. That can reduce or eliminate stuttering. (Please make sure your monitor supports the resolution before trying.)

UPDATE: 11/23/11 Steam updated the executable for Skyrim. The file is now encrypted and it seems to be causing further stuttering and even more shadow rendering problems.

UPDATE: Latest; The following mods and tweaks have been tested by me on my Skyrim save to ensure it all works as intended. I am currently running the following mods/tweaks on the system.

AMD USERS: If you own a Radeon HD 5xxx video card, the new 11.11c is available as of yesterday. I'm hearing that it improves performance and stability. Absolutely try out the 11.11a AMD performance driver. http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/Catalyst1111...
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Nvidia USERS: beta driver 290.36 #NEW as of 11/28 ENABLE ambient occlusion if not already enabled.

Current settings for Skyrim:
1920x1080 (1080P), AAx2, AF 8x, shadows high, Decal quality Ultra, distant objects detail Ultra, radial blur quality medium and everything else on high.
The mods IMHO make the game look better but everyone will feel differently on what looks good to them so feel free to experiment on which you want to utilize. And in most cases, the mods either do not hinder performance, or take a slight hit on FPS. I've added in more mods from previous update to the post and I've seen almost no loss in fps, only higher memory usage on the video card.

PERFORMANCE FILES:

4GB Skyrim http://www.skyrimnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=1013 (Skyrim4GB is a tool to load SKyrin with the Large Address Aware executable flag set so the entire 4GB Virtual Memory Address Space can be used
by the game.) Note: This file works great and it's doubly useful because future updates will not affect how this thing operates.
*Updated file available 11/29*

ENB series 092 version 6 performance patch and bug fixes http://www.skyrimnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=953 (This version works even after the steam update) I do not think version 091 works after steam update. This also fixes the shadow issue so many are experiencing. Note: Absolutely merge this with FXAA Post Process Injector as I mentioned above. The instructions are consise and clear in it's readme file. It really makes the game flesh out the colors more.
*Updated file available 11/30*

Make sure you have your sound settings on 44.1 khz, 24 bit.

MODS INSTALLED: (always track mods you use so it's easy to spot updates.)
(no more blocky faces, detailed faces v2, ENB series 092 version 6 patch (merged with FXAA Post Process Injector) , enhanced blood textures, detailed bodies, vurt's skyrim flora overhaul, better gold, better bedrolls, better beast races, bow animation 1, DarkStar textures for armor, high res elven gloves, boots, cuirass by kokamoo, weapons retexture project by millenia, realistic ragdoll death force, akaviri blade retex, housecarl clothing, Val's crafting meltdown alpha, lost art of the blacksmith, less ugly elven faces, Beautiful Skyrim HD Weaponry, eyepatch, Slof's skyrim horse retex, realistic ember and smoke, HD sheilds,Skyrim Sunglare V2, enhanced night skyrim, better landscape textures, enhanced distant terrain, Improved rock and mountain textures 2048x2048, softer animal fur, organic elemental dragons, detailed lips, high quality eyes and Realistic water textures.) http://www.skyrimnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=711


MY CUSTOM PC SETUP:
OS: Windows 7 64bit
CPU: AMD Athlon II X240 Regor 2.8ghz oc'ed to 2.94ghz
GPU: Nvidia Geforce GTS 450 1gig OC'ed Driver: 285.79 beta
RAM: 4GB DDR3
HDD: 320GB 7200RPM SATA3
MOBO: FOXCONN AM3
PSU: 450W
MONITOR: 21' ASUS LCD 20' Dell

CURRENT UPTIME: TOTAL: 110+ Hrs With mods: 83+ Hrs
AVG FPS: 35-45+ (higher since 290.36)
Crashes so far: 4 before mods/ENB/4 gb Skyrim. 0 since install of 4gb Skyrim/ENB. 0 crashes with above mods.

MISC FIXES:

For unusual mouse lag/behavior:

Here's the fix:

Launch a Windows Explorer window (win key + e)
Navigate to \Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\skyrim\Skyrim
Open SkyrimPrefs.ini in Notepad.
Locate [Controls] and then find 'bMouseAcceleration=1'
Change bMouseAcceleration=1 to bMouseAcceleration=0 instead; this will disable "mouse smoothing" and "mouse acceleration" in Skyrim.

Fix for unresponsive menu: (on-screen interface key fix)
http://www.skyrimnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=368

Here's my google + photo album showing the mods in use.
https://plus.google.com/photos/112503636127314222665/al...

For some amazing Skyrim Wallpaper art , check this out: http://deadendthrills.com/?cat=314
The place where I research the various Skyrim mods: http://www.skyrimnexus.com/

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November 19, 2011 9:34:24 PM

im 25 hrs i and ive really only experienced crashing 3 or 4 times. other than that no bugs. occasionaly in the distance a part of the landscape will flash for a second. my framerate should be better considering what im running but its not horrible
November 19, 2011 11:28:31 PM

ok my specs should be in my sig. now
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November 19, 2011 11:38:48 PM

im playing at 1900x1080 with everything maxed and no mods yet. ill use them on my next playthrough
November 19, 2011 11:42:57 PM

o and it crashed on me while quicksaving or looting a chest. sorry for the mutiple posts
November 19, 2011 11:54:01 PM

do you have FXAA turned on or off?
November 20, 2011 12:08:01 AM

its on
November 20, 2011 12:11:44 AM

Have you tried running it without it? you'll like the FXAA Post process injector added to Skyrim, it really does wonders for the little details in the game and it seems to make the game run better too as a side effect. The mod also disables FXAA.
November 20, 2011 12:14:28 AM

is it in skyrim nexus or where?
November 20, 2011 12:26:20 AM

so it improves the textures? or just makes it brighter? and is it stable?
November 20, 2011 12:28:30 AM

absolutely made the textures cleaner and nice to look at and yes it's very stable and easy to uninstall if you don't like it. I've been playing with a list of mods for 40 out of the 56 hours I've put into the game. Now that you mention stability... I got those crashes previous to the mods being installed.
November 20, 2011 4:12:47 AM

well i tried getting those mods but i cannot. cant become a user on the nexus because the links in email dont work, and i cannot contact an administrator for some reason. i got the fxaa post and advanced aa but thats it. i cannot download anything over 2mb
November 20, 2011 4:33:27 AM

tjosborne said:
well i tried getting those mods but i cannot. cant become a user on the nexus because the links in email dont work, and i cannot contact an administrator for some reason. i got the fxaa post and advanced aa but thats it. i cannot download anything over 2mb


Those mods I've listed can be found on other skyrim download sites. I would recommend http://planetelderscrolls.ign.com/ I'm not sure if they have all of the mods but it should at least have a few of them. I don't use the IGN sites much so let me know if you find what you need.
November 21, 2011 7:10:12 AM

Ive been running skyrim off of my Llano APU integrated graphics, and although I cant play it like you guys its an awesome game... Then again graphics really werent the most important thing to me in a game. Obviously I play on lower settings, and only 4x
antialiasing... Just got the game and only played for a little over an hour, but no crashes or anything. Im just impressed it runs on an IGP lol
November 21, 2011 8:49:55 AM

you should add the snow one. it does wonders in mountainous areas
November 21, 2011 12:12:36 PM

I only got one crash so far with Skyrim, and only after I've installed the frame unlocker, but nothing very annoying so far. The only peculiar thing that happened to me was a room inside a fort, cannot remember the name exactly; I was shooting an arrow to kill some bandit, and it took more than 5 seconds for the arrow to hit the guard, roughly 3 meters in front of me, although the game was not lagging at all, I was getting 80+ FPS, I had no lag whatsoever in the inventory, and it only happened in that room.
November 21, 2011 10:08:37 PM

redsunrises said:
Ive been running skyrim off of my Llano APU integrated graphics, and although I cant play it like you guys its an awesome game... Then again graphics really werent the most important thing to me in a game. Obviously I play on lower settings, and only 4x
antialiasing... Just got the game and only played for a little over an hour, but no crashes or anything. Im just impressed it runs on an IGP lol


Yeah, amazing kit AMD built there with that. depending on which Llano you have, it's just like having a 6450/6570/6670 series dedicated card. You might want to try 2x antialiasing and turn up the AF to 8x or maybe even 12x. I've noticed AA doesn't improve things a whole lot, at least for me but AF you can visually see the difference.
November 21, 2011 10:10:02 PM

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I'm about 40 hours in and I've seen a good number of crashes. I've also seen textures glitch up (Mostly with dragons and human NPCs) as well as dead dragons that follow me occasionally upon fast traveling.

Crashes only seem to happen after something goes 'odd' (Textures glitch out for example, more than likely a memory leak) and I fast travel or change locations.

Needless to say that is -without- the mods OP suggested. I'm running on High with a 2x4870x2 setup right now and it looks fairly well. No mods, vanilla save for a community patch I downloaded.

Though, that is without mentioning bugs like NPCs.. Well, acting rather peculiar.


AMD still hasn't sorted out their Crossfire drivers so I'm not too surprised you are getting glitches. I think they were saying the drivers would be available shortly.
November 21, 2011 10:33:41 PM

I've played it quite a few hours now and so far I'm very impressed. The game is much better than Oblivion, even if graphically it isn't as impressive as Oblivion was when it was released. The dungeons are much more impressive and overall it's a great game.

As far as problems go, I'm playing the game with 3D vision. It looks nearly flawless, except with water. Objects visible in the water will be rendered incorrect in one of the 2 eyes causing a very confusing look. The dungeons with shallow water are the most effected to the point I've had to turn it off in one of them.

I've also had about 3-4 crashes in 40 hours played. At least once it happened after a quicksave.
November 22, 2011 12:59:31 AM

tekmage said:
Yeah, amazing kit AMD built there with that. depending on which Llano you have, it's just like having a 6450/6570/6670 series dedicated card. You might want to try 2x antialiasing and turn up the AF to 8x or maybe even 12x. I've noticed AA doesn't improve things a whole lot, at least for me but AF you can visually see the difference.


Thanks for the advice!
November 23, 2011 4:36:41 AM

I've updated my FAQ today for Skyrim issues after steam update.
November 24, 2011 1:47:19 AM

Someone mentioned to me that perhaps I'm just trolling skyrim topics to post a link up here so I am going back to lurk mode. good luck all.
November 24, 2011 3:51:49 AM

tekmage said:
Someone mentioned to me that perhaps I'm just trolling skyrim topics to post a link up here so I am going back to lurk mode. good luck all.


Yeah, I saw that post. The guy's an idiot. Keep on doing what you're doing. I appreciate it. Don't have the game yet, but will be getting it soon and then studying this thread. I came across the thread because you linked to it in another thread. That retard can go fck himself.
November 24, 2011 4:16:51 AM

I'll keep this thread updated as things change. I'm sure it will indeed change once the patch arrives next week as new issues arise in place of the old ones as it always does.
I sincerely hope the bugged game saves don't make an appearance like it did in Fallout 3 and Fallout NV.
December 2, 2011 12:26:23 AM

I am having problems with the game. :( 
15+ freezes in 40hrs they have been getting more frequent.
There are two types of freezes I get, one with white and light gray vertical lines, the other with black and dark gray vertical lines. After this the computer will ether stay this way or return to the game( happened once).
I have not installed any mods or changed anything. My gpu is a 6770, and I was running at around 30-35ish fps.
thanks for any help
December 2, 2011 12:30:54 AM

ramsey_79 said:
I am having problems with the game. :( 
15+ freezes in 40hrs they have been getting more frequent.
There are two types of freezes I get, one with white and light gray vertical lines, the other with black and dark gray vertical lines. After this the computer will ether stay this way or return to the game( happened once).
I have not installed any mods or changed anything. My gpu is a 6770, and I was running at around 30-35ish fps.
thanks for any help


Can you post your complete specs? It would help me help you. :)  It sounds like your video card is overheating from what you are saying. I know my video card gets up to 74 degrees when I'm in Skyrim which is the highest temps I've seen while running a game.
December 2, 2011 12:37:32 AM

i5 2500k(no oc yet)
tz68A+
radeon 6770
kingston 8gb ddr3-1600
windows 7 64
also thanks for the quick reply
December 2, 2011 1:24:38 AM

ramsey_79 said:
i5 2500k(no oc yet)
tz68A+
radeon 6770
kingston 8gb ddr3-1600
windows 7 64
also thanks for the quick reply



Hey, NP. Anyhow, I think the best thing for you to do right now is to get something that will read back your temperatures. I believe hwinfo 64 reads out the temps so you may want to download that to get more detailed info. It's a free download, and useful for diagnosing hardware issues. The temporary thing you could try for now is to go into your catalyst control center, go into Amd overdrive, click on manual fan control and turn it up to 65% fan speed. That should be enough to keep the heat under control. Also use the catalyst driver 11.11a as I have had excellent results with that driverset. Just screenshot the info from hwinfo so we can try to determine what else might be going on
December 2, 2011 2:04:46 AM

after playing for about 5 mins with fan at 65% this is the result

http://imgur.com/JJb0g

Also could you suggest some mods for my setup? Thanks for your help!
December 2, 2011 2:22:01 AM

ramsey_79 said:
after playing for about 5 mins with fan at 65% this is the result

http://imgur.com/JJb0g

Also could you suggest some mods for my setup? Thanks for your help!



You temps and voltages all look fine, although I did notice that you have mixed memory modules? you have 3 sticks running at 1.5 v but one that is running 1.2. It shouldn't cause issues but boards can be picky. You can probably lower your fan speed down a bit . I would think 55-60% is a good compromise between cooling and sound. As mods go, I would definitely use the texture enhancement mods I've listed on page 1. I wouldn't worry about using the performance mods. Your i5 cpu should be able to handle things fine. Did you update your video drivers to 11.11a? Since temperature/voltage is not an issue, it may help with the texturing problem you are running into. Also , did you already update the game to 1.2? I know 1.2 broke things for me so I had to revert back. Thankfully I had a backup of the old skyrim executable.
December 2, 2011 2:31:08 AM

hmmm well it just crashed on me so i don't have more temps I don't think it is over heating. Also I have only two sticks of ram in my comp??? I have no clue what that is about. Tomorrow I will be testing at low settings. I did upgrade catalyst but not Skyrim.

December 2, 2011 2:40:29 AM

Does steam auto update all games(I know it does for tf2) ? If so it is the latest version.
December 2, 2011 2:45:52 AM

ramsey_79 said:
Does steam auto update all games(I know it does for tf2) ? If so it is the latest version.



It unfortunately does, even if you tell it not to update automatically, it will. With patch 1.2, you can't use the 4gb skyrim file or anything ENB/FXAA Post Process Injector. You can however use all the other mods without issue. Anything that upgrades or optimizes textures should be still fine.

I got around that mechanism by putting steam into offline mode, and reverting my .exe back to 1.1 . I lose too much performance without the ENB Performance patch, and Post Process.
December 2, 2011 2:48:02 AM

So why does it show me having four sticks of ram?

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December 2, 2011 3:26:34 AM
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tekmage said:
It unfortunately does, even if you tell it not to update automatically, it will. With patch 1.2, you can't use the 4gb skyrim file or anything ENB/FXAA Post Process Injector. You can however use all the other mods without issue. Anything that upgrades or optimizes textures should be still fine.

I got around that mechanism by putting steam into offline mode, and reverting my .exe back to 1.1 . I lose too much performance without the ENB Performance patch, and Post Process.


I can, at least with the version of the 4gb fix I use. Try this, it works for 1.2: http://www.skyrimnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=1013
December 2, 2011 4:39:06 AM

bystander said:
I can, at least with the version of the 4gb fix I use. Try this, it works for 1.2: http://www.skyrimnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=1013



Thanks for the update. I was still using version 1.3. This certainly helps but even so I'm gonna avoid 1.2 for version 1.3 or the next update from Bethesda.
December 3, 2011 11:07:52 PM

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