When i play Oblivion everything is white!

whenever i play oblivion, everything is white! i can only barely see a table with tan mugs on it. At the start though it says something like "oblivion will now detect your video hardware" i clicked on ok and instantly it said "hardware unrecongnised, video settings set to medium". Anyone know what's wrong?
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    whenever i play oblivion, everything is white! i can only barely see a table with tan mugs on it. At the start though it says something like "oblivion will now detect your video hardware" i clicked on ok and instantly it said "hardware unrecongnised, video settings set to medium". Anyone know what's wrong?

    It's quite simple: your video card does NOT meet the minimum requirements.

    Please note that the video cards listed on the bottom pretty much cover ALL cards that will actually work; others, like the Radeon 9200, GeForce 4 Ti, or ANYTHING made by Intel, will not work; users will see only a pure white screen in-game.

    What DOES happen to be your video card, by the way? Some cards, that don't meet the minimum requirements, can be used with a third-party app that will reduce the graphics a bit further so that older cards can play the game.

    Here's are-posting of a little list I threw together, that's fairly complete, and how you might fare in Oblivion with each card, divided up into categories:No chance - You won't ever be able to play Oblivion with these cards. Fortunately, none of them are sold anymore.GeForce 256
    GeForce 2
    GeForce 4 MX
    Radeon 7000 (A.K.A. Radeon VE)
    Radeon 7200 (A.K.A. ATi Radeon)
    Radeon 7500
    Intel Extreme Graphics
    S3 Integrated Graphics
    Almost all integrated graphicsNeeds Help - These won't normally play Oblivion, but with the assistance of some third-party programs, they can play. Just be warned, it won't be well; expect to turn down most settings.GeForce 3
    GeForce 3 Ti
    GeForce 4 Ti
    Radeon 8500
    Radeon 9000
    Radeon 9100
    Radeon 9200
    Radeon 9250
    Intel GMA 900
    Intel GMA 950
    Any Volari, Matrox, or other card series not made by ATi or nVidia (note that cards made by others, using ATi or nVidia chips, don't have to worry)Problems forseen - These will run right off, but will have performance issues, so don't expect to enjoy most/some of the graphical features of the game.GeForce FX 5200
    GeForce FX 5500
    GeForce FX 5600
    GeForce FX 5700
    GeForce FX 5800
    GeForce FX 5900
    GeForce FX 5950
    GeForce PCX 5300
    GeForce PCX 5750
    GeForce PCX 5900
    GeForce 6200
    GeForce 7300
    Radeon 9500
    Radeon 9550
    Radeon 9600
    Radeon X300Clear Sailing - Check to make sure the card fits into here. Note that some will still offer sub-par performance, though, but they won't make the game largely intolerable.GeForce 6600
    GeForce 6800
    GeForce 7600
    GeForce 7800
    GeForce 7900
    Radeon X600
    Radeon X700
    Radeon X800
    Radeon X850
    Radeon X1300
    Radeon X1400
    Radeon X1600
    Radeon X1800
    Radeon X1900
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    whenever i play oblivion, everything is white! i can only barely see a table with tan mugs on it. At the start though it says something like "oblivion will now detect your video hardware" i clicked on ok and instantly it said "hardware unrecongnised, video settings set to medium". Anyone know what's wrong?


    You're caught in a snow storm. Beautifully rendered though, isn't it?
  3. Bah, too many noobs with Dell or HP computers with onboard video and 512mb of ram hear about this awesome game and rush out to buy it without checking the minimum requirements, or even if they do don't know wtf they are looking at...
  4. thanks for the info, my graphics card is Radeon 9250 by the way. I'm looking to getting a Radeon x700 or x800 soon, that should solve the problem. So thanks again for the help, i appreciate it! :D
  5. If you go to this site http://www.oldblivion.com/ you can download a program which will allow you to run the game. It works with the Radeon 9200 and the geforce fx 5700 so it will work for you as well.
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    thanks for the info, my graphics card is Radeon 9250 by the way. I'm looking to getting a Radeon x700 or x800 soon, that should solve the problem. So thanks again for the help, i appreciate it! :D

    Yep, that would be the case. As also implied by the "needs help" listing, and what cyberaww said, you can run the game using Oldblivion, which appears to be the best 3rd-party ap for this.

    However, an upgrade will be much better. Something like an X700pro will do, but I'd only recomend a low-ish resolution for those, or perhaps sliding some of the settings back. An X800 would likely be the sweet spot there; benchmarks have shown that the X800 and X850 cards perform unusually well for that game, at times even passing some of the GeForce 7800 cards.

    And just to be extra-safe, check to make sure your Radeon 9250 is AGP. I've not heard of any PCI versions of that card, but you can NEVER be too certain; upgrading your video card, at least to anything that'll be fine on its own, ("clear sailing") will require an AGP slot.
  7. ran into the same issue on my laptop (mobility radeon 9000). Luckily I'm already in the process of building my new system. Thank God

    This site cleard things up pretty well for me:
    http://www.systemrequirementslab.com/referrer/srtest
  8. "Oblivion will now detect your video hardware" keeps coming up for me everytime I start the game now, anyone know why? Once is usually sufficient, but something appears to have gone wrong.
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    If you go to this site http://www.oldblivion.com/ you can download a program which will allow you to run the game. It works with the Radeon 9200 and the geforce fx 5700 so it will work for you as well.

    On my gf4 ti 4200-8x agp works well also.
  10. Thanks for the response but my game is working now for some reason(knock on wood). I believe it was because I was changing in-game options. I use an ATI card as well, but thanks for the response, it is still appreciated!
  11. Haraldas said:
    whenever i play oblivion, everything is white! i can only barely see a table with tan mugs on it. At the start though it says something like "oblivion will now detect your video hardware" i clicked on ok and instantly it said "hardware unrecongnised, video settings set to medium". Anyone know what's wrong?
  12. I take it, henryd, that you've been mulling this one over for three years.
    In your excitement at working out a solution, you appear to have hit the 'quote' button, but ALAS, you failed to actually type the solution.
    If you ever wander back this way, would you care to enlighten us as to what you omitted, in your haste, to tell us?
  13. Well, it's still an ongoing problem .. I'm getting it too -- soon as the OBGM shaders click in... instant whiteout... menus are fine, but environment is white (for a undercastle maze, not good).

    I'm surprised people mentioned video card as the cause for this.

    I have a GTX 590.

    I don't think the card is the problem?? Or is there some other weakness in the 590 other than being prone to overheating and shutting down your machine (at stock speeds)...


    Machine has an 1100W PS. An external power meter that records min/max, shows a peak 604W.
    OTher specs, xeon 5680(6core * 12MB L3), Win7x64 w/48G.

    Just found this thread on a good search seems like the shader has run amok. But tried not including OBSriptExtender's OBGraphics Mod -- Am likely on my way to the nexus.forums that has a more speciality in this.

    But that Nvidia card, and its one quiet fan, is a joke for cooling. I ran a120V fan on an extension cord from the outside... system hasn't power-cycled since -- though temps to get into the low 90's on 1 card and upper 80's on the other (590 is an SLI-on-a-card type card).
  14. So guys, i need help...well i instal nosTeam Oblivion, and bcs i have radeon 9200 series card i need Oldblivion...but problem is when i wann to install ( when i click on oblivion.exe) oldblivion i get this massage : The system cannot find the path specified or File does not exist or You are not authorized to perform this operation. Maybe i can t install it or maybe i don t know how. So plz help. TNX
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