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Elder Scrolls Skyrim Game Fixes – Crashes to Desktop C2D, Title Screen Menu Crash, Freezes, BSOD, Glitches

Skyrim Crash Freeze Fixes
Skyrim Patch 1.2 Information has been released!

Elder Scrolls Skyrim is a beautiful game with endless possibilities. As we know what all the Elder Scrolls Games however, they have glitches, crashes, and errors. Why there is always so many errors with each iteration of Elder Scrolls, I have no idea. Some of it can be attributed to just how huge this game is. One thing is for sure, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is well worth it and Bethesda Softworks did a good job. Get it through Steam if you want it fast!

Fortunately for you, there are plenty of fixes here to help you with the problem. Many of these fixes have been found out by forum members guessing and checking. Hopefully they will help you.

We have a new fix listed below for crashing and blue screens. Try it out!

If you have any problems or need any additional assistance, feel free to comment below! We will do our best to help you solve your problem. And if we cannot help, another kind user might be of assistance to you with a working solution, so we highly recommend it. If there are any solutions that you have, let us know in the comments too so we can add it to help out other people experiencing the same problem.

If we don’t have a solution for you check back later, as we are actively updating this list since this game is so huge.


Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Freeze, Crashing and Blue Screen Fix (New)

From one of our viewer. Thanks Random Helperer!

It’s simple, first of all my computer is the absolute highest spec machine on the market so any smoothness or low frame rates problems are game related.
So on the launcher go into your options, and turn off all anti-aliasing (Like I said any good computer could handle it, if the game didn’t crash).
All other settings (like mine), can be maximized, all view distance sliders are on full with distant object detail on ultra and object detail fade unchecked without any game issues.
Also, the Anisotropic Filtering can also be maxed without any crashing.

Fixing the florescent blue and green squares on your HUD
Extra friendly tip: Turning the Shadow Detail to Ultra in the advanced settings will do strange things to your HUD. So make sure it’s set at High or lower!
I hope this helps!

TESV.exe stopped working and crashes Skyrim when launching

  1. Open up Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> Sound
  2. Click default sound device and then click properties and choose the Advanced Tab
  3. Change the default format to 44.1Khz 16-bit if it is not already. Hit Ok.
  4. Open up Elder Scrolls Skyrim and see if that fixes the error

Skyrim’s Dungeon 1 Crashes Computer

This problem is experienced by a lot of users who are crashing while playing Skyrim. Unfortunately you will have to wait for a patch on this one. If there are any workaround, we’ll be sure to let you know.

Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Install Fails, Cannot Install

A lot of users are experiencing a crash and/or failure while installing Elder Scrolls V Skyrim. This is usually due to to a problem with the Microsoft Visual C++ Package. You can solve this by re-installing the Microsoft Visual C++ Package. You can find it here.
Note: Sometimes if you have both the x86 and x64 version there can be some problems. For most cases we recommend x86.

Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Crashes Upon Opening / Load

  • Reinstall DirectX. Make sure you install the latest version.
  • Update your video card drivers by going here.
  • Do the sound fix listed above.
  • Try playing in window mode and using just one monitor if you have several.
  • Verify Steam’s integrity

Elder Scrolls V Skyrim : Mouse is inverted

This can be a mouse acceleration problem.
Just navigate to your SkyrimPrefs.ini file in steam. Change its bMouseAcceleration=1 value to “bMouseAcceleration=0” (no quotes)

Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Has Graphical Glitches

  • Update your video card drivers by going here.
  • Turn off V-Sync
  • Verify that your computer is not overheating
  • Run a memorytest program to verify your ram is ok.
  • Periodically check for updated patches for the game and new video card drivers
  • Disable SLI/Crossfile to see if it fixes your problem. Download the latest profile for them

Elder Scrolls V Skyrim : Forcing Off V-Sync

Cant get into Skyrim to turn off Vsync? Is it lowering your performance? Just navigate to your SkyrimPrefs.ini file in steam. Change its “iPresentInterval=1” value to “iPresentInterval=0” (no quotes) . You can find it by going to your

Stream Directory -> Steamapps -> common -> skyrim -> Skyrim

Cannot see mouse in Skyrim

Check your copy to see if Xbox Controlls are enabled or disabled. Disable them.

Elder Scrolls: Skyrim Audio / Sound Doesn’t Work

Have on audio, music, or general sounds when fighting or navigating the huge Elder Scrolls world? Firstly, if you are using a 7.1 or 5.1 sound system / PC speaker setup, then set your configuration through Windows to 5.1 or 2.1 respectively. If this doesn’t help (then put it back) or if you already have a normal speaker setup, then you’ll want to go to Start -> Run -> DXDIAG -> DirectX Features. Try lowering your Hardware Sound Acceleration and Sample Rate Conversion Quality, as that may fix the problem.

Download Skyrim Mods

There are plenty of Skyrim Mods available already! Click here to read about the Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Night Time Enhancement Modification.

Hardware System Requirements

Minimum System Requirements:
OS: 7/Vista/XP PC (32 or 64 bit)
CPU: Dual Core 2.0GHz or equivalent processor
Graphics: 512 MB card
Sound Card: DirectX 9 Compatible
DirectX: Version 9.0c
Internet for Steam activation

Recommended System Requirements:
OS: Windows 7/Vista/XP (32 or 64 bit)
CPU: Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU
HDD: 6 GB free disk space
Graphics: 1 GB Graphics Memory
Sound Card: DirectX 9 Compatible
DirectX: Version 9.0c
Internet for Steam activation


  1. Comments  Skyrim Crashes to Desktop C2D, Title Screen Menu Crash, Freezes, BSOD, Glitches | Geek Montage   |  Friday, 11 November 2011 at 5:03 PM

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  2. Comments  SpaceTB   |  Saturday, 12 November 2011 at 2:42 AM

    My game won’t load the next scene, its just replays the animation of the characters over and over agian, im at the part where you get of the carts and suposably you customize your character, but i can not even do that. im stuck sitting on the cart doing nothing. someone help

  3. Comments  derpyhooves   |  Saturday, 12 November 2011 at 2:45 AM

    game runs smooth and everything works fine for 5 mins then screen goes black sound just buzzes and have to force a shutdown using the power button

    any ideas?
    please reply ive been waiting forever for this game my pc meets al the specs and my drivers are up to date
    runing windows 7 64bit

  4. Comments  hary trotter   |  Saturday, 12 November 2011 at 3:01 AM

    @derpyhooves im having the same problem if any one knows how to fix this that would be great

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  6. Comments  Sidove   |  Saturday, 12 November 2011 at 4:54 AM

    My specs reaches recommended, Ive turned of Vsync, did that sound fix thingy and the crash to desktop fix but still when my characther dies the game crashes or when he enters a new area.

  7. Comments  so what   |  Saturday, 12 November 2011 at 7:01 AM

    For everybody who gets hang ups/ freezes in Skyrim try DOWNclock!!! your Gpu!
    I was trying to getting skyrim to work when my gpu overheated due to a dirt moving fan^^,
    so i downclocked my 8800gtx to its minimum ratings using the EVGA tool and Skyrim works like a charm now!

  8. Comments  Desperate   |  Saturday, 12 November 2011 at 7:04 AM

    My Skyrim occasionaly minimises itself and when I click again on it it takes eons to load and then screen has some black stains or what some weird rectangles. How do I fix this?

  9. Comments  maybe   |  Saturday, 12 November 2011 at 10:41 AM

    To all those who can’t get the npc to talk in the cart at the beginning, try to reinstall the language pack. Worked for me.

  10. Comments  solidsnake   |  Saturday, 12 November 2011 at 12:30 PM

    please if you can help…i played the dungeon perfectly without any problem and when i finished it and went outside the game crashes and freezes my pc that i need reset even in low graphics …i have download the latest drivers and dx and i put update 1 repack…also sometimes all of a sudden i find the skyrimlauncher deleted…i try my other games anfd they run without problems like battlefield 3 i run it in high settings no lag at all…i have i3 540 – gfx ati hd 6770 – 4 g ram

  11. Comments  liquidsnake   |  Sunday, 13 November 2011 at 3:23 AM


    Same problem here, I play for a while, then game freezes with weird colored pixels on screen, deep annoying repetative sound comes after that and it ends with a Blue Screen with atikmpag.sys error, very frustrating I’ve tried various solutions, none work.

  12. Comments  Anonymous   |  Sunday, 13 November 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Skyrim crashes when doing second mage colege quest when i hawe to hit a wall with magic to get out of the trap

  13. Comments  Anonymous   |  Sunday, 13 November 2011 at 2:04 PM

    mine crashed at second mage quest too but i changed to windowed mode and it didnt crash after that 🙂

  14. Comments  liquidsnake   |  Sunday, 13 November 2011 at 9:15 PM

    Same for me here, it specifically crashes at the second Mage College quest after I get the Psijic Order vision, but it also crashes randomly throughout the game, FUCK YOU BSOD! :O! Anyone found a fix yet? there seems to be no update yet, how stupid!

  15. Comments  Bob   |  Sunday, 13 November 2011 at 10:11 PM

    @liquidsnake, @derpyhooves @harytrotter

    Thank you. I’ve searched hours, nobody seemed to have this glitch, I already thought it’s my computer’s fault.
    Anyways, what CPU/GPU do you have?
    I have a rather old Core2Duo E8400 and a 5770. I updated every driver multiple times by now, tried all the available fixes, but nothing.

    Strangely enough though, I had this glitch yesterday and then it suddenly worked. Played for nearly 6 hours.
    But today it’s back again. I don’t know what to do, I tried EVERYTHING.

  16. Comments  Random Helperer!   |  Monday, 14 November 2011 at 12:40 AM

    Ok, I found the answer!
    I had the same issue and it has nothing to do with your sound or anti-virus.
    It’s simple, first of all my computer is the absolute highest spec machine on the market so any smoothness or low frame rates problems are game related.
    So on the launcher go into your options, and turn off all anti-aliasing (Like I said any good computer could handle it, if the game didn’t crash).
    All other settings (like mine), can be maximized, all view distance sliders are on full with distant object detail on ultra and object detail fade unchecked without any game issues.
    Also, the Anisotropic Filtering can also be maxed without any crashing.

    Fixing the florescent blue and green squares on your HUD
    Extra friendly tip: Turning the Shadow Detail to Ultra in the advanced settings will do strange things to your HUD. So make sure it’s set at High or lower!
    I hope this helps!

  17. Comments  liquidsnake   |  Monday, 14 November 2011 at 1:21 AM

    @Random Helperer!

    Thanks for the info! I will try this and report back here if it fixes it to our specific problem! Lots of thanks!

  18. Comments  liquidsnake   |  Monday, 14 November 2011 at 1:31 AM

    Ok so far (way more far into the 2nd Mage Quest) it fixed it, no more bluescreen of death no crashing! Thanks a lot man!

  19. Comments  liquidsnake   |  Monday, 14 November 2011 at 2:58 AM

    Lol ok so It’s 2:53 now, I’m just back from another reboot due to BlueScreen of death! I played for 2h30min it was working fine, weird pixels did appear in the middle of game-play but it didn’t crash I just rebooted Skyrim, Went up the Mount Anthor to fight the Dragon near Saarthal (Mage Quest where BSOD occurs), blue screen once again after weird pixels, don’t know what causes this, turning off anti-aliasing seemed to fix it :S. Please if anyone gets problem fixed by turning off anti-aliasing and BSOD occurs once more further into the game please report it! :O

  20. Comments  kris9515   |  Monday, 14 November 2011 at 3:28 AM

    Hey! I have this kind of problem – so my gear is Nvidia Galaxy 9400 GT[512 MB] 4 GB RAM, Intel Dual core E4600 2.4 ghz, Windows XP. The game can run in Each graphic option from Low to Ultra, but when i go outside somewhere i get this annoying freezing screen. Like..i walk 1-2 minutes and then my screen freezes for about 5 seconds. Tryed to install DirectX10 , Changed my sound to 44.1khz, updated the game changed to lower resolution but nothing happend, it still freezes when i’m outside the world. Can anyone help me, because this is one big and annoying problem :/

  21. Comments  kris9515   |  Monday, 14 November 2011 at 3:28 AM

    ignore this “Read more” – my bad 😀

  22. Comments  brotha   |  Monday, 14 November 2011 at 5:46 AM

    @liquidsnake, @derpyhooves @harytrotter

    holy shit i finally found someone with the same problem too!

    i have that EXACT same thing the screen goes black, and after a few seconds of Skyrim there is a repetetive freezing sound and by this point i usually hit the power button. it was happening at totally random times, however… today it seems to happen every 5 mins if i am running in the world.

    it has not ONCE happened inside of a dungeon. today i literally cant play i run anywhere outside and boom. 1-5 mins; yesterday it happened once every 30misn – 3 hours.

    skyrim has been freezing just as stated above 1-5 mins all day ive basically given up playing.

    I have a radeon 6870 have gone from high graphics / not much lag down to medium and now down to all low; except textures still on medium.

    i dont know what to do anymore.

  23. Comments  brotha   |  Monday, 14 November 2011 at 7:14 AM

    hey guys in these forums people are talking about the same issues

    the freeze black screen issues.

  24. Comments  Bob   |  Monday, 14 November 2011 at 8:33 AM

    @Random Helperer
    If I disable AA and then force it through my GPU, will this fix the issue too?
    I’d really rather not play without AA, if it’s the only option though, it can’t be helped, I guess.

  25. Comments  Disgruntled   |  Monday, 14 November 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Same as kris. Game freezes every 30 seconds or so when I’m outside walking around. Sometimes it unfreezes, most of the time it crashes to desktop without even giving me an error. I hope there is a fix soon.

  26. Comments  Shane   |  Monday, 14 November 2011 at 3:07 PM

    my glich is that on the first lesson guest a dragon thought it would b a good time to attack the mages guild … after the dragon was killed i cant continue the quest as the npc walks around and acts as if iv completed the quest but wen i try and speak to her she says the same thing she says druing the quest .. ie “i will talk to you after i hav shown u around” any1 no if theres anything i can do ???

  27. Comments  Fredard31   |  Monday, 14 November 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Mine crash when Polar bear start moving in the Animal Extermination quest.

  28. Comments  liquidsnake   |  Monday, 14 November 2011 at 7:37 PM

    After analyzing all the forums and all the issues related to the Bluescreen of death, Computer shutdown, Video Card shutdown, there seems to be no fix for it, as the other forums mentioned, Patch 1.2 is coming this week, I would strongly suggest not playing until they fix this, you could severely damage your computer trying to play with the crashes and shutdowns, and yes I do understand the “i would do anything to play this game” thinking, same thing here! I will wait for the patch as these fixes and solution research is becoming EXTREMELY time-consuming!

  29. Comments  JR   |  Tuesday, 15 November 2011 at 2:23 AM


    If you are suffering from terrible framerate and have a Nvidia card do these steps to correct the issue:

    1) Go to Nvidia site and download latest drivers
    2) Go into Start Menu and in the Search Field type “Nvidia Control Panel”
    3) Under 3D Settings click on: “Manage 3D Settings”
    4) Next, you should see something that says “Preferred Graphics Processor”, and under it a drop-down box
    5) In the Drop-down box select “High Performance Graphics Processor”
    6) Save/Apply and relaunch the game.

    For me this drastically improved the framerate. I also have above recommended specs for the game. Before I did this I got at best 15 FPS on the absolute lowest graphics setting. Now I get a solid 45 to 60 FPS on High graphics w/o Shadow Texturing on (set to low; its a major FPS hog atm)

  30. Comments  JR   |  Tuesday, 15 November 2011 at 2:29 AM

    Also, I get game crashes every so often with no discernable cause and no discernable time when one will occur. And when it crashes, it crashes to desktop and displays no error message either… haven’t had the game freeze on me yet though… my temporary solution until a patch comes out is to save the game every 3-5 minutes (got about 350 savefiles now though after playing for about 40 hours)

    But make sure you update your drivers!

  31. Comments  liquidsnake   |  Wednesday, 16 November 2011 at 2:03 AM

    This is ridiculous! 🙁 i wanna play the game so bad! BETHESDA has announced a patch coming soon, no ETA hopefully fixing the Video Card issues!

  32. Comments  liquidsnake   |  Wednesday, 16 November 2011 at 3:14 AM

    I just tried to uninstall drivers completely, run in safe mode, driver sweep all the drivers, reboot, re-install old/new drivers, NOTHING works, video card keeps stopping and rebooting, bluescreens, it’s really an issue with the game itself! I declare forfeit! Will definitely wait for the patch, I’ve tried EVERYTHING!

  33. Comments  liquidsnake   |  Wednesday, 16 November 2011 at 4:18 PM

    ATI just released Catalyst 11.11 drivers, yesterday, and guess what, they don’t even fix the current Graphical Issues, AMD Video Card still stops working, what a bunch of queers.

  34. Comments  Lupercal   |  Thursday, 17 November 2011 at 10:05 AM

    I haven’t had a lot of issues with skyrim recently but i know some crashes are caused by options in the sound settings, also anyone who has performance issues with skyrim you can get a couple of mods over at that tweak your .dll files for better performance and there is a tut on how to make skyrim use more then 2gigs of ram. Hope it helps some!

  35. Comments  liquidsnake   |  Sunday, 20 November 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Skyrim Patch 1.2 Coming After Thanksgiving:

  36. Comments  Elder Scrolls Skyrim Patch 1.2 Coming After Thanksgiving | Geek Montage   |  Sunday, 20 November 2011 at 3:05 PM

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  37. Comments  liquidsnake   |  Monday, 21 November 2011 at 6:24 PM

    Does anyone know how to turn off auto-save? I unchecked the 3 boxes in the Options but is that all?

  38. Comments  mark   |  Sunday, 22 January 2012 at 5:54 AM

    heres a small shout that i found helped me, if your running win7 aero desktops then for some reason they cause my system to crash to desktop, i changeD to a normal desktop background and ran in full screen windowed mode at native resolution, NOT ONE CRASH IN 3 HOURS OF PLAY………

  39. Comments  Mario   |  Thursday, 22 March 2012 at 1:35 PM

    My game has this problem where the title screen icon and fog show up, but not the menu and wording. actually I’m not sure what should appear, because it never loads even when i leave it alone for a while. I’ve tried lowering the game’s resolution, and my galaxy is a pretty decent graphics card, so I don’t know what issue I’m having.

  40. Comments  Wight   |  Sunday, 01 April 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Just got skyrim. SORELY disappointed — yet another game where what, NOBODY beta tests anything? Last fantasy game was NWN, first *and* second sequel. AFTER I beat each, they patched the flaws, but I had a mage with a magic belt that added spells except if I loaded the game, he had his normal spells/remove the belt and he had less. Had to remove, save, quit, open, load, re-wear, rest, and THEN I’d have other spells — sequel? Added the arcane archer — caster archer class, but, really, did they playtest this expansion boasting that at ALL? Close range had a penalty on archery/ranged attacks, and, you got that penalty if your caster (arcane archers had to be casters/with nice warriorish combat values) had it’s FAMILIAR in a fight at close range. Obvious choice, send in the bear, let it melee, fire from 50′ away — nope, fucking bug, until after I’d played thru with a -4 on every shot… Well, now we have skyrim. Near as I can tell melee works right. Familiars/summons/whatever works right. Belts? Are there any? But the apparel that does exist works right. And the game crashes to the desktop every 3-10 minutes. Which, after all the patches that already exist, that *might* prove the game was written by assholes — but I’m more inclined to base that statement on the fact that the first few interactions starting the game are 5ish minute movies. MAYBE you’ll get thru one, MAYBE you won’t, PROBABLY you’ll be seeing that same goddamn execution 35-70 times before you get your game working right… If it can even be called “right”…

    Skyrim fucking sucks, shouldn’t be so unstable, still have the occasional yellow thingy — blah. But yes, turning off antialiasing did the trick for me. This is the first page out of 30-40 I’ve read that said as much, and, dead-on/I’ve played for 3-4 hours now. With ONE crash. Yup, not a 100% fix, game’s just fucked. But, ONE crash in HOURS? I’m happy it’s “playable”. If pissed that one crash seems so tolerable in a world where the game wasn’t even tested at all it seems.

    Point, turn off the Anti Alias options and give your game a try. Probably works better. And really? Smoother edges *are* nice, but I like to play with my glasses off and would rather froth at melee than be all critical of the look even when I have time to be placidly attentive… It’s fixable. Sorta. Bummer on yellow-items/people/me, and the occasional crash. But it’s playable. Finally. Not that those assholes writing the game ever just removed antialiasing in a patch… Fuck them. Thanks, this-page.

  41. Comments  Wight   |  Monday, 02 April 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Okee — Update… Or something. Basically? Taking it all back. Well, maybe not the praise for a page that tries. But anything about skyrim being playable? Seems a hallucination. Okee, not totally, I have a level 8-9 set of savegames. And a trainer that seems more inclined to get pissed I’ve been attacking him if I load the level 9 one. Not sure how that worked. But the important point is the game isn’t working. Yesterday I felt like a pregnant salmon swimming upstream or somesuch — found this page — tried removing antialiasing — and played for 5 hours with admittedly one crash. But only one, and that was *thrilling*. I got to play. Yay! Of course this morning, sitting around a dreary job, I ponder, “how the hell did that work, because I have clicked the default ‘low’ graphics button and tried that — that cut off the AA options too, it still crashed”. I get home, and, just to prove me right I’m crashing every 5-10 minutes with AA off/the same settings as the prior day. So — what was different about yesterday? Was the power plant sending the *good* electricity? Were the suns, moons, stars, etc all aligned in whatever way as to make my life a bit luckier? Were the souls of my dead ancestors looking in on me, and just really damned bored of watching that same screen where guy’s head’s chopped off, over and over and over, so they willed my game to let me see something past that?

    Really, the more I think about it, the answer *is* obvious. Yesterday was April 01 — Life/The Universe/God/Whatever — just decided to say “Hey, play Skyrim, isn’t it fun? HAH! APRIL FOOLS!!!”…

    Sigh. Sniffaroonies. Irritations galore, too. I’m on an intel core 2 duo (E8400) with 4 gb of ram, capped-4 over windows XP, GTX 560 TI DS graphic card, dunno it’s tip-top anymore but it should be enough, even should run ultra-mode. And, really, it does. Until it stops. Mixture of crash to desktop, Crash to a really wrong-sized-wrong-colored-desktop-where-ya-gotta-reboot, sometimes one monitor is the latter and the other’s black, last time both were black. Stuff runs hot, but doesn’t seem to overheat. I’m at my wit’s end, noting way too many people have way too many problems with this game, that it’s kinda stupid to market a product that doesn’t even run reliably, Dirt 3’s flawless but not half as interesting. Did they seriously not beta test Skyrim on a variety of PC’s? Didn’t tell their employees “here, have a free copy, take it home/try it out/tell us what ya think?”? And maybe they did. Because how many patches has it been now? They don’t seem to care so many think it doesn’t run reliably. And that just makes me doubt this company, it’s integrity, etc… Why buy any more games from Bethesda? Sure, fun stuff, IFF they work. If not? Most game vendors won’t even let you return the game for your cash or even something else. Just another copy of the broken game. I’m not against gambling, but I’d rather go to Las Vegas or somesuch. Skyrim I can’t seem to play reliably, without severe luck, and so why risk giving them ANY more money for even possibly similarly annoying results? Thinkin’ I’ll try a warez version of whatever future game. If they’ve gotten their shit back together, just maybe then they’d be worth a dollar again. Well, after they make up for Skyrim’s costs to me… I say they owe me a working game. Shame they’ve yet to write *that* patch…

    And since I’ve seen it written on several other message boards as I search for a solution — many say criticism should be constructive. That we should applaud Bethesda for what they created, and help them find ways to make it better. That is a lovely, golden, altruistic opinion. And everyone is entitled to their opinion. Of course, the unfortunate part of that opinion is that it’s flatly, totally, and absolutely *WRONG*. I’ve seen it on entirely too many games (pretty much buy anything while it’s new) — I’m tired of software companies shitting in a box, telling us it’s great, having us pay, TRY TO play, and using us as the test guineas so they can get a proper version going long after we/at-least-I’ve gotten bored of it… NWN I ranted about before. They ad archers, bug archery, and apparently playtest *zero* games so they don’t even notice. Didn’t even patch it in the week or two I spent playing thru the game. Wtf? But now, let’s add a new entry to that list — Skyrim. The game that’s so fun to play, you’ll wish you could. Epic sort of slogan there, hell, I don’t even use the word “Epic” much. But it fit…

    I may fiddle a time or two more. But I’m seriously thinking of giving up Skyrim. If you’re pondering trying it? Don’t. Do. Whatever. Just don’t expect lots.

  42. Comments  Wight   |  Monday, 09 April 2012 at 8:08 PM

    I wrote books above. For anyone with the attention span, yay. I’d rather be playing skyrim.

    But, just to give back to the community — and because I found it on NO PAGE AT ALL — My fix? Was to read all these other damn pages, often far less elegant ones that require a login before people can make useful comments btw — but to learn what I could, find some set of settings that would work, etc… *I did*. Or I seem to have. Give me another day or two to write back an “oopsies, this doesn’t work” blurb.

    The fix, short version: DISABLE V-SYNC.

    Some page, this or another, had me go into skyrim pref/ini/somesort of files, I forget now, and change a boolean to fix the vsync notion in-game. That’s great, I did that. I never undid that. I probably should, since I’m not sure why it’s there. For now, I haven’t, so find some vsync thingy that was set to 1 and turn it to 0, if you want to clone me absolutely. Point tho, the game setting, while it sounded good, didn’t do squat. Crashes every 5-10 minutes or so…

    I found other suggestions — none seemed to show promise. I found this page, disable anti-aliasing (AA), *and* I did get a full 5 hours with only one crash. April fool’s day. And not after. Universe’s way of mocking me. I don’t know the particulars but I’ve read other people seeming to think there’s big differences in indoor vs outdoor crash rate. Point, I got lucky, got into the keep, got to play for 5 hours of “cast destruction on the guy leading me for free levels” (Is anyone NOT doing that?) — while in the keep my game was mostly stable. Crashed once. Finished up/left/saved and the next day — was hell.

    Read other sites, other suggestions, turn this on, this off, this thing this way, whatever. What it woke me up to was that my graphics card actually had the ability to have particular settings *per application*. And that maybe some combination of tweakiness of those options would yield a good, playable skyrim game. And over seeing it on another page, and really wondering in my own head, “Is vsync ever good?” — but the first option I fiddled with was vsync. I know, right, it’s off in the game by the game settings. Default setting for my graphic card/driver install? “Let software manage vsync”. Crashes galore. But, fuck that. FORCE vsync off, and the game’s near perfect. I haven’t gotten yellow/gold hands, armor, ground, odd moments of black/red/whatever-color for turning the camera some odd way, the game’s crisp, clean, happy — oh, and I even went back and turned AA back on. and in 8-10 hours I only *sorta* crashed once — and PLEASE READ THE NEXT PARAGRAPH, PLEASE…

    This is probably totally unrelated. Which of course means it *is* related… But how related? That’s a chance for you to take. Start off with I’m a smoker, a drinker, a sedentary lazy bastard, and I have a loving snuggly ball of fluff, a cat, who’s starting to shed but always seems to create a bit of fuzz no matter what time of year… Point, nicotine gunks EVERYTHING up. Stickily. Cat hair, dust, etc, gloms on. Fans die. Optical drives die. My printer? Still works, but over cat hair inside it can’t ever print perfectly. Etc… *Point* — Yeah, got Skyrim seeming perfect. Played a while. But 8-10 hours in their was a small pop and the power went dead. Not to the desk clock, and not to the other pc sharing the same power-plugs/on my KVM switch — no, just to the one that was playing skyrim. My power supply died. For those suggesting 500W min, 600W recommended means 600+? My 600W PSU died, I’m now on a 750…

    With annoying glowy LED’s, let’s see if I can sleep tonight. If not? I’m taking the damn thing back…

    Whatever — Skyrim Fix — Turn off Vsync. On your hardware. As to how? Let’s just say I’m a long time ATI fan, lots of them out there, and so ATI users would do well to find someone still using ATI graphics for such consultation. Just dig around. It’s probably there. NVidia? Seemed really the only choice — after 2 models of 8650 and one of 8670 were tried on my system. DVI has DVI-D and DVI-I connectors, who knew. ATI’s not even that forthcoming with what it’s doing with them. First 8650? Had a DVI-I and DVI-D connector, obvious. Trouble is I have 2xSVA monitors and only SVA-to-DVI-I adaptors. Returning to the store, I think they did find me a DVI-D adaptor, but it was around the price difference for another card, why not get one with the right connectors… And upon learning more, *can* there be a DVI-D adaptor? — Whatever — 2nd card, I try the 8670 — go read the specs on that damn thing. Something like 10.5″ long or somesuch. Was it 11″? Point, too goddamn long to fit in my case. 3rd, I go back to another model of 8650, different manufacturer, and yay, verified in store before leaving, it had the connectors I needed… Only that first 8650 wasn’t lying, the second one (and 3rd ATI try) was lying it’s ass off. Right connectors for DVI-I adaptation, *but*, still a DVI-D port. What this means is get over your still having fuctional SVGA monitors, throw them out/buy new stuff, because only ONE port of any ATI card is DVI-I (Integrated), the other is DVI-D (Digital, only, and thus will not support use of analog monitors). In short, screw ATI.

    So that leaves us with NVidia….

    Open the NVidia Control Panel. Left pane, under “3D Settings,” is “Manage 3D Settings”. Go there. Right pane has 2 tabs, global settings and program settings. Me? I like the default for the default, so I left global alone. Well, no, but I did change it back… Point, in “Program Settings” — either find Skyrim — Don’t think I could — or click “Add” and tell it the path to skyrim. *I forget* if I picked skyrimlauncher.exe or tesv.exe as skyrim. I do note upon adding it, it shows as “Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim” without my having altered it. Anywho, below all that mess is a (#2) “Specify the settings for this program” section. For my at least, I scroll ALL THE WAY DOWN. Very last option, only one that matters in my experience-thus-far — “Vertical Sync” — set it to “Force Off”.

    That should do it… And if it doesn’t? Well, you tried something else. I swear they should just make Skyrim for Linux… There’s just something very linux about going thru a few hundred settings, hoping to find one that actually works, having your software fail constantly, fighting to make it work…

    Anywho, didn’t give up on skyrim. But, still haven’t really played it. Should I not cast heals and let myself get beaten up by the first guy I find, until my armor skill levels, etc? Eh, one day I’ll play.

    Turn off Vsync. On your graphic-card’s end…

  43. Comments  toshito   |  Thursday, 10 May 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Hi, i was having a problem with crashes and freezes some days ago, that was happening everytime i go to some place in the free world, for example when i go to some village or in the middle of some road. But i figured out, if some1 having problems with crash try to delete this files “renderinfo”, skyrim.ini and skyrimprefs.ini in the folder C:\…\My games\Skyrim. After that open skyrim launcher put all definitions to low. move to desktop or delete the mods u have installed, open the game with launcher try to go to the place where crashed before, if not crash then u can put ur custom definitions again, Worked for me

  44. Comments  Pig   |  Tuesday, 15 May 2012 at 5:31 AM

    I’ve tried everything to fix the major problems. Nothing works…….. blue screen after bluscreen. This game is an unfinished crap.

    Not everyone is a PC genius. I just wanted to play a game that I waited so long. They promissed a new engine a new etc etc…. Same shit as Oblivion. The Elder Scrolls is a great story….but please, sometimes quality is more important.

    “Let the modders fix it, I rather collect the money for my unfinished work”….this is Bethesda.

  45. Comments  Hi   |  Friday, 27 July 2012 at 4:38 AM

    Hello, i have a very annoying problem with Skyrim. Everytime i start the game it crashes in a loading screen. Start up game –> click continue –> loading screen –> Skyrim closes like nothing happened. I have tried litterally everything to make it stop crashing but none of them work, please help!

    Things i tried: Turn off AA – Shadow detail down to low – textures to low – updating directX – udating graphics card AND motherboard drivers – search for integrety – Sound quality down grade – playing in windowed mode etc. Also steam indicates that the game is not fragmented in any way.

    the game randomly started crashing, while it ran just fine the other day.
    I’m running a
    Asus Rampage IV Formula
    Asus GTX680 w/ 2GB vram
    Intel core i7 3930K
    8GB Ram

    Thanks for the help!

  46. Comments  hashrh   |  Thursday, 06 September 2012 at 4:00 PM


  47. Comments  JP   |  Friday, 19 October 2012 at 7:03 AM

    I have a heartfire bug. I build a new house near falkreath, but everytime i go in there skyrim crashes and closes to desktop. So the new house is just for show and have no use at all. What can i do too fix it? its only here it crashes.

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