Skyrim Crashes, Freezes, Sound, Keys, Errors, FPS, Lag, Textures, and Fixes

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Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has been released on PC and it goes without saying that it’s a console port. All is still not lost, there are few game bugs but it won’t be long before modding community will jump to the rescue of the PC Gamers.

The problem with console ports on PC is, they are poorly optimized for PC and end up with a plethora of bugs and glitches that need special attention of the developer post-release.

We are counting on Bethesda for the special attention to fix all these outstanding issues, meanwhile we have compiled this troubleshooting guide to give you the workarounds that will fix all these crashes, freezes, and performance issues, you may encounter when playing Elder Scrolls V Skyrim.

Even though we only have temporary workarounds for now, we promise you that we will continue to write on PC sides of Skyrim with new modes and tweaks coming shortly after this.

For more help on Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, read our Walkthrough Guide.

1# How To Take a Screenshot
Press PrintScreen saves a screenshot in the installation directory of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

2# I Can’t See Any FX Effects In-Game ?
FX Effects in Skyrim like Fire Trail or Cobweb you are supposed to slash through don’t display properly or at times don’t display at all. If you are experiencing this issue, tweak your in-game graphics settings and see if it helps after you have updated your video card drivers. If you still can’t resolve the issue, download FX and Cobweb Fix.

3# and 4# How To Bind Keyboard Keys ? – Can’t Bind Keys
Skyrim doesn’t support keybindings by default, so it’s best to leave it to the modders to fix this.

5# Unable To Start New Game ?
If you have bought the game off Steam, verify the integrity of the files and re-try. Or log-out of the Steam and start Steam and Skyrim executable as administrator.

6# Skyrim – No Sound Fix
If you can’t hear any sound, update your audio drivers and restart your PC. If it doesn’t resolve after that, try running the game in Stereo sound settings. You can set this sound setting in your sound control panel.

If you still can’t resolve it, set the audio quality to 41K – you can do that by going into Playback Devices > Speakers (Or Any Sound Device) > Properties > Advanced and choose Studio Quality 41K 16bit.

7# Can’t Hear NPC Characters Talk ?
Follow the above workarounds but if they don’t fix this issue, try setting the audio to 2.1 or 5.1 in the Windows Audio Settings.

8# Game Freezes In The First Dungeon
If you stand next to the tunnel in the first dungeon, it will freeze the game. It’s a bug in the game so if you want to avoid that freeze, run further away.

9# Skyrim Doesn’t Detect Nvidia Card
Go to Manage 3D Settings in Nvidia Graphics Option and click the drop down box where it says – Preferred Graphics Processor. Select High Performance Nvidia Processor and save the setting.

Skyrim should detect your video card now and if it still doesn’t, – from Global Settings, go to Program Settings tab. Click on the drop down box and find Steam in the list. Click where it says ‘Preferred Graphics Processor’ and choose Nvidia Processor.

10# Skyrim Lags and Stutters in Bright Areas – FPS Fix
Set your shadows to Low and turn your Anti Aliasing Off and your frame rates should improve. Also, update your graphics card drivers and DirectX, they seem to help.

11# NPC Voice Fix
If you experiencing crackling voices of NPC character, which don’t make any sense, it’s a sound issue. You can fix it by setting your sound format to 16 bit, 44100hz.

12# Can’t Continue Past The Character Creation
Make sure you meet the minimum system requirements and have updated graphics card with updated drivers and DirectX installed.

13# Steam – The Game is Currently Unavailable
Usual Steam issue – log out of the Steam and log back-in to resolve it.

14# Crash Immediately After Loading Skyrim
This crash is caused by the sound issue – the same we have talked about above in the article. You can fix it by setting the audio quality to 16 bit, 41K Hz.

15# Crash To Desktop Fix

  • Go to Start > Control Panel > Sound.
  • In the Playback tab, right-click on Speakers (or whatever has a green tick next to it), then click Properties.
  • In the advanced tab on this new window, select 24 bit, 44100Hz (Studio Quality) in the drop down menu.

16# Disable Smooth Mouse Setting – Mouse Acceleration Fix

  • Go to your Steam Directory > steamapps > common > skyrim > Skyrim.
  • Create a backup of the SkyrimPrefs.ini file.
  • Open the file, then scroll down to where it says [Controls] and find bMouseAcceleration=1
  • Change to bMouseAcceleration=0
  • Save, exit, and play.

17# How To Disable Vsync

  • Go to your Steam Directory > steamapps > common > skyrim > Skyrim.
  • Create a backup of the SkyrimPrefs.ini file
  • Open the file, then scroll down to where it says [Display]
  • Add to the bottom of the section iPresentInterval=0
  • Save, exit, and play.

18# How To Tweak Skyrim FOV

  • Go to your My Documents > My Games > Skyrim > skyrim.
  • Create a backup of the skyrim.ini file.
  • Open the file, then scroll down to where it says [General].
  • At the bottom of this section, add fdefaultfov=XX (where XX is the FOV value you want to change to).
  • Save, exit, and play.

19# Failed To Initialize Renderer

20# Skyrim Flickering Textures Nvidia Fix
Most of the gamers with Nvidia graphics card are facing this issue and they can fix it simply by updating the graphics card drivers.

21# Low FPS on Good Rig
If you are experiencing very low frame rates on a high-end PC machine, make sure you haven’t set any option in Nvidia or Catalyst Control Panel to override application, because it will result in low performance. Set all the options to application defaults to resolve this issue.

22# Can’t Get Past The Intro
Fix this issue by following the sound issue fix proposed earlier. These crashes are caused by the sound bugs explained above, which can be fixed easily be tweaking the sound settings.

23# Low FPS – Tweak To Improve FPS
Set shadows to low with everything else maxed and you will see a huge change in frame rates and they will remain stable. Shadows seem to be the biggest culprit for eating the system resources so better set it to low and enjoy other eye candies to max.

24# Skyrim Random Freezes
Again, try the sound fix and you shouldn’t encounter any random freezes in the Skyrim World. If you have any USB plugged-in, un-plug it and try again. It may also fix the issue.

25# Crashing When I Hit Play
Install updated DirectX. Installing DirectX 9 should fix this issue.

26# Skyrim Crashes When Loading New Game

27# Skyrim Crashes at Logo
Try verifying your game cache and uninstall FFDshow if you have it installed in your OS. If it still doesn’t fix, run the game in compatibility with Vista SP2. You can run it in compatibility mode by right clicking the Skyrim executable > Click Compatibility Tab > and choose Vista SP2 from drop down menu and Apply.

28# How To Install Skyrim From Disk

  • Log in to Steam and click on Library.
  • Right-click on the game, select Delete local content, and confirm.
  • Insert the first disc into your computer.
  • Close Steam (Steam > Exit).
  • Press Windows Key + R to open Run
  • In the Run window type: C:\Program Files\Steam\Steam.exe” -install E
  • Replace E: with the CD/DVD drive you are installing from if is not correct.
  • Replace C:\Program Files\Steam if your Steam installation is not in the default location.
  • Press OK. Steam will launch and ask you to sign in if you do not have your password saved. Your installation should continue from the disc.

29# Nothing Happens After Launcher – Game Doesn’t Start
Install DirectX 9 from Microsoft Site.

30# How To Enable Xbox 360 Controller in Skyrim

31# Crash At Launch – Missing X3DAudio1_7.dl
Install DirectX 9 from Microsoft.

32# FPS Fix – Lag Fix
Disable V-sync. Instructions to disable vertical synchronization are above in the article.

33# Low PC Textures
If you find Skyrim PC textures not satisfactory – wait for the modders to do their magic. They have historically made textures better than Bethesda.

34# Skyrim Resolution Fix
You can tweak the following variables to fix any resolution issue you encounter. You just have to edit .ini file in: #:\Users\[User]\Documents\My Games\Skyrim.

  • iSize W=(desired resolution #)
  • iSize H=(desired resolution #)

35# TESV.exe Stopped Working
Try the sound fix to resolve this issue.

36# Skyrim Crashes During Load Screen
Run the game in compatibility mode – Vista SP2. Full instructions above.

37# Game Freezes After I Press New Game
Uninstall your Nvidia drivers and Restart. Download and install latest Nvidia Drivers and try again.

38# Skyrim Nvidia Beta Drivers
Download Link.

39# Skyrim Random Freezes
If you are running any antivirus program, it may cause random freezes when you play Skyrim. If it has a game mode, run it in-game mode or you can disable it for the time you play the game.

40# Terrain Textures Tearing – Fix
Update your video card drivers to Skyrim Optimized drivers release. Nvidia beta drivers download link can be found above.

41# Texture / Decal Pop-in Fix
If your game has set invalid LOD bias values resulting in bad textures and decal pop-in. Find the variables below in SkyrimPrefs.ini and set the specified values to fix the issue.

  • fMeshLODLevel2FadeDist=3072.0000
  • fMeshLODLevel1FadeDist=4096.0000

42# Can’t Find Cursor ? Disable Xbox 360 Controller in Game Options
If you can’t see mouse cursor, disable Xbox 360 controller in-game options, and it should pop-up.

How To Make the Key Bindings
Talon Greywolf says. I’m one of those that uses the right side of the Keyboard and not W,S,A,D. and this allows me to make any key emulate another.

It’s quite simple to use.

When you open the program you’ll see 3 tabs. Untitled,GUI,and Variables.

  1. Click the GUI Tab
  2. Click the [Detect output to Emulate]button
  3. Press button you wish to emulate(i.e. Tab to exit menus,R to loot all, etc.)
  4. Click the [Detect input]button
  5. Press button you want it changed to
  6. Click apply

Repeat 2-5 for each key you want to change then Click File>Save as and Enter the Games name(The untitled tab will now say the name you just saved it as.)
When you’re ready to start the game, click run, minimize the window and start your game. Mine looks like this:

Key.Tab = Keyboard.NUMPAD4(Now Instead of hitting tab to exit menus, I hit numpad4)
Key.L = Keyboard.NUMPAD3
Key.R = Mouse.RightButton
Key.D = Keyboard.Right
Key.A = Keyboard.Left (I changed these because you still need a and d for certain things like turning pages, picking locks, etc.)

To further optimize Skyrim on PC, you can read our Tweak Guide. If you experience any other issue, let us know in comments and we will try to help you out.

Zawad is the lead editor of SegmentNext. He primarily manages what gets published on the site. He is a finance student and PC games enthusiast.
  • Lolcake

    When I play the game I can’t see any thing but the HUD
    and the hear the NPC voice

    • Dr.swag

      This is exactly what’s happening to me. Did you find a fix?

  • Ghostface911

    I can’t receive any wood or ore when I chop up wood and mine the ore veins, what should I do?

  • M.K

    hello , i have a issue , in the character creation when I finish and press R to finish and name my character the it say ( continue and name your character ? ) there are two options ( ok or cancel ) when i press ok nothing happen and when i press cancel nothing happens ,what should i do ??

  • Deathbound

    When i try to start a new game everything works.. but in the opening scene when you are in the carrage hadvar and his horse come in too fast and knock my carrage out of the way and kill lokir. then when i used the magick of console commands to temp stop hadvar our carrgae, due to him pussing me, goes out into the woods to the left instead of going on the path. after a few tries i got to the gate but it closed before we could go in or we got stuck on signs and stuff while in the town. This is really getting annoying. Could I ask to recive some help with this?

  • SoulBrine

    I need help with a random PC shutdown when playing skyrim HELP ME!

  • Anton Bulow

    When I play the screen shatters into gray light what should I do? Pleas help!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Chris

    Short of trying a video card that isn’t of the Radeon family, I really don’t know what to do. I bought Skyrim upon launch only to be greeted with the “black screen” crash. At *RANDOM* points Skyrim will crash to a black screen, where the audio will continue for about 10 seconds, then sound like an audio CD skipping. The only way to get out of it is a hard reboot. I have tried everything I can think of, scoured the internet for fixes, uninstalled/reinstalled the game and drivers. This is NOT an overheating issue, so please don’t go there. I’m posting here in hopes that SOMEONE has figured out a legitimate fix to this problem.

    Radeon HD 4650 (8.970.100.3000 Driver Ver.)
    Intel Q6600 Core 2 Quad
    Vista 32bit

  • Simen

    I dont get past start, I don’t even get to the part where nr. 1 gets executed… any help? reinstalling wont work….

  • macbeth

    hi, when i play skyrim i cant hear weapon or spell sounds, already tried 6# but didnt work, i checked and ive got all sound files

  • Kevin

    I’m getting the weird, “turn to ashes sparkle” effect stuck on my character. I have been scouring the web for a fix and no body has been able to fix it or even tell me where to start. It is extremely annoying because it looks like sparkles of steam are floating constantly off my character upward… and it just messes with my immersion. ANyone have an idea how to remove this FX effect? I cannot find the name of this effect ANYWHERE

  • Matt

    No.21. Tried this and it didn’t work, I’ve also tried most other things written on here as I’ve been trying to fix this for the last 6 hours, please help. I have a GTX 560ti, 4.2 quad core, 8GB. What I really want to know is why it suddenly drops, everything else I’ve read just says to change the settings but if this was the problem then the game shouldn’t of worked in the first place… Drivers are up to date and the PC is only 2 weeks old so its clean.

  • skrapxxx

    I dont know if i am on the right blog.

    My problems is this, I played the game for almost 2 months without no problems until i updated the game. I also use alot of mods but it never did that kind of problem…

    Each time I try to go somewhere with the map (beam) when i appear in a location, i have a horde of monsters appearing also at my location (up to 30 different monsters). Is this part of the update? I reinstalled and deleted the script files after unnistaling but with no succes. what should i do?

    (the last update i did was the recend one)

  • Connor

    This might be texture. But when I look at anything like fire or use the fus to dah (not sure about any other shouts) the screen starts flashing yellow and the fire has this odd texture arising around it. Anybody else have this? Anybody know how to fix this?

    • Carlin

      I have the same problem and I got the problem after I fiddled with the SkyrimPrefs.ini in my Documents. You may want to check that they are what they should be. Specifically the lighting and shadow aspects.

      Sorry I can’t be any more help but I don’t know what happened either.

  • donz

    Thanks for info !

  • bondman1049

    help me!!cant get into tower of mzark.When i pull the lever i get the black loading screen and then the game freezes.plzz give some suggestions,

  • Gamer

    plzzz help me i have a bugg wen i klikt by setup (the game options) on play because it says “Failed to initialize renderer. hardware T&L required but not supported by adapter” could somone plzz tel me what is wrong and what i can do??

  • sean848

    When i equip a weapon/spell in my right hand and try to use it, my character randomly moves SUPER far away from where i origannaly was aiming. Like if i tried to use Flames in my right hand and Sparks in my left and i right click to use my Flames on say, an imperial gaurd. My character moves away from the Imperial Gaurd and goes to either a random wall, the ceiling, or the floor. Any suggestions?????

  • Domas

    Hello I’m having some problems starting to play my game yesterday i was able to play it perfectly but today as i tried to continue my save it only showed a black screen and the sound of the environment.I tried to do the audio settings that didn’t work the i tried downloading directx 9 still no luck my rig is intel i3,gtx550 ti,6gb ram i play on high settings.Please help me out

  • Juju

    I have a windows xp computer and I dont have the option to change the audio settings to Studio Quality. My audio hardware is from IDT, and the IDT control panel doesnt have studio quality either. Please help! I really want to play skyrim but i cant without audio..

  • Jip

    my hands are disappeared, i don’t know what to do, plz help me!

    • Connor

      The same thing happened to me.

      • without legs

        my legs are disappeared help me!

  • Jan

    Hey guys, could you help me solve my problem? Skyrim works great to me I have a new computer from last summer (MS windows 7 ultimate 64 bit SP 1 AMD phenom II X4 955 8GB RAM NVIDIA Geforce GTX 560) But at start I can’t look around with mouse… However, when I’ve waited and it went to character creation by itself, I’ve created my character without any problems. But when I want to complete it with clicking on R as it writes nothing happens, I’ve tried all the keys and only thing happens when i press ; it shows the console. I’ve trought to reinstall, lower details, run it in Vista SP2 but it didn’t help I don’t know what else should I do please help.

  • birdshot226

    Thanks! my lighting always glitched and this defiantly helped it!

  • ColonelCrazy

    I have the problem #14 but i have windows XP and have no idea how to change it to 44.1 kHz :(

  • DMO

    I’ve been waiting on Bethsoft support to work on my issue for almost 6 weeks now, and the only reply I get is \Your issue has been ecalated\ sigh…. Anyways. My issue is that the Resolution Resets before the game even starts. It reverts back to the factory preset after I hit okay every time. I have a nVida GTX 570 updated divers to version 2.9053. Tried everything I can think of and everything Bethsoft has told me so far. If anyone has suggestions please help me out. 6 weeks of no Skyrim on my gaming PC hurts…. Thanks Zawad Iftikhar.

  • Shea

    my character is stuck moving backwards. I have tried loading a previously saved game, but it didn’t help. Does anyone have an idea how to fix this?

  • Elletrien

    The absolute solution to the random but certain graphics card kernel mode crash (I had it on my NVIDIA GTX 460) is to download MSI Afterburner and set your GPU fan speed to around %60 so when it’s on load, it doesn’t crash anymore.

  • Luhiru dulmewan

    Can Anyone tell me how to run it on intel 82945g iam using swift shader 3 but it lag like hell…plz helt me out…………

  • Jawara

    Hey guys, first let me say that i played Skyrim using a \borrowed virtual copy\ :) and enjoyed it so much i decided to splurge on the real thing on Steam along with the high texture pack.

    The problem now though is that the damned buttons on my XB360 controller are not working in the menus! I can fight and move and use stuff well enough, but as soon as i get past the 4-point menu system, the A button suddenly stops responding and i can’t even exit the game because of it. Any ideas on what might be causing this unresponsiveness in the menus? Back into combat is fine, and all controls work perfectly.

    Hope you can help , otherwise i just wasted my money on this :(



  • Vangel


    First of all I’m French so please forgive my poor English :s

    I have some sounds problem with Skyrim. I do not have any kind of problem while playing, no graphic problems I mean, but i’m pretty sure i do not have every sounds. For example when fighting a dragon i can hear it when it launches it’s firebreath or when it bites me, but I can’t hear it’s wings \flapping\ in the air, can’t hear it walks, if it falls to the ground it makes it so silently that it obviously can’t be working good.

    I made some tests with your \no sound\ solution but it remains the same. After a few researches on forums I really don’t know what could possibly cause this and when i listen to the different sounds I can’t hear in my Skyrim’s folder… Dude i’ll stay my entire day throwing fireballs in the air if I can fix it !

    Hope you understood me and have an idea to satisfy my ears !

    Cheers in advance


  • neMMee


    my skyrims hangs on a particular quest !

    its a tesv.exe something error that it stop interacting with windows!

    GAME freezes on exact spot everytime i donno why plz suggest a solution! its the dayem main quest !!


    • Zawad Iftikhar

      Save File Corrupted. I hope it isn’t the case or you will be disappointed ^__^ Try to replace your exe file with any friend who has working game.

      Or try to reload a save that is few quests earlier. If that doesn’t cut it, game might be corrupted. Back-up saves; re-install. Try.. It’s a hit and trial, sadly.

  • yagiz

    Hello guys, I begin the game demo plays I choose my character everything goes perfect but then after the first character was executed and his head cut there is no blood but a red colour showed in the screen like error. Then everything goes normal but nobody speaks and game doesnt go on. but the screen is not locked on. I can look around or rain falls down but game doesnt go on anybody speaks.

  • Johnny3vil

    i’m having the same problem, my skyrim works fine and looks lovely, but i’ve just started being unable to exit menus or crafting menus with the tab button and it’s becoming very frustrating. if anyone has any advice on this i would welcome it greatly. cheers in advance :)

  • Whocares23

    Can anyone one help? I went onto Skyrim and straight away as the screen lit up and I couldn’t see a thing on screen except the odd face or stone. Is this because of my graphics card being low quality? Or what? Pls help… I was gutted.

    • Zawad Iftikhar

      Patch the game first. Update your graphics card drivers and DirectX. Nvidia/ATI release Skyrim optimized drivers, use them. It’s a graphics issue. To be on the safe side, first check your graphics card is supported by the game. Minimum System Requirements CHECK!

      • cliforlo

        hi i am having truoble with skyrim i click play on launcher and then the screen goes blue is it fixable?

  • raki

    Can anyone help me? When i go to the top of the mountain and try to read the elder scroll, the scroll doesnt even open. there is just says use the left analog stick to turn the pages. Is there something wrong with the game or my system? please

  • jechodemon


    2# I Can’t See Any FX Effects In-Game IS THE WORK FOR MY PC!!

  • skyrim

    when i launch the game and klick play it crashs and says “not enough memory” what should i do? help please.

  • John

    Guys, where I can change sound format to 16 bit, 44100hz in Windows XP? I have Creative SB Audigy.

  • James

    i have issue 37, but i’m not very good with computers, how do you reinstall drivers, etc sorry for takin so much of your time

  • James

    Hey Dude I’m Going to sound dumb here but how to you put skyrim into the combatibility mode with vista SP2,like what is the skyrim executeable. i’m having issue 27 it shows the dragon and and everything else is just black please help, i want to play skyrim!

    • Zawad Iftikhar

      Right click on the shortcut, go to properties – you will see compatibility tab, click it and choose options as described above.

      • James

        the only tabs i see are
        general, web document, security, details and previous versions, so now i’m really confused…

        • Zawad Iftikhar

          What is really your issue ? and which windows are you trying to run Skyrim on ?

          • James

            it is issue 27, the bethesda thing comes up then the dragon with the smoke and that is it and after 5 – 10 minutes the program just closes, no options show up, continue, new game, load, exit nothing is there.

          • James

            oh windows 7 home premium

            • Zawad Iftikhar

              Did you buy the game off Steam ? or bought a disc. Re-install if you bought a disc. Verify the integrity of the game cache – if you bought it off Steam.

              How To Verify the integrity of the game cache:
              1. Open Steam.
              2. Click on your Games library.
              3. Now right-click on the game name e.g. Call of Duty Black Ops and click on Properties. Keep in mind this will only work for Steam games, not for shortcuts to games.
              4. Next, go to the tab Local files.
              5. Below click on Verify integrity of game cache.
              6. Wait until Steam validated the game cache integrity.

              If this doesn’t solve your issue – Contact Support!

          • James

            i bought skyrim as a disc but it runs through steam, should i still re-install? and ive done the verify thing

            • Zawad Iftikhar

              Disable any antivirus or firewall you have….. if that doesn’t work – re-install and first update the game through Steam ^__^ it should install all the patches before its playable. Once done, try again ^

              If it still doesn’t work, I seriously hope it does – You should contact Bethesda Support -___-

              Happy New Year and Good Luck!

          • James

            Thanks For All Your Help!

      • James

        also i can’t find directx anywhere on my computer but when i try to install directx 9 it says there’s already an updated version no need to install

        • Zawad Iftikhar

          because you have it installed.

          • James

            ok so i reinstalled it but and it now works, but when i load my gsave it freezes as soon as i try to start playing.

            • Zawad Iftikhar

              Must be an issue with your game saves… they have been corrupted – If you have just started the game, better start fresh, with a new save.

          • James

            damn i was level 45 FMl oh well

            • Zawad Iftikhar

              It won’t hurt to try different workarounds before you start fresh…. I mean if you can snipe the issue. Look up all the freezing related issues and try the workarounds mentioned. You may get lucky!

          • James

            Ok I Deleted The Saves all of them and started fresh, it still froze, and also what do you mean by workarounds?

  • Joe

    Does anyone know how to fix this problem?

    when i launch the game it loads to the menu ok, but when i go to start my new game it sometimes stays on the loading screen and i can hear the sound of the house and cart but the screen stays on the loading screen so i have to force quit the game with task meager or, it will go to a black screen as the sound of the hours and cart starts and once again I have to force quit the game with task manager.

    It’s the pc version of the game for steam in the UK. I have 4GB DDR2 Ram, 1.5TB Hard Drive, Intel Quad Core CPU 2.5GHz, Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti, Creative SB X-FI

    I have deleted the games local content and re-installed from a steam download 3 times, i have tried different graphic settings and still the same problem, i have also checked the integrity of the game cache. I have also tried to reinstall using the disc for the game but as soon as it’s done steam then updates the game. I have tried running the game in compatibility with vista sp2 with admin privileges. But with vista sp2 the game stays at a black screen until I open task manager then it flash the screen and the game shows but like only it’s all broken only moves once in a while and there is no texture looks all blocky and strange shapes and lines all over.

  • Madgod

    my game runs terrific but i cannot see any fx! why cant i see any fx this just pisses me off. I updated my drivers, can play oblivion and any other game and see fx, play skyrim and i cannot see any fx. i downloaded the enb patch but it makes my game run so horrible that i dont even want to play anymore. all a dragon can do is breath on me, no fire. spells look like i have gas coming from my hands and smoke is completely invisible.

    ATI Radeon HD 2600XT
    32-bit vista
    4 gb ram
    i searched and searched for any possible solution to this problem, read every post realizing this topic just keeps getting ignored due to no solution. If there is a solution, please tell me im game ill try anything for my game to run the way its supposed to. enb brightens my screen and makes my game run laggy i dont like it.

  • vagelis

    I have got a rather annoying problem. I can not visualize any NPC except when its close to me.I can see their arrows or spells coming from far away though.

  • Sakioran

    I’m havin a very strange problem… whenever i try to equip a dragonscale armor the game crashes and freezes and ctrl-alt-del doesn’t work so i have to turn it off manually… i really apreciate the help thank you

  • Jon

    I can hear voices and music but I cannot hear effect or footsteps. Makes the game boring to play. Any ideas?

  • ForsakenHeretic

    When you refer to the ‘Can’t get past the intro’ bug, does this mean the glitch where the cart driver doesn’t get off, but stays on the cart and the wheels keep turning, so you are essentially stuck against a wall with no apparent way to go further? If so, I have that bug, and I have no idea what to do 😐

    • Zawad Iftikhar

      It means you get past the logo screen…. when you launch the game.

      • ForsakenHeretic

        In that case, any ideas on how to fix the bug I described anyone?

        • Zawad Iftikhar

          Game related glitches 😐 something a patch can fix.

          • ForsakenHeretic

            Any ideas which patch?

  • martin

    ok nvm that comment i figured out the solution quit the game and when u open it set the graphic to low and u will be able to play throw it , enjoy ^_^ !!

  • alex ilias

    hey all!!i have a problem with a bug.When i turn in fps mode my weapon and shield doesn’t appear.This bug also appeared when i have turned in fps camera and i have spells in my hand.The hands don’t appeared in these two cases.HELPPPPPPPPPPP PLZZZZZZ….

  • John

    “If you still can’t resolve it, set the audio quality to 41K – you can do that by going into Playback Devices > Speakers (Or Any Sound Device) > Properties > Advanced and choose Studio Quality 41K 16bit.”

    I think this is path for Winnows 7. Can you write guys correct path for Windows XP?

    • twenty

      if that was a repply to my comment, done that and didn’t help :(

  • twenty

    The game runned all fine until today, I started it and all the dialogues just pass away fast (not able to read 2 words in a sentence, and its gone) and i cant hear a word the NPC is saying.

  • Yakman2

    Installed smothly. When hitting play I Received error

    Failed to initialize reneder
    Hardware T&L required but not supported by adapter

    How do I play? What do I need to do?

  • James

    i cant get steam to work on my computer… and i have tryed everything wen i log into steam it freezes… do you know howto fix it without using steam??? my game is installed into program C

  • Ahloy

    Can someone Help me with Spell sound problem??? All my spell have no sound… no spell sound only others have sound.. just spell sound problem. can help to fix this?

  • Daniel

    oh I managed to fix it now, what you have to do is right-click on the game in your steam library, click Properties. In this window open the tab Local Files and click Verify Integrity of Game Cache.
    Do all this with your firewall turned off (not sure if this is necessary but do it anyway 😉
    hope this helped for ya

  • James

    hey i am having the same problem as many others i know of…
    i open skyrim, go to options turn all graphics right down (i have slow computer) put into windowed mode and click play…
    bethesda game studios then the logo comes up …. 2mins l8r
    oh its loaded now heres the problem i hit continue or load it goes onto the loading screen… 2hours later
    still on loading screen text is changing picture zooming in & out smoke still moveing..
    but me not playing!!!D=
    this happened when i turned the computer on 2 days ago
    i didnt do anything different didnt change anything and idk whats happened. tried re installing, verifying, deleting saves and starting again but IT WILL NOT LOAD MY GAME!!!
    it would be much apreciated if you could help me

    microsoft windows xp
    home edition
    version 2002
    service pack 3
    pentium(R) 4CPU 2.80GHz
    1.50 GB of RAM
    ATi raedeon 3600 series

    no one seems to know how to fix this problem!?!

  • Juhann

    I have the exact same problem and have not resolved it yet.. can anyone help with this please?

  • Zam

    Constant howling wind bug.

    Somehow, don’t know when, probably after leaving a windy cave, or a mountain region, the howling wind persists and keep sounding wherever I am, fast travelling or entering a house etc. etc. does not help. Loading a very old save (like 16 hours back) help, as I did not realise this was a bug at first. Please, if there is any way to rid myself of this sound tell me! I’m going completely bonkers soon, it totaly ruins the game experience… And having to replay from that old save is a daunting prospect to say the least…

  • RepertiranKalas

    can u please help me..
    i installed Skyrim today but when im in game i get stuck in carriage at beginning… i got stuck when i was suppoesed to exit the wagon by walls

  • Sam

    Here’s what I did to resolve the issue if huge colored textures stretch across the screen making it impossible to see anything :

    I Diagnosed that I had a custom, or ‘weird’ driver at I proceeded to uninstall the driver using Device Manager in Control Panel. After uninstalling the driver my computer blue-screened so I started it in Safe Mode. Then I installed the up to date driver for my graphics card on the intel website. Restarted and the game worked.

  • Jeremy

    I have issue #19 says; ‘Failed to initialize Renderer’ ‘unkown error creating renderer’

    It was working perfect before an hour ago. Any ideas on what’s causing this error?


    Windows 7 Ult SP1 x64
    AMD Phenom Quad 9650 2.3Ghz
    6GB DDR2 800Mhz RAM
    XFX ATI Radeon 5570 HD 1GB
    AMD VISION Engine Control Center V. 2011.1025.2231.38573
    ^ I think that’s the latest version

    • Jeremy

      I’ve noticed that if I look under the file “RendererInfo.txt” it’s empty, I don’t know if there was anything in there before now or not, anyone care to see?

  • Juhann

    I just found out the game works fine on my other laptop. However, this laptop is by far better than the other. I’m guessing there’s a program i’m missing or something…

    p.s. how do I verify the game files?

  • Juhann

    In my case, everything loads fine. The problem is there is no sound at all. When I reach the part where we are suppose to get down from the carriage (the introduction of the game, before character creation), nothing happens. no one moves but I can still look around.

    • Zawad Iftikhar

      Did you try verifying the game files ?

  • Gman

    where do you put the files?

  • frankwq1981

    In my case, I came into a very strange problem: I can run the game smoothly for some while, but mostly when in game the character changes scenes(e.g., get in/ get out of a house) the frame rate would suddenly drop to 4-5. A temporary solution to this problem is when the game suddenly lags, alt-tab to desktop, then back to the game, and the frame rate will recover. However, it is very annoying.

    I have tried a lot of methods, but the problem lingers. Does anyone have the same problem?

    hardware: i7920@3.0+gtx560+6gram
    system: windows vista64 sp2


  • Erg0

    Thank u so much!!
    This solution super works 😀

  • Daniel

    Hey, in my Skyrim loading screen and game it has these white blocks all over the screen, can you please help? Tried reinstallation and everything.

  • Tom

    I am having a crash in Skyrim, when I enter the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary during the Death Incarnate quest, it just crashes to the desktop all the time. I can’t get past the first room, any help on this one?

    • martin

      i have the same thing -.- idk what to do !!

  • Chris G

    Can somebody help me? I just installed Skyrim and it seems keys wont respond!!

  • matej

    ok.. this is fuckin incredible.. it starts like this.. after first logo.. screen goes blue.. even skyrim logo is blue.and messed up.. i get to skyrim starting screen with new game, load game. . quit etc.. but if i go play game nothing hapens.. its still blue and it freezes.. i used every update i could find..and i tryed every solution on internet.. i mean whole internet,,and nothing is working.. sound graphics.. i changed/updated everything.. and stil same shit.. what em i doing wrong.. any ideas??

  • marko

    i started new game…..then i started to play game and it works fine,but when i want to go with my quest from main story…..after i visit that blacksmith…..when i try to get to jarl in dragonsreach my game frezez and wont load a scene……so i can do all the other things and quests but no the main quest…..any help?(sory for bad english)……

  • Quinten

    When I’m on the quest \revealing the unseen\ I need to reflect the light beam but when I get in to this room there isn’t any beam at all I think it’s a bug because on the internet there is no one talking about activating the beam or something, on Youtube walktroughts shows that the beam is already active from the beginning so i think it’s a bug :s

    • Zawad Iftikhar

      You are unlucky, friend :(

  • Allen

    Actually you can key bind the number’s on the row by adding an item to your favorites from your inventory useing the F key, then while playing hit Q to bring up your favorites it will be a small box in the bottom left of your screen while playing select the item/pot/skill you want and hit any of the 1/= keys and it will bind it :).

  • keahi

    I have a glitch where pretty much every time i press any button on my mouse the game immediately minimizes to the desktop and if the mouse is in the top left of the screen the desktop cursor appears ingame,i think it’s clicking on things in my desktop whilst im ingame as a lot of the time when it minimizes it has something highlighted or the start menu open. Just in case it helps i’m on Windows 7 64bit with an ATI 6870.

  • Chris

    So i played the game for about 20 hours. No problems what so ever, but now in the labrinthia dungeon in the second level it froze, i reloaded and now it just freezes within the first 2 mins of loading the game. I tried the sound fix, didn’t work, tried downloading that update, didn’t work, changed the gamepad thing to 0, didn’t help. i dont know what else to do. Any suggestions would be most appreciated, thanks.

  • Cuzco

    Hi guys,

    Reallu desperate, I’ve got the sound crackling issues but kinda worse thant everything, it’s not crackling all the time, just sometimes, and for no reason, I’ve got a HUGE lag with a maximum crackling sound who is pop sometime every hours, sometimes every minutes..
    It is so annoying.. I’ve try the 16 bit 44k fix, didn’t work, (tried all playback sample rate actually) my drivers are all in date as well, couldn’t find anyone with the same issue than me.. Need help !

    • Zawad Iftikhar

      Set it to 41k 32bit / Stereo in Sound Manager.

  • saR

    Thx for your answer.

    • Zawad Iftikhar

      To make it full screen you can check the option in launcher. If you are getting a crash at launch, set sound to 41k, and start the game in compatibility mode as administrator.

  • alan

    I’m having a really big problem with being unable to exit menu boxes. when i run low on health or magika and one pops up, or when i am doing something like working on a weapon at the blacksmith – it’s impossible to exit the menu (or the grinding wheel). the only way i’ve found to fix this is to reload the game, reset my controls back to default, and the next time a menu pops up I’ll be able to exit. however, the 2nd time a menu pops up I’ll have the same problem – is anyone else experiencing this?

  • smoothone

    Anyone still having regular freezing in open areas, theres a new ENB Series patch no.4 available. It works a treat for me, no more freezes.

  • lordmis

    so here is my problem :
    when i start the game it works fine…. everything.. i can play BUT…
    in one part of my screen i can see my desktop trough game… like flashing desktop? can u please help me its not playable at this kind of screen… and yea i tryed everything whit sound and resollution and fullscreen .. all of it

  • joebobhoe

    i found on the pc version the Npc Dryston has completely dissapperaed and all i see i a flowing marker arrow to nothing

  • Gary

    You have an external drive or something similar plugged into one of your usb ports. Unplug it.

  • Erik

    who the F cares about steam achivements? … i thought you playd the game to play the game.. not to get crappy Xbox achives or Steam achives …jeezuz … grow a pair.

  • PewPew

    I have a pretty bad problem with Skyrim. When I walk/run my screen will flash red/white like there is an attention symbol on my screen. This happens in both 1st and 3rd person view.
    I can’t play the game when it’s like that because it hurts to look at when it’s constantly flashing.
    I haven’t found anyone else with this problem, but I just wanted to make that the issue is known.

    • PewPew

      Oops, well I guess everyone now knows I don’t know how to use html. :)

    • Connor

      I have the same problem but with fire. And the screen flashes yellow.

  • Dany

    When i click play on skyrim nothing happens.I even took every1s advice and made my sound 24 bit,44100 HZ.

  • RR


    If none of the fixes worked for you, go to the Task Manager, right-click on the running Skyrim, choose “Set Affinity” and check if the game is only using one CPU. If not, check both.
    I have a Dual Core processor and the game was using only half of it all this time! After I did this, the game runs a hundred times better.

  • Sindiel

    I don’t know how many people are getting this, but my player character does not get the Blacvk/red eyes that all the NPC Vampires have, instead just normal eyes with a brown spot in the center of the iris, help?

  • Coldman

    Can anyone tell me how to change the sound stuff in windows xp?

  • Ashes

    Same here. Installed latest drivers, tried 41k sound, tried lowest graphic setting, nothing works.


    Fist, sorry for any mistake, English isn’t my first language. Ok, my problem is the crash to desktop when the image of dragon is loadind, i have never played the game, i alredy tried to change the sound, my drivers are ok too. I don’t know more what to do can anyone help me ? thanks

    • Zawad Iftikhar

      Start the game in compatibility mode. If you have everything else updated and sound set to 41k.

      • James

        how do you start it in compatibility mode?

        • Zawad Iftikhar

          Select Windows XP SP3 – from the drop down menu under compatibility mode and hit Apply.

  • Bubba

    I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Steam is #13, since 13 is associated with evil and Steam is the most evil piece of crap there is. I was planning to buy this game, but now that I know it requires Steam to run, I’m going to buy something else that doesn’t, and the Console to PC port thing doesn’t help my decision much either.

  • Corey

    I have your miracle answer … and it will be ridiculous how much the game will improve from doing this… but go to your skyrimprefs.ini file and search for:


    and set it to equal zero:


    Its all because they paid so much attention to the consoles, that they left this enabled for the PC version. I went from having every setting as low or disabled, and it still being choppy. To medium settings and it running great. So im sure everyone will see a vast improvement, and actually be able to enjoy the game. 😀

  • Dave

    Mouse lag is horrible, especially indoors, even with no shadows.
    Graphics default started at medium. Then it defaulted to low. WTF?
    Repeated crashing to desktop in snow caves
    I have a high end rig
    All tweaks and temp fixes exhausted (much appreciated though folks)

    Bethesda needs to stop plugging consoles and put some high resources on patching for PC ASAP. This LT user’s/modder’s face has been slapped hard. Not happy!

  • Talon Greywolf

    Go to C:Game program filesThe Elder Scrolls V SkyrimData(changing path to where you have skyrim installed)

    Look for the file VoicesExtra.bsa if it’s size is 0, reinstall the game.

  • Stoogie

    To fix the Random Crash to Desktop Vanishes (20 sec to 300 sec intervals after loading save) Exit Xfire, or xfire and comodo, but the cause it xfire in screen overlay, mainly with the league of legends skin using i7 860 and 2x 6870.

  • HALP1234

    Hey, I’m having a problem with #7. In the beginning, the NPCs do not talk. What does this guide mean by setting audio to 2.1 or 5.1?

    • Zawad Iftikhar

      To Stereo.

    • Zawad Iftikhar

      Go to C:Game program filesThe Elder Scrolls V SkyrimData(changing path to where you have skyrim installed)

      Look for the file VoicesExtra.bsa if it’s size is 0, reinstall the game.

      As suggested by Stoogie.

  • shelterskelter

    please help! from the favorites menu i cannot equip using my left mouse button, i have to go to the tab menu to equip my right hand.

  • Dante223

    Me pasa exactamente lo mismo, ¿has encontrado alguna solución?

  • Dr.Sid

    There is no solution so far, here’s a thread about it on Bethesda forums:

  • Jake

    OK, I found what is Causing #15, It’s people mostly with AMD processors because AMD hasn’t released a driver yet to run Skyrim according to

  • Jake

    I get #15 constantly, to a point i cant even play the game. Sends me to the desktpo on no matter what settings i have on the game. I tried every step listed above but still can’t resolve it. PLEASE HELP!!

    OS: Windows 7
    Processor AMD Phenom II X4 955 – 3.2GHz
    RAM: 10 GB
    Graphics: Geforce GTX 570

    I got a good rig but it keeps sending me to my desktop without any error messages and after i re installed Skyrim many times and yes my drivers are up to date. PLEASE HELP URGENT!!

  • 9ck

    Yeps same thing, been trying almost everything, the only thing i haven’t tried is probably also the solution:P Someone needs to save us XP users.. & fast please:P

  • kris9515

    I did read well. I don’t have any antivirus program now, and it still makes the same thing. Even tryed to put everything on Low but it still do the same thing – freezing for 4-5 seconds in every 1-2 when i’m outside the world. The only thing i can’t do is to remove all USB’s, because i have USB mouse and Keyboard, but this doesn’t make any problems with other games. What could be the problem?

  • Son Goku ssj4

    For THOSE who can’t use M1+M2 to activate both spells (Dual casting) and they have to do it by favorite the items and then 2x push a number of Numpad, here’s a SOLUTION!

    [Link Removed – Don’t share Warez]

    You can now dualcast with left click on spell, then right click, or RMB then LMV, or even push both buttons. :-)

  • kris9515

    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 :/

  • Talon Greywolf

    For all those wanting to change the key bindings, I use

    I’m one of those that uses the right side of the Keyboard and not W,S,A,D. and this allows me to make any key emulate another.

    It’s quite simple to use.

    When you open the program you’ll see 3 tabs. Untitled,GUI,and Variables.
    1.Click the GUI Tab
    2.Click the [Detect output to Emulate]button
    3.Press button you wish to emulate(i.e. Tab to exit menus,R to loot all, etc.)
    4.Click the [Detect input]button
    5.Press button you want it changed to
    6.Click apply

    Repeat 2-5 for each key you want to change

    Then Click File>Save as and Enter the Games name(The untitled tab will now say the name you just saved it as.)

    When you’re ready to start the game, click run, minimize the window and start your game.

    Mine looks like this
    Key.Tab = Keyboard.NUMPAD4(Now Instead of hitting tab to exit menus, I hit numpad4)
    Key.L = Keyboard.NUMPAD3
    Key.R = Mouse.RightButton
    Key.D = Keyboard.Right
    Key.A = Keyboard.Left(I changed these because you still need a and d for certain things like turning pages, picking locks, etc.)

  • Mel

    At intro screen, over the dragon logo is a giant red and white exclamation mark taking up half the screen. Odd, but no problem. Load new game, find myself surrounded by floating prisoners in ?an invisible wagon? There are two red and white ?wheels? beneath me and what looks like a red and white coffin far behind me. It tells me to use my mouse to look around and then we all just bob our heads floating in this snow covered clearing for eternity. WTF?

    • Zawad Iftikhar

      Update your video card drivers and Direct X. It’s driver related issue =)

  • Dany93

    I have issue #19 could any1 help me it says shadermodel3 required but not supported by video.

  • Jake12

    I get #15 constantly, to a point i cant even play the game. Sends me to the desktpo on no matter what settings i have on the game. I tried every step listed above but still can’t resolve it. PLEASE HELP!!

    Rig: OS: Windows 7
    Processor AMD Phenom II X4 955 – 3.2GHz
    RAM: 10 GB
    Graphics: Geforce GTX 570

    I got a good rig but it keeps sending me to my desktop without any error messages and after i re installed Skyrim many times and yes my drivers are up to date. PLEASE HELP URGENT!!

    • Steve

      same here :(

  • Tyler w

    PLEASE help. It seems like the textures have gone wack I can not see anything in the game from all these seemingly stretched textures jumping around ever where. in the beginning while in the wagon I can make out the stormcloak people it seems like they are fine but everything else is jumping everywhere. Please help :( Third day now that I can’t get it to work. Reinstalled lik3 5 times. super stressed out.

  • Steve

    Hey, my game keeps crashing even after i changed my sound to 24 bit, 44100Hz Studio Quality. Is there possibly a different solution?

  • Snakinº

    i have the 6# error but i dont know how to fix it in windows xp :/

  • kris9515

    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 :/

    • Anastassov

      I have the same problem, its like game is loading next area, could happend even in fights, if you kite… rly anoying :/ I have ATI Radeon HD 4800 1024MB with last drivers, 4 GB RAM, Intel Dual Core E8500 @ 3.16 GHz.

      • Anastassov

        I just found a solution, and its working! at least works fine for me, its one patch, check this out: I hope it works for you too! :)

  • Rraven

    EDIT: Compatibility for Vista SP2 did NOT fix the problem. Crashed just before entering the town with the wagon.

    • Zawad Iftikhar

      Direct X can be removed if it was installed with System Update – OS Updates. Go to Control Panel, Windows Update , see “installed updates”, to remove it and install DirectX 9. But after all these workarounds not working, I am not sure about this one either.

      How did you install the game ? Steam or Retail Disc ? Might be good idea to contact the support just now!

  • Rraven

    The sound fix is already applied. I keep crashing during 3-5 minutes of gameplay with any sound setup. It’s only the highest setup that crashes the game on startup, though.

    Get back to you once I tried compatibility mode thingie.

  • Rraven

    Hello. I have experienced a few crash problems with Skyrim.

    The first one, crash to desktop upon launch, I have fixed by setting the sound to 24bit, 441kHz.

    However, a few minutes into the game (while in the wagon, before character creation), I experience a crash at random times (Sometimes it’s quicker, sometimes I almost get to creation).

    I have no idea how to fix the problem, I’ve got a fresh W7 installation with latest drivers and direct x. I’m running an ATI Radeon HD5670.

    Please give me feedback on my problem, I really wish to play Skyrim.

    • Zawad Iftikhar

      Try running the game in compatibility mode – VISTA SP2. Also, try the sound fixes explained in the article above. If that doesn’t solve the problem, you can try all the different crash fix workarounds in the article, hopefully one of these will work. Or at the very least, it will help us snipe the issue.

  • Jeremy

    yeah any solutions to number 19 would be fantastic, running on a pretty old laptop. ShaderModel3 required but not supported by video card. Anyway to get round this?

  • Rinaminori

    To those of you who cannot see fire, dust, or cobwebs, use the patch under “downloads” on this website. The issue has nothing to do with how good your computer is. For some reason, these effects just weren’t made to work with some ATI and NVidia cards.

    It looks a bit sketchy, but it worked for me. ^^ Not being able to see fire in a game centred around dragons really bothered me.

    • Zawad Iftikhar

      Thanks for pointing out, adding it in the article.

  • Sikels

    I have a problem. When i start the game and press continue, it just exists the game and does not say why. I have tried the sound thing, and my pc is over the requirements. What could cause this?

  • Mau

    Hola . pc =
    Procesador : i5- 2,3 a 2,9
    Ram: 4g
    Tarjeta : 540m

    Ya tengo ajustado el sonido …

    Isntalo el juego luego pego crack . le doy ejecutar a el icono se abre la pantalla aparece 1 logo de presentación luego aparece 1 Figura de 1 dragón y PUFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF se cierra la pantalla sin marcarme algún error ni nada …

    ¿ Que solución hay ?

    • Dante223

      Me pasa lo mismo =/ alguna solucion?

  • Curse #19

    I have issue 19 as well. Failed to initialize Renderer.

    I would love to see a way to fix it.

  • Margil

    yeah here’s the solution- buy the game

  • Valnir

    Got a strange issue game opens only in small window and do not scale up to full screen….any solution for that?

    Vista 64 bit ati 5750

    • Zawad Iftikhar

      Try ALT – Enter. Or tweak the game to run in full screen. Open SkyrimPrefs.ini and look for the variable under [Display], you should find it.

      • riley453

        I’ve tried both these but it didn’t work for me D: Can you please help?

        • Zawad Iftikhar

          You have to un-check Windowed Mode in the options of that launcher. Or you can tweak the SkyrimPrefs.ini and changee bfullscreen=0 to bfullscreen=1. Make sure the changes stick….

  • SkyrimDerp

    You rule man. I thought I was the only person on earth having this issue. If you have a 570 and skyrim is randomly crashing your pc, you need to get those beta drivers. Fixed the problem right up!

  • ReactionNumber9

    Where did you get the update? I can’t find it.

  • r0tt3n

    Thank you thank you Puds, sure enough, my freezing on the statue load while still hearing the audio of the game starting was fixed by installing the nvidia beta drivers. You wrawk!

  • RawwE


    Thanks a lot for this. Still one problem remains for me. This is my computer:

    Pentium Dual Core T4200 2.00 ghz
    4 GB Ram
    NVIDIA® GeForce® G102M 512MB Dedicated

    I’ve tried putting everything to low but still I have huge lagg, although the menu-screen is floating just perfectly, but as soon as I enter the gameplay it starts to lagg like hell. Any ideas?

    • Zawad Iftikhar

      Did you try lowering the graphics variables using our Tweak Guide ? The link is at the end of the article and it has some handy tweaks that should help reduce the lag…..

      • RawwE

        Hey Zawad,

        Yes it helped reduce the lag. Although it’s still very bad. I got a friend who’s on a shitty computer compared to mine and he seem to get it working just correctly

        • Zawad Iftikhar

          It may have something to do with OS, drivers… so many things can be the cause of this behavior. I would recommend go for hit and trial…. sniping them one by one.

          Start with Drivers.
          Closing all applications.
          Disabling your antivirus/security programs.
          See if in your task manager ‘Processor tab’, processor usage is jumping to 100% – Possible memory leak.
          You have good RAM, you shouldn’t face these issues – especially LAG. So, it must be something that is conflicting with the game.

          Or it may just be your processor. Dual Cores have been the cause of several performance related issues lately.

          • RawwE

            Hi Zawad,

            I really appreciate you answering, was not expecting that at all since most of the people are to busy playing the game already :)

            I’ve uppdated the latest drivers for my graphic card.
            Closed all applications,
            Disabled the antivirus,
            The processor usage is just jumping from 0% to like 5% so that should not be the problem.

            Got any other idea of what might cause the problem? If it’s the processor, is there anything I could do about it except buying myself a new one or a entirely new computer? :)



            • Zawad Iftikhar

              I am a bit confused now – your rig is good enough to handle @ 1680×1050 in medium settings for a average of 35 FPS. oh snap! make sure you are not forcing any settings in your Graphics Control Panel – Nvidia Control Panel. Make sure all the settings are set to application control… and see if that helps.

            • Zawad Iftikhar

              OK – Final shot. If you have DirectX 10 installed, uninstall it, and install fresh DirectX 9 updated version from the Microsoft Site. Make sure you completely remove the DirectX from your computer first.

          • RawwE

            Hey Zawad,

            Thanks a lot for the answer. I’ve set the setup to be controlled by the application. That did not work, still lags on low-option.

            Regarding the DirectX9, I have DirectX 11 installed and there is no way to install, or is there?

          • RawwE

            Could it be my skyrimpref.ini that I’ve changed to something that I should not have? Sorry for long post.

            iSize W=1680
            iSize H=1050
            bFull Screen=1
            sD3DDevice=”NVIDIA GeForce G102M”

            • Zawad Iftikhar

              Good idea will be to back your current ini file. Delete it from the game folder (Having backed up file saved in another drive) and re-launch the game. Skyrim will reset everything to default.

  • psipenge

    I cannot change to 41kHz, 16 bit Studio quality, id does not exist on my computer. I’m using windows 7 64bit.

    • Zawad Iftikhar

      Just choose any setting with 41Hz… in it. There would also be 32 bit quality setting in the same drop down menu.

  • FullLifeGamer

    I’ m at the very beginning in a dungeon and running away from the dragon and after fighting some spiders i can’t save or equip anything in the inventory, and i think none of this tips work :(

  • Ivan

    Here’s my prob with game: everytime i kill dragon (1st one in game, main quest) comp blocks (black screen, flashing monitor’s power-on indicator and can’t CTRL+ALT+DEL). Couldn’t find solution on net. Any1 have that prob or know how to fix?

  • A1rh3ad

    I don’t think this is an issue with the game. I think it is my hardwares fault but I figured I’d point it out anyway. I have a radeon hd 4870 and after playing for a while it artifacts and shuts down. At first I thought it was overheating but my gpu never gets above 90C. I’m ordering a new 6950 this weekend so hopefully it will fix the issue.

  • Phillip

    Thank you for everything you did here, it fixed dozens of my problems, but I still can’t fix one problem…

    The game randomly freezes! It happens less frequently indoors, but when you are outside, it happens on every 10-20 steps my character makes, and the freeze lasts for like 10 seconds, sometimes the game completly freezes and the freeze lasts forever until I restart my PC. I tried some of the methods like, turning off my AntiVirus or setting it to ‘GameMode’. I tried setting TESV.exe’s priority to Highest, but still nothing.

    Thanks for the help in advance…

  • Vorohn

    It heals by deleting in E:Steamsteamappscommonskyrim ControlMap_Custom and installing again from steam.

  • Semphas

    I want to start out with saying “thank you for doing this”! Your doing us all a huge favour, and i could just smooch that wonderful brain of yours.

    However! Im having a major problem, and it seems its one of a kind since ive found 0 answers on google. Im making my way to winterhold, coming up to a ridge with a deteriorated castle wall, and just as the text pops up which sais “Winterhold” i get a crash to desktop. I tried going back to town and taking a cart there, but it crashes just as it loads, i.e it goes from black to desktop. I am 100% positive its not graphics related, and i have done the sound fix. Any ideas? I also would like to know where to find the error log for when crashes occur, so if you could supply me with a location it would be awesome!

    Thank you in before hand!

    • Zawad Iftikhar

      It’s a game bug, one of the several that cause crash to desktop when you reach certain sweet spot (Similar #8), my guess is choosing a different entrance or changing the path to that location or hurrying through that area can save the day.

      • Semphas

        I just played on another character and suddenly i have the CTD on windhelm instead. It doesnt matter if i try to take another way, it crashes all the same. But yeah, it is certain “sweet spots” that trigger it, though i do not find the logic behind it. It doesnt matter if i run on the right or left side of the bridge, or even backwards. I also tried lowering my graphics to 0 and forcing v-sync of to no avail. So yeah..

        Give me a holler should you find a more specific reason for it will ya? :)

        Cheers for the quick reply!

        • Zawad Iftikhar

          Sure :) Will dig more on this :) and will update the article soon!

  • michael got probs

    Same problem here!.. this is really really reallllly annoying bug!

    I cant even see the laser that come from the stone that you can activate it to boost your mage/skills by 20%!..

    HELP D:

  • PeterABN

    Hey guys.

    I bought Skyrim yesterday, and I have a problem. The installing goes fine, and the download after aswell, but when I get to the “installing for the first time 3/3″ I cant install DirectX for windows.

    When I start the game I always get a “Installing DirectX for windows 1/1″, and when I get the to launcher and klick Play I get a black screen then back to desktop. The first few times I only got “Skyrim has stopped working” when I launched it.

    I have tried to download DirectX 9, but it says that I have a newer version of it. I read somewhere that I could check my version on Dxdiag, where it said that my DirectX-version was 10.

    I’ve tried to reinstall it, and I’ve tried to reinstall steam, but it didnt work. Does it have something to do with my soundcard? and how do I check if my soundcard is DirectX 9 compatible? This is btw what I’ve got:

    Windows Vista
    Processor: Intel Core 2 duo e8400 3.0Ghz
    Memory: (enough), 2k ram
    Video card: XFX GeForce GTX 260, 896MB

    Thanks for answers!

    • Zawad Iftikhar

      Check with the manufacturer of your sound card. Specs etc. You can run Skyrim in compatibility mode WINDOWS XP SP3, may be that would resolve the issue. Worth a try.

  • NepokTu

    I found a patch for issue # 2

    download it from

    • someone

      Any1 actually used this patch? For people that have bought the game and play through steam, is there any breach of Terms of Service etc. ?

  • NepokTu

    Issue # 2 and i’ve installed the latest graphic drivers and tweaked the settings. Noting!

  • NepokTu

    issue #2 and i’ve installed the latest driver and tweaked the graphic settings. Nothing!

  • paino

    this is bullshit.they should have tighten this shit up before they let it out.

  • Sky

    24# Skyrim Random Freezes

    tried all but still random freeze on xp

    • Dr.Sid

      Same thing, Issue #24. XP, random freezes when crossing country. Tried disabling hardware sound acceleration, tried different settings in conversion rate (XP has 3 options, just normal/better/best). None of it removes the freezes.

    • Dr.Sid

      So guys at Bethesda forums found temporal solution for this !

      First go to steam\steamapps\common\skyrim, locate TESV.exe .. show Properties of that file, go to compatibility TAB and set compatibility to Win 98/ME. This removes the freezes.

      Now this is known for some time. Trouble is, it also lowers FPS and all-around fluency of the game. But there is second stage to this trick now:

      Run the game (not just launcher) .. alt-tab into desktop, pop-up task manager .. got to process TESV.exe .. and set affinity to both cores (compatibility limits it to one core). Alt-tab back.

      And enjoy totally smooth gameplay !

  • shanthosh

    I have completely no above stated issues with skyrim….however i feel like im missing out on the sound fx, enemy sounds and grunts completely….i can hear their dialogues,but when i cast my fire spell theres absolutely no sound fx for it….i tried the sound solution that u gave….but dint work….any ideas??

    • Agentman1

      I have the exact same problem as you, and so does a friend, and neither of us have come up with any solutions, has anyone been able to fix this?

  • Coogan

    Please HELP! I can’t see fire. From spells and dragon’s. You know in the beginning how there’s piles of rubble on fire? I can see that fine. Please help

  • stribor

    I can’t select magic in my right hand, I want to dual wield magic, and I unlocked that perk, but still no good, currently, i have staff in right hand to cast and spell in left

    • Switcher

      Same problem here, any solution ? :s

      • Phillip

        Download the latest update that was released few hours ago. I had the same problem, but now it works for me after I got it…

    • Zac

      i have same problem, un-equip any weapons/shields and then it should allow you to equip spells in your right hand

  • ROman

    Yea i have issue #19 anyone knows already how to fix that?

  • Gavin

    Its like textures are stretching

    • Tyler w

      I have this problem!!! Did you get a fix?

      • Sam

        Here’s what I did to resolve the issue if huge colored textures stretch across the screen making it impossible to see anything :

        I Diagnosed that I had a custom, or ‘weird’ driver at that wouldn’t update correctly. I proceeded to uninstall the driver using Device Manager in Control Panel. After uninstalling the driver my computer blue-screened so I started it in Safe Mode. Then I installed the up to date driver for my graphics card on the intel website. Restarted and the game worked.

        Read more:

  • Vorohn

    Have a very BAD bug. In menu/controls I dont have position \LEFT HAND\ (first 5 hours gameplay I have both Left and Right Arm). So i cant choose button for Left hand => cant use left hand.

    Anybody know how to het in controls meny position \Left hand\?

    • Phillip

      Download the latest update that was released few hours ago. I had the same problem like you and I was mad but after I got the update, that was all fixed and you can easily choose your LEFT and RIGHT hand.

    • ReactionNumber9

      Help! I can’t find the update. Please answer, sorry.

      • Zawad Iftikhar Follow the link to download the drivers.

        • Funbuckets

          I have an ati card. Should I get an update for that?

          • Zawad Iftikhar


    • ReactionNumber9

      I’m sorry, I’m going to sound like a total noob here, but that didn’t resolve my problem of not being able to use my left hand.
      Please answer, thanks.

  • Gavin

    When I go into the world I get large gray and green blobs coming out of everything. Only when outside. It makes seeing anything impossible. Radeon HD 5870.

  • Eric

    13# Steam – The Game is Currently Unavailable

    cant fix it :(

    • Daniel

      Me neither i would love some more possible solutions, or maybe a way to play it outside of steam

  • Thomas

    Please help me. When i wan’t to use my fire spell this big ! mark pops up all red and white please help me

  • Lucas

    Thats what i did, bit it wont work… i also created a SkyrimPrefs.ini etc. trzed everythin but didnt work…

  • Noob

    Jesus christ can anyone help me? Im in the first dungeon, right after i kill the spider when i get the dragon claw or w/e its called, everything works perfectly before i actually pick it up, but when i do, the game starts to lag then freezes and does not respond after a few seconds. And if i try to save, it just freezes, straight away

    • Zawad Iftikhar

      Refer to #8.

  • Lucas

    I got one problem, Skyrim wont create a Saves folder, which means it wont save any options..

    • Ansel

      Go to C:\Documents and Settings\usernam\My Documents\My Games

      create Skyrim paste inside it create Saves paste.

  • Ansel

    I have the issue 24, random freezes in the world. How to fix it in windows XP.

    Well many xp users have thi issue right now.

  • DRock

    I have the same problem can’t wait for a fix, The fire effects of spells and dragons breath are not visible on mine, neither is the frost beam spell, also the cobwebs….how annoying :(

    Other than that everything else is great

  • Derek

    Nothing I do can help my FPS issue, I tried everything listed here. I use a Toshiba Qosmio with a 2.2ghz i7, 6gb ram, and an Nvidia GTX560M card. Please help me out, I want to play this damn game!

    • Zawad Iftikhar

      Did you check the tweak guide link at the end of the article ?

      • Derek

        Yeah man and there isn’t anything there to help with the issue, I am at such a loss at to why this is happening. I can play Battlefield 3 on High with great fps.

        • Derek

          Yeah man and there isn’t anything there to help with the issue, I am at such a loss as to why this is happening. I can play Battlefield 3 on High with great fps.

      • cliforlo

        hi i am having trouble with skyrim when i click play on the launcher the screen goes light blue is there a way to fix this

  • Justin

    Does the Nvidia flickering textures (#20) include the sky changing brightness? When I look up to the sky it flickers often changing from pretty right to a dark and gloomy sky. Thought the flashing sky was just a really bad attempt at lightening but after I finished the beginning I realized it wasn’t. Any tips on fixing this? Going to download the beta driver when I get to my house later. Using a Nvidia GTX 560 that I got a couple days ago. Installed the drivers it came with.

  • weez

    Nvidia, make sure AA is either application controlled or enhance application settings no higher than 2x. I found the game wouldn’t run if it’s set higher than that.

  • Xalnega

    I cant see anything like my magic, health or stamina bar or my experience bar or if i completed a quest. i tried to disable the xbox controler but is doenst work.

  • Phil

    When I press “play”, nothing happens. I downloaded the latest DirectX and even rebooted my machine, but I still have the same problem. Help, anyone?

    • Zawad Iftikhar

      Launch the Steam or skyrim executable as admin or in compatibility mode. If it still doesn’t resolve, verify the integrity of the files.

      • Julie

        how do we verify the files?? We are having the same issue after gameplay since day one with no issues now no login after play

        • Zawad Iftikhar

          Load Steam
          From the Library section, right-click on the game and select Properties from the menu.
          Select the Local files tab and click the Verify integrity of game cache… button.
          Steam will verify the game’s files – this process may take several minutes.
          Once the process is completed, the Check Window will automatically exit.

  • Joshua Gordon

    I can’t see any of the fire effects or cobwebs, i tried fixing the problem as suggested. but to no avail, any word on how to fix this? its a horrible bug!

  • Puds

    Thanks for the advice, only just got the game started.

    Just for future reference, have an Nvidia 570GTX graphics card. Couldn’t get past the dragon sat on a statue when starting a new game, could hear sound but graphics would freeze, on low settings it would progress further with glitches (flashes on borders etc during intro), on ultra it would get stuck at the dragon.

    Tried the sound fixes, no difference.

    The nvidia beta drivers (285.79) fixed the issue for me, works fine on ultra again.

  • Jay

    A better way to fix the FOV is to go into the game and pull up the console (using the \tilde\ key: ` ), then type in:

    fov #

    For # put in any number between 70 and 100. The FOV saves and you won’t have to enter it again.

    • Daniel

      If you do this you will void the ability to gain achievements through Steam though.

  • Viktor

    Please, do you know the solution to this problem – I start the game, it launches, and I select new game. I see the loading screen, but when the game is about to start it chrashes either to a blue screen or to desktop. Please help.

    • Zawad Iftikhar

      Try the sound fix. It should resolve this issue. If it still doesn’t resolve, try running Skyrim in VISTA SP2 compatibility. Instructions on how you can do both are in the article.

      • Richard

        What article are you referring too? Can you give me a direct link because I cant see it above.

  • SynthDark

    Oh God thank you. I couldn’t get Skyrim to load for an entire day because of that sound quality issue, and because it’s a new game no one had made any articles on why. Thank youu.

    • Zawad Iftikhar

      You are welcome 😉

      • berkin

        Failed To Initialize Renderer
        can you help me ???