Welcome traveler, below you will find many issues that could cause a game to hang or CTD (Crash To Desktop). These are not particular to SoT, but all modded games in general. Our excellent optimization guru CrushBoss has put together the following advice to help you solve your issues and most importantly, to prevent them from returning. If you happen to see him on the Nexus, go ahead and give him a kudos.
According to CrushBoss, most CTD issues are caused by the following:
• A newly added or uninstalled mod – don’t do this unless you plan on giving up your current character and start a new one and game at level 1
• A missing master file – a mod was removed or uninstalled but a plugin or patch still exists that relies or references the removed master/mod/plugin. If you open up Wrye Bash, any plugin that has a dark red box (not orange which can be ignored) is missing a master and will cause a CTD on game load, remove it or add the master back in
• Any change in your load order or installed/uninstalled mod
• A conflicting mod
• A mod with moderate to severe bugs – keep an eye on the mods you use for updates/fixes/compatibility patches
• A script that is stuck or looped – Download and extract, ‘Savegame script scalpel - Papyrus Data Transfer’ – Run PDTWrapper.exe. It will select your latest save game by default. Click on ‘Load Papyrus Data Section’ and wait for it to finish. Follow the instructions under the ‘Analysis’ tab (It will take several minutes to complete). In most cases you will be told to run ‘Remove Unattached Instances’ and then ‘Remove Instances’ selecting ‘Remove instances with undefined classes only’. This will fix most of the old script instances, references, and pointers in your save game. If you continue to have issues you may want to additionally run ‘Remove Script References’. This has been known to break a few mods (very rare) but is generally safe. Also do ‘Terminate Active Threads’. Always maintain a backup of your save games. Launch Skyrim and load the edited save game. Don’t click ‘Continue’ – instead click on ‘Load’ and make sure the edited save is the one being loaded. Wait for two minutes (doing nothing) and create a new save. Exit the game.
• Skyrim or your OS is unstable – reboot your computer. Download and use a program called 'Memory Cleaner' (http://www.koshyjohn.com/software/memclean/). I run this utility just before I launch Skyrim every time. It forces windows programs and processes to purge unused memory and basically clean themselves. Under 'Tasks' run both 'Trim Processes Working Set' and 'Clear System Cache'. If I die, I exit Skyrim, run this utility, and then re-launch. This helps ensure a cleaner game. If you exit Skyrim and re-launch it later re-run this utility each time before starting.
• Any change to your Skyrim setup or configuration files
• Programs that run in the background that cause pop-ups – disable them
• Corrupted save game – this can happen rarely due to no fault of your own. Try loading an earlier save or a save from a day or two ago
• Saving your game in a modded location such as a mod that adds a new custom player home – this works most of the time but can potentially cause issues
• Virus, malware, spyware
• Overly modded or unoptimized game - use and learn SKSE, SkyUI, LOOT, Wrye Bash, TES5Edit, ENBoost or a full ENB, Optimizer Textures, * Anytime you CTD you need to reboot your computer. The memory space used by Skyrim gets FUBARed due to a CTD. Numerous times I kept CTDing repeatedly over and over again until I rebooted my computer and then all was well. Truth. Word. It may work sometimes without a reboot but you increase your chances of a another CTD or a corrupted saved game. Been there, done that.
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