I think it was Smile N Fire that said it sounded like I had a "bashed save" or something.... Not even sure what that is. Another user (Ilja?) suggested I try a Save game file script cleaner, but nothing came up as orphaned or missing or needing anything done to my save file...
A LOT of treasure chests in my game are EMPTY. Long, drawn out quest to get somewhere, past traps, Adept & Master level locks, some traps, and a treasure chest will be EMPTY. I'm not sure what's wrong with my game or how to fix it.
Case in point: On the approach to Falkreath coming from the East near Helgen, there's a tower near Falkreath that has a Spriggan in it, guarding a chest. It's empty in my game. It's locked, but it's empty.
I just found out last night that there are mods still installed in my game leftover from the previous playthru from about a year ago, and I know I didn't add it this go round. So, I'm probably screwed, unless I uninstall all mods, get rid of my mods folder, and then start a fresh game.
Any suggestions for NOT having to start all over again? This is ridiculous, but it's my fault really. Should have been more careful. :-(