The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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IrishJonny13 Jan 3, 2014 @ 8:07pm
Music Problem
Good Day Everyone,

Recently I've been having a rather large issue regarding my background music. I've had Skyrim since its release and have never had this issue before. I'm a level 81 and have enjoyed Skyrim. But now my back ground music has completely halted. I've tried multiple solutions like reinstalling, editing skyrim.ini, removing music via console command, and multiple other tries of seen all to no avail. Now I'm just at my wits end and need any form of a solution. I love the sound track in Skyrim and miss exploring Skyrim with it, going to taverns and enjoying it, and all the wonderful ways its used. furthermore I've tried installing music mods and its still silent. So I must beg for any help. Thank you.
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buffoon Jan 3, 2014 @ 8:16pm 
Are your headphones plugged in? Is the sound on? You maybe disabled music through command or something? Were the music files in Skyrim deleted?
Just a few ideas to check on maybe.
IrishJonny13 Jan 4, 2014 @ 6:06am 
Thank you for the suggestions, but I assure you my issues are more involved. Headphones
are plugged in, sound is on, and I've already tried several console commands. I've even done
a few complete uninstalls and reinstalls of everything... vanilla skyrim and all mods. I actually
have all sound effects and actor dialogue, I just don't have my background music which is
strange considering that the music kicks in at start up and then just drops after the game
loads. This one is discrete - if indeed it were a file issue (missing or corrupted) it should
automatically resolve itself upon a complete uninstall and reinstall which I did 3 times. I
don't know... I was wondering if maybe since my character is a level 81 that maybe music
just turns off because I've done everything, quests, discoveries, etc. but then my armor
rating is still low enough for combate music with dragons to kick in... that one I haven't lost.
can someone please explain this one to me ?? Thank you.
Mr.Shaggnificent Jan 4, 2014 @ 6:09am 
Originally posted by hyPerbola:
Are your headphones plugged in? Is the sound on? You maybe disabled music through command or something? Were the music files in Skyrim deleted?
Just a few ideas to check on maybe.

lol, standard customer support opening lines.
Zloth Jan 4, 2014 @ 6:20am 
Well, that's easy to check. Save your game then start a new game and see what happens. You might try starting some other game with background music, too, to see if that has been affected - it could just barely possibly be a slightly corrupt sound driver or DirectX Sound installation.

It could be a setting in your .ini files, too. Back those up and look through to see if there's anything having to do with sound that's set to 0. If not, try deleting them and letting Skyrim put defaults in again. (If you've been messing around with how many cells are displayed, you might have to start up a new game to test it out. If you haven't been messing around with how many cells are displayed, you really should after you fix this sound thing.)

Do you actually have a sound card? If you do, maybe you could unplug it then plug the headphones into the motherboard's sound jack.
IrishJonny13 Jan 4, 2014 @ 6:46am 
Ok, thank you very much for the ideas. Will get crackin' and post my results later. Zloth, so
far your thinking seems dead on.... I've posted elsewhere about this and no one thought about
.ini files. I'll work on your input and post later. Thank you very much !!
Knickerbocker Apr 6, 2014 @ 3:47pm 
1. Go to a town. (I went to solitude)
2. alt-tap to your desktop and return to the game. You should be haring the "dragon fighting" music
3. open the console with the ` key (next to the "1" key)
4. type: removemusic MUSCombatBoss (the dragon tune should fade out)
5. wait a couple seconds and the town music should start playing
6. Once you hear it, fast travel to a different town to see if the music still plays, then go to a dungeon or outside to see if the other music works.
Knickerbocker Apr 6, 2014 @ 3:48pm 
Credit to CraftyAndy. This set of instructions helped me since I was dealing with the same issue. If this does not help you, then I am so sorry.
emcitement Apr 6, 2014 @ 3:54pm 
I second what Zloth said.
It could be something to do with sound drivers or it could be something to do with your specific Skyrim save file since reinstalling the game doesn't effect it.

Ini files can also mess things up and I think they stay after reinstalling. If you delete the ini files (or just move them elsewhere) and bring up the Skyrim launcher it'll regenerate them so that's an easy way to see if that's the cause of your issue.

I've heard of sound-related issues being tied to saves before. Hopefully that's not your case but making a new save file or loading up an older one when sound worked and testing it out would be a good move if you haven't already done that.

Also, kind of weird someone else just made a thread about the same issue.
This might be really pointing out the obvious but make sure you aren't subbed to any workshop mods as something could of gotten updated and somehow broke something with your sound.
Last edited by emcitement; Apr 6, 2014 @ 3:55pm
fcollados Dec 6, 2014 @ 9:49pm 
Originally posted by Knickerbocker:
1. Go to a town. (I went to solitude)
2. alt-tap to your desktop and return to the game. You should be haring the "dragon fighting" music
3. open the console with the ` key (next to the "1" key)
4. type: removemusic MUSCombatBoss (the dragon tune should fade out)
5. wait a couple seconds and the town music should start playing
6. Once you hear it, fast travel to a different town to see if the music still plays, then go to a dungeon or outside to see if the other music works.

works!!
Last edited by fcollados; Dec 6, 2014 @ 9:49pm
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