TheGingerHermit Feb 20, 2013 @ 10:15pm
Skyrim Slowing Down: majorly
So I took a break from Skyrim, and after doing some work on an art piece decided to start back again after a bout 15 days of no play. I could run it super fast on Ultra High Graphics previously (running on an alienware desktop) then all of the sudden, the framerate, even on the menu, is UBER crappy. I did a virus scan and tried a few things, but it still just doesn't change anything. Any one else have this problem and think they can help?
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radbass2 Feb 20, 2013 @ 10:17pm 
may have to do with a recent update of the steam client. or the dragonborn update. or maybe u watch too much porn. who knows?
TheGingerHermit Feb 20, 2013 @ 10:24pm 
I don't watch porn. 1. Don't have time 2. Just... nah.

I haven't been on any threatning websites lately. And I haven't got any of the mods yet.
godshadowex Feb 20, 2013 @ 11:48pm 
my computer is slowing down way beyond belief as well, at time my game won't let me fast travel without freezing or slowing down on the loading screen.
Tuskan GA Feb 21, 2013 @ 12:05am 
What size are your save files?
TheGingerHermit Feb 22, 2013 @ 9:21pm 
Well I only have been playing the game a total of 6 hours. There aren't too many save files. But do you mean like their actual bit size?
Tuskan GA Feb 22, 2013 @ 9:23pm 
Originally posted by ruuku.kabe:
Well I only have been playing the game a total of 6 hours. There aren't too many save files. But do you mean like their actual bit size?

Yeah. Might also want to check your background programs (such as Avast! or AVG A/V suites), and any other things you may have running.
TheGingerHermit Feb 22, 2013 @ 9:27pm 
Originally posted by Tuskan GA:
Originally posted by ruuku.kabe:
Well I only have been playing the game a total of 6 hours. There aren't too many save files. But do you mean like their actual bit size?

Yeah. Might also want to check your background programs (such as Avast! or AVG A/V suites), and any other things you may have running.

Well I just tried it on High Graphics with no other programs running, set it to highest priority, and made sure I didn't have any unneccesary background programs. Still, FPS was around 7, and I used to could run it on Ultra High and get a lot higher than that.

And I haven't done anything that would make that drastic of a change.
Tuskan GA Feb 22, 2013 @ 9:30pm 
Originally posted by ruuku.kabe:
Originally posted by Tuskan GA:

Yeah. Might also want to check your background programs (such as Avast! or AVG A/V suites), and any other things you may have running.

Well I just tried it on High Graphics with no other programs running, set it to highest priority, and made sure I didn't have any unneccesary background programs. Still, FPS was around 7, and I used to could run it on Ultra High and get a lot higher than that.

And I haven't done anything that would make that drastic of a change.

Are you overclocking your CPU?

Have you tried verifying your cache?

Have you tried defragmenting your game files?

How large are your save files (in MBs)?

Do you have any mods installed/have you recently UNINSTALLED any mods?
TheGingerHermit Feb 22, 2013 @ 9:34pm 
I have defragged my game files, and I have installed about seven mods (but they're all fairly popular and safe, from what I can tell and have seen).
Honestly I'm not very techy (I'm more of an artist than a computer guy honestly), so I'm probably not as knowledgable about my hardware as I should be. I honestly don't know what you mean by verifying your cache or overclocking my CPU. I know I sound like a noob, but figured I should be honest. XP
And what folder are save files located in?
SHADOW2KK Feb 22, 2013 @ 11:48pm 
Originally posted by ruuku.kabe:
I have defragged my game files, and I have installed about seven mods (but they're all fairly popular and safe, from what I can tell and have seen).
Honestly I'm not very techy (I'm more of an artist than a computer guy honestly), so I'm probably not as knowledgable about my hardware as I should be. I honestly don't know what you mean by verifying your cache or overclocking my CPU. I know I sound like a noob, but figured I should be honest. XP
And what folder are save files located in?

Ok mate, defrag good, mods are ok as long as you have obeyed the load order of such mods, id recommend Boss to sort masterlist out, you can get it from Nexus

http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/6

In terms of verifying ur cache, go into ur steam game library, either top menu tab Games then library, or Library, go to Skyrim obviously lol and right click on the game, go to properties, then you should see verify integrity of steam cache, hit that, let it work, and it shall redownload any corrupt files, be aware, that you will have to set ur graphics and sound volume, subtitles, invert mouse and mouse sensitity blah blah ingame afterwards, as it never remembers it, it will remember your saves even tho you have them backed up as its stored on the cloud

And lastly, i know Skryim supports XP but its massively outdated, get windows 7 64 bit, a to get the 8 gig or more ram instead of the 32 bit 4 gig ram cap, and also, if you have a direct x 11 card, you can enjoy the better graphics, some mods on steam workshop and ENBs require a good card, Nvidia or AMD take ur pick. And and and....if you hit on ur taskbar, at the bottom where it says, if i remember, not used XP for years, but you should be able to type dxidiag on the search function, let it do its stuff and it shall give u a up to date analysis of your processor/ram/graphics card/ sound ect ect ect, in case you need to create a support ticket to anyone, they will want that, also make sure ur drivers are up to date, graphics/sound/mobo ect. Hope all this helps and kudos to the above posters also for their help
Tuskan GA Feb 22, 2013 @ 11:53pm 
Originally posted by SHADOW2KK:
Originally posted by ruuku.kabe:
I have defragged my game files, and I have installed about seven mods (but they're all fairly popular and safe, from what I can tell and have seen).
Honestly I'm not very techy (I'm more of an artist than a computer guy honestly), so I'm probably not as knowledgable about my hardware as I should be. I honestly don't know what you mean by verifying your cache or overclocking my CPU. I know I sound like a noob, but figured I should be honest. XP
And what folder are save files located in?

And lastly, i know Skryim supports XP but its massively outdated, get windows 7 64 bit, a to get the 8 gig or more ram instead of the 32 bit 4 gig ram cap, and also, if you have a direct x 11 card, you can enjoy the better graphics, some mods on steam workshop and ENBs require a good card, Nvidia or AMD take ur pick. And and and....if you hit on ur taskbar, at the bottom where it says, if i remember, not used XP for years, but you should be able to type dxidiag on the search function, let it do its stuff and it shall give u a up to date analysis of your processor/ram/graphics card/ sound ect ect ect, in case you need to create a support ticket to anyone, they will want that, also make sure ur drivers are up to date, graphics/sound/mobo ect. Hope all this helps and kudos to the above posters also for their help

I think that "XP" was an emoticon, not an indication of his OS.

@OP, if you don't know what overclocking is, you probably aren't doing it. So that would rule out bad-overclock-induced-file-corruption.

I will second SHADOW's suggestion regarding BOSS though, it's a very handy piece of software that will allow you to easily sort the load order of your mods to prevent problems. If they don't get loaded by the game in a specific order many mods, even safe ones, can cause problems and bugs.
Xav-Tay-Tor-Tot Feb 23, 2013 @ 3:25am 
Did you try updating your CPU, driver, processor and videocard?
jakethebusker Feb 23, 2013 @ 8:06am 
Does you Alienware runa Nvidia or AMD/Radeon card? It could be a driver situation and I know that there has been an update to the drivers in the last few days for Nvidia cards.
TheGingerHermit Feb 26, 2013 @ 9:29am 
Alright guys, sorry for the late reply. I browsed through all my drivers and processors and made sure they were up to date, and my CPU is updated. For those needing to know my video card is an NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 ..... Which is why I'm completely stumped as to why the game is slowing down....
I went to the sight for BOSS and went to the webpage to download it... but all I got was a text file when I opened it (watch me see what I'm doing wrong in a bit and *facepalm*)

I just tried it again after all of this and still no speed change. I'm honestly completely stumped. I ran it on Ultra High previously before I took a break from Skyrim and the FPS was still really good, so I don't have any idea what could have changed.
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