Castle Volkihar Redux - A Player Home
DiGiTaL CLeaNeR  [developer] Oct 8, 2013 @ 9:04am
FAQ & SOLUTIONS (bug report)
THIS IS A COMPILATION ARCHIVE OF ALL KNOWN PROBLEMS AND THEIR FIX or WORKAROUND.

(SHIPYARD ANIMAL SPAWNS FIXED! Read the details here if you like)
Hit Ctrl+F and your browser brings up a search box.. search for a keyword on this page!

Or you could just scroll down and find your issue in the directory below.

The comments section on the "Description" page only allows for a few characters for a brief comment. This page allows you to write as much as you want. So please, if you have alot to say, put it here, I will be notified and I will help you to the best of my ability.

If you have a bug to report, Please post it here! This way I can track it and we don't bury the comments section when we try to work on fixing your issue. I want to help you!

CASTLE VOLKIHAR REDUX REQUIREMENTS

1.) Must have the Dawnguard DLC purchased and installed
2.) Install anytime but, castle wont upgrade until you complete "Touching the Sky" (get Auriels bow)
3.) Doesnt matter if you choose vampire or dawnguard side

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FAQ INDEX:
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FOLLOWERS NOT RESPONDING, OBJECTS MISSING, - MOST PROBLEMS CAN BE FIXED HERE! DO THIS FIRST!

MY SPOUSE HAS NO OPTION TO MOVE INTO MY HEARTHFIRES HOMES

WHERE IS THE CASTLE LOCATED?

FULL LIST OF QUESTS AND HOW TO START THEM

KILLED THE GARGOYLE KING EARLY SOLUTION

a list of printable maps/schematics of Castle Volkihar Redux Towers

LARGE AMOUNT OF ANIMALS / MOBS SPAWN AT SHIPYARD FIX!

MISSING NPC's, STRANGE NPC BEHAVIOR, OR MISSING OBJECTS - FOLLOWERS NOT RESPONDING

CASTLE RESET AND I LOST MY BELONGINGS

GARGOYLES IN THRONE ROOM KEEP RE-SPAWNING EVERY TWO WEEKS OR SO

PORT OF CALL CANT FIND DEXTERNUS

QUEST FORTIFY VOLKIHAR DOESN'T WORK

QUEST "IT'S GOOD TO BE KING" GATE TO GARGOYLE KING WON'T OPEN

THE GARGOYLE KING FINAL BOSS IS TOO HARD TO BEAT!

QUEST "RELEASING THE COVEN" I OPENED COFFINS BEFORE GETTING THE JOURNAL

QUEST "RELEASING THE COVEN" I CANT FIND BRUNARS JOURNAL

QUEST "THE BARE NECESSITIES OF LIFE" NO MAP MARKER

CASTLE IS TOO BIG I GET LOST

MY DAEDRIC OR AEDRIC ARTIFACTS LOSE THEIR ENCHANTMENT WHEN PLACED

Marriable Serena Mod Compatibility Fix

TESEDit ERRORS REPORTED SHOULD I BE CONCERNED?

DRAGON ELDER SCROLL WILL NOT DISPLAY IN DAEDRIC TOWER

QUEST "THE SMELL OF DEATH" MAP MARKER MISSING

QUEST "THE BARE NECESSITIES OF LIFE" NO MAP MARKER

THE DAEDRIC SHRINE'S, DRAGON PRIEST MASK & CLAW HOLDERS ARENT GIVING MY ITEMS BACK

MOD CONFLICTS REPORT

MY SPOUSE or CHILDREN WON'T MOVE INTO CASTLE VOLKIHAR / CANT FIND HER

CANT FIND MY SPOUSE AFTER GETTING MARRIED AND INVITING TO VOLKIHAR

SERENA MOD's THAT CHANGE HER APPEARANCE DOES NOT WORK WITH THIS MOD:

I CAN'T USE THE MOLAG BAL ENCHANTMENT ON OTHER ARMOR

THE CASTLE DOES NOT UPGRADE

STEAM ERROR'S (Such as error 16 > unable to download mods).

THE WALLS IN THE CASTLE COURTYARD VANISH or ARE TRANSPARENT

NPC's FROM CASTLE VOLKIHAR SHOW UP AT YOUR WEDDING

HAGRAAVEN FIGHTS WITH SELENE IN THE COURTYARD

ENB MODS MAKE CASTLE VOLKIHAR DARK

SCREEN RESOLUTION ISSUE WITH MENU's CUT OFF

MANNEQUIN GLITCH

NPC's GATHER NEAR THE UNDERCROFT DOOR

CRASH TO DESKTOP (CTD) AFTER INSTALLING AND RUNNING THIS MOD

I CAN'T FIND THE SOUL CAIRN WHERE IS IT?

VALERICA WON'T LEAVE THE SOUL CAIRN

SERANA IS MISSING - CAN'T FIND SERANA

DAWNGUARD QUEST "KINDRED JUDGEMENT NOT STARTING"

ULTIMATE FINAL SOLUTION TO ALL ISSUES, BUGS, DISLIKES

CRASH CTD WHEN ENTERING CASTLE VOLKIHAR GUILD HALL
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DiGiTaL CLeaNeR  [developer] Oct 8, 2013 @ 9:09am 
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MISSING NPC's, STRANGE NPC BEHAVIOR, OR MISSING OBJECTS
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If you are having issues with some things not working right, it could be you just need to re-download the mod. So try this first. Might have to do this twice.

DOING THE FOLLOWING WILL RESET THE CASTLE IF YOU PLAY SKYRIM WHILE DOING THIS! BE SURE TO MAKE A FULL SAVE BEFORE DOING THIS!

Do NOT play Skryim or make any saves during this process;

1.) Unsubscribe from this mod on the steam workshop.
2.) Open up skyrim to the splash screen but don't click play, let it "Synchronize Mod" on the bottom right hand corner. This uninstalls the mod.

See image here: http://imageshack.us/a/img209/4203/31f1.jpg

3.) Exit out of the splash screen, now re-subscribe to this mod again.
4.) Open up Skyrim to it's splash screen once more letting it "synchronize mods".

In effect what we just did here is re-download the mod. That's it.

If you are experiencing issues with the Steam Wokrshop,

Verify Integrity of Game Cache:
http://steamcommunity.com/workshop/filedetails/discussion/129969995/846966336549220989/#c630802344319248550

Having issues with Steam downloading?
Instructions how to fix steam download problems here:
http://steamcommunity.com/workshop/filedetails/discussion/129969995/846966336549220989/#c846966336550175678
Or
You can download this mod directly here: http://steamcommunity.com/workshop/filedetails/discussion/129969995/792924412159525434/

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Too many save games causes issues!
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*Having too many saves can cause problems and lag as well. Delete some of your saves!! You really should have no more than 30 saves if you can help it.

If you don't want to delete them, you can back up your saves to a new directory that Skyrim doesn't know about.
On windows 7:
documents > my games > Skyrim > Saves

Just make a folder named "Saves Backup" and drop any saves you want to cut back. Then, if you need them just move them back into "saves" again.

What this does and why too many saves are a problem.
When you load skyrim, you load all the data from all your saves pictures and basic tags. This can not only reduce the amount of ram you are using it can also cause bugs.

Cut back on how many saves you have! You'll minimize all kinds of problems by doing this.

You won't believe the difference in how much better Skyrim plays when your saves are cut back. I have waaaaay less bugs and save corruptions when I have no more than 30 saves at a time. I have a monster rig too. Imagine someone with an antiquated system.

Also if your hard drives are full this will significantly increase gameplay performance. Not because it's less stored on the drive, but because of the load saves put on skyrim's access to the hard drive. At least that is my opinion from testing it

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If the above does not work try this
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1.) Disable all mods accept Castle Volkihar Redux. If the problem disappears (and it probably will) then you know by process of ilimination some other mod is causing your issue.

2.) Make a new save.

3.) Enable one mod at a time and go to the problemed area until you know which mod/s are causing this.

I know this because when either I or my testers run into issues it's been due to other installed mods causing the issue. This is the only true way to test what is causing the issue. If this doesnt work, your save might be corrupt. Next step.

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Corrrupt Saves important reading!
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Corrupt saves can happen anytime. Usually they are caused when you remove a mod or add a mod that conflicts with another mod. Or you just installed a poison pill crappy mod. Sometimes corrupt saves just happen from normal gameplay. Hard drive error etc.

A save is a snapshot of everything going on in your game. Mods and their scripts, everything. Even if you delete mods, the save will remember their scripts! Because they are part of the snapshot and will remain in that save for all time!

That is why it is not recommended to uninstall mods midway through the game. If the mod installed any scripts, those scripts will remain active in your game save file which acts as the last mod loaded. If the script is triggered in the game and the mod is missing, it can cause a CTD or in the long run game instability. Some house mods have scripts that trigger on completing quest objectives in the vanilla game to display things. They can also modify a lot of other attributes of the game. It is better to leave the unneeded player house in place and just ignore it.

That being said, sometimes none of the above works, so here is the only known work around to try to rescue your corrupted save.


Clean Save Instructions:

*When you clean a save in this way, you will lose everything stored inside the mod you are scrubbing. So be sure to pull everything of value out first and put it in an unmodded vanilla house such as Breezehome.

How to fix a corrupt save:

1) Make a full save away from the castle (go far away from the mod to say, white run and make a "Full save" not a quick save).

2) Exit the game and disable the mod (or even all mods is best)

3) Fire up skyrim and make a new full save

4) Exit skyrim and enable the mod.

5) Fire up skyrim and wait 24 game hours. it should be fixed.

How to disable a mod, open skyrim to the small launch window and you'll see:

Play
Options
Data files
Tech support
Exit

See image here: http://imageshack.us/a/img9/4996/6vj7.jpg

Click on "Data Files" > in this window simply checking or unchecking the little box next to the mod will enable or disable it. Check means enable, no check means disabled. This however does not 'uninstall' the mod. But we will try this first.

See image here: http://imageshack.us/a/img547/8260/bd1s.jpg

Caveat you should know, all mods must be able to "update" or "download" fully while sitting and waiting for it while in this window. THe progress of mod updates is shown on the bottom right hand corner of the window.

See image here: http://imageshack.us/a/img209/4203/31f1.jpg

I recently found out that some saves are un cleanable. For instance, there is a mod called "Warzones" that makes mobs spawn all over tamriel (really fun mod), well it will make tons of wild animals spawn all over the Volkihar docks even after it's deleted on any save that was loaded while it was enabled. So it broke all my saves that remembered it so there were mass spawns at the volkihar shipyard, redux mod installed or not.

I used an old save from last year, and a brand new character and had no issues.

But, truth be said , the only real way is to delete all mods and make a brand new game and new saves from it with nothing installed. Then carefully add reputable mods one by one and test them. Always keep a vanilla save that has no mods installed.

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Difference between "Disabling" a mod and "Deleting" a mod are huge if you have "loose" files that are not in a .bsa associated with the mod in question.

Inside the data window, you can highlight a mod and click "Delete Selected" and that mod will be deleted, not just disabled. But, not if you installed "loose files". They will remain.

If you have loose files that you downloaded from say the nexus, you'll have to manually delete those. Knowing where they are and what they are named is the hard part. So bad scripts in loose file format can be like finding a needle in a haystack of needles. And if they changed the vanilla games scripts I'm afraid you might have to do a full re-install of skyrim.

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How to re-install skyrim from scratch. *Consider disabling all mods.

1.) Go to your games library in steam. Right click on Skyrim and choose "delete local content". Wait for it to finish.

2.) Using windows explore (Start+E), browse to C:\program files (x86) > steam > steamapps > common > skyrim........... rename the skyrim folder to "skyrim old" (right click rename)

3.) go back to your steam games library and re-download skyrim. This can take a while, but at least now you'll have a totally clean install to work with.

*You may also want to unsubscribe or disable all mods before doing step 3, then re-subscribe to each mod one at a time until you figure out which one was causing the issues.
**I also recommend that once you do delete all mods you make a full save on a new character.
***This save will serve as your vanilla clean save that you can always fall back on no matter what happens!

4.) I would not delete the folder of skyrim you renamed to "skyrim old" just yet. This way you can still go in there and get mods or other files you want later on. But if you know you'll never need anything else out of there go ahead and delete "skyrim old" to free up hard drive space.

Post Script
Remember, you went through all this process possibly because one of the mods you had installed was a poison pill degenerate piece of crap that sabotaged your saves, corrupted your skyrim etc.

So if you are going to start adding them back into that new install, make SURE you test them one at a time. By installing them one at a time and seeing what happens. That way it won't be a needle in a haystack 3 months later when you can't remember wtf you put where, and you'll know which one is causing these night mares.

I have always found that problem mods were the ones that changed vanilla skyrim scripting at it's base like followers, quests, animal behavior, existing NPC's behaviors.
I have never had an issue with mods that just give armors, clothes,.. i.e. custom objects.

When you look deeper at experienced mod author's work I see they make copies of everything and change it's name and anything associated with it is copied and renamed, especially scripts. Instead of the new guys who change the base objects directly, which is the cause of 90% of all these issues.

Why because as soon as something in the game tries to call to that changed vanilla script, variable or condition (and there are thousands of variables calling to one another all the time in skyrim) there will be a negative effect. Sometimes it takes a while before it catches up to your save or game files, sometimes it's immediate. It depends on thousands of things that are moving in random concert, depending on what you do or touch in the game.


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DiGiTaL CLeaNeR  [developer] Oct 8, 2013 @ 9:16am 
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STEAM ERROR'S (Such as error 16, 18, 15, etc > unable to download mods).
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I use to think this was steam messing up, but after testing on 2 different machines I know it isn't always the case. Usually it's a corrupted file or something on your local machine.

Things that have worked for me and many other people:

*First, try re-installing the mod
1.) Unsubscribe from the mod on the steam workshop.
2.) Open up skyrim to the splash screen but don't click play, let it "Synchronize Mod" on the bottom right hand corner. This uninstalls the mod.

3.) Exit out of the splash screen, now re-subscribe to this mod again.
4.) Open up Skyrim to it's splash screen once more letting it "synchronize mods".

In effect what we just did here is re-download the mod. That's it.

Or, you could try download this mod directly here: http://steamcommunity.com/workshop/filedetails/discussion/129969995/792924412159525434/

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Error 16 means the server is busy. But, who really knows wtf causes it. When I had this issue and error 2 sometimes, I switched computers everything worked fine, so I know this is a local machine issue, as in either steam files are corrupted, or the game files themselves are corrupted. Or it has something to do with the "cloud sync" feature on steam. Not sure.

Here are some things you can try. Try one at a time, not all of them at once.

1.) Reboot your computer, let steam download an update
2.) Rename or delete clientregistry.blob (sometimes fixes this):

Article on how to delete clientregistry.blob:
http://www.extremusgaming.com/articles/2012/12/renaming-or-removing-clientregistry-steam

Youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dwB1C-n-Q8

3.) validate skyrim files; here's a video how to do it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3BXOl_Sd24

4.) Sometimes the load order in "data" when you fireup skyrim, move any .esm files to the top of the load order.
5.) If that doesn't work, you'll need to re-install steam itself, maybe even skyrim.
6.) don't even use steam, download my mod on mediafire where I hosted it... the link is in the "Castle Volkihar Redux Manual Downloads": http://steamcommunity.com/workshop/filedetails/discussion/129969995/792924412159525434/
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DiGiTaL CLeaNeR  [developer] Oct 8, 2013 @ 9:19am 
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LARGE AMOUNT OF ANIMALS / MOBS SPAWN AT SHIPYARD
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Mod updated July, 15, 2014 with a fix for this issue

SYNCHRONIZE YOUR SKYRIM WITH MY LATEST UPDATE.

In my latest update I finally found that a default package for animal spawns was corrupted. I deleted this overlooked issue and the problem should be fixed. Synchronizing (re-installing) this mod with the latest update, and putting my mod last in the load list should fix the issue *(unless you have other mods that change Castle Volkihar or Serana for marriage put those last after this mod).

YOU HAVE TO UNINSTALL & RE-INSTALL (SYNCHRONIZE) THIS MOD TWICE!!!

1.) Instructions on how to "synchronize" your skyrim steam workshop subscribed mods with their latest updates.
http://steamcommunity.com/workshop/filedetails/discussion/129969995/846966336549220989/#c648812916836639077

2.) Try moving my mod to the bottom of your load list. There are several mods causing this and if my mod is last in the load list it will stop happening. Unless you deleted the offending mod, in which case it's scripts will always be last in the save associated with that troubled mod.
How to change your load order.
http://steamcommunity.com/workshop/filedetails/discussion/129969995/846966336549220989/#c630800446855040585

If the above doesnt work, try this.
3.) Your save remembers the unprotected version of the shipyard.
You can also try scrubbing your save instructions here:
http://steamcommunity.com/workshop/filedetails/discussion/129969995/846966336549220989/#c846966336549568886


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If none of the above will work, it could be your save is remembering the docks with the bad package in it. In this case you could try a new character to test if it's gone. Good to know the save is the issue and starting a whole new character is the only way to tell. What you can do is make the new character then use this console command and go to the docks. coc dlc1vampirecastleexterior06

Temporary Fix:

If you have a bug like this and can't finish a quest because of it might I recommend you turn down your Skyrim graphic settings to the lowest possible settings. Dispatch the mobs, then turn the graphics back up again.

Rinse and repeat as necessary. Your save is corrupted if nothing else works, and some saves are un-cleanable, so the only thing left for you to do is to either start a new character or find a save from before you had the offending mod installed.

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Why this occurs.
A default package for wild animals in skyrim only was corrupted on my local hard drive. I fixed it. Yes I chased this issue since I made this mod. Yes I am not perfect. Yes I feel like a complete ♥♥♥♥♥. Yes life is a learning curve and that isn't just limited to the Creation Kit.

I sincerely apologize. Had I known for sure it was on my side I would have pulled the mod. But not everyone was experiencing this issue so I didn't have proof positive. Today I do and it's both gratifying to have it fixed and disheartening that it took me so long to find such a basic flaw.

A word to other modders. Check your "details" log. Learn how to spot things in there that should never have been changed. In this case especially any packages named "default". You really should never "delete" anything. You should disable them with scripts or just the check box. I will still be cleaning other similar mistakes as I find the time but that takes testing before I can just release them. I just didn't grasp how easy it is to fix things using the "details" log with the delete key.
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DiGiTaL CLeaNeR  [developer] Oct 8, 2013 @ 9:26am 
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THE WALLS IN THE CASTLE COURTYARD or TELEPORT TOWER VANISH or ARE TRANSPARENT
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If the walls in the courtyard vanish, it's because your video settings are too high in skyrim. Turn them down, your rig can't draw all the stuff going on there. Those are very large objects and I added quite a few critters flying around, foliage and NPC's traversing the Courtyard. Antiquated systems simply cannot run this area. Skyrim is already a graphically intensive game.

It really requires a rig that has a rig that has the strong video cards.

Fixes:
When you fist open skyrim from steam a splash screen comes up, click "options" and lower everything to the lowest setting. Even resolution, EVERYTHING! Turn off anisotrophic filtering & anti-aliasiing. Get your character out of there, turn your graphics back up and don't go to the courtyard anymore.

or if you are crashing and the above doesn't fix it try going to an earlier save from before you went to the castle courtyard.
Last edited by DiGiTaL CLeaNeR; Aug 5 @ 12:02pm
DiGiTaL CLeaNeR  [developer] Oct 8, 2013 @ 9:28am 
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NPC's FROM CASTLE VOLKIHAR SHOW UP AT YOUR WEDDING
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This is because they are tagged as the player's friend. Sorry but there is no fix for this, having too many friends isn't a bad thing is it?
DiGiTaL CLeaNeR  [developer] Oct 8, 2013 @ 9:29am 
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HAGRAAVEN FIGHTS WITH SELENE IN THE COURTYARD
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Don't worry, there are two haagraven's in the secret cave. One will never attack her, she's the follower, so don't worry about her. The one that is attacking her is just a mob and it is tagged to respawn at a later time so you lose nothing, no worries, just a bit of time needs to pass and she'll be alive again.
Last edited by DiGiTaL CLeaNeR; Oct 8, 2013 @ 9:36am
DiGiTaL CLeaNeR  [developer] Oct 8, 2013 @ 9:33am 
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ENB MODS MAKE CASTLE VOLKIHAR DARK
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I just added "Dwemer light switches" to most of the cells of the castle. Find them and turn off the lights. This should fix your issues with ENB.

It can also be a combination of things, like video card drivers, settings and enb, is a guess. There is nothing I can do to fix this since I did nothing with the lighting in these cells, they are vanilla "solitude" lighting templates.

When you mix mods, this will happen and you've got to make a choice between the two.
Last edited by DiGiTaL CLeaNeR; Dec 20, 2013 @ 11:34am
DiGiTaL CLeaNeR  [developer] Oct 8, 2013 @ 9:36am 
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SCREEN RESOLUTION ISSUE WITH MENU's CUT OFF
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Skyrim does not support 4:3 ratio's. This is not my mod's issue, it is a flaw with the game or even your video resolution settings.

Google is your friend! But it's my friend too so here I looked up the explanations for you:

Fix:
http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/615803-the-elder-scrolls-v-skyrim/60965409
http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/615803-the-elder-scrolls-v-skyrim/61688914
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20111111074344AAMILby
http://steamcommunity.com/app/72850/discussions/0/810919691040167609/



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THE TELEPORTER MENU IS TOO BIG FOR YOUR SCREEN
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Your settings for resolutions are incorrect. You need to change your resolution in your Skyrim video settings to match the screen resolution size of your desktop.

That being said, there is no way to make it fit with that many destinations on my end, sorry but there is no way for me to make it smaller unless I were to offer less travel options. Either way you lose, so for the people that do have their resolution correctly set I am leaving this the way it is.
Last edited by DiGiTaL CLeaNeR; Oct 8, 2013 @ 10:02am
DiGiTaL CLeaNeR  [developer] Oct 8, 2013 @ 9:42am 
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NPC's GATHER NEAR THE UNDERCROFT DOOR or GRAY FACED NPC's
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This has been fixed with the latest version of "Castle Volkihar Redux". Here are instructions on how to update this mod:

First, make sure your mod is up to date.

1.) Open up skyrim to the small splash screen that says

Play
Options
Data files
Tech support
Exit

a.) On the bottom right of this splash screen you'll see your mods updating. Wait until it says "Finished synchronizing subscribed mods!".

See image here: http://imageshack.us/a/img209/4203/31f1.jpg

b.) Click "Play" on the splash screen.

c.) Hopefully this will fix your issue.


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If that didn't work try Fix #2
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Fix #2

2.) Unsubscribe from this mod on the steam workshop.

a.) Open up skyrim to the small splash screen that says

Play
Options
Data files
Tech support
Exit

b.) On the bottom right of this splash screen you'll see your mods updating. Wait until it says "Finished synchronizing subscribed mods!".

See image here: http://imageshack.us/a/img209/4203/31f1.jpg

c.) Click "Exit" on the splash screen.

d.) then go back to the steam workshop and resubscribe to this mod,

e.) start skyrim and again waiting for the splash screen to say "Finished synchronizing subscribed mods!".

f.) clcik "play" skyrim and see if the mod now works.


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If that didn't work try Fix #3
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Fix #3
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3.) You could download this mod manually from mediafire where I hosted it manually. Instructions and a link can be found here:

http://steamcommunity.com/workshop/filedetails/discussion/129969995/792924412159525434/
Last edited by DiGiTaL CLeaNeR; Nov 19, 2013 @ 11:43pm
DiGiTaL CLeaNeR  [developer] Oct 8, 2013 @ 10:38am 
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SERENA MOD's THAT CHANGE HER APPEARANCE DOES NOT WORK WITH THIS MOD:
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I tested this and you can now use Serana mods while having this mod active.

Fix:

Change the load order by putting the Serana change mods last in the load order.

How to do this:

Open up skyrim to the small splash screen that says

Play
Options
Data files
Tech support
Exit

Click on "Data Files"

See image here: http://imageshack.us/a/img9/4996/6vj7.jpg

in this new window find the Serana mod, click on it (highlight it) and move it "down" to the bottom of the load order using the arrow buttons on this window.

See image here: http://imageshack.us/a/img547/8260/bd1s.jpg

Click "Ok".

You've just changed the order in which Skyrim loads mods. The last (down/bottom) mod loaded trumps the mod's above it.

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If that doesnt work try this:

PS
Make sure this mod has updated by doing the following:

Unsubscribe from this mod on the steam workshop, open up skyrim to the small splash screen that says

Play
Options
Data files
Tech support
Exit

a.) On the bottom right of this splash screen you'll see your mods updating. Wait until it says "Finished synchronizing subscribed mods!".

http://imageshack.us/a/img209/4203/31f1.jpg

b.) Click "Exit" on the splash screen.

c.) then go back to the steam workshop and resubscribe to this mod,

d.) start skyrim and again waiting for the splash screen to say "Finished synchronizing subscribed mods!".

e.) clcik "play" skyrim and see if the mod now works.


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If that didn't work try Fix #3
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Fix #3
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3.) You could download this mod manually from mediafire where I hosted it. Instructions and a link can be found here:

http://steamcommunity.com/workshop/filedetails/discussion/129969995/792924412159525434/
Last edited by DiGiTaL CLeaNeR; Sep 2 @ 2:09am
DiGiTaL CLeaNeR  [developer] Oct 8, 2013 @ 10:52am 
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CRASH TO DESKTOP (CTD) AFTER INSTALLING AND RUNNING THIS MOD
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This mod does not cause CTD's. Out of over 40,000 subscribers less than .01% mention this issue.
There are many reasons it may happen after installing a monster mod of this size. I know it is one of the things below.

1.) You have another mod that conflicts with this one. You can try changing the load order to see which one loading first may allow them to work together. Google is your friend, google search "skyrim" "mod" "change" "Load order".

2.) Your computer is not strong enough to run all the mods you have installed and this gigantic mod was the final straw that broke the camels back! Uninstall some mods. Be warned, your save will be broken if you uninstall mods it has in it's record. This only works if you start a fresh game with no saves.

3.) You have two versions of the same mod installed.

4.) Your graphics are turned up too high, when something big happens, like tons of animals it may cause a CTD. Turn your graphics way down and see if you can pass.

5.) Your save is corrupted. The best way to test this is to uninstall all mods but this one and start a new game. Saves will remember all the other mods even if you uninstall them. So uninstalling them will make the problem worse for your save. If you installed a mod, made a save then uninstalled a mod, eventually it will cause major issues. Your save is ♥♥♥♥ed, start a whole new save.

6.) There is a known bug in Skyrim, here is a post and directions on how to solve it:
http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2791993

7.) you have too many game saves. Delete some of your game saves, you should have no more than 30.

Go here for how to solve problems:
http://www.howtogeek.com/116225/6-steam-troubleshooting-tips/
Last edited by DiGiTaL CLeaNeR; Oct 16 @ 6:12pm
DiGiTaL CLeaNeR  [developer] Oct 8, 2013 @ 11:13am 
This mod is NOT compatible with Hearthfires spouses: Moving your spouse into hearthfires homes will not be an option when using this mod. A hearthfires version is in the works.

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CANT FIND MY SPOUSE AFTER GETTING MARRIED AND INVITING TO VOLKIHAR
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You have to own a house to get the option to move your spouse to a property. You will not own Castle Volkihar until you finish the entire Dawnguard questline.

Here is a picture of the dialogue menu ingame: http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/8356/btk4.jpg

This screenshot shows "Whiterun" as an option as well. Any house you own will show as an option to move in. All this mod does is "add" another option for Castle Volkihar.

It takes up to seven (7) in game days depending on where they traveled from, usually this is way down in Riften where you had the ceremony. Yes (7) days! Use your wait function!

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I HAVE HEARTHFIRES AND MY WIFE IS MISSING:
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If you invited your wife to move to castle volkihar and she doesnt show up, and you have hearthfires installed, it could mean she can't leave the last hearthfires home you invited her to live in. This mod is not hearthfires dependant so it may cause bugs like this. Although we have no issues at all using hearthfires with it.

Snapshot of it working with hearthfires: http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/8356/btk4.jpg

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Locations Your Spouse Usually Hangs Out:
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When he or she finally makes their journey to the castle, they will be hanging out in Valerica's Tower near the "Theater Box Seats".

Click here for more detail about the Tavern:
http://tes-mods.wikia.com/wiki/Volkihar_Tavern

Click here to see more about the Box Theater Seats
http://tes-mods.wikia.com/wiki/Box_Theater_Seats

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Where your Spouse Wanders:
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Sometimes they will wander (but only in Valerica's Tavern) for an hour and will be hard to find. Usually they will go to the library.

Go here to see more about the library: http://tes-mods.wikia.com/wiki/Volkihar_Library

Go here for Valerica's Tower: http://tes-mods.wikia.com/wiki/Valerica%27s_Tower

If you don't see him/her, simply stand next to the box seats and use the "wait" function in game until he/she shows up. Be sure to keep track of what time it is, remember your spouse goes to the Master Throne wing to sleep every morning, NOT AT NIGHT! You are in a vampire castle! Everyone sleeps in the daytime when at the castle.

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Where your Spouse Sleeps:
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Sometime around 4:30-5:30am your spouse will head to the Master Vampire wing and sleep in the Master Vampire Sleeping Chamber 4 hours. Vampire or not she will sleep in the coffin to the right of the Master Vampire's coffin.

Click here to see more detail about the Master Sleeping Quarters:
http://tes-mods.wikia.com/wiki/Master_Sleeping_Quarters

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Only the latest version of Castle Volkihar works!
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Latest version only. If you do not have this new release, please update this mod. Instructions on how to update here: http://steamcommunity.com/workshop/filedetails/discussion/129969995/846966336549220989/#c648812916836639077

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MOVING CHILDREN INTO CASTLE VOLKIHAR / HEARTHFIRES VERSION
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Right now, kids cannot move into the castle. Hearthfire version in the planning stages!

Castle Volkihar Redux is not "Hearthfire" dependant. So as is it will not be able to facilitate adopted children moving in. I do have plans to make a hearthfires addition of this castle. I can not do so until development of the Dawnguard DLC only version of the castle is finished and I still have big additions to make in the future

What you will get with the hearthfire version:

1) extra beds, furniture and idle markers for up to 6 children to be able to traverse the castle.

2) you will still need to have Dawnguard + Hearfires for this new version.

3) you will not have to worry about your storage or your saves being ruined by the new version. So install the existing Dawnguard only version any time you like without worry.

4) There may be some Hearthfires parts of the castle that will be upgraded. No definitive plans for this as of yet.

PS
Just to prove that I am indeed working on a Hearthfire version I am including this screenshot of a child sleeping in a childs coffin in the Master Throne's Sleeping wing.
http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/4107/shf6.jpg

This however is a test run, I am not close to this release for a while yet as I sitll have several updates to the castle to complete first. Otherwise I'd have to do all that work twice on both versions, see what I mean? So the hearthfire version wont be available until this version is completed, that will be at least a few months away.
Last edited by DiGiTaL CLeaNeR; Sep 18 @ 11:58am
DiGiTaL CLeaNeR  [developer] Oct 9, 2013 @ 2:35pm 
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VALERICA WON'T LEAVE THE SOUL CAIRN
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Valerica takes her sweet time leaving the soul cairne after you finish the final Dawnguard quest and go and talk to her after that. Wait at least 1 in game week after you get her dialogue where she says she's moving back to the castle.

**Make sure you leave the soul cairn by the portal you came in! Do not teleport out after informing Valerica that Harkon has met his demise or she can bug out and not return to the castle!!!

Although there is a bug where she can get stuck.This is not my mod causing this, it is a known vanilla Dawnguard DLC bug.

Google is your friend. Every bug that befalls Castle Volkihar can't just be blamed on this mod. It is as close to bug free as it could possibly be. I've worked very hard at it.

Fix:
http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2854427

You'll probably need to do some research to figure out how to advance in the quest, maybe using console commands as shown in the link I just gave. Maybe a different quest is bugged for you, but the concept of how to fix it is the same.

To prove if the mod is the offender, simply uninstall it and if the bug persists, it's not the mod in question.
Last edited by DiGiTaL CLeaNeR; Jul 30 @ 3:32am
DiGiTaL CLeaNeR  [developer] Oct 16, 2013 @ 3:19pm 
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THE CASTLE DOES NOT UPGRADE THE MOD DOES NOT WORK
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First off, this mod requires the following in order for it to work:

REQUIREMENTS

1.) Must have the Dawnguard DLC purchased and installed
2.) Install anytime but, castle wont upgrade until you complete "Touching the Sky" (get Auriels bow)
3.) Doesnt matter if you choose vampire or dawnguard side

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IF YOU HAVE THE ABOVE CRITERIA THEN FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS:

how do u get this mod to work i have it installed and i have done the quest but nothing has happened.

1.) This mod might not be "enabled" in the "Data" section of Skyrim

Open up skyrim to the small splash screen that says

Play
Options
Data files
Tech support
Exit

a.) Click on "Data Files"


See image here: http://imageshack.us/a/img9/4996/6vj7.jpg

b.) in this new window find "Castle Volkihar Redux" mod, click on it (check the check box next to it.)

See image here:
http://imageshack.us/a/img547/8260/bd1s.jpg

c.) Click "Ok".

d.) move Castle Volkihar Redux to the bottom of your load list.

You've just enabled this mod.


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If that didn't work try Fix #2
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Fix #2
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1.) Re-download this mod.

a.) Go to the steam workshop and click the "unsubscribe" button
here: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=129969995.

a.), open up skyrim to the small splash screen that says

Play
Options
Data files
Tech support
Exit

b.) On the bottom right of this splash screen you'll see your mods updating. Wait until it says "Finished synchronizing subscribed mods!".

See image here: http://imageshack.us/a/img209/4203/31f1.jpg

c.) Click "Exit" on the splash screen.

d.) then go back to the steam workshop and resubscribe to this mod,

e.) start skyrim and again waiting for the splash screen to say "Finished synchronizing subscribed mods!".

f.) clcik "play" skyrim and see if the mod now works.

You can test to see if the mod is enabled in game; type this into console; coc dlc1cleanerthrone3

It should teleport you to the throne room. If it does not put you in the castle follow these instructions

If you don't know how to use the console in Skyrim: while in game, press the tilda key "~" it is the key right below your "Esc" key top left of your keyboard. That ill bring the console open.

Press the tilda key again to close the console.

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If that didn't work try Fix #3
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Fix #3
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3.) You could download this mod manually. Instructions and various links can be found here:

http://steamcommunity.com/workshop/filedetails/discussion/129969995/792924412159525434/

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It could also be a corrupt save
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Instructions on how to clean a bad save here:
http://steamcommunity.com/workshop/filedetails/discussion/129969995/846966336549220989/#c846966336549568886
Last edited by DiGiTaL CLeaNeR; Mar 20 @ 8:02pm
DiGiTaL CLeaNeR  [developer] Oct 16, 2013 @ 7:05pm 
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SERANA IS MISSING - CAN'T FIND SERANA
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Depending on where you are in your questline, if you get seperated from Serana she hangs out in the Volkihar Keep (guild hall). Check there first before doing anything else. If you lose an NPC, they might take up to an in game week to find their way back to their favorite spot.

If you are using an addon that changes NPC's it might be that which is causing this.
If you are using an addon that changes Serana, go to this link:
http://steamcommunity.com/workshop/filedetails/discussion/129969995/846966336549220989/#c846966336557760619

This is a vanilla bug associated with the Dawnguard DLC. this mod "Castle Volkihar Redux" does NOT cause this bug as it doesnt do anything to Serana at all.

Here are some links I found by using google:
http://elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Thread:232273


http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20120630102736AA5FWPC

Serana gets lost sometimes and will fail to progress with you in some situations.

The fix:

open the command console (PC - press the tilde).

Serana ref id: xx002b74 (for my install, the xx is '02', you might have to type "Help Serana" in console to find out what her ref id is)

Type the following in console:

prid 02002b74 <enter>

moveto player <enter>

Exit the console and she should be there.

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Your save could be corrupted, try this:
http://steamcommunity.com/workshop/filedetails/discussion/129969995/846966336549220989/#c846966336549568886
Last edited by DiGiTaL CLeaNeR; Apr 7 @ 11:30pm
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