The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition

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smr1957 May 11, 2018 @ 3:03pm
Helpful Links And References
HELPFUL LINKS AND REFERENCES
A listing of discussions and guides that I find useful to refer to when helping others on the forum. Some of these apply only to original Skyrim, some apply only to SSE, and some are applicable to both - so make sure you are reading what applies to the version of Skyrim that you are using.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Anyone who uses a pirated game, or who is using a modpack known to contain pirated works or materials, or is using Moddrop, will not receive any help should they encounter problems with their game (see post #1 https://steamcommunity.com/app/489830/discussions/0/2828702372997628701/#c2828702372997630825 )

IMPORTANT INFO REGARDING CC UPDATES AND HOW TO AVOID THEM
https://youtu.be/3gAiLABNoIA
IMPORTANT - Michael did a great job on the video but this might be important - we have had a couple of updates that also changed the Interface.Bsa file. Follow the instructions in the video, but where he says "copy these two files somewhere safe", I would add; Also back up Skyrim -"everything" in the Data Folder along with the launcher and executable; also, re-cleaning the masters may also be necessary if they were also updated - It is also prudent to save copies of your cleaned master files just in case they should also be rolled back ... Just being extra cautious - Avrie.


CONTENTS:
1) GENERAL INFORMATION
2) MEMORY
3) TOOLS, LOAD ORDER, AND MOD CLEANING
4) MODDING THE GAME
5) GENERAL TROUBLESHOOTING
6) MISCELLANEOUS


1) GENERAL INFORMATION

For general info regarding the game, walkthrough of quests, known bugs and possible solutions, this is an invaluable resource:
http://en.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:Skyrim

A couple of general guides for first time players:
http://en.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:First_Time_Players

and:
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1868336179&tscn=1569110809

For those new to modding the game:

Excellent advice regarding modding Skyrim (essay written by PeggleFrank - written for original Skyrim, but basic principles apply to SSE, as well) http://steamcommunity.com/app/72850/discussions/0/343787920127409994/#c343787920127583150

Skyrim SE: Guides and Resources by Ilja
http://steamcommunity.com/app/489830/discussions/0/340412122413706606/
VERY IMPORTANT if you wish to successfully mod your game
(For information on creating a Bashed Patch for handling Leveled Lists, see Section 5.3 Wrye Bash of the following:
https://steamcommunity.com/app/72850/discussions/0/594821545176386165/ )

General Discussion and Tutorial Pages by cfs111 http://steamcommunity.com/app/72850/discussions/0/485622866435280490/

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=500687692

UNOFFICIAL SKYRIM SPECIAL EDITION PATCH (USSEP) - A MUST HAVE by smr1957
https://steamcommunity.com/app/489830/discussions/0/1741090847739345133/

Masterlist : Dangerous, Outdated and Superseded Mods by Nazenn
http://steamcommunity.com/app/72850/discussions/0/523890681422555089/

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=788384548


2) MEMORY

SKSE, memory and skse.ini by Ilja - http://steamcommunity.com/app/72850/discussions/0/540740500921363665/

Advanced Tips : Memory, .Ini's and Myth Busting (v2.6) by Nazenn - http://steamcommunity.com/app/72850/discussions/0/619573787397876592/

https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1197413219
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=653119731
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=865156803
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=815662314


3) TOOLS, LOAD ORDER, AND MOD CLEANING

Vortex is the new mod manager for Nexus Mods, meant to replace older NMM. It is currently in open Alpha.

Vortex download link:
https://www.nexusmods.com/site/mods/1

Vortex
Documents regarding the usage of Nexus Mods Vortex - Official Nexus page
https://help.nexusmods.com/category/46-vortex

Gopher's tutorial series for Vortex (YouTube Playlist):
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE7DlYarj-DfYgxma5znKGYEqAHDU_WU-

Gophers video tutorial guide for NMM:
Nexus Mod Manager: Beginner's Guide (YouTube playlist) by Gopher
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE7DlYarj-DdGbu7-Chui4ZQuZZCGbpWl
NOTE: NMM IS OFFICIALLY RETIRED BY NEXUS. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT PLAYERS MOVE TO VORTEX OR MOD ORGANIZER 2

Gopher Video: Mod Organizor
https://youtu.be/j4ZQpzf_iAE

GamerPoets video tutorial series for Mod Organizer 2.
Mod Organizer 2 | Official Series by GamerPoets
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlN8weLk86Xh3ue76x2ibqtmMramwQmHB

Load order and resource priority basics by Ilja
http://steamcommunity.com/app/72850/discussions/0/523890681419356033/

esl Files and All You Need to Know About Them by cfs111- https://steamcommunity.com/app/489830/discussions/0/3276824488728505237/

LOOT Advisory Re: Cleaning Mods
https://steamcommunity.com/app/489830/discussions/0/1693795812306776189/

What are dirty edits and what are their consequences - a post by Nazenn
http://steamcommunity.com/app/72850/discussions/0/485622866435280490/?ctp=11#c353915309341216776

Proper Placement Of Immersive Armors .esps and How to Change Metadata in LOOT (also applicable to other mods)
http://steamcommunity.com/app/72850/discussions/0/1290691937715809215/
(Includes step by step instructions on how to change mod Metadata in LOOT - applicable to other mods, as well.)
SEE NOTE AT BOTTOM OD DISCUSSION POST.

https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=789781658

Wrye Bash Pictorial Guide:
https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/85782

Using Wrye Bash to check for missing mods
http://steamcommunity.com/app/72850/discussions/0/1495615865205745360/#c1495615865206204032

Skyrim Master File Cleaning Guide by Avrie
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=818230170

GamerPoets video tutorial on using xEdit:
https://youtu.be/2F19Do8HAl4

Tome of xEdit - by Miax
A Comprehensive Guide to using ElminsterAU's xEdit
https://tes5edit.github.io/docs/index.html


4) MODDING THE GAME

Recommended fixes and adjustments by Ilja
http://steamcommunity.com/app/489830/discussions/0/144513670981706341/

Modded Skyrim SE v 1.0.0 by cfs111 [Guide]
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=929828423

Modded Skyrim SE or How to Add 311 Mods (discussion thread for above)
https://steamcommunity.com/app/489830/discussions/0/1796278072844650690/

[Guide] Converting Mods from Original to Special Edition By Rider
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=799206374

bchick3 Guide to Porting skyrim LE mods to SSE (just read the description page) - https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/16413?

Merging Mods - compiled by smr1957:
https://steamcommunity.com/app/489830/discussions/0/154643795211522292/?tscn=1524660245#c1696045708640072502

Merging Plugins by cfs111
https://steamcommunity.com/app/72850/discussions/0/485622866435280490/?tscn=1530573906#c1726450077671350173


5) GENERAL TROUBLESHOOTING

Checklist: CTD after Bethesda screen by Ilja
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=375836621

CTD On Startup Due To Internet is Solved
https://steamcommunity.com/app/489830/discussions/0/1741106440039580986/

Also (IMPORTANT - THE ABOVE CITED FIX MAY MAKE THIS OBSOLETE AND SHOULD BE TRIED FIRST):
crash to desktop after bethesda logo with solution (CTD after logo) by AytaL [Internet fix]:
https://steamcommunity.com/app/489830/discussions/0/1729837292637971259/?

[Community] Troubleshooting SKSE64 and MO2 by Ilja
https://steamcommunity.com/app/489830/discussions/0/1769259642860535460/

FPS can't exceed 60
https://steamcommunity.com/app/72850/discussions/0/2561864094345033643/?tscn=1526053394#c2561864094345056812

Regarding Use of Console Commands
https://steamcommunity.com/app/489830/discussions/0/1741094390481488350/

[SSE] How to verify integrity of game cache by Ilja -
http://steamcommunity.com/app/489830/discussions/0/1843493219431033688/

Resetting SkyrimSE to Vanilla or A Clean Reinstall by grimus -
http://steamcommunity.com/app/489830/discussions/0/312265589446940121/

Shadow Stripping Fix by cfs111
http://steamcommunity.com/app/72850/discussions/0/487876568242719535/

You CANNOT Remove Mods Mid-Playthrough -
http://steamcommunity.com/app/489830/discussions/0/1520386297681801135/

Troubleshooting Skyrim (WIP)
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=925392527


6) MISCELLANEOUS

Best Short Skyrim Video I've Ever Seen (smr1957):
When Someone Knew You and You Didn't Get Time To Know Him (posted by FuJitSu) - https://steamcommunity.com/app/489830/discussions/0/1636417554428232980/


RELIABLE FORUM REGULARS

Okay, you keep seeing "...unless told (or instructed) to do so by a reliable forum regular." Or, with all the different people giving you advice, sometimes varying widely in what they say, who should you listen to? Exactly - "reliable forum regulars." So just who are these people? Well, first and foremost, obviously, are the authors of the pinned topics - the advice given by them should, just about, trump anyone else's. These people have thousands of hours just researching and studying the game and its mechanics (not to mention gameplay time) and keep up to date on any developments and news - and usually know enough to know when they don't know something. That aside, though, for other individuals, the best and quickest way to determine their reliability is to view their profile and their post history. Though it is not all inclusive by any means, if the individual has over 1000 hours in game, and a significantly large number of posts in the Skyrim forums (we are talking thousands of posts) the advice given should, usually, be deemed reliable.

To sum up, if you were to add up the hours of experience of all the regular helpers here - the "reliable forum regulars" - you are speaking of well over 100,000 hours total experience. And, while we may disagree among ourselves on some relatively minor issues, we totally agree on probably 99% of everything else - and 100% on the really major issues.


OFFICIAL CONTACT INFORMATION

PSA - CONTACT INFORMATION FOR BETHESDA AND VALVE
https://steamcommunity.com/app/489830/discussions/0/1729837292626455348/
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smr1957 May 11, 2018 @ 3:03pm 
Regarding IMPORTANT NOTE:
Why we can't help with a pirated Game:
"You do not have official version of the game and you can't use proper unofficial patches to fix issues from the game.

We can't parse your game, due to it not being a legal version that could be validated from the server. We can't give any reliable recommendations to fixes either, due to your game not using up to date and intact executable.

At the top of that, anyone helping you would risk getting banned from the forum by supporting a pirated game.

I can't see how anyone could help you here." Ilja
http://steamcommunity.com/app/72850/discussions/0/846956740639650936/?ctp=81#c1488861734119106802

AND

"Moddrop" is stealing intellectual property from many authors, and violating their rights. The fact that they have the pockets to bribe well known people into supporting them does not fool anyone around here. While we have always offered assistance to anyone who has asked, we will not support anyone installing stolen property through Moddrop. Don't bother to ask.
Last edited by smr1957; May 11, 2018 @ 4:01pm
smr1957 May 11, 2018 @ 3:03pm 
September 21, 2019
Added:
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1868336179&tscn=1569110809
Section 1, General Information

September 20, 2019
Amended:
Section 6, Miscellaneous, RELIABLE FORUM REGULARS
Removed reference to members of the Coffee Room Group as being reliable forum regulars, as the Coffee Room Group is now accepting as members people who have little or nothing to do with the game or the community.

September 2, 2019
Added:
Best Short Skyrim Video I've Ever Seen (smr1957):
When Someone Knew You and You Didn't Get Time To Know Him (posted by FuJitSu)
section 6, MISCELLANEOUS

March 27, 2019
Added:
[Community] Troubleshooting SKSE64 and MO2 by Ilja to section 5, GENERAL TROUBLESHOOTING

March 26, 2019
Added:
Contents of categories and numbered categories

February 25, 2019
added:
Modded Skyrim SE v 1.0.0 by cfs111 guide
and
Modded Skyrim SE or How to Add 311 Mods
https://steamcommunity.com/app/489830/discussions/0/1796278072844650690/

Removed Oldrim guide links
under MODDING THE GAME section

January 29, 2019
added:
CTD On Startup Due To Internet is Solved
https://steamcommunity.com/app/489830/discussions/0/1741106440039580986/
under GENERAL TROUBLESHOOTING

October 15, 2018
added:
Tome of xEdit - by Miax
A Comprehensive Guide to using ElminsterAU's xEdit
https://tes5edit.github.io/docs/index.html
under TOOLS, LOAD ORDER, AND MOD CLEANING

October 15, 2018
added:
esl Files and All You Need to Know About Them by cfs111- https://steamcommunity.com/app/489830/discussions/0/3276824488728505237/
under TOOLS, LOAD ORDER, AND MOD CLEANING

October 6, 2018
added:
crash to desktop after bethesda logo with solution (CTD after logo) by AytaL [Internet fix]:
https://steamcommunity.com/app/489830/discussions/0/1729837292637971259/?
under GENERAL TROUBLESHOOTING

October 5, 2018
added:
OFFICIAL CONTACT INFORMATION:

PSA - CONTACT INFORMATION FOR BETHESDA AND VALVE
https://steamcommunity.com/app/489830/discussions/0/1729837292626455348/

September 28, 2018
Added to TOOLS, LOAD ORDER, AND MOD CLEANING section:
Vortex
Documents regarding the usage of Nexus Mods Vortex - Official Nexus page
https://help.nexusmods.com/category/46-vortex

September 17, 2018
Changed link for REGARDING USE OF CONSOLE COMMANDS

September 15, 2018
Added link to vid by GamerPoets on how to avoid CC updates
Thanks to Chef for providing the link
Added important info from Avrie below vid link re CC updates

August 4, 2018
Added link to UNOFFICIAL SKYRIM SPECIAL EDITION PATCH (USSEP)- A MUST HAVE by smr1957, replacing Nazenn's writeup re the patch which was written for original Skyrim


July 8. 2018
Added link to Wrye Bash and associated tools for SSE By Avrie under TOOLS, LOAD ORDER, AND MOD CLEANING section

July 2, 2018
Added link to Merging Plugins by cfs111 under MODDING THE GAME section

June 2, 2018
Added link to GamerPoets tutorial on using xEdit under TOOLS, LOAD ORDER, AND MOD CLEANING

May 20, 2018
Added link to LOOT Advisory Re: Cleaning Mods in TOOLS, LOAD ORDER, AND MOD CLEANING section

May 19, 2018
Added link to [Original Skyrim] Small list of little big mods for Skyrim by Ilja in MODDING THE GAME section

May 17, 2018
Added link to FPS can't exceed 60 under GENERAL TROUBLESHOOTING section
Last edited by smr1957; Sep 21 @ 5:27pm
Chef May 11, 2018 @ 3:56pm 
If ever there were a thread that deserved to be pinned. Thank you.
smr1957 May 11, 2018 @ 3:56pm 
Originally posted by Chef:
If ever there were a thread that deserved to be pinned. Thank you.
Then no one would read it.
bLaCkShAd0w May 11, 2018 @ 4:18pm 
Originally posted by smr1957:
Originally posted by Chef:
If ever there were a thread that deserved to be pinned. Thank you.
Then no one would read it.

Hahaha so true.
Mringasa May 11, 2018 @ 6:06pm 
BUMP! Someone should just sticky this and require everyone to read it before posting on the Forum.
smr1957 May 11, 2018 @ 6:09pm 
You're going to have a tough one there at the "read" part!
Mringasa May 11, 2018 @ 6:11pm 
Originally posted by smr1957:
You're going to have a tough one there at the "read" part!

Don't remind me. YouTube, the cause of the world's illiteracy and incompetence.
Bumbles_Bounce May 11, 2018 @ 6:24pm 
Originally posted by Chef:
If ever there were a thread that deserved to be pinned. Thank you.

~BUMP~ This thread deserves a pin or a #1 spot.
Sinsling May 13, 2018 @ 1:02pm 
Bumping
Sinsling May 18, 2018 @ 11:22am 
Bump. Seriously needs a pin.
Ilja May 18, 2018 @ 12:12pm 
Linked to pinned topic.

If thread itself doesn't get pinned, then I will raid it for the next large update. :p
smr1957 May 18, 2018 @ 12:51pm 
Originally posted by Ilja:
Linked to pinned topic.

If thread itself doesn't get pinned, then I will raid it for the next large update. :p
Thanks, Ilja!
HannahSuicide May 18, 2018 @ 2:03pm 
noice... pin pin!
smr1957 May 18, 2018 @ 2:03pm 
Originally posted by Hannah6ixKush:
noice... pin pin!
Thanks, Hannah!
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