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post #131 of 171
Well I encountered this issue a couple days ago and was successful in fixing my crashes. I'll go ahead and post what I have over at Nexus and Bethesda forums. Maybe it will help someone here.
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As much of a PC Enthusiast that I am I hate to have to admit in my particular case my crashes might not be entirely or if it all Skyrim's fault. After being exhausted with trying to get Skyrim to work I called it quits and thought I'd start another game while waiting for a solution from the community. I load up Dead Island for the first time to try it out and what do you know, after the character select screen it crashes my entire system just like Skyrim ohno-smiley.gif . At this moment that little spark in me to get things working lights back up.

My initial thought was that it may be DX9 games being that both Skyrim and Dead Island are dx9c. I download a demo version of 3dmark06, a directx9 benchmark/stresstest. I run the tests which my system ran through stable though mind you the demo version only lets you run the test at 720p which I figured may not be enough stress on the system. I then load up 3DMark11, a DX11 benchmark/stress test utility, which I have the full version to. I select 1080p and run the test, I can't even get pass the first test. (I ran these tests months ago to test my systems capabilities with no problems)

I'm beginning to think either one of my 580s has a problem, or something may be wrong with my PSU. Maybe something got loose within my case. At the moment I am working on zeroing in on the problem and will update everyone on what I find.

I suggest that everyone here if not done so already run 3DMark11 (unfortunately demo version only stress tests at 720p) and see if your systems are capable of going through the tests without problems. If you own Metro 2033 it comes with a pretty good stress test that can be used as well. I could have sworn my system was 100% stable from running memtest86+ for 12 hours, Linx and Prime95 for a couple hours, and some other lighter games (Haven't played BF3 ever since Skyrim was released).

I have definitely been humbled.

Update 1:

After running 3DMark11 with SLI off for each card successfully I was pretty much left with my instability being due to SLI mode. I uninstalled my drivers, downgraded MSI AB 2.2.0 Beta 9 to MSI AB 2.1.0 Stable. Unplugged/Replugged PSU connectors going to video cards and mobo and now I was able to pass 3DMark11 with no problems. Now I'm off to test Skyrim.

Update 2:

So I have been playing since I last updated this post and have been crash free. Hopefully this continues tomorrow. I highly recommend everyone really stress test their systems if not done so already with either 3DMark11, Metro 2033 Bechmark Utility, or Heaven DX11 Benchmark.


I'm well aware here on OCN we all are familiar and probably have already tried 3Dmark11 and the like. Try it on extreme mode if you haven't done so already. My issue was instability with SLI. Funny thing is during all of this I had switched from Skyrim to New Vegas(heavily modded with hi-res texures), no crashes whatsoever. You would think with this instability it would have also crashed NV.
post #132 of 171
I'm on board with this idea - troubleshooting is always a process of elimination. In this case, the problem is either hardware or software. To eliminate the hardware, run a test to ensure a stable system. Most games will not stress your system, so get a benchmarking app, like 3dmark or heaven dx11 and let it run to reveal any potential hardware issues. I did this recently and documented it here:

http://one-miguel.blogspot.com/2012/01/blinking-outrebooting.html

In my case, I used to lean towards the power supply in my system, but I can't recreate the symptoms outside of Skyrim. I'm also looking for ideas on what to try next, but I'm definitely leaning towards Skyrim having some kind of incompatibility with my hardware/software being the culprit.
post #133 of 171
If you are running fine in window mode and it reboots in fullscreen then try the Simple Borderless Window Mod on Skyrim Nexus (it will allow you to simulate fullscreen while being in window mode... I use it to remove my mouse lag completely). My other suggestions are to make sure you are running the game as admin, and also try disabling desktop composition and themes via the compatibility tab. Also, make sure you have not disable windows page-file unless you have more than 8GB of RAM, Skyrim does not like this. Hope this helps thumb.gif

One more thing I just thought of... check your windows error logs to see what the culprit of the restarts are.
post #134 of 171
Cmoney:

All good advice. In my case those most turned out to be not the case:

Windowed mode - still rebooted
Already running as admin
No Windows error logs were logged
Haven't disabled the Windows pagefile

I haven't tried the desktop composition and themes yet - I'll try that next.

Maybe you can post your specs (HW, OS version, etc)?
post #135 of 171
I ended up upping my power supply from a 630W to an 850W, the shutdowns haven't happened since after many many hours of play.

i7-920
6 GB
AMD 6970 2GB
2x SSD's
2x 7200RPM HD's
Win 7 Ult. 64-bit
Edited by dogtowntx - 1/13/12 at 11:51am
post #136 of 171
I'm going this route as well. Please post back if you see another crash!
post #137 of 171
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I'm going this route as well. Please post back if you see another crash!

Welcome to the OCN. wink.gif
Edited by wholeeo - 1/8/12 at 3:34pm
post #138 of 171
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I'm going this route as well. Please post back if you see another crash!

Will do. I've logged about 15 hours on the new PSU without a reboot. Whereas the reboots would occur at least once an hour before that (while in full screen mode). Toggling the world map seemed to cause them more often than not fwiw.

I went with the Corsair AX850.
post #139 of 171
I changed power supplies as well. I got a 1000W Silverstone PSU, but that didn't make a difference. What seems to have solved it for me was disabling Intel Speedstep:

http://one-miguel.blogspot.com/2012/01/skyrim-troubleshooting-compilation.html

Hope this helps...
post #140 of 171
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Originally Posted by onemiguel View Post

I changed power supplies as well. I got a 1000W Silverstone PSU, but that didn't make a difference. What seems to have solved it for me was disabling Intel Speedstep:
http://one-miguel.blogspot.com/2012/01/skyrim-troubleshooting-compilation.html
Hope this helps...
Interesting, were you overclocking when Speedstep was enabled?
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