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Solution for Morrowind on Steam not modding

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I posted a solution in another thread of mine, but I wanted to change the title so people searching on google could find this.

If you're having trouble modding your copy of Morrowind that you bought off Steam, here's the solution. Files in Morrowind are loaded by their date of creation and modification. The Steam copy's files are all set in 2009, while all Morrowind modifications are (typically) set in 2008 or older. This means that all of your mods will load up, but then Morrowind's basic vanilla files will overwrite them! Here's the solution:

Download and run this (or any file date changer): http://download.cnet.com/FileDate-Ch...html?tag=mncol

Now, click Add Files, and navigate to where your Morrowind files are. Morrowind should be here: C:\\Program Files\\Steam\\SteamApps\\common\\morrowind\\Data Files\\Morrowind.bsa
(64-bit Operating Systems would place the file in C:\\Program Files(x86)\\ instead of C:\\Program Files)

Set Morrowind.bsa created date, modified date, and accessed date all to 5/1/2002

Now, click Clear, and go to Add Files again, renavigate to where you were before, but instead of selecting Morrowind.bsa, select Tribunal.bsa
Set Tribunal.bsa created date, modified date, and accessed date all to 11/6/2002

Now, click Clear, and go to Add Files again, renavigate to where you were before, but instead of selecting Tribunal.bsa, select Bloodmoon.bsa
Set Bloonmoon.bsa created date, modified date, and accessed date all to 6/3/2003

Now you're ready to go! You can mod away, and it will act just like the CD copy of Morrowind. (Including the Morrowind Code Patch, which initially had problems)


I really recommend taking a look at this site to bring your copy of Morrowind the current day and age. It includes the best of user mods, including graphical enhancements: http://www.morrowind2009.wordpress.com

This guide is also essential to optimizing the Morrowind engine for modern computers: http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/31...de/index5.html On the advanced tweaking, it mentions cell buffers. I currently have my Interior and Exterior Cell Buffers set to 512 and 1024, respectively. I have 4GB of RAM.

Updated 4 April, 2010: Added clarifications, fixed typos, updated information.
Edited by Conley - 4/4/10 at 5:34pm
post #2 of 10
The file changer you reccomended won't keep the files changed. I go to play the game, and the errors continue because the .bsa files are STILL on september 2009. Any other file changer suggestions? One that WORKS, perhaps?


EDIT: appologize for how rude that was. I'm just frustrated with the Steam version. Again, I'm sorry.
Edited by MalkavianFalcon - 9/13/09 at 10:56pm
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The file changer you reccomended won't keep the files changed. I go to play the game, and the errors continue because the .bsa files are STILL on september 2009. Any other file changer suggestions? One that WORKS, perhaps?


EDIT: appologize for how rude that was. I'm just frustrated with the Steam version. Again, I'm sorry.
Did you open the tool, add the files, check the option to add the accessed date, set them all to the correct dates, and click "Change Files Date" at the bottom?

I think you may have forgotten to click Change Files Date. Try changing the dates again. If that doesn't work, tell me what the error messages say.
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The file changer you reccomended won't keep the files changed. I go to play the game, and the errors continue because the .bsa files are STILL on september 2009. Any other file changer suggestions? One that WORKS, perhaps?


EDIT: appologize for how rude that was. I'm just frustrated with the Steam version. Again, I'm sorry.
If you google for a program that changes time stamps you'll find there are several. Thats why I did as I found out the same info on using mods and MGE w/the Steam version of Morrowind on another forum.

Anyway, this is good info and thanks for posting it.
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Now the trouble is finding and downloading all the mods. I wish they had like a huge bundle for Morrowind like Qarl.
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Now the trouble is finding and downloading all the mods. I wish they had like a huge bundle for Morrowind like Qarl.
Agreed, it's much harder to find mods for Morrowind. Closest thing I can think of that compares to QTP3 would be the Morrowind Visual Pack (http://elderscrolls.filefront.com/fi...Combined;56241)

http://www.tesnexus.com and http://elderscrolls.filefront.com/ are the two best places for Oblivion/Morrowind mods.
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Ok... There's a problem. Somehow, someway, even after I've restamped the base files that you said to, I'm still playing with the base version of the game, and no error messages. Any thoughts on this? Yes, this is my first post, but as this seems to be a fairly unique problem I think that those of us who didn't have our problems fixed by the above solution would appreciate this question being asked.
EDIT: I figured it out, I was stupidly not adding the modification files to the list of files to be loaded.
Edited by Flyingmonkey - 6/17/10 at 10:49pm
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Bumping to say thanks for the fix and the fact that having Morrowind be a part of the Quake Con sale might make this a more needed thread for a while. I almost came onto OCN to check last night but figured nah, I'll be able to find it on one of the other sites. After an hour and a half of trying to get MGE to work right I found a link from one of the Morrowind forums to here. Go figure.
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post #9 of 10
The file date changer which you linked doesn't work on Vista
Is there any chance you could post a link to another one and explain how to use it? The one that I tried had a completely different layout and didn't seem to work.
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I've done all this with the date changer and still I cannot get the mods to work. I'm trying to run better bodies V 2.2 but it won't even show up in the data files section of the start-up screen and when I go to that data files page the Morrowind, Tribunal, and Bloodmoon files are still 2011 dates. please help!!!
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