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CTD after Bethesda Logo


I know what you're thinking:  missing master.  I guess it's possible, but I've followed the STEP guide using Mod Organizer, LOOT (including metadata tags, shows no errors or warnings), TES5Edit (cleaned master files and other ITMs when marked to do so), Wrye Bash, ENBoost... I'm at a loss right now.


It should be mentioned that I played the game successfully with no issues for 7 hours yesterday with the same mod setup and everything.  The CTD began after changing skyrim.ini and skyrimprefs.ini files, as well as enb ini files.  I changed ENB settings first (using Shift+Enter in-game), and the game was still running fine after that.


I initially followed all of STEPs ini setting choices, but was still noticing flickering (I have a 144 Hz monitor, but FPS limit is on, so not because of that), so altered some LOD settings to settings suggested by Michael of GamerPoets (did not set anything higher than he suggested), and you can check my system specs -- they should be able to handle nearly anything.  I double checked spelling and the letter in front (b, f, i, etc.).


Logically, I reset both skyrim.ini and skyrimpref.ini files (yes, in Mod Organizer, not just data folder), thinking it should fix the problem.  It did not.


Mod list via Mod Organizer (this is unchanged from when the game WAS working, other than adding MemoryBlocksLog after the CTD issue started):


+LeanWolf's Better-Shaped Weapons - All in One Installer

+DSR Output

+Dual Sheath Redux

+STEP - CompilationPatch

+RealVision ENB 279b

+RW2 - ENB Textures

+Realistic Water Two

+Enhanced Lights and FX

+Smithing Perks Overhaul

+Non-Essential Children

+Timing is Everything - Quest Delay and Timing Control

+The Paarthurnax Dilemma

+Wiseman303's Trap Fixes

+Traps Make Noise - More Dangerous Traps

+Hearthfire multiple adoptionsmove family

+The Choice is Yours - Fewer Forced Quests - Improved Dialogue Options

+Shadowstar Castle

+Apocalypse - Magic of Skyrim

+Modern Brawl Bug Fix

+VioLens - A Killmove Mod

+Complete Crafting Overhaul Remade

+aMidianBorn Book of Silence - Content Add-on

+Even Better Quest Objectives

+Wet and Cold

+Skyrim -Community- Uncapper

+Invisibility Glitch - Eyes Fix

+Relationship Dialogue Overhaul - RDO

+Oblivion Gates

+Hearthfire Extended

+Gildergreen Regrown

+Enhanced Skyrim Factions - The Companions Guild


+Bring Out Your Dead

+Auto Unequip Ammo

+Ultra Realistic Crossbow Shoot Sounds

+Ultra Realistic Bow Shoot Sounds

+Smooth Blades - Draw and Sheath

+Lower Sounding Thieves Guild Door

+Improved Combat Sounds

+IHSS - Improved Horse Step Sounds

+Heart of the Beast - Werewolf Sound and Texture Overhaul

+Dragons Shout with Voice

+Audio Overhaul for Skyrim 2

+Better Weapon Swing Sounds

+Better Horse Pain Sounds

+Better Animal Footsteps

+Lucidity Sound FX

+Arise - Chapter 1 - The Black Sacrament

+Triss Armor Retextured

+Bijin Wives

+Bijin NPCs

+Skyrim Beautiful Followers - SBF

+White Phial Replacer

+WEBS Extended

+Sweet Mother - the Night Mother Improvement

+Super Realistic Ore Textures

+Skyrim Redesigned

+Skeleton and Human Bones

+SLoD - Wine Cellar

+Septim HD






+Retexture for Soup

+Retexture for Bread - Hearthfire

+Ren's HD Shrines by Rengel

+Realistic Instruments - Flute Lute and Drum HQ

+Radiant and Unique Potions and Poisons HD

+Pilgrims Delight - High Hrothgar Shrine Retextures

+Not Really HD Leather Strips

+Not Really HD Keys

+N-R HD Display Case

+HQ Paper


+HD Reworked Baskets

+HD Ore And Ingots

+HD Linens

+Gemling Queen Dragon Claws

+LeanWolf's Improved Enchanter Candle Meshes

+Detailing the Eldrich - Higher-Res Riekling Architecture

+Dark Brotherhood Tenets Restored - Standard Edition

+Book Covers Skyrim - Lost Library

+Book Covers Skyrim

+Barenziah's Glory

+Smaller Ice Spike and Ice Spear

+Skyrim - Enhanced Camera

+Running with a Bow - 3rd Person

+Realistic Boat Bobbing

+NoMaaM Breathing Idles BBB

+Improved Weapon Impact EFFECTS Correct Metal

+Enhanced Blood Textures


+Deadly Spell Impacts

+Animated Weapon Enchants

+Dawnguard Rune Weapons FXS Replacer

+D13 Faster GET UP STAND UP animation vanilla friendly

+Better Turn Animation only One pose

+Animated Clutter

+TDN Vampire Armor Retexture

+New Thinner Torch

+Mage Outfit Texture Overhaul - Schools of Magic

+Greatsword Sheaths and Scabbards Redux

+Skyrim Weapon De-LARP-ification Project

+Gemling Queen Jewelry

+Elemental Staffs

+Dragonborn Mages Robes Retexture Pack

+The Eyes Of Beauty

+Dragonbone Mastery - Weapons Retexture

+Dawnguard Crossbow Explosive Bolts Visualized

+Caliente's Vanilla Outfits for CBBE

+aMidianBorn Imperial Light and Studded Armor

+aMidianBorn Book of Silence - Weapons

+aMidianBorn Book of Silence - Unique Items

+aMidianBorn Book of Silence - Dragonborn DLC

+aMidianBorn Book of Silence - Creatures

+aMidianBorn Book of Silence - Armors

+aMidianBorn Blade of Woe



+Immersive Weapons

+Immersive Armors


+Wiseman303's Critter Fixes

+83Willows 101BugsHD Butterfly Dragonfly Luna-Moth Torchbug

+PondFish and Salmon Replacer - Textures


+Dawnguard Rewritten - Arvak





+PAINTERLY - a High Res Vanilla Warpaint Retexture

+Northborn Scars


+Lepidoptera Of Skyrim

+Immersive Citizens - AI Overhaul

+High-Res Dartwing (Dragonfly) Texture



+Female Vampires Have Fangs

+FAR - Forgotten Argonian Roots

+SG Female Textures Renewal

+Calientes Beautiful Bodies Edition -CBBE-


+Dragon Priest

+Cover Khajiits


+Better males - Beautiful nudes and faces - New hairstyles


+Whiterun Trellis Redesigned and HQ

+Vivid Landscapes - Tundra Moss Revised

+Vivid Clouds and Fogs


+Skyrim Improved Puddles - SIP

+Shadowmarks Improved - with Player Homes and DLC support


+Re-Defined Dungeons WIP

+Real Wood Textures - Farmhouses

+Point The Way

+Northfire's Skidmarks 1K-2K

+Lanterns of Skyrim - All In One

+Improved Vanilla Mountains HD

+Hybrids HD Plants and Herbs Retexture

+HQ Snow Textures

+High Quality LODs

+HD Stone Quarry and Clay Deposit for Hearthfire

+HD Enhanced Terrain

+HD Dark Brotherhood Door


+Farmhouse Chimneys

+Embers HD

+Skyrim Flora Overhaul

+Deathbell HD - All-New Textures (2K-1K)

+aMidianBorn Whiterun

+aMidianBorn Solstheim Landscape

+aMidianBorn Farmhouse

+aMidianBorn Caves and Mines

+A Quality World Map and Solstheim Map - With Roads

+High Quality Food and Ingredients

+Tobes Highres Textures

+HD Misc

+Skyrim Realistic Overhaul Update

+Skyrim Realistic Overhaul Part 3

+Skyrim Realistic Overhaul Part 2

+Skyrim Realistic Overhaul Part 1

+Static Mesh Improvement Mod

+SkyFalls + SkyMills

+Viewable Faction Ranks


+SSIRT v3.0

+Main Menu Spinning Skyrim Emblem

+Main Font Replacement

+Lore-Based Loading Screens

+KenMOD - Time on loading screen

+High Quality 3D Map Normals

+High Quality 3D Map

+EASIER LOCKPICKING - Without Cheating - Nordic Retexture

+Better MessageBox Controls

+Better Dialogue Controls

+Fores New Idles in Skyrim - FNIS

+XP32 Maximum Skeleton Extended


+NetImmerse Override

+Realistic Ragdolls and Force

+Wiseman303's Flora Fixes

+Clothing and Clutter Fixes

+Weapons and Armor Fixes Remade

+Trade and Barter

+Smart Souls

+Skyrim Project Optimization

+Ragdoll Paralysis

+NARC - No Animals Report Crimes

+Improved closefaced helmets

+Guard Dialogue Overhaul

+Fuz Ro D-oh - Silent Voice

+Enchantment Reload Fix

+Dead Body Collision Fix

+Cutting Room Floor

+Consistent Older People

+Bug fixes

+Appropriately Attired Jarls

+ApachiiSkyHair Natural Retexture

+Superior Lore-Friendly Hair - HD Textures


+STEP - Skyrim Total Enhancement Project

+ShowRaceMenu Precache Killer

+PapyrusUtil - Modders Scripting Utility Functions

+FileAccess Interface for Skyrim Script - FISS

+Memory Blocks Log

+SKSE Scripts

+Unofficial High Resolution Patch

*Unmanaged: HighResTexturePack03

*Unmanaged: HighResTexturePack01

*Unmanaged: HighResTexturePack02

+Unofficial Skyrim Legendary Edition Patch

+Cleaned Dragonborn ESM

+Cleaned HearthFire ESM

+Cleaned Dawnguard ESM

+Cleaned Update ESM

*Unmanaged: Bashed Patch, 0


The "nothing" of a log I get from Documents/Games/Skyrim/Logs/Script Papyrus Log:


[06/23/2017 - 04:46:40PM] Papyrus log opened (PC)

[06/23/2017 - 04:46:40PM] Function GetEffectMagnitudes in the empty state on type Ingredient does not exist. Function will not be flagged as callable from tasklets.

[06/23/2017 - 04:46:40PM] Update budget: 1.200000ms (Extra tasklet budget: 1.200000ms, Load screen budget: 500.000000ms)

[06/23/2017 - 04:46:40PM] Memory page: 128 (min) 512 (max) 76800 (max total)


From SKSE.log:


SKSE runtime: initialize (version = 1.7.3 09200000 01D2EC7AF170F06E, os = 6.2 (9200))

imagebase = 00400000

runtime root = C:\Games\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim\

config path = C:\Games\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim\Data\SKSE\skse.ini

minidumps enabled

old exception filter = 00F68A0F

plugin directory = C:\Games\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim\Data\SKSE\Plugins\

checking plugin C:\Games\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim\Data\SKSE\Plugins\\BugFixPlugin.dll

plugin C:\Games\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim\Data\SKSE\Plugins\\BugFixPlugin.dll (00000001 BugFixPlugin 00000001) loaded correctly

checking plugin C:\Games\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim\Data\SKSE\Plugins\\EnchantReloadFix.dll

plugin C:\Games\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim\Data\SKSE\Plugins\\EnchantReloadFix.dll (00000001 EnchantReloadFix Plugin 00000001) loaded correctly

checking plugin C:\Games\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim\Data\SKSE\Plugins\\Fuz Ro D'oh.dll

plugin C:\Games\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim\Data\SKSE\Plugins\\Fuz Ro D'oh.dll (00000001 Fuz Ro D'oh 06018195) loaded correctly

checking plugin C:\Games\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim\Data\SKSE\Plugins\\MemoryBlocksLog.dll

plugin C:\Games\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim\Data\SKSE\Plugins\\MemoryBlocksLog.dll (00000001 MemoryBlocksLog plugin 00000001) loaded correctly

checking plugin C:\Games\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim\Data\SKSE\Plugins\\SKSE_Elys_Uncapper.dll

plugin C:\Games\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim\Data\SKSE\Plugins\\SKSE_Elys_Uncapper.dll (00000001 SKSE_Elys_Uncapper 010F0020) loaded correctly

checking plugin C:\Games\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim\Data\SKSE\Plugins\\SKSE_EnhancedCamera.dll

plugin C:\Games\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim\Data\SKSE\Plugins\\SKSE_EnhancedCamera.dll (00000001 EnhancedCamera 00000001) loaded correctly

checking plugin C:\Games\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim\Data\SKSE\Plugins\\Smart Souls.dll

plugin C:\Games\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim\Data\SKSE\Plugins\\Smart Souls.dll (00000001 Smart Souls 09018195) loaded correctly

checking plugin C:\Games\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim\Data\SKSE\Plugins\\StorageUtil.dll

plugin C:\Games\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim\Data\SKSE\Plugins\\StorageUtil.dll (00000001 papyrusutil plugin 00000001) loaded correctly

checking plugin C:\Games\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim\Data\SKSE\Plugins\\chargen.dll

registering plugin listener for SKSE at 9 of 10

plugin C:\Games\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim\Data\SKSE\Plugins\\chargen.dll (00000001 chargen 00000006) loaded correctly

checking plugin C:\Games\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim\Data\SKSE\Plugins\\fiss.dll

plugin C:\Games\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim\Data\SKSE\Plugins\\fiss.dll (00000001 fiss 00000001) loaded correctly

checking plugin C:\Games\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim\Data\SKSE\Plugins\\nioverride.dll

registering plugin listener for SKSE at 11 of 12

registering plugin listener for (null) at 11 of 12

plugin C:\Games\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim\Data\SKSE\Plugins\\nioverride.dll (00000001 nioverride 00000006) loaded correctly

checking plugin C:\Games\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim\Data\SKSE\Plugins\\showRaceMenu_preCacheKiller.dll

plugin C:\Games\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim\Data\SKSE\Plugins\\showRaceMenu_preCacheKiller.dll (00000001 ShowRaceMenu preCacheKiller plugin 00000001) loaded correctly

dispatch message (0) to plugin listeners

sending message type 0 to plugin 9

dispatch message (-1640531527) to plugin listeners

sending message type 0 to plugin 11

dispatched message.

dispatch message (1) to plugin listeners

sending message type 1 to plugin 9

sending message type 1 to plugin 11

dispatched message.

init complete

hooked dinput

dispatch message (6) to plugin listeners

sending message type 6 to plugin 9

sending message type 6 to plugin 11

dispatched message.

SetUnhandledExceptionFilter_Hook: 00CAC8A0

Reading translations from Interface\Translations\Lanterns Of Skyrim - All In One - Main_ENGLISH.txt...

Reading translations from Interface\Translations\Hothtrooper44_ArmorCompilation_ENGLISH.txt...

Reading translations from Interface\Translations\RaceMenu_ENGLISH.txt...

Reading translations from Interface\Translations\RaceMenuPlugin_ENGLISH.txt...

Reading translations from Interface\Translations\XPMSE_ENGLISH.txt...

Reading translations from Interface\Translations\SkyUI_ENGLISH.txt...

Reading translations from Interface\Translations\ViewableFactionRanksBothDLC_ENGLISH.txt...

Reading translations from Interface\Translations\WetandCold_ENGLISH.txt...

Reading translations from Interface\Translations\Auto Unequip Ammo_ENGLISH.txt...

Reading translations from Interface\Translations\ESFCompanions_ENGLISH.txt...

Reading translations from Interface\Translations\VioLens_ENGLISH.txt...

Reading translations from Interface\Translations\Immersive Citizens - AI Overhaul_ENGLISH.txt...

Reading translations from Interface\Translations\Relationship Dialogue Overhaul_ENGLISH.txt...

Skyrim has crashed. A minidump containing debugging information is being written to C:\Users\Local user\Documents\My Games\Skyrim\SKSE\Crashdumps\2017-06-23_23.46.32.dmp.

Minidump written.



I deactivated all mods -- same CTD.  I ran through Steam (avoiding SKSE, and I have no workshop mods) -- same issue.  I'm guessing something was accidentally deleted.


If there's anything else I need to post for more info, please let me know and I will do so ASAP.


Thanks for your time.


Edited by TIGERSHARK27

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Assuming you changed only the INI files, run BethINI to get a stable skyrim.ini and skyrimprefs.ini. Once this is complete, restore enblocal.ini and enbseries.ini from the the original archives and configure these per the guide. If you modified skse.ini, resset it back to the settings from the guide as well. Finally, start a new game to get everything starting fresh.


If you want to tinker with the INI files in the future, do it one setting at a time and document what you changed so you can restore it to the original values. Some values or combinations of values will cause Skyrim to evaporate down a blackhole.


If you still have problems, go back to a pure vanilla game without any mods to verify this works.

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Used BethIni, reset SKSE.ini, and to my surprise, resetting the ENB inis seemed to fix it, which is odd because the ini settings I changed were within the in-game menu (Shift+Enter) and it ran fine then.  Either way, ENB looks kinda messed up now, and I'd prefer just a fresh reinstall of ENB+RealVision.  I'd feel more comfortable with a complete uninstall first, rather than replacing files from the archive.


What's the best way to uninstall?  I read I can just delete all the files with ENB in it, and the d3d9.dll file within the Skyrim folder, but I've also seen some people recommend the ENB FXAA SweetFX Manager and Remover.  How should I go about this?

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I am now certain the issue is with RealVision, because if I open the ENB archive and paste the two ini files and overwrite, the game doesn't look great, but runs like usual.  If I copy the two ini files from the RealVision archive (yes, selected the correct option), the game crashes.

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Did you reapply your changes to the [MEMORY] section in enblocal.ini? There may be other settings in enblocal.ini you need to vet carefully as well. Unfortunately, you can't just take a random enblocal.ini and drop it in the Skyrim folder like that.

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I wouldn't call the enblocal.ini file straight from the original ENB website (by Boris, not preset) archive random.


From the STEP wiki:


CTD on game launch:

After you've ruled that out, some users will experience a CTD after installing an ENB Preset due to having missing components of DirectX. The solution is to re-install DirectX 9 for games such as Skyrim and Fallout: New Vegas. Windows users will have to update DirectX by downloading the DirectX End-User Runtimes.


Not sure where to install this after it asks me.  Everywhere I try it says "That folder is invalid.  Please make sure the folder exists and is writable."

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I'm probably just going to completely uninstall Skyrim and every program relating to it and start again... only took me 120 hours the last time...


Not even Gopher or GamerPoets could fix my wreck of a game.

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This is a common issue with RealVision. Deleting the files from the root folder and verify cache using Steam will usually fix the issue.


Never use an "enblocal" file provided by anyone. Set it up yourself so that it's stable on your system and then leave it be. It's called enb"local" for a reason. It's not meant to be shared across systems.


For the Runtimes, after you extract it just open the folder and run DXSetup.

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I verified the cache and removed RealVision.  Still crashed with Vanilla, so I started fresh (about a week ago).


I'm probably going to have a couple of presets of "guaranteed to work" mod lists, my first being JUST STEP:Core.  Kinda like having a backup.


Question though:  there are some settings I'd like to change that are not available to modify in BethINI.  Where is the best place to make those changes?  I don't want my game to save on wait, travel, etc.


EDIT:  Also,  thanks so much for responding and helping; I'd be lying if I said I was actually expecting helpful responses.

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You can do that using the INI Editor in MO for each profile. Remember that every profile has it's own set of INIs so I'll have to make the edits multiple times.

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