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SkyrimPrefs.INI in Mod Organizer and my new Graphics Card


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Hello everybody,

I started installing Skyrim accroding to STEP yesterday and I'm now at about 40% I think. Today my new graphics card arrived and I would like to replace the old card sometime today.

I stumbled about this entry in the skyrimprefs.ini "sD3DDevice = "AMD Radeon HD 5800 Series" and that made my think about my STEP setup. 

Will I break anything in my setup through swapping the cards?

Do I have to run the Skyrim Launcher again for first time detection? -> Will that revert all of the INI changes I had to do?

 

Gladly I don't switch Graphic vendors, I stick with AMD, but I really can't tell what I maybe have to redo to keep my current STEP progress. 

 

Thanks for helping me out!

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Delete the older .ini files. Run Skyrim Launcher from Steam, outside of MO. Do the process in the Skyrim Configuration Settings  Skyrim Launcher guide...it should end with you launching the game to the main menu, if I recall correctly. (Menu where you choose New Game or Load Game, etc.) Then exit the game.

Check My Documents. It should have the new .ini's in there. Then launch MO. When you launch MO, it should see there are no .ini's in the active profile, and copy them from My Documents.

Then add the .ini tweaks to the new .ini's in the MO profile. Then start SKSE. This should work.

Also, what value are you getting in the VRamSizeTest? If it is 4064, that is due to the Windows 8 / 10 bug that doesn't allow more than 4GB of VRAM for DX9. However, that test is only showing relevant info for ENBoost. ENBoost uses a memory workaround to also use system RAM as well as VRAM. So I wouldn't discount any advantage from the new videocard just based on that test. :-)

 

Edit: More info.

 

Edit 2: I meant the Skyrim Launcher Guide. My mistake.

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Yeah, if you replace the videocard you should re-run the Skyrim Launcher per the Skyrim Configuration Settings Guide Skyrim Launcher Guide.

First you will have to delete your .ini files from My Documents and from the MO Profile per the procedure here: https://wiki.step-project.com/STEP:2.2.9.2#1.D._INI_Tweaks

Then after re-running the Skyrim Launcher per instructions, you will have to edit the MO profile .ini's again with the STEP recommended tweaks.

 

Edit: Meant Skyrim Launcher Guide

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That didn't work out :-/ I now have a instant CTD after I start SKSE from MO. I performed the following steps to the best of knowledge:

  1. Turned PC off
  2. Swapped cards (New one is a AMD R9 390)
  3. Starte in Safe Mode
  4. Started DDU and let the PC reboot
  5. Installed Crimson 16.1.1
  6. Reboot
  7. Delete all four ini files. The once in my user profile and the ones from the MO profile
  8. Launched the Skyrim Launcher from MO and closed it without starting the game
  9. Did all the INI tweaks from STEP once again
  10. Startet "VRamSizeDX9.exe" again, just to get the exact same value?!
  11. Tried to start SKSE from MO and got an CTD
  12. Deactivated almost every Mod in MO just to test, but no difference. Still CTD

Now I haven't got a clue what I did wrong. Can you help me please?

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That was my error -.-
8. Launched the Skyrim Launcher from MO and closed it without starting the game

Should have been:

-> 8. Launched the Skyrim Launcher from Steam and start the game once. 

 

Now it works again.

 

BTW, I didn't have do to all this INI stuff. I check my old and new ini files two times with the Notepad++ comparison. Only a single line changed. The one i quoted in the first post:

sD3DDevice="AMD Radeon R9 390 Series"

 

Thank you again!

 

Ps.: Yes, it's 4064. 

 

EDIT: I would suggest to alter the wiki article slightly. 

> 1.D. INI Tweaks says: "After deleting them, the default versions can be regenerated by running the Skyrim Launcher again (run via MO if using MO)."

This could be: "After deleting them, the default versions can be regenerated by running the Skyrim Launcher again (run via MO if using MO) and start the game once to the main menu."

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