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The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Crashes, Freezes, Crash to Desktop (CTD), BlackScreen, Bad Framerates, Sound Error and Fixes

Today The Elder Scrolls V is releasing and in this game, The Empire of Tamriel is on the edge. The High King of Skyrim has been murdered. Alliances form as claims to the throne are made. In the midst of this conflict, a far more dangerous, ancient evil is awakened. Dragons, long lost to the passages of the Elder Scrolls, have returned to Tamriel.

The future of Skyrim, even the Empire itself, hangs in the balance as they wait for the prophesized Dragonborn to come; a hero born with the power of The Voice, and the only one who can stand amongst the dragons. Check the Problems & Issues with their Fixes.

Check also our The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Walkthrough

First of all make sure that your system meets the requirements of the The Elder Scroll V Skyrim.

Minimum Requirements

Operating Systems: Win XP/7/Vista (32 bit) 
CPU (Processors): Dual Core 2.0GHz or equivalent processor 
GPU: DX9c Video Card with Memory of 512MB RAM 
HDD: 6GB free Space on Hard Drive
Sound Card: Direct X Compatible Sound Card 
Requires Internet Access for Steam activation

Recommended Requirements

Operating Systems: Win XP/7/Vista (32 bit)
CPU (Processors): Quad-Core Intel/AMD CPU 
GPU: DX9 vid card w/ 1 GB RAM (GTX 260/Radeon 4890 or higher) 
HDD: 6GB free Space on Hard Drive
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card 
Requires Internet Access for Steam activation

Download Latest Drivers of Your Graphic Cards Especially for The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim

For NVidia User Click Here (285.79)

For ATI Radeon Click Here (Catalyst 11.10)

The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Full Screen Fix

Solution: Here is the Skyrim Full Screen Fix

Problem 1: The Elder Scroll V Skyrim Crashes, Crash at Menu, Crash on Launching, Crashing while Playing

Possible Solution 1: Disable all unnecessary background applications before starts the game, especially browser flash-based games. These heavily consume resources which can slow down your gaming experience and just to be sure that nothing is conflicting with the game. Try these steps to close hidden applications.

Click Start > Run > type msconfig > Click the Startup tab > Click Disable All button > Apply > OK, and restart your computer.

Possible Solution 2: Delete the all temporary files from your computer by donning this
Click Start > Run > type %temp% > OK > click Edit > Select All > Delete.

Possible Solution 3: Disable your anti-virus programs.

Possible Solution 4: Alt + Tab out of the game and check if there is any windows firewall or any other

Possible Solution 5: Download the latest version of your DirectX from Here.

Possible Solution 6: Update you Graphic Card Drivers, for NVidia Graphic Cards, try to download and install the NVidia 285.62 Driver Version and for AMD (ATI) Graphic Cards, try download and installing the AMD Catalyst 11.10.

Possible Solution 7: After the updating the graphic cards and didn’t solve the issue then try to rollback your video card by downloading an earlier version of your video card’s current driver.

Possible Solution 8: If you have a multi-core processor, try disabling them, it might do the trick!

Possible Solution 9: Last Ditch Solution: Update your BIOS (for advanced users only! If this is your first time doing this, be sure to read your motherboard documentation to avoid bricking your PC so try it at your own Risk!!!)

Problem 2: The Elder Scroll V Skyrim Crash to Desktop (CTD) and Blackscreen Fix

Possible Solution 1: Navigate to:

32bit – C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\The Elder Scroll V Skyrim.exe

64bit – C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\The Elder Scroll V Skyrim.exe

Right click on The Elder Scroll V Skyrim.exe and select “Run as Administrator”.

Possible Solution 2: Run the game in compatibility with Windows XP SP3.

Possible Solution 3: If game doesn’t launch, make sure you’re connected to the internet and try restarting Steam/your computer.

Possible Solution 4: Also, you can try to lower the game’s settings by disabling Vsync and multi-sampling and turning down environment detail levels.

Possible Solution 5: Try to Update Your Graphics Cards and Motherboard Drivers.

Possible Solution 6: Try different resolution options on your PC.

Possible Solution 7: For NVidia users, go into NVidia control panel and add The Elder Scroll V Skyrim.exe and make it "use NVidia GPU" to resolve this issue. And also try this, go to NVidia control panel and check if The Elder Scroll V Skyrim.exe has to instances. If there are two instances, set both to use your specific GPU instead of automatic.

Problem 3: The Elder Scroll V Skyrim has No Sound, Sound Error, Sound Problems and Sound Stuttering Fix

Possible Solution 1: Reduce Sound Acceleration by following these steps: Click Start>Run>Type dxdiag>Press Enter> Select the sound tab and Reduce Sound Acceleration

Possible Solution 2: Update your Sound Card Driver.

Possible Solution 3: If you are experiencing no sound or sound stuttering, run the game with Stereo Sound.

Possible Solution 4: If you're using Realtek audio drivers, updating to the latest available drivers usually solves the problems. In case you have Realtek sound card on board, you may experience disappearance of sound while playing the game. In that case try uninstalling the sound drivers and running the game on default sound drivers, see if you the sound comes back if it doesn’t try updating your sound card drivers. In case you are on Windows Vista you may want to change your audio channel to “Stereo”. In order to do that:

Go to Control Panel>Sound> in “Playback Options” tab, select the current device you use for your sound and select “Configure”. Now change your audio channel to “Stereo”.

Possible Solution 5: You can run The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim in 44k Stereo settings. For Change Settings (In Realtek) Go to Sound Manager>Properties>Advanced Settings here you can change the settings.

Problem #4: The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim won’t install because Anti-virus software has detected a threat/virus

Possible Solution 1: Disable your anti-virus. Be sure to turn it back on after playing.

Possible Solution 2: Add Dungeon Siege 3 to your firewall and anti-virus exceptions

Possible Solution 3: Try reinstalling your anti-virus program.

Possible Solution 4: Update your anti-virus program; be sure virus definitions are updated

Problem 5: The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Crashes During or after the loading screen Fix

Possible Solution 1: Disable your antivirus programs. Be sure to turn them back on after playing.

Possible Solution 2: Try validating the steam files in case the installation is corrupted.

Possible Solution 3: Manually add The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim for PC to your antivirus or firewall exceptions list.

Problem 6: The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Low FPS, Freezing and Bad Framerate Fix

Possible Solution 1: Install the latest ATI or NVidia Updated Drivers and try these steps.

  1. Disable Motion Blur
  2. Disable Shadows
  3. Disable Triple Buffering
  4. Optimize the game for multi cores using this console tweak: seta r_useThreadedRenderer “2

Problem 7: The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Crashes, Freezes, or Blackscreen after Intro Video

Possible Solution 1: Launch the game with Novid added to launch options of Steam.

Possible Solution 2: Verify the game cache for errors. If there are corrupted files, try reinstalling the game.

Possible Solution 3: Disable or turn off your antivirus programs.

Possible Solution 4: Manually add The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim.exe to your antivirus or firewall exceptions list.

Possible Solution 5: If your game installed on external hard drive so, copy Steam.exe and The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim files from your external hard drive to C:\. Launch Steam.exe as administrator and let it update.

Possible Solution 6: Verify the game cache for errors. If there are corrupted files, try reinstalling the game.

Possible Solution 7: Try these Steps:

  • Exit steam completely
  • Create new folder in drive where steam is installed (Default “C” Drive)
  • Copy steam folder to new folder
  • Control panel -> uninstall program
  • Uninstall steam
  • Download steam from
  • Install steam to standard install directory (c:\prog files(x86)\steam or whatever it is)
  • Log in to steam
  • Double click on steam program, wait for download to begin
  • After 10-30 seconds, pause download and exit steam completely
  • Copy steam\steamapps\common\The First Templar to the new \common\The First Templar folder. overwrite all (this will take 7-10 min depending on drive speed, it’s 13gb)
  • When transfer is complete, load steam
  • Click on The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim, let it “download”. Steam will check the existing files
  • Launch The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim.

Possible Solution 8: There could be corrupted dll files. Navigate to \Steam\steamapps\common\ The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim \ The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim \bin, then either delete everything in that folder or rename it to bin_old. After that Verify your game cache and it should re-download the dll’s.

Possible Solution 9: Similar to solution above, but a different technique: Delete all the files in both...steamapps\common\ The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim \ The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim \bin and \steamapps\common\ The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim \bin then verify cache.

Problem 8: The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Visual 2005, 2008 and 2010 Run Time Error

Possible Solution: Install Microsoft Visual Runtime Libraries to fix this problem from Here.

For 32-bit Windows Versions:

For 64-bit Windows Versions:

Problem 9: The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim "Failed to create D3D device” Error Fix

Possible Solution 1: Install or Update DirectX to the latest version. This is usually encountered if you didn't install the bundled DirectX drivers when you installed the game.

Possible Solution 2: Update your video card drivers of NVidia/ATI/IntelHD from official download sites, and try installing their Beta drivers too.

Problem 10: The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim "Could not Load Library Client." Fix

Possible Solution 1: Make sure there is no application conflicting with Steam and The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim for PC. Turn off all other applications and try launching The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim.

Possible Solution 2: Add Steam and The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim.exe to firewall exception lists and run the game with antivirus disabled.

Problem 11: Display Driver Has Stopped Working

Possible Solution:

  • Go to program files/steam/steam apps/common/ The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim.
  • Right Click the portal application.
  • Clicks troubleshoot in-compatibility issues.

Problem 12: The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim.exe Has Stopped Responding Fix

Possible Solution: Try rolling back (downgrading to a previous version) your video card drivers and see if this will resolve the issue. Usually this is a problem with experimental beta drivers from NVidia or ATI.

Problem 13: The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Steam error “No Steam” Button Can’t Play FIx

Possible Solution: Quit Steam and delete clientregistry.blob in the main steam folder, after that restart steam.

*We are finding other Problems & Issue So Check Back again!!!


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