Can mods potentially harm your computer?
Posted 28 June 2010 - 05:30 PM
Posted 28 June 2010 - 06:00 PM
Do not worry about it, BSODs happen from time to time. If the issue persists, look for similarities in what you were doing as the crashes occurred, but also check they your hardware specs are good for what you are running.
Edit: I forgot to mention that one. However, it recommended that anti-virus programs and other background processes that are not vital be turned off while playing. Process interactions can cause BSODs too.
Posted 29 June 2010 - 01:51 AM
ya, ran both malware bytes, and AVG, and my computer is in pristine condition. Neither detected anything. I take 0 risks with this computer. I'm hoping this is nothing. As I said, when I turned it back on, I didn't notice anything wrong at all. I still have all my files, I still only have to wait a total of 1 second for a page to load, games still run just as smoothly. I don't notice anything different. I'm hoping that was just a freak occurrence that will likely not happen again. I remember when it happened, I had just clicked on a link to youtube. Just to see if it would do it again, I went back to that exact same link after I turned it back on, and nothing happened. It was just a parody of some old nazi movie depicting hitler as a WoW player and crying because the release of TOR is going to cause a mass exodus from the game.
Try scanning for malware. I had a similar problem recently and found I'd gotten a malware from an ad and the bluescreening was caused by my AVG preventing the malware from taking over the computer. Using Malware Bytes fixed the issue.
Posted 29 June 2010 - 03:47 AM
So if your computer has a virus or malware, you probably got it from the Internet rather than from an Oblivion mod.
Posted 29 June 2010 - 03:57 AM
Posted 30 June 2010 - 12:53 AM
Other than that, I don't think they can, unless you count the fact that some take an atrocious amount of space. Well, not that much.
Posted 30 June 2010 - 03:43 AM
I have not heard of any mod that can cause a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) because that would be an instability in the Operating System (OS) or your hardware...not the game.
OS crashes can be caused by many things such as virus/malware, failing hardware, buggy hardware drivers and overclocking beyond the limits that the hardware can handle, corrupted registry values, etc. There are many more reasons but the 1st thing you should try to rule out is malware by using various programs to scan your system. Typically, when you start seeing BSODs, you tend to have a general idea as to what's happened recently that might be causing it such as installing a new program recently, updating hardware drivers, inserting a friend's USB stick into your computer to look at some files (which might be infected), cruzing the web using Internet Explorer (the platform of most infections on the net), etc. The cases where you are caught by surprise would be failing hardware which may happen at any point no matter what you are doing.
You did not mention what OS you are using but if it is Windows 7, crashes should be very rare. Since I have had Windows 7 installed on my home PC and at work, I have not seen a BSOD...but then again, the Windows XP that I had did not have many BSODs either unless a piece of hardware was failing...such as a hard drive.
I protect my PC by using Firefox as my web browser with handy add-ons called No Script, Adblock Plus and WOT. I also use a program called Comodo Internet Security which is a combination of several security products that have yet to let me down. And as mentioned already, MalwareBytes is a great program. I also avoid places on the net that attract malware such as Facebook, MySpace, crack/serial sites, porn sites, etc.
Article: How To Protect Your PC
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Posted 30 June 2010 - 05:34 AM
either you need to tone down the details, or the resolution, or both.
or you could uninstall some GPU intensive mods, such as most LOD mesh mods.
in rare cases an outdated soundcard driver, or an old sound card integrated into the motherboard even with the latest drivers.
(for instance most SIS mother boards will crash if you push their integrated soundcard too much)
in that case you will need to edit the number of concurrent voices in your oblivion.ini (google for guide on that one)
finally the best you can do is buy yourself a better video card, a pci-e soundcard, a better processor, and ooodles of... no! not noodles!, ram memory! that will stop BSOD
oh, and don't think your system is clean just because AVG tells you so... get yourself Kaspersky antivirus...
Posted 30 June 2010 - 09:48 AM
I'm running my game on Vista and have had the PC for about 2 years now with no BSOD occurrence at all. I frequently delve into my core files for maintenance (time consuming, but so is mod managing), so I have constant view on what's in my system.
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