Oblivion crashes at startup with Windows 7
Posted 11 July 2011 - 05:08 AM
a Nvidia GeForce 9400 GT with
Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
I have noticed that when detecting video hardware, it says that it cannot recognise the hardware and defaults to medium quality. However, no amount of adjusting can get it to run. Will appreciate any help.
Posted 11 July 2011 - 09:28 AM
If you can't get that far (and probably also even if you can), it's possible that you've fallen foul of User Account Control by installing to the default location, i.e. a subfolder of c:\Program Files. The attempted installation of the unofficial patches may have only partially installed as Windows thinks anything other than a registered installation program trying to write to that location is an attack, and blocks it.
Keep the downloads for the patches (obviously), uninstall Oblivion from where it is, and reinstall JUST Oblivion at C:\Games\Oblivion. Run it to test it works ok. Then install Shivering isles and Knights of the Nine, and retest. Once THAT is behaving, then apply the unofficial patches, testing after each one. That will REALLY pay dividends if you want to add any other mods later, too.
Edited by MarkInMKUK, 11 July 2011 - 09:29 AM.
Posted 11 July 2011 - 11:57 AM
Posted 11 July 2011 - 12:19 PM
Win 7 doesnt like oblivion to be installed to the default folder, check THIS guide out
Also are you using wyre bash by any chance? if you are v293 wont work in win 7, downgrade to v291.
Posted 11 July 2011 - 02:48 PM
Nothing happens in the game that needs anything besides the base game until after you complete the sewers tutorial anyway.
Make a permanent save just at the point immediately BEFORE you exit the sewers. Just before you open the final gate to get out. When you activate that gate, you will be offered the chance to make any changes in your character. This will be your emergency restart point - never overwrite or delete that save. Later on, after you have installed a bunch of mods, you can come back to this save and basically restart the game with your mods active. from that point.
When you exit, the graphics requirements jump quite a bit. and the real game starts.
Posted 11 July 2011 - 08:12 PM
Posted 25 March 2013 - 12:48 AM
I know this is old, but I was having a similar issue and found a fix. The game had worked a a year ago on Windows 7, but crashed immediately when I loaded it up in my most recent attempts to play. I uninstalled, re-installed in a new folder, changed permissions and compatibilities. Finally, I realized that my "Documents/My Games/ Oblivion" folder hadn't changed since the last time I played despite hardware and driver changes (and uninstalling). I deleted the entire folder and started up the Launcher which recreated that entire folder and ini upon video hardware detection. Worked.