Techincal Tweaking FAQ by Wes Ide

Version: 1.0 | Updated: 06/05/02 | Printable Version

Morrowind Tweaks
Written by Jason L. Hubsch (a.k.a. Wes Ide)
June 5, 2002
Version 1.0

Table of Contents:

1) Copyright Information
2) Distribution Notice
3) Contact Information
4) Introduction
5) Version History
6) Explanation

7) Morrowind Tweaks
8) Submit Your Own Morrowind Tweaks 
9) Credits
10) Closing


1) Copyright Information:
(c) 2002 WSP Entertainment.  All rights reserved. No part of this Guide 
may be used or reproduced in any form or by any electronic or 
mechanical means, including information storage and retrieval systems, 
without permission in written form from the author.

2) Distribution Notice:
Please do not post this on your own website.  You may link to it via 
GameFAQs, but posting it on your own website is a violation of the 
copyright herein established.

3) Contact Information:
AIM: Reverend Wes Ide

4) Introduction:
It is pretty universally established that somewhere along the line, the 
developers at Bethesda messed up.  Lord only knows what kind of machine 
the testers used, but for the majority of consumers, this game runs 
choppy.  This Guide attempts to solve some of those problems.

5) Version History
1.0 - This is the introductory version.  As has happened with my 
Morrowind Quick Skill Level-Up Tips Guide, I am sure I will get 
bombarded with emails on other tips, and they will make it in future 

6) Explanation
In your Morrowind game directory is a file called Morrowind.ini which 
holds all the information that the game uses while playing.  Open it up 
with Notepad and immediately go to File->Save As and save it as 
MorrowindINIBackup.txt, which will save the original version.  Now you 
are free to edit the Morrowind.ini file as suggested below, and then 
save it as Morrowind.ini over your original file.  If you experience 
any problems and/or want to return it to its original state, simply 
delete the edited version of Morrowind.ini and rename 
MorrowindINIBackup.txt to Morrowind.ini
The best thing to do is to search for the first line in each tweak 
using the Edit->Find menu in Notepad, then edit it as suggested.

7) Morrowind Tweaks

A) Framerate
Max FPS=240

Everyone that is having freeze problems or desktop crashes should go in 
to morrowind.ini file and edit Max FPS=240 to Max FPS=60

B) Show Framerate
Show FPS=0

To have your framerate displayed in the lower right corner during 
gameplay, change this to Show FPS=1

C) Terrain Loading

To disable the brief intermittent loads that can happen as often as 
every few seconds on a system, change DontThreadLoad=0 to 
DontThreadLoad=1. Instead, you get a "Terrain Loading" message that 
pops up every couple of minutes. 
So, the trade off is fewer pauses, but the ones you do get will be a 
second or two longer because the game isn't loading terrain on the fly.

D) Screenshots
Screen Shot Enable=0

To enable screenshots to be taken by pressing the Print Screen button 
at anytime during gameplay, change Screen Shot Enable=0 to Screen Shot 
Enable=1 or otherwise, the game will flat out tell you that Screenshots 
are not enabled during gameplay if you try to take one.
E) Level-Up 
[Level Up]

Each time you gain a level, you are given a message on the same screen 
in which you distribute the three attribute points given to you for 
leveling up.  The game designates what message you get for each level, 
up to Level 20.  Each level thereafter is given a default message.
However, you can change the messages for each level from 1-20, or the 
default message, simply by finding [Level Up] and then changing the 
text for the level you desire to change.  Heck, you can even add 
individual messages for levels 21, 22, 23, and so on.  Personally, I am 
at Level 25, and so I just changed my Default message, as shown in the 
screenshot below:

F) Miscellaneous Tweaks
I am not sure what these do, but they were suggested as improving 
performance of the game:

Exterior Cell Buffer=32
Change to
Exterior Cell Buffer=45

Change To

8) Submit Your Own Morrowind Tweaks
If you know of anything that can be done to improve or enhance 
gameplay, please email me the Tweaks to with the subject 
line of Morrowind Tweaks.

9) Credits

- Danicek for providing the Tweaks for Framerate, Terrain Loading, and 
the first Miscellaneous Tweak.
- Baalcipher for providing the second Miscellaneous Tweak.

10) Closing
Hopefully you will experience smoother and better gameplay after having 
read this guide.  And now some personal plugs:

My Personal Website 
Wes Ide's World

My Business Site
WSP Entertainment

My Novel
WSP, Vol. 1: The Epic Tale