Skyrim is a very popular game that smacked the tables back in 2011 and is still hit. This game revolves around inherent support for mods and player-created content that made this game a huge success. But this game, too, has glitches and crashes that can be seen frequently though it automatically fixes the bugs and returns to its old form. But some scenarios have been noticed where the game refuses to open, and crashes are seen at a specific location repeatedly. This could be resolved with the help of Crash Logs. But how do you enable and access Skyrim crash logs? This article will explain all these in detail. So, keep reading.
How Do Crash Logs help?
Crash Logs are files generated by programs when any issues are found, and the game automatically shuts down. These Crash Logs have all the details and information about what happened at that moment when the program got crashed, and troubleshooting with the help of this information becomes easier. Crashes are quite frequent on highly modded games, so understanding the crash log is important to know which mod, in particular, is creating the problem.
How to Enable and Access Skyrim Crash Logs?
Log data is described and recorded in Skyrim with something known as Pyparus Engine. Papyrus Crash Logging needs to be manually enabled following some simple steps. Let’s have a look at those.
- Operate to Skyrim.ini: Skyrim uses the extension name.ini to store all its files in the user folder. The default Skyrim.ini file path can be found at the address
<Your Main Drive>\Users\<Your User Name>\Documents\My Games\Skyrim\
And for special editions, this can be found in
<Your Main Drive>\Users\<Your User Name>\Documents\My Games\Skyrim Special Edition\
For Mod Organizer 2 users, the Skyrim.ini file can be found in the profile section of the software. You just need to click on the “open INIs folder” button, and a dialog box will appear showing the details.
Open Skyrim.ini: After you have opened your skyrim.ini file, you need to do some edits, which Notepad++ would be highly beneficial to use for it. This program is easy to work on, and any .ini or configuration files can be easily handled.
Editing Skyrim.ini: Click on the Papyrus section in the file. Suppose you cannot find any use for the below codes to find the same and add this at the end of the line.
These commands will help to activate the Papyrus.
Now check whether these terms and values match with the file you have already opened and if not, edit and make the changes mentioned above.
After this is done, you can enable Papyrus Crash Logging for Skyrim. Now Skyrim will start generating crash logs every time it crashes now. If this doesn’t happen, apply the steps given above again.
Next, take a careful look at these logs:
Finding the Crash Log: All the generated logs can be found in the same folder as it is present in the skyrim.ini file. Click om skyrim.ini folder and open the new folder created naming logs. This will have another folder naming scripts where you will be able to find all the generated Skyrim logs.
Open the Crash Logs: The latest crash log will always be the Papyrus.0 file. The file that is generated at the same time when your game crashes is the one you need to bother about. Check the timestamps and open the log that matches the requirement. Use Notepad++ file, which is highly recommended in this case since this is much more manageable.
Understand the Crash Log: The actual criminal could be found at the bottom of the file, showing you the last thing recorded in the game while it crashed and shut down. Copy the error message present in the last significant time stamp and search for the same in the browser. There may be instances where someone has faced the same bug and has uploaded the issue in the forum of a particular mod. There are various mods present, and everyone’s error message will vary. Some Common Examples of error messages that can usually be found are missing .esm/esp files or driver issues. In case you find that you are missing something called Dragonborn. esm, Hearthfire. esm, or Dawnguard. Esm then it might be the case where DLC is not installed, which is usually a common error. So it is advised in this scenario to reinstall the game and the DLC.
Handling Constant Crashing: Optimize your folder if the crash logs didn’t come out with much help to figure out the problem. Load Order Optimization Tool (LOOT) is required in such cases that help troubleshoot mods that are conflicting with each other or if these are mods having missing masters.
To use the same, download the tool and run LOOT. Install it anywhere in your system, and this will help you with the list of mods available in your system and will detect any problem existing with the modlist. Press the three lines beside your game that automatically categorizes all the mods for your game. With the help of this tool, your game will run in a much better and smoother manner, and it also has the chance that it might stop crashing entirely and works better than before completely.
If, after going through all the mentioned steps, your game still shows you a crashing issue, it is advised to post your log file in an online forum like the Skyrim mods subreddit or the Mod Nexus. The experts will guide you, and a broader community will come to your help to solve the issue. So do the first checking and follow the above steps to resolve the issue by yourself, but if you are unable to do so and your bug is stubborn enough to resolve, do not worry; a bigger community of experts in the different forums is still waiting to help you out with any issue. You just need to post the same in the correct forum.
Experiencing difficulties with your Device, check out our “How To” page on how to resolve some of these issues.