Skyrim – fixing the lag problem and crashes

Skyrim has been troubled with glitches and bugs since it’s introduction in November. Frequent crashes and bloated save games have been an experience for all users and Bethesda has been desperately trying to fix the issues by rushing out 3 updates over the last few weeks.

Skyrim - PS3 lag and crashes

With this brief tutorial, you will be able to fix most of the issues, but it is still no silver bullet for the occasional crash until Bethesda releases a more stable patch. You should try the following procedure:

  • Start Skyrim, reload your previous save-game and then disable all auto-saves. The auto-save is in my opinion the biggest culprit in Skyrim hanging. The downside is that you will need to save frequently yourself.
  • Save to a new save-game and then exit Skyrim.
  • Go to the Save Data Utility on the PS3 and deleted any Corrupted Files (the PS3 will show these with a different icon)
  • Follow the “Activating Safe Mode” steps below and then run the steps “Restore File System” and afterwards “Rebuild Database”.
  • Restart Skyrim and hopefully most of the lag-issues are gone (unfortunately not for good, but some root-causes have been removed).
  • If Skyrim crashes, make sure to delete Corrupted Files before restarting Skyrim.

Activating Safe Mode

Step 1: Turn off the PLAYSTATION 3 by holding the Power button on the front of the unit till the Power light is red.

Step 2:

  1. Touch and hold the Power button, you will hear the first beep, meaning the PLAYSTATION 3 is powering on.
  2. Continue to hold the Power button and after about 5 seconds, you will hear a second beep, indicating the video reset.
  3. Continue to hold the Power button and after about another 5 seconds you will hear a third beep and the system will power off (Power light is red).

Step 3:

  1. Touch and hold the Power button, you will hear the first beep, again for the PLAYSTATION 3 to power on.
  2. Continue to hold the Power button and after about 5 seconds, you will hear a second beep for video reset.
  3. Continue to hold the Power button and after about another 5 seconds you will hear a quick double beep.  At that point release the Power button.  If you succeeded in activating Safe Mode, you will see a message on the screen saying, “Connect the controller using a USB cable and then press the PS button.”

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  1. January 13, 2012

    [...] SSD Posted by GNaschenweng on January 13, 2012 Leave a comment (0) Go to commentsMy previous Skyrim crashes and lag-problems seem to have “temporarily” disappeared. Considering that many other Playstation users [...]

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