Morrowind Overhaul – Sounds & Graphics Installation Guide – English Version v1.
0 – Last Update: 02 – April - 2011 New Project Blog HERE! Index of this guide:
2 INSTALLING THE GAME + EXPANSIONS AND PATCHES 2.1.1 RETAIL VERSION 2.1.2 STEAM VERSION 2.1.3 BACKUP OF THE INSTALLATION FOLDER 2.2 INSTALLING SYSTEM’S COMPONENTS 3 MORROWIND GRAPHICS & SOUNDS OVERHAUL 3.1 DOWNLOAD OF THE PACKAGE 3.2 HOW TO INSTALL MGSO 3.3 MORROWIND GRAPHICS EXTENDER 3.4 ADDITIONAL OPERATIONS FOR STEAM USERS 4 FAQs
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IMPORTANT: IF YOU ARE USING WINDOWS 7 / WINDOWS VISTA DISABLE THE UAC! (7/Vista) 2 INSTALLING THE GAME + EXPANSIONS AND PATCHES
Before you begin, be sure that your software drivers (especially the graphic card’s ones) are up-to-date. You can find the latest graphic drivers here: NVIDIA, AMD/ATI.
2.1.1 RETAIL VERSION
The retail version is the one sold in stores or through magazines. Install as follows:
1. Morrowind 2. Tribunal 3. Bloodmoon
If you don't own GOTY edition (Game Of The Year) you should install the last patch too, 1.6.1820, available HERE. NON-STEAM USERS ONLY: Do not to install the game into the Program Files folder on Windows Vista and Windows 7 since it can cause problems! I suggest to disable the UAC, too, because it can cause some problems.
2.1.2 STEAM VERSION If you have the Steam version of Morrowind you won’t need to install any patch. You will have to install the game like all the other steam games. Steam will do anything necessary to update your game with the latest patch.
2.1.3 BACKUP OF THE INSTALLATION FOLDER Whatever your version is, it would be expedient to backup the entire installation folder. If something goes wrong you would be able to restore the basic installation quickly. The folder you should backup is: This is applied to all the paths you will see in this guide ● Retail version: “The chose Morrowind folder” ● Steam version: C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\ common\morrowind
2.2 INSTALLING SYSTEM’S COMPONENTS You will have to install the up-to-date version of these components: 1. Directx 9.0c Redistributable: download HERE, run DXSETUP.EXE from the folder where you extracted the files.
3 MORROWIND GRAPHICS & SOUNDS OVERHAUL
3.1 DOWNLOAD OF THE PACKAGE
First of all you should download the installation package of Morrowind Graphics & Sounds Overhaul: HERE File dimension: 1.0: ● 32 bit operating system ● 64 bit operating system ● .Download it and install it like a normal Morrowind mod. Choose the mod installation folder. Decompress the archive 1.
3.exe” (you can find it in the Installation Data folder) and click Next >.2 HOW TO INSTALL MGSO
1. 3. The default one should be: ● Retail version: C:\Program Files\Bethesda Softworks\Morrowind ● Steam version: C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\
2.2. . .Net Framework 2. which must be the Morrowind one. Open setup “MGSO_Install.1 INSTALLING EXTERNAL PACKAGE COMPONENTS Westly’s Master Headpack: This mod is not necessary.34 GB Use WinRAR or 7zip to decompress the files.13 GB Decompressed file dimension: 3. Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable x86: download HERE. 3.Net Framework 4. but highly recommended.
Confirm and click Start and wait until the end of the copying. Be careful to not check Main Menu Wider Textures under the International. Do not click End.The window “MoRRoWiNi” will now appear. Specify the installation folder of the game by clicking the icon : ● Retail version: C:\Program Files\Bethesda Softworks\Morrowind ● Steam version: C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\
. The -Game Mechanic. Finally click Apply chosen patches and wait until appears the message “Patch succeeded” on the right part of the window.and .common\morrowind Click Next >.Interface Changessections.list. At the end of the copying this window will appear:
simply click Update. If you don’t like the over-the-shoulder camera uncheck the related box in the -Graphics changes . The window “Morrowind Code Patch” will appear. Now you can close the window. -Bug Fixes.section. Check all the boxes under -Graphic Changes-. 5. 4. 6. Choose what options you want in your game and check them.sections include some gameplay-changing options.
10. 8. Click now the button Patch Morrowind under the Main tab. In the “Main” tab click “Find Morrowind manually” and select again the installation folder: Retail version: C:\Program Files\Bethesda Softworks\Morrowind Steam version: C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\morrowind Navigate to the Benchmarker Tab and uncheck Benckmark patches. Click Finish in the main installer. 7. 9. Applied X patches”. where X is a number.exe” after the main installation process.common\morrowind Now click the icon with the pencil and then the one door-shaped. If any error occurs. The program “Exe optimizer” will open. just ignore it and restart “exeOpt. you can find it in the Morrowind installation folder. The MGSOO window will now appear. just go on with the installation closing the program Exe optimizer.
. Finally you will see: “Finished. If many errors occur the procedure may not end.
.Misc . . . Some screens are also included.Magic Items Glow: Changes the glowing effect for enchanted items.User Interface: Switch between DarkUI & Vanilla interfaces.. .MGE: Switch between the default version of MGE and the older one.. Almalexia.Misc .New Voices: Enable/Disable the voices replacement for important NPC (Dagoth Ur.3 of this guide) .Crossair: Change the game crossair here! . Vivec. you will see them by moving the mouse on the option.) .You can now personalize your installation according to your tastes.Animated Morrowind: Enable/Disable a mod that adds some animated NPCs in Vvardenfell. Here’s a short description: .Better Bodies: Switch between the Nude bodies and permanent underwear bodies versions.
. NOTE: change this only if you are having problems with MGE! (Chapter 3.
The installation in now complete. . Major infos can be found under the chapter 3.Solstheim: Same here. .Trees .More Trees: Enable/Disable some plugins that add more trees to some regions. You may want to backup your Morrowind folder. . some more light and Vanilla Friendly trees for Morrowind.Grass: Switch between the “Bushy” and “Vanilla Friendly” versions for the grass. Choose a folder that you preferfor Morrowind AnimKit 2. 15.1 and click Install. Click Next>.Region *: Switch some tree mods for the corresponding regions. The folder you should backup is: ● Retail version: C:\Program Files\Bethesda Softworks\Morrowind ● Steam version: C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\ common\morrowind 16.8 of this guide.New * Trees: These are 3 additional tree replacer for some regions.3. . Open Morrowind Launcher as administrator. NOTE: You can modify these options after the installation. The Morrowind AnimKit 2.Misc . 13.Trees . At the end of the installation click Next > and then Finish. . Once finished click Apply and go on.Animated Soulgems: Enable/Disable the animation for soulgems. click Data Files and check ALL the mod listed on the left (double click).Simple Trees: Enables the plain trees.
. . too! Just run this little program from the Morrowind\MGSOO folder! You will have to re-create the distandlands with MGE every time you alter these settings.1 window will now open. Now click Options and check any given resolution. 12. then click OK and close Morrowind Launcher. but for Solstheim’s Grass. then click OK. 11..
Open the folder called “Mlox” and launch “mlox.0 capable (ATI Radeon X800 / GeForce 6800 or newer) RAM: 1 GB (Windows XP).3 MORROWIND GRAPHICS EXTENDER
MGE is a program that enhanches the visual appearance of morrowind by adding shader supports and features such as distant land. 2 GB (Windows Vista / 7) Suggested: CPU: 3 GHz Graphics card: Pixel Shader 3.
3.17. 4 GB (Windows Vista / 7) 3. which you can find in Morrowind installation folder and check the Morrowind executable (Morrowind. Hardware requirements: Minimum: CPU: 2.2 Morrowind Graphics Extender (MGE) Configuration
. 20. Get to Morrowind installation folder: ● Retail version: C:\Program Files\Bethesda Softworks\Morrowind ● Steam version: C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\ common\morrowind 19.0 capable (ATI Radeon 3870 / GeForce 8800 or newer) RAM: 2 GB (Windows XP).exe”: ● Retail version: C:\Program Files\Bethesda Softworks\Morrowind\ Mlox ● Steam version: C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\ common\morrowind\Mlox Click Refresh Load Order and then Quit. The message “Executable successfully patched!” will appear.6 Ghz Graphics card: Pixel Shader 2.exe). IMPORTANT: DO THE FOLLOWING STEP ONLY IF YOU OWN A 64 bit SYSTEM AND IF THE RAM IS > 2GB!!! Launch the program “4 GB PATCH (x64).exe” as administrator.3. Click OK.
exe” as administrator: Rretail: C:\Program Files\Bethesda Softworks\Morrowind Steam: C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\ common\morrowind 2. In Global graphics you can:
. Locate the installation folder of Morrowind and open “MGEgui.1. in the Main section:
Set everything as shown in the screenshot 3. It will brings on the MGE application.
set Antialiasing level as you like (heavily affects performance). set default options for in-game screesnshots.Change Screen Resolution. tick Windowed Mode on/off. set V-Sync on(Default) or off(0) with VWait Setting. In Render State you can find pretty important settings:
. 4. choose a value for the Refresh Rate (or let the application do that for you with the button Find valid refresh rates).
In the Screen section you can set some parameters that modifies the visualization. In the Options section be sure to check Enable Fog. I suggest a FOV of “80.You can choose different Texture Filters MGE will apply on game textures. or something like that” if you use a widescreen monitor. except Mipmap LOD bias that must be set on -1 (by decreasing this setting you will get more defined textures but if you exceed -1 you will experience aliasing issues on them). zoom the image with Initial Zoom and change the field of view with Horz. If you enabled antialiasing is highly suggested to also check AA Colour Fix which resolves an issue that affects the screen while loading a cell. 90. Display Messages and Hardware Shader. If you have a good graphic card you can set the Scaling Filter to Anisotropic Filter.
. FOV. You can rotate the image with Rotation. 85. If you wish to see an FPS counter during the game chek FPS counter. You won’t change these options if your PC has only minimum required hardware. and choose its level from the “Anisotropic Filtering Level” menu.
the Input tab
In the Options section you will find: ● Skip opening movie: use this to skip bethesda logo movie. ● Input Lag Fix: if you have input lag issues try using this. ● Disable console: checking this the console won’t open. for exemple). if you click Launch macro editor you may see a new window
.5. ● Allow alternate combat controls: it makes player attack with mouse gestures (like in Daggerfall.
With this tool you can assign a macro to a key. Here’s a guide that will help you setting up a simple macro to take a screenshot: ● Choose a key by clicking it ● Be sure to check that the key is unused ● From the Macro type dropbox chose function ● From the dropbox below the game function of the key (where you can read unused) chose take screenshot ● Save and exit 6. the Misc tab
Don’t touch the first three options. the default position is centered on the palyer. If you like more an over the shoulder camera type (like the Gears of War or Fallout one) I suggest using the relative option in the Morrowind Code Patch. The Keep Fps Constant section doesn’t work very well so don’t use this feature. but in any case you probably don’t want to play Morrowind with this option activated: this game is really CPU heavy. you can also set the HDR reaction time. the Morrowind. 7.ini tab
. the default value is fine but you might want to test other values. they’re already ok and you probably don’t want to modify them. CPU idle is used to don’t make Morrowind use the whole CPU all the time so your computer can do other tasks. With Customiza 3rd person camera you can change the position of the 3rd person view camera by translating it on the three axis. if you have a multicore CPU you won’t need this. Under the shader section activate activate everything.
You might need to know that this kind of shadow are very CPU and GPU heavy and they don’t look as good as you might think. Allow yes to all: this option will make you able to skip all the error messages that will be displayed while loading data files and save games by simply clicking “Yes to all”. I suggest you to activate this one. If you think that your PC can handle this just try and see if you like the effect. Show FPS: it’s the original morrowind fps counter. Thread loading: with this option activated Morrowind will use more than one thread to load data during the game.ini options without having to do it manually. Enable this option. the MGE one is better. Allow multiple CS instances: activating this option will make you able to launch more than one Costruction Set instance at the same time.
. Subtitles: this will activate subtitles for all the spoken dialogues. the shadows are only casted by NPCs and creatures. High detail shadows: this option will activate better looking shadows. although. you can activate and deactivate this option also from the Morrowind in-game options menu.In this tab you can modify some morrowind.
If you are experiencing high cell loading time during the game try to disable this one.the Tool tab
In this tab you will find three buttons.
. texture hook generator is intended for modding purposes so we won’t talk about it. test and set the shaders. I will instead present you the other two functions: The Shader editor is a tool that permits to write. Hit fader: if you uncheck this option you will no more see the red frame when you take damage. 8.
you have to do a two choices here:
.. You have to pass through this wizard every time you change textures or meshes or add/modify/delete something in the exterior cells. distantant statics. grass.3 section.3.We just want to set our active chain. The Distant land creation wizard is a really powerful tool that will create the meshes and textures necessary to MGE to render distant land. top-quality water. After the first installation of MGSO you have to do this procedure and here I will explain all the five passages: 1) first you have to choose the plugin that you wish to be used to create distant land. If you don’t do so you will notice that the distant lands won’t match what you will see in a close distance. You will see that there are some shaders included in MSGO. to a complete description of them see the 3. so just click the relative button then double-click the shaders that you wanto to enable. then click save..
Do you want animated grass? If no then click Select all and then Continue and wait for the loading procedure to end then go to the second point.Click Save and then Select all .
..Click Add and select the Data Files\Grass folder ..Click Plugin Directories.Click Continue and wait for the loading procedure to end 2)Now you have to choose the resolution of World texture and the World normalmap. If yes: . .
then. 3)Now you will have to choose the detail of the land meshes.I suggest you to don’t change this settings at first. click Create land texture and wait for the tool to finish his calculations. then go on to point three. while playing. So. if you experience poor frame rate you may wish to lower those values while if you don’t like the look of the textures on distant lands you may want to increase both of them.
4)We’re almost there. this is the most “complicated” part in this wizard.It’s the same of the land textures. Click Create land meshes and after a brief wait for the math stuff go on to the fourth passage. so just try it out and see what quality level suits you and your PC better.
.Minimum static size is used by the distant static creator to choose which static may have his LOD version (and so be drawn on screen on medium/ large distances) and which one may not. This is the same as point 2 and 3: if you are experiencing huge frame rate drop increase this value. it’s old. . this depends only on personal tastes. . . too! Try to lower this to take 5-6 FPS.Include interiors behaving like exterior (like Mournhold from the Tribunal expansion pack). Lower values improve the performances. As the options says. Try decreasing this if Morrowind doesn’t run smoothly. And.Include interiors with water Just activate this last four options if you want the whole game world to be draw at distance.Grass density percent self explanatory. you want it.Include misc objects . . . so don’t
. hovewer. if you don’t want to see those small rocks pop up from nowhere try decreasing it.Use old simplification algorithm.Mesh detail modifies the detail of the LOD you’re about to create. This is done by selecting the minimum size an object must have to be considered during the LOD creation process.Include activators . believe me.
. And this one of the parameters that influence most the FPS. click Create statics and wait 5)Nothing to do here.Static overriding. Draw distance will tell MGE how many distant cell you want to see far. obviously the more cell you want draw the more the performance hit will be.The Distant land tab
Obviously be sure to check Use distant land. If you have performance problems while running Morrowind try to uncheck this. you just finished to create your distant land and statics! 9. If the game runs smoothly without distant land then you have to decrease some quality parameters either in this tab or during the distant land creation wizard.check this. You will learn when you have to use this option from the readme included in mods. We’re done.
. Some mods may need to don’t create some distant statics but this is not the case.
Performance impact: Low Underwater Blur: this shader blurs the screen while swimming underwater. It adds smooth shadows where light cannot spread due to objects blocking it. If you had checked Supply HDR info to shader this shader will also simulate the effect of pupil dilatation. Performance impact: Medium Godrays: It adds beautiful-looking godrays. under the Water section you can choose what the water may reflect and may not. If your graphic card can handle it select 3. Caustic instensity modifies the brightness of underwater refracted sunlight. Performance impact: Very low Water Wobble: this one adds distortion while swimming underwater. Dynamic ripples and Height of waves options can only work if you chose SM 3. Well. the maximum height of the waves.4 ADDITIONAL OPERATIONS FOR STEAM USERS
. Be sure that Use distant statics box is checked. Performance impact: High Playable Depth Of Field: This shader simulates the focus effect of the human eye.0 SM. Like use distant land you can uncheck this to troubleshoot performance issues.0. I left only one thing behind: the shader active chain configuration under the tool tab. Performance impact: Low Screen Space Ambient Occlusion (SSAO): This shader simulates the light attenuation caused by ambient occlusion. well.Shader model. Dynamic ripples will add ripples on water surface while raining while Height of waves will modify. Performance impact: Very low
3. if you are looking to a nearby object the background will be blurred. HDRBloom: This shader adds a bloom effect to every light of morrowind. To choose which shaders you should use and which ones you should not read the following brief description of each one of them.
The FAQs section has been moved HERE! Well. tribunal.bsa.The Morrowind Overhaul Team
.bsa. We hope that this guide was easy enough to let you enjoy our modpack! .bsa: 11/06/2002 – Bloodmoon.The following operations must not be done if you possess a Morrowind version different from the steam one! 1) When you start Morrowind you must disable the in-game functions of steam. set the date as follow: – Tribunal.exe Check all the three boxes Click Add files and choose morrowind.bsa and bloodmoon. To do so: ● From steam user interface go in the Steam menu and then click Settings ● Go to the In-game tab and uncheck Enable steam community ingame 2) You must modify the date of creation and last modify of morrowind.bsa. to do so: ● ● ● ● Download this file and decompress it Launche FileDate. you can find it in C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\morrowind\Data Files ● Set the date field to 05/01/2002 and click Change Files Date ● Repeat the process for tribunal and bloodmoon. that’s all for now.
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