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Old 11-12-2011, 11:21 AM   #1
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Turn OFF Shadows Increase Performance

EDIT: This actually only increases FPS while inside a dungeon. While outside in the wilderness this will lower FPS. So just disregard.

EDIT: This is not working for everyone. Some people are reporting an actual drop in FPS with shadows disabled. Not sure why this is, but it doubles fps on my setup.

If you would like to turn off the blocky shadows in this game, while also increasing performance by a ton, here is a ini tweak you can do:

EDIT: The ini file you are looking for is called SkyrimPrefs.ini. It is located in My Documents/My Games/Skyrim

Set in the ini:
iShadowMapResolution=0

This will get rid of all shadows, without getting rid of the lighting.

These 2 actually do LIGHTING & Shadows:
fInteriorShadowDistance=3000.0000
fShadowDistance=8000.0000

So, if you would like to turn off lighting and shadows set:
iShadowMapResolution=0
fInteriorShadowDistance=0
fShadowDistance=0

I hope this helps some of you that would like to get rid of the ugly/blocky shadows that appear in the game, while giving a decent performance boost

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Old 11-12-2011, 11:44 AM   #2
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Thank you!
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Old 11-12-2011, 11:53 AM   #3
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Should i take any precautions before editing .ini files such as taking a copy or noting what ive changed so as i can go back and where is said .ini file?

Or is this in the console?
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Old 11-12-2011, 11:57 AM   #4
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Yeah making a backup is always a good idea or at least writing down what the value was before you changed it just in case.
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Old 11-12-2011, 12:00 PM   #5
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Should i take any precautions before editing .ini files such as taking a copy or noting what ive changed so as i can go back and where is said .ini file?

Or is this in the console?
Make sure to edit the .ini file in \Documents\My Games\Skyrim. If it's like other Bethesda games, the ones in the installation folder are the default .ini files.

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Old 11-12-2011, 12:03 PM   #6
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Yes, as always, make a backup of your ini files before editing. And, yes, there are two ini files with the same name, but in different locations. There is one in the steam/steamapps/common path called SkyrimPrefs.ini. Do NOT edit that one. It does absolutely nothing. Make sure to edit the one in My Documents/My Games/Skyrim! Have fun guys, hope this helps!
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Old 11-12-2011, 12:26 PM   #7
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Just a bump for those that would like to use this tweak
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Old 11-12-2011, 12:29 PM   #8
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Ive looked through both the SkyrimPrefs and the Skyrim files in both locations and noticed that there is 'iShadowMapResolutionPrimary' and a secondary version but cant see one that is just 'iShadowMapResolution- edit the primary?
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Old 11-12-2011, 12:32 PM   #9
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Ive looked through both the SkyrimPrefs and the Skyrim files in both locations and noticed that there is 'iShadowMapResolutionPrimary' and a secondary version but cant see one that is just 'iShadowMapResolution- edit the primary?
Both.
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Old 11-12-2011, 12:33 PM   #10
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Also should have asked, in the Skyrim Or SkyrimPrefs file or both again?
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Old 11-12-2011, 12:49 PM   #11
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I don't want to disable shadows at all but was wondering if anyone else was having strange shadows that look really low resolution, as if the edges you get when AA is off was magnified, so blurry squares as the edges. May be just me or how it is for everyone but will post a pic soon.
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Old 11-12-2011, 12:51 PM   #12
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i did this and lost 30fps. my brain melted
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Old 11-12-2011, 01:28 PM   #13
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i did this and lost 30fps. my brain melted
Exactly the same. Performance got WORSE by quite a lot.
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Old 11-12-2011, 01:39 PM   #14
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HOLY ! LOL!

I remembered! ALL the Gamebryo engine published by Bethsoft NEVER had shadows that follow the sun. lmao! That's probably why they run so well.

Shame on Bethsoft for failure of implementing ty "dynamic" shadows that cut off performance by miles.
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Old 11-12-2011, 01:43 PM   #15
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I'm gonna try it now. Just out curiosity, if I put a very high number into that field rather than 0, could I improve the shadows? I'd rather have some than none for atmospheric reasons, but the lego sets that are default are really irritating me.
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