How to Install 1.:-> Either mount .ISO's to virtual drive or burn to CD's and install ......the Game plus Expansions. 2.:-> Run MWE3B_v1.6.1820_Update.exe in the Update Patch folder 3.:-> Copy the Video folder from the MORROWIND.iso to the game directory ......(XP Default Dir = C:Program FilesBethesda SoftworksMorrowind) 4.:-> Replace Morrowind.exe in the game directory with the one provided ......(XP Default Dir = C:Program FilesBethesda SoftworksMorrowind)
From tweaktown I think. Morrowind.ini Tweaking Many of Morrowind’s "hidden" settings are in the Morrowind.ini file found in the Morrowind directory. This file can be opened and edited with the simple windows text editing utility Notepad. However, before doing any editing of this file, make a copy and call it something like Morrowind.RealINI. Here are some Morrowind.ini settings I have experimented with. I would recommend making the changes one at a time, saving, and checking the results in Morrowind. I personally only ended up keeping the altered Cellbuffer and MaxFPS settings and haven’t implemented the rest of these changes permanently: Max FPS=100 this setting determines the maximum frames per second you can see in Morrowind. On first impression you'd think this setting would be best at its default 240 or even higher, so that there's no cap on your framerate. However ideally you should set max fps lower (e.g. at your monitor's maximum refresh rate, or a moderate figure like 60) to maintain smoother graphics. The higher the max fps, the more "jerkiness" and "stuttering" you may experience as your framerate fluctuates a lot more. ShowFPS=1 will show your frames per second in the lower right hand corner during the game Screen Shot Enable=1 will allow you to take in-game screenshots by pressing the Print Screen key. The screenshot will be placed in the Morrowind directory. Screen Shot Base Name=ScreenShot changing this name will change the name of the screenshot file Screen Shot Index=0 this is the number of screenshots you’ve already taken, and the number that’ll be added to the name of the next screenshot. DontThreadLoad=1 will get rid of some of the smaller loading delays in the game. You'll get longer loading delays, but they'll happen less often. Interior Cell Buffer=64 Exterior Cell Buffer=128 With 512MB of RAM I raised these buffer values from their original settings of 10 and 32 respectively. I’ve also tried higher values, but it seems with my memory these settings work best in smoothing out fps. If you have less memory, try lower values of around 32 and 64 respectively. UseLinear=0 will switch off Linear, and in place of it you can: UseQuadratic=1 to switch the light method. This may improve fps, however the change in lighting may not be to your taste. Number of Shadows=6 change this number (only works if you have Real Time Shadows on) Maximum Shadows Per Object=1 can also be altered to taste SurfaceFPS=25 this value (if Pixel Shaders are ON) can be altered to get a balance between visual quality/performance There are many other settings which can be played around with, and you can experiment if you like, however there are no "magic" settings which will suddenly increase your fps or smooth the game out dramatically. Read 3 below to understand why Morrowind runs slowly on most machines. 2. Morrowind Console Commands You can bring up the Morrowind Console – and close it again - by pressing the ~ key (top left corner below ESC). I don’t know much about the Morrowind console commands, but apparently a full list of them is available in the TES Construction Set Help file. The main commands though of most use in fixing common problems in the game are: Fixme – Use this command when your character gets stuck in scenery. It should put you somewhere safe nearby where you’ll be free to move again. TCL – This toggles clipping off/on. With clipping off you can walk through walls etc. using this. It can be dangerous to use, as NPCs may fall through floors etc. However if you have tried everything and there’s something blocking a closed door and it won’t open or something similar, give it a shot. Just make a save before you do it though in case weird things happen afterwards. And of course make sure you type in TCL again to turn it back on straight away once you’re done. RA – Resets Actors (NPCs) to their original positions. This can help with NPCs who end up standing in doorways or who’ve fallen off/through buildings etc. As a side-note, if you do have a non-vital character or animal (such as a rat) behind a door and it won’t open, and you’ve tried the RA command above without success, then try shooting arrows or using spells to kill it, as these sometimes go "through" the door. Optimising Morrowind Settings - Resolution The resolution in Morrowind doesn't play a major part in performance. I compared the three resolutions from 1024x768 to 1600x1200 and performance was almost identical in my case. In particular, any resolution from 1024x768 upwards shows almost no difference in framerates, so choose a higher resolution (if your monitor supports it) to achieve a smoother picture - instead of running Anti-aliasing (FSAA) for example, which will show a small performance hit. NVNews recently did a “Benchmark” of Morrowind at different resolutions and came up with the same conclusion. - Real Time Shadows Real Time Shadows are only cast by people and creatures. Turn off Real Time Shadows completely (slide to full left) for a noticeable performance improvement. Most of the time they're cast badly and sometimes you can see shadows of people or creatures a level above you through the floor, which can be a bit of a “cheat”. In any case, turn them off and you'll still have all the lighting effects such as torchlight on people, light shining on your blade and armour, etc. - View Distance The View Distance determines how far you can see. The lower the setting, the more "fog" you walk around in on a sunny day. Keep the View Distance at a reasonable length. However, you will get a noticeable decrease in fps if you set it above 80%, and any lower than around 50% and you're wandering around in fog all the time. I have mine at 80% and I would recommend it as a good balance of realistic viewing and performance. View Distance 0% View Distance 50% View Distance 100% - Gamma Correction Keep the Gamma Correction low to avoid that washed out look. Halfway or just a bit below is best. Also, set your monitor's Contrast to 100% and reduce your monitor’s brightness (on mine around 70) for crisper pictures without blasting your eyes. The right brightness and contrast really brings out the colours in Morrowind. For nVidia based graphics card owners who have the newer Nvidia Detonators installed, go to Control Panel>Display>Settings>Advanced>Color Correction and set Digital Vibrance to Low or Medium to dramatically improve in-game and desktop colours. Then tick Automatically Apply These Settings At Startup. - AI Distance Set the AI distance lower for better fps, without any impact on image quality. Mine is set at 50%, but you can lower this if you need the extra fps. Try to keep it above 25% for some realism. - Pixel Shaders (GeForce3 and above, but not GeForce4 MX) If you have a GeForce3 or above, turn Pixel Shaders on for spectacular water effects. This is done by double clicking the Morrowind icon, and in the initial launcher menu, selecting Options. If the option for Pixel Shading is grayed out then your graphics card doesn’t support this feature, as it’s a hardware-based feature, there’s no “software hack” to enable it.