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Default Modded Morrowind brings my framerate to a crawl. Help!

February 5th, 2013, 00:27
Hello. I need some help.

Here's the deal, I'm running Morrowind GOTY with Morrowind Overhaul 3.0 and a bunch of mods on my laptop. Here's the problem. For the most part I have to play with the draw distance on the lowest possible value in order for the game to be playable, and by playable I mean I average around 12 FPS outdoors in heavily populated areas like Balmora, around 15-17 in the wilderness (where I'm subsequently able to crank up the view distance quite a bit), and 30+ indoors (which runs completely fine).

I would like to increase the draw distance in cities and not be slowed to a crawl. I've tried everything. Morrowind FPS Optimizer, disabling all the graphics extenders in the overhaul, turning off shadows, etc. And none of it seems to make any difference at all. I still get around 10 FPS outdoors in Balmora. If I crank up the draw distance I get about 7 FPS and it becomes choppy.

I have checked my graphics card on the Morrowind Overhaul site and it ranks 76, which actually puts it in the "Fast" category (there's Very Fast, Fast, Medium and Slow). So I should be able to get more bang out of this. I know it's a laptop with an integrated card, but I just know I can squeeze more juice out of it. I have a feeling the low FPS is more of a glitch due to some of the mods interacting, or just some setting somewhere is causing it. My gut tells me I can get more out of the performance than I'm currently getting.

Here's the mods I'm running:

-Less Generic NPCs Seyda Neen (More NPCs and better dialogue)
-Less Generic NPCs Ald Velothi (More NPCs and better dialogue)
-Less Generic NPCs Khuul (More NPCs and better dialogue)
-Less Generic NPCs Maar Gan (More NPCs and better dialogue)
-Less Generic NPCs Gnaar Mok (More NPCs and better dialogue)
-Less Generic NPCs Hla Oad (More NPCs and better dialogue)
-Less Generic NPCs Aldruhn + Supplement (More NPCs and better dialogue)
-Less Generic NPCs Pelagiad (More NPCs and better dialogue)
-Less Generic NPCs Tel Mora (More NPCs and better dialogue)
-Less Generic NPCs Vivec, Foreign Quarter (More NPCs and better dialogue)
-Less Generic NPCs Indarys Manor (More NPCs and better dialogue)
-Less Generic NPCs Vivec Redoran (More NPCs and better dialogue)
-Less Generic NPCs PAX Redoran (More NPCs and better dialogue)
-Less Generic NPCs Secret Masters (More NPCs and better dialogue)
-Less Generic NPCs Tel Uvirith (More NPCs and better dialogue)
-Tamriel Rebuilt Map 3 - Sacred East (New Land and quests)
-Tel Magus (House in Grazelands)
-Uvirith's Legacy (New quests and areas to explore)
-Rise of House Telvanni (New quests)
-Nymeria's Faster Walk (10% Faster Walking)
-Necessities of Morrowind (The need to sleep, eat and drink)
-Morrowind Crafting + Graphic Herbalism (Craft over 1230 different items)
-Where are all birds going (Adds birds in the sky)
-Antares' Big Mod (special privileges with the lower ranking members of your faction)
-Delayed Dark Brotherhood Attack (You won't be attacked by the Dark Brotherhood assassins until some conditions are met)
-Healers (Healers heal you at the temples)
-Starfires NPC Additions (Adds NPCs to various settlements and parts of the wilderness)
-Hold it (Randomly gives NPCs an item to hold)
-Water Life (Adds various water-related creatures)
-Guars (Talk to Ashlander guar tamers for mountable guars)
-BTB's Game Improvements (Makes significant changes to the game's birthsigns, races, spells, spell effects, alchemy ingredients, potions, equipment, enchantments, and GMSTs)
-Darknut's Greater Dwemer Ruins (Larger ruins to explore as well as traps, puzzles, and a completely new final battle with Dagoth Ur)

Along with Morrowind Overhaul 3.0.

So I don't know what to do. Can anyone help me? Is there a way to reduce texture quality? That would be a last resort but if it makes a significant difference I would definitely try. If there's a way to lower it though, I haven't found it. There's got to be something I can do to get more performance.

Have any of these mods been known to cause lag in the past? I think Starfires NPC might be a place to start. It adds a bunch of NPCs which could slow things down. Any other ideas?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'd love to get that draw distance out a little further so I can admire some of the beautiful scenery. Thanks!
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