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I have crashed twice in a row while mixing healing potions.

Is there a log I can go look at to see what I am doing that is causing the crash? (Or do I just need to lay off the potions for a while?)

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I find that my client crashes more if I have the Steam shift-tab Web Browser open. That said, Bethesda is notorious for very sparse logfiles when it comes to crashes and whatnot. – Hyppy Nov 25 '11 at 14:59
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At C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\GameOverlayUI.exe.log you will find this helpful message:

Fri Nov 25 04:11:22 2011 UTC - Generating new string page texture 2730: 128x256, total string texture memory is 393.22 KB
Fri Nov 25 04:56:43 2011 UTC - Detected possibly crashed/killed game, exiting
Fri Nov 25 04:56:43 2011 UTC - Shutting down overlay

There is a dialog in Steam to allow you to pass arguments to the game. It could be that one of them is for debug mode.

I found that it would start crashing at a savepoint more often if there were a lot of dead bodies scattered around. I went into the console and marked them for deletion, and then it got past that point. I also managed to delete a small lake in the process.

But it still crashes.

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A lake?! You vandal! ;) – Jasarien Nov 25 '11 at 13:50

Go to My Documents/My Games/Skyrim and open up Skyrim.ini.

Then add this:


If the section [Papyrus] already exists, then you might add it without the section identifier. Next time you start the game you should see a new folder called "logs" inside that folder. And there is another folder called "scripts" and inside that 4 new log files.

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The Papyrus scripting engine isn't involved during potion crafting, at least without mods. This does produce a log, yes, but it's not a log that would have anything to do with the OP's crashes. – SevenSidedDie Jun 5 '13 at 17:15
You can't say that without trying ;). But I think it is a better answer than the existing one, which does not provide a solution to the answer. – user28015 Jun 5 '13 at 18:42

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