I have a problem with The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. I think that this screenshot explain it well:

Oblivion bug

Practically I see only the HUD and all the rest is gray. Both in character creation and when I try to load an old save-game.

I have an ATI 6850 HD video card with the latest AMD drivers and Windows 7 64-bit. I also tried to revalidate the Steam cache for that game but it didn't change the result.

Do you have any idea how can I solve the problem? There are no mods installed except the default DLC things.

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    Haven't you heard? Realism is grey.
    – Nick T
    Commented Sep 19, 2011 at 19:35
  • That't not good. I wanted to buy the 5th anniversary editio and I have the same graphics-card/OS setup as you.
    – heishe
    Commented Sep 19, 2011 at 20:02

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This is mostly caused by some bugs with newer graphic cards and HDR + AA (Anti Aliasing). Either turning HDR or AA off, or setting HDR to Bloom should fix the issue.

I do not know about any patch that fixes this issue. However, there is a few workarounds to get both of them working together:

  • Enabling HDR, and disabling AA in the game options, while forcing AA to be enabled via CCC (Catalyst Control Center)
  • Editing the "Oblivion.ini" file manually. Find and change the iMultiSample=0 in [Display] to 4 to get 4xAA.
  • hasn't that been a bug since it was released?
    – Xantec
    Commented Sep 19, 2011 at 21:47
  • Corret! That was my case, switching it off fixed the problem. Do you know if it is possible play with HDR enabled with some unofficial patches?
    – Drake
    Commented Sep 25, 2011 at 22:27
  • @Drake Edited my answer to add some workarounds to the issue, I sadly do not know of any patches that fixes the issue.
    – mordi2k
    Commented Sep 25, 2011 at 23:45
  • Unfortunately HDR seems to gray out all, whatever are the other settings.
    – Drake
    Commented Sep 25, 2011 at 23:50
  • @Drake That's weird. I'm sorry, but I got no other fixes or solutions for you :(
    – mordi2k
    Commented Sep 26, 2011 at 0:07

I have an ATI/AMD Radeon HD 6750, also on Windows 7 64-bit, using the current latest drivers. I have HDR enabled, the rest of the graphics settings are at max, 4X AA is forced in Oblivion thru ATI Tray Tools, and I don't experience this issue.

I have the Unofficial Oblivion Patch, Unofficial Shivering Isles Patch, Unofficial Official Mods Patch and UOP Supplementals installed, though. These mods fixes a lot of bugs and might also have a fix for the issue you described.

The mod, Natural Faces replaces the texture files of the faces to higher resolutions, and might also fix this issue.

  • Thank you for the info, I will try to apply all mentioned patches and reply back.
    – Drake
    Commented Sep 21, 2011 at 11:36

Reinstalling Catalyst Control Center seems to fix it. I suspect GPU scaling may cause some problem since I need it on to fix a black border issue on my 27" screen. I'll try the HDR to Bloom fix if it reoccurs.

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