v 8.1.1 build 0 (beta)

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updated on: December 3, 2014


You can download SDR here:
TES Nexus

Upgrading Instructions


Starting with series 8.x.x, there are three types of upgrades: Clean, Hotfix, and Update. The version log history will describe what kind of update is required for each release.

Clean Upgrades

A Clean Upgrade requires the following steps:

  • Before launching Oblivion, backup your "SDR Tweaks.ini" file to another directory for future reference.
  • Note down any SDR spells your character may have acquired, as you will lose them with a clean save.
  • Follow the instructions for uninstalling SDR (see instructions below).
  • Start Oblivion game.
  • Load your most recent saved game that you created during the preparation for uninstalling phase.
  • You will get a warning about "objects not being available" - click OK.
  • Wait about 10-15 seconds for any other mods to load up.
  • Make sure you are not in sneak mode and preferably have no active Night Eye magical effects.
  • Save the game in a new save game slot.
  • Exit Oblivion game
  • Install and activate the new version of SDR (see instructions below).
  • Update your SDR Tweaks.ini file with any new changes you want to make (if any). Make sure to verify that any previous tweaks are still valid as settings may have changed.
  • Launch Oblivion using the OBSE Loader.
  • Load the most recently saved game.
  • Wait about 10-15 seconds for SDR and any other mods to load up.
  • If you lost any spells, enter console mode (` key) and type "startquest sdrQRestoreSpells". Then follow the prompts to get back the spells you lost.
  • Save the game.
  • You are good to go! Start sneaking!
  • Hotfix Upgrades

    Hotfix upgrades can be installed directly over the old files (see installation instructions below). They are usually single file quick fixes, and may not include a change in version number. After installing the file. You will want to go into console mode (` key) and type in the following: "startquest sdrQReboot". This will force all tokens for all actors to reinitialize, updating all actor traits, etc.

    Note: Using the reboot quest is also a useful tool if you have changed any of the racial traits settings and you want to refresh all the actors that have those traits.

    Update Upgrades

    Updates can be directly installed on top of the current files. No additional action will be needed. Tokens will be reinitialized automatically.

    Installation Instructions


    Until 8.x.x is out of beta, I have decided to only support installations with Wrye Bash for the time being. There are too many issues that come up with the other methods of installation, and it's a pain to create and maintain multiple installation packages, especially if there ends up being several releases in a row.

    Pre-requisites

    Download and install Oblivion Script Extender (OBSE).

    Installing with Wrye Bash (supported method)

    Wrye Bash web-site

    1. Copy the SDR_x_x_x_WB.7z to the "Oblivion (or Nehrim) Mods\Bash Installers" folder
    2. Run Wrye Bash.
    3. Install the mod from the installers tab using the wizard or select the sub-packages as follows:
      • Select the "00 Core" package.
      • Select the "01 Tweak ini" package if you have not installed it before.
      • Optionally, select the "02 VisualFX ShaderPackage" if you would like to install the night-eye and blindness visual effects (recommended)
      • Optionally, select the "03 Documentation" if you would like to install the Players Handbook (recommended)
      • Optionally, select and activate either the "04 Patches - Oblivion" package or the "04 Patches - Nehrim" package, whichever matches your game type. These will allow you to override the default detect life shaders and use SDR's system as well as the Journeyman Perk of bypassing some of the trip wires and pressure plates.
      • If you have Reneer's Guard Overhaul installed, select "05 RGO patch for SDR".
    4. After you have installed the SDR mod, go to the mods tab and activate the following:
      • SDR.esm
      • SDR_Trip Wire Pressure Plate Patch [Oblivion/Nehrim].esp (if installed)
      • SDR_Detect Life Shader Patch [Oblivion/Nehrim].esp (if you want to use SDR's Detect Life shaders)
      • RenGuardOverhaul_PatchforSDR.esp (if RenGuardOverhaul.esp is installed)
    5. Run BOSS!! (see below)
    6. There are two .esps that you can merge into the bashed patch:
      The SDR_Detect Life Shader Patch [Oblivion/Nehrim] and the SDR_Trip Wire Pressure Plate Patch [Oblivion/Nehrim].
    7. VERIFY the following OBSE plug-ins were installed:
      Data\OBSE\Plugins\sdr.dll
      Data\OBSE\Plugins\SoundCommands.dll
      Data\OBSE\Plugins\SwitchNightEye.dll (if auto-night-eye shader option was selected)
    8. Launch Oblivion using the OBSE Loader.

    Load Order


    If you are new to modding, you should know that Load Order is very important when working with mods and resolving mod conflicts. Load Order is determined by date. You can use tools like OBMM and WryeBash to change the modification dates of the various mods or just drag and drop the mods into the desired order.

    Using BOSS

    The best tool for sorting load orders is the BOSS (Better Oblivion Sorting Software). It will sort your mods for you based on thousands of mods that have been submitted to the system, with tags, suggestions, and all kinds of information. It will make your modding life much easier: Download BOSS

    HOWEVER! As of December 3, 2014, Boss has not been updated with the new SDR plug-in names and requirements. Therefore, you will have to manually sort them or create a custom user sort for the SDR files using BOSS's custom load order exception editor.

    Recommended Load Order

    These are my following recommendations:

    SDR.esm

    Sort to the last of the .esm list. There are no other .esm's that use SDR as a master as of this time.

    SDR_Trip Wire Pressure Plate Patch [Oblivion/Nehrim].esp

    I don't know of any mods that touch the original Oblivion tripwire and pressure plate scripts. But just in case, to insure that SDR's take precedence, load the file as late in the order as possible and merge it into the Wrye Bashed patch if you are using Wrye Bash.

    SDR_Detect Life Shader Patch [Oblivion/Nehrim].esp

    Load this after any magic mods that might override the detect life shader. Later is better.

    RenGuardOverhaul_PatchForSDR.esp

    Needs to load after RenGuardOverhaul.esp

    Bashing

    The SDR_Detect Life Shader Patch and the SDR_Trip Wire Pressure Plate Patch can be merged into the bashed patch.

    Uninstall Instructions - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY


    Preparing for the uninstall

    There are two different sets of uninstall instructions, one for if you are uninstalling a pre 6.x.x series version of SDR, and another if you are uninstalling from a 6.x.x or later version.

    Pre 6.x.x Uninstall Prep Instructions

    1. In the game, find a spot where your character is safe, not detected by anyone, not sneaking, and not moving. A player home or empty room in a house is best.
    2. If any SDR spells are active on the character, dispel them or wait them out.
    3. Make sure you are not wearing any items or have any active spell effects that have the Chameleon effect.
    4. Save the game
    5. Exit the game
    6. Deactivate and uninstall the mod (see below)

    6.x.x + Uninstall Prep Instructions

    1. In the game, find a spot where your character is safe, not detected by anyone, not sneaking, and not moving. A player home or empty room in a house is best.
    2. Open the console (typically with the ` character)
    3. Type the following: startquest sdrUninstall
    4. Hit enter, then exit the console
    5. A pop up message box will ask if you want to uninstall SDR. Click on the "Uninstall" option.
    6. SDR will revert all changes to Chameleon refraction, alpha value transparency and auto-nighteye features, and save the game.
    7. Exit the game
    8. Deactivate and uninstall the mod (see below)

    Wrye Bash uninstall

    1. Run Wrye Bash
    2. Go to the installer tab
    3. Select the SDR package
    4. Right click, and select "uninstall"
    5. (optional) Right click, and select "delete" to permanently remove the file from the BASH installers folder.
    6. VERIFY the following OBSE plug-ins were uninstalled:
      Data\OBSE\Plugins\SDR_obse.dll
      Data\OBSE\Plugins\SwitchNightEye.dll
      Data\OBSE\Plugins\SoundCommands.dll

    Oblivion Mod Manager (OBMM) uninstall

    1. Launch OBMM
    2. Select the Sneaking Detection Recalibrated package on the right and click on the "Deactivate" button
    3. (optional) Delete the SDR omod file from the OBMM\mods directory.
    4. VERIFY the following OBSE plug-ins were uninstalled:
      Data\OBSE\Plugins\SDR_obse.dll
      Data\OBSE\Plugins\SwitchNightEye.dll
      Data\OBSE\Plugins\SoundCommands.dll

    Manual uninstall

    1. Delete any and all of the following files from your Data directory while the game is not running:
        For 6.0.0 and later files
      • SDR.esm
      • SDR_Perks And Patches [Nehrim].esp
      • SDR_Perks And Patches [Oblivion].esp
      • SDR_Detect Life Shader Patch [Nehrim].esp
      • SDR_Detect Life Shader Patch [Oblivion].esp
      • the "docs\Sneaking Detection Recalibrated" folder
      • the "ini\SDR" folder
      • OBSE\Plugins\SDR_obse.dll
      • the "Textures\SDR" folder
      • the "Textures\menus\Icons\SDR" folder
      • Shaders\hdr.nighteye\sdr_NE_*.pso
      • Shaders\nighteye\sdr_NE_*.pso
        * note: delete all the .pso files with the sdr_NE prefix
        For pre 6.0.0 files
      • SDR_Core.esp
      • SDR_NPC Behavior.esp (for pre 4.5.0 versions)
      • SDR_Thieves Arsenal Patch.esp (for pre 5.0.0 versions)
      • SDR_Perks And Patches (Nehrim).esp
      • SDR_Perks And Patches (Oblivion).esp
      • docs\Sneaking Detection Recalibrated\SDR - Readme.txt
      • docs\Sneaking Detection Recalibrated\SDR ini Guide.pdf
      • ini\SDR Core.ini
      • ini\SDR NPC Behavior.ini (for pre 4.5.0 versions)
      • ini\SDR Perks And Patches - Nehrim.ini
      • ini\SDR Perks And Patches - Oblivion.ini
      • OBSE\Plugins\SDR_obse.dll
      • Shaders\hdr.nighteye\sdr_NE_*.pso
      • Shaders\nighteye\sdr_NE_*.pso
        * note: delete all the .pso files with the sdr_NE prefix
    2. Optionally, delete the following files from your Oblivion\Data directory if you are sure no other mods are using them:
      OBSE\Plugins\SwitchNightEye.dll
      OBSE\Plugins\AddActorValues.dll
      OBSE\Plugins\SoundCommands.dll