I never got the "pretty mod" to work right. is there anything I need to setup, and/or do I need anything else then that mod?
I never heard of that one. I searched for it and apparently it's a combo pack of various aesthetic mods that was put together back 2006. The mods in there are probably outdated by now. I downgrabbed and unzipped it to see what was in there and most of it I never used before. Even though they put it in a pack, you still have to deal with each mod seperately and have to read the txt files, which are usually pretty straight forward.
If you don't have much experience in installing mods for Oblivion, then grabbing a pack full of stuff can be hard to figure out. It's easier to grab something small like that Short Grass mod and get that working and go from there. There's a newer version of the Grass mod on TES Nexus: Short Grass v3. This mod is only one file and all you have to do is put the .esp is your 'Oblivion\data' folder and make sure it's enabled / checked by running the Oblivion Launcher and go into the Data Files menu, and put an X next to the mod name. Or use OBMM (see below) to do the same thing that the launcher does.
There is a couple programs you can use to help with using mods in general. Grab BOSS (Better Oblivion Sorting Software). It'll auto sort out the load order of your mods and will give you info on mods that may cause CTD's and advise on updated versions of mods, etc.. Also grab OBMM (Oblivion Mod Manager) which beats the hell out of the default 'data files' menu. It also makes it very easy to install OMOD versions of mods. You just put the OMOD version in your Oblivion\obmm\mods folder and then boot up OBMM and the mod appears in the right panel, where you double click to install or uninstall. Makes it soooo much easier to install and uninstall mods, especially those huge ones. Not all mods come packaged as OMOD versions tho. Any ones that do will have OMOD in the file name.
Ok I checked out some of the other mods from the Pretty Pack I downgrabbed...
Better Nightsky ~ Never used this one but is pretty simple. I don't see a newer version on TES Nexus. This mod requires that you choose what texture set you want to use (Original, Enhanced, Set 1, Set 2) and buddy has some screens in a preview folder, for you to look at. The enhanced moons and original look best IMHO as the new moons has one that looks like planet Earth... which seems stupid. For this one you copy files from the folder of the one you want and also copy over the nebula textures (if you want those too). I find the easy way to figure this out is to unzip the whole thing to a temp folder and then go in there and look around. Let say you wanted to use the 'enhanced moons'... all you have to do is open the 'Enhanced Moons' folder and then copy the data folder to your Oblivion folder and it'll say somefin like 'theres already a data folder, do you want to add the contents to, blah blah blah, and you just click on 'yes' or 'yes to all'. There's no .esp file here so you don't have to do anything else.
Seasonal Weather ~ I think I used that one before and it didn't seem to do much (or it was some other weather mod). I've since been using the Atmospheric Weather System and that works well. This is a larger mod... 69mb unzipped. Very easy to install tho, just unzip it to a temp folder... or unzip it directly to your Oblivion folder like it tells you to. Then use the Oblivion Launcher / Data Files menu and check the AWS-Core.esm and the AWS-shiveringisles.esp (optional. Use if you also have The Shivering isles expansion).
Grass Without Tiling ~ Never used it. Unzip to your data folder. It's just one file, terrainhdgrass01su.dds which goes into your data/textures/landscape folder. One other thing has to be done here. There's a file called ArchiveInvalidation.txt in the Oblivion folder and you add a line to it (see text file).. You'll have to make a txt file if you don't already have one.
Jarrod's New Texture Mod. Never used this one either. The readme fails to say what version is in this pack and Planet Elder Scrolls has JNTM 1.5 Also the patch I have here in the Pretty Pack I downloaded doesn't mention a version... how silly. Like the other mods, just follow the readme. You also have to edit the ArchiveInvalidation.txt to get this one to work.
If you get any of this working, you're well on your way. It's not all that hard once you mess about with it for a bit. Luck with it all. ;) Laters.
..and a shot from Morrowind
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