Last updated at 13:49, 6 Oct 2014 Uploaded at 14:34, 14 Feb 2013
Consider the release of this plugin to be something akin to a public beta test. I've taken it through the entire game, the DLCs and a number of user-created plugins without running into any problems, but with a game as unstable as this one you never really know. Run with it, and let me know how it worked out for you in the comments.
ZanGS' Zan AutoPurge Crash Protector plugin has proven to be very effective at stabilizing Fallout 3's performance. As Fallout: New Vegas is just as unstable as its predecessor, I decided to port the plugin, adapt it and see if it would make just as big a difference as it did in Fallout 3 - and it does. I've cleaned up the code and made it compatible with The Mod Configuration Menu, but the real mojo comes from ZanGS - so please direct your appreciation to the latter. As stated in the small description, this plugin has been ported with permission.
You can use The Mod Configuration Menu to tune the various purge delays (exterior, interior, menu, idle) as well as plugin feedback (do or don't display a message on purge) to your liking. You can also use it to enable and/or disable the system; this functionality should have been present in the initial release, but I somehow managed to overlook it. Take a moment to throw a kudo AltDunmer's way for not only alerting me to the problem but also providing me with a quick fix.
This plugin handles the purging of cell buffers, cleaning up and reducing the amount of information stored in RAM - which ultimately prevents the game from crashing as often as it normally would. It's especially effective when used in combination with high-resolution texture packs, but it can still make a notable difference when used by itself.
You don't actually need The Mod Configuration Menu to be able to use this plugin; it has been supplied with a set of default values to work with. You do need it to configure said values, however - but why wouldn't you use The Mod Configuration Menu? Go get it!
Unpack the archive into the game's data directory, and use your plugin manager of choice to include Zan_AutoPurge_SmartAgro_NV.esp in your load list. To deinstall, remove the plugin from the load list and delete Zan_AutoPurge_SmartAgro_NV.esp from the game's data folder.
There should be none; feel free to let me know if there are.
- Increased the time window for all purge options.
- Added the ability to enable and/or disable the purging system, courtesy of AltDunmer.
- Initial release.