1. Technology
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.
Eric Qualls

Slow Load Times in Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion? Try This!

By March 21, 2006

Follow me on:

Some (but not all) people who have gotten their hands on Oblivion already have complained about long load times. How long, you ask? How about ten whole minutes just for the inital load! Someone from Bethesda made a post on the official Elder Scrolls forum that solves the problem. When you first turn on your Xbox 360 hold down the A button while Oblivion loads. This clears the hard drive cache and lets Oblivion start fresh. Don't worry, you won't lose any game saves or anything. The hard drive cache allows for faster load times by copying and reusing some data to the hard drive, but sometimes the data in the cache can get fragmented which results in slower data access.

The results of using this handy trick? Gamers have reported initial load times as quickly as 45 seconds and then the rest of the game (menus, dialogue, etc.) loads very quickly. I hope this helps some people. The Elder Scrolls Forums -> Xbox 360 Long Pauses with Hard Drive

May 1, 2006 at 2:59 pm
(1) adidasfiend says:

awesome troubleshooting tip! A+

June 25, 2006 at 2:43 pm
(2) Michael Lewis says:

Works great, thanks!!!

April 19, 2007 at 12:10 pm
(3) Eric says:

Thanks! This saved me from a major freakout! Worked fine on my friend’s 360 but not mine when I got home! Whew!

May 25, 2007 at 5:57 am
(4) Oblivion player says:

I tried your remedy for the slow loads with Oblivion, holding the “A” button down. It worked like a charm, thank you!

June 4, 2007 at 2:15 am
(5) john says:

thankgod there something i can do i have invested 70 game hours into the story and slowed down at 71 hours i will try when i get home thankyou

September 23, 2007 at 8:21 pm
(6) Girlfriend of Xbox Gamer says:

Thank you for this tip. I wish we would have seen this before my boyfriend deleted his entire profile thinking that was the issue. :) Now I can get back to teasing him.

August 1, 2008 at 6:11 pm
(7) Scott says:

THANKS!!! i was really worried there for a while!

August 2, 2008 at 12:17 am
(8) Van says:

Worked like a dream, thanks very much.

October 2, 2008 at 9:43 pm
(9) Scott says:

I tried this trick but noticed some improvement from 7 minutes load times but still getting 5 minute load times between screens. :-(

January 3, 2009 at 6:38 pm
(10) Pink Controller says:

Thanks dude, the game’s actually playable now

April 1, 2009 at 8:44 pm
(11) Mitch says:


May 26, 2009 at 2:50 am
(12) rich p says:

i am 160 hours in and it slowed down to almost a STOP, then I restored and also did one of those direct x 8 (or 9) tests that are in the Oblivion menu and all of a sudden it works great…I am not comp guy but i am happy, thoughti would post this in case it helps anyone

July 11, 2009 at 10:06 pm
(13) stephen says:

um… i dont understand still can u make it easier for me? im blond lol

July 29, 2009 at 3:22 pm
(14) Colton188 says:

Wow you have no idea how much stress u saved me.

November 25, 2009 at 4:53 pm
(15) Jose says:

Thanks, this little trick solved the long load times!

December 6, 2009 at 7:14 am
(16) Woody says:

Legend, Absolute Legend mate cheers. FYI Stephen, I’m blonde aswell. Very, Very blonde. Lol.

December 6, 2009 at 5:32 pm
(17) ray says:

Thanks dude!!

January 9, 2010 at 5:16 pm
(18) Nefus says:

Umm… You mean the first Oblivion loading screen?? I held a button but it didnt work… and i got that game today so i haven’t even played it alot :SS Even installing to the hard drive didnt work :S

January 9, 2010 at 5:22 pm
(19) Nefus says:

Oh got working xDD Pressed button in wrong place :OO

February 28, 2010 at 3:06 am
(20) Darmin says:

Thanks a bunch.

April 3, 2010 at 2:35 am
(21) Dragon says:

This info works perfectly Thanks

September 29, 2010 at 1:07 am
(22) Grateful in TX says:

Eric – dude, seriously, thank you. Awesome. Greatness.

October 3, 2010 at 6:28 pm
(23) markopo says:

works great.
thank You and that resist my oblivion from trash ;)

October 17, 2010 at 7:46 pm
(24) paxman says:

OH MY GOSH i was so worried that there was some hardware problem with the newer xboxes and oblivion ABSOLUTE LFESAVER

November 22, 2010 at 12:34 pm
(25) Woodo says:

Thanks! This worked like a treat! Now to solve my vampirism problem ;)

December 12, 2010 at 6:28 pm
(26) schromk says:

AMAZING! worked great. how is this the first time i’ve heard about this…?

December 23, 2010 at 6:29 pm
(27) Billy says:

Superb tip, works perfectly!!


January 21, 2011 at 10:34 pm
(28) blah blah says:

Awesome!!! Thank You!

February 23, 2011 at 4:44 pm
(29) Bradley says:

#holy ****. It sounds cheesy at first but this really Works!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111

March 29, 2011 at 5:08 pm
(30) George says:

Well, my obvlivion is installed to the hardrive not on a disk as i downloaded it from xbox live, therefore it doesnt start automatically when i start up my xbox.. i tried holding th button down during oblivion start up but it didnt do much, decreased loading between areas from aout 3 mins to 2 mins 30 secs.. :/ any ideas?

June 15, 2011 at 4:51 pm
(31) David says:

Worked like a charm. Thanks a lot for the tip!

April 28, 2012 at 8:10 am
(32) lebo says:

whoh dude thats dope thanx man it really helps

September 29, 2012 at 8:22 pm
(33) DarkBlood says:

Many thanks!!!!

June 25, 2013 at 6:29 am
(34) W says:

You sir, are a god.

Leave a Comment

Line and paragraph breaks are automatic. Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title="">, <b>, <i>, <strike>

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.