SDR Eclipse


Sneaking Detection Recalibrated

Installation and Removal Instructions

pg updated: 2015-03-13

Download Locations

You can download SDR here:
TES Nexus

For some reason, I cannot log in to TES Alliance, so I cannot update the file on that hosting service.

If you are updating from version 8.200 or later, I *HIGHLY* recommend reviewing the Version Change Log for all changes made since the version you currently have installed to see if there are any specific instructions you need to be aware of. If you are updating from a version prior to 8.200, please review the clean save/uninstall/install instructions below.

Updating Instructions

Starting with series 8, there are three possible methods of updating SDR:

Reboot Instructions

Normally, when a token is first assigned to an actor, the core traits are determine and fixed for as long as the creature/NPC exists. However, occasionally you may change the traits settings for various races/creatures in the SDR Tweaks.ini file and wish to update all the affected actors. SDR has a built in "reboot" tool that allows you to do this in-game without having to do a clean save with SDR deactivated. To use it, follow these steps:

  1. While the game is running, go into console mode (usually the ` key)
  2. Type the following: startquest sdrQReboot.
  3. This flags SDR to have all the tokens re-initialize and update all the default actor traits.
  4. Note: This only affects the current saved game. If you load another save that was made before the reboot, you will need to reboot that one as well.

Overwrite Instructions

Within series 8, in the vast majority of cases, when you upgrade between versions, you will only need to install the new version over the old and you will be good to go. SDR has a built in version checker at the token level, and when it determines that the version has changed from what was previously saved, it will automatically reboot all the actor tokens as described above.

You may find that when the game first starts up, you may get a few error messages in the console. That's not altogether uncommon as sometimes there is a delay between when the old scripts/variables/settings are updated to the new one when the game is in session. If you continue to get error messages after SDR has initialized, that indicates there is a legit problem, and you should contact me with the details.

Clean Save Instructions

There will be the (hopefully rare) occasion in which you will need to do a "Clean Save" install. This is required for all versions prior to series 8.

Within series 8, if Clean Save install is required, it will be mentioned in the Version Change Log. Make sure to review all changes made after whichever version you are replacing to see if a Clean Save install is called for.

A Clean Save install requires the following steps:

  1. Launch Oblivion and pick the save point you wish to update at.
  2. Note down any SDR spells your character may have acquired, as you will lose them with a clean save.
  3. Make sure you are not in sneak mode and preferably have no active magical effects.
  4. Save the game in a new save game slot.
  5. Exit Oblivion game
  6. Backup your "SDR Tweaks.ini" file to another directory for future reference.
  7. Follow the instructions for uninstalling SDR (see instructions below).
  8. Start Oblivion game.
  9. Load the saved game that you created above.
  10. You will get a warning about "objects not being available" - click OK.
  11. Wait about 10-15 seconds for any other mods to load up.
  12. Save the game in a new save game slot.
  13. Exit Oblivion game
  14. Install and activate the new version of SDR (see instructions below).
  15. Update your SDR Tweaks.ini file with any new changes you want to make (if any). Make sure to verify your tweaks are still valid with the Player's Handbook as settings or formulas may have changed.
  16. Launch Oblivion.
  17. Load the most recently saved game.
  18. Wait about 10-15 seconds for SDR and any other mods to load up.
  19. If you lost any spells, enter console mode (` key) and type "startquest sdrQRestoreSpells". Then follow the prompts to get back the spells you lost.
  20. Save the game.
  21. You are good to go! Start sneaking!

Uninstall Instructions - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

The safest way to uninstall SDR is by doing so in two steps. First follow the "Uninstall Prep" instructions, then follow the uninstall instructions depending on how you installed it: Wrye Bash, Oblivion Mod Manager, or Manual Installation. Note: I do not have instructions at this time for uninstalling/installing via Nexus Mod Manager as I don't use it.

Uninstall Prep Instructions

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

Pre-series 6 Uninstall Prep Instructions

  1. In the game, find a spot where your character is safe with no one else around. A player home or empty room in a house is best.
  2. Make sure you are not sneaking, moving, and have as few active magic effects as possible, especially Chameleon.
  3. Save the game
  4. Exit the game
  5. Deactivate and uninstall the mod (see below)

Series 6 + Uninstall Prep Instructions

  1. In the game, find a spot where your character is safe with no one else around. A player home or empty room in a house is best.
  2. Make sure you are not sneaking, moving, and have as few active magic effects as possible, especially Chameleon.
  3. Open the console (typically with the ` character)
  4. Type the following: startquest sdrUninstall (it may also be sdrQUninstall or sdrUninstallQ, depending on which version you are running.
  5. Hit enter, then exit the console
  6. A pop up message box will ask if you want to uninstall SDR. Click on the "Uninstall" option.
  7. SDR will revert all changes to Chameleon refraction, alpha value transparency and auto-nighteye features, and save the game.
  8. Exit the game
  9. 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. Unless you are planning on installing a newer version of SDR or any other mods, you should rebuild the bashed patch at this time, if you have one.

Oblivion Mod Manager (OBMM) uninstall

  1. Launch OBMM
  2. Select the SDR 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:
  5. Right click the SDR package on the right and select "Delete"
  6. Comfirm to permanently delete

Manual uninstall

Delete any and all of the following files from your Data directory while the game is not running:

For series 8 files

For series 6-7 files

For series 1-5 files

Verify OBSE Plug-ins

Confirm that the following OBSE plug-ins were uninstalled. You may also want to make sure that no other mods need them, because you might have to reinstall them again:

Optionally, if you installed the AddActorValues.dll separately (required for series 7 and earlier), if no other mods depend upon it, you may wish to uninstall it as well:

Installation Instructions

NOTICE: As of series 8, I currently only support installations with Wrye Bash.

Although it's *possible* that I may create alternate installers either manual installation or NMM, I am not very inclined to do so at this time. In my opinion, this mod is too complex for manual installs/uninstalls. If your load order includes SDR, then you should be using Wrye Bash.


Download and install Oblivion Script Extender (OBSE).

Installing with Wrye Bash

Wrye Bash web-site

  1. Download the Sneaking Detection Recalibrated or SDR Hotfix file to the "Oblivion (or Nehrim) Mods\Bash Installers" folder
  2. Run Wrye Bash.
  3. Install the mod from the installers tab using the built in wizard.
  4. After you have installed the SDR mod, go to the mods tab and activate the following:
    • SDR.esm
    • SDR_Oblivion.esp (or SDR_Nehrim.esp)
    • RenGuardOverhaul_PatchforSDR.esp (if RenGuardOverhaul.esp is installed)
  5. Run BOSS to sort the load order. (see below)
  6. If desired, rebuild the bashed patch to merge and deactivate the SDR_Oblivion.esp (or SDR_Nehrim.esp) file.
  7. VERIFY the following OBSE plug-ins were installed:
    Data\OBSE\Plugins\SoundCommands.dll (if Enhanced Music and Control 2 is not installed)
    Data\OBSE\Plugins\SwitchNightEye.dll (if visual fx option was selected)
  8. Launch Oblivion using the OBSE Loader.

Installing with Oblivion Mod Manager (OBMM)

Download Oblivion Mod Manager

  1. Create a sub-folder called "SDR" in the "Oblivion/obmm/mods" folder (or wherever you want to store this information)
  2. Download the Sneaking Detection Recalibrated or SDR Hotfix file and unzip/copy the contents into the SDR folder
  3. Launch OBMM
  4. Click the "Create" button
  5. Click on the "Add Folder" button
  6. Select the SDR folder that you saved the package to and click "ok"
  7. You will get a warning that the folder contains esp files in sub-directories. Click "yes" to continue.
  8. You will get a pop up asking if you want to import "omod conversion data". Click "yes" to continue.
  9. Click the "Create omod" button.
  10. Click on "ok" after the success message.
  11. Select the "SDR - Sneaking Detection Recalibrated" package on the right side.
  12. Click on the "Activate" button.
  13. Follow the prompts provided by the installation wizard.
  14. All installed esps will be activated in the Mods section.
  15. Run BOSS!! (see below)
  16. 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.

Automated Load Order Sorting - 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

Manual Load Order Sorting

These are my following recommendations if you are manually sorting the mods:


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_Oblivion.esp /SDR_Nehrim.esp

These mods overwrite the Detect Life Shader, some tripwire / pressure plate scripts, and in the case of Oblivion, update Ancotar's invisibility spell to be 100 chameleon instead of 80. They can be merged into the Wrye Bashed bash patch. You should sort them after any other mod that manipulates the detect life shader (pretty much any magic altering mod like LAME or Supreme Magicka)


Needs to load after RenGuardOverhaul.esp