Originally Posted by Slordak
Install the game to a fast USB stick and you'll get a minor speed increase. You'll still be waiting for load screens, sure, but it does provide a bit of an improvement.
I installed it to the very start of a freshly formatted HDD (the fastest area). I've tested/time it between HDD vs USB install and the HDD is always the fastest (at least in my case).
It's still ridiculous. It's not really the length of any one load that's bothersome, it's just to loads add up when you have to do them back to back. If I want to go to town to sell stuff, in whiterun for instance, I may have 5000 gold worth of stuff. Lets count the loads here:
1 to whiterun
2 to blacksmith
3 back out
4 general goods
5 back out
7 back out
8 into house to sell to my wife
9 back out
10 fast travel up to dragonsreach
11 into dragonsreach to wizard
12 back out
13 back to where I was
13 loads!!! And thats not even considering all the pointless travel time. To justify some silly mechanic of not being to sell as much as you want to any vendor.
You know what would be really great? If I could fast travel directly into my house, give everything to my wife to sell, so she has something to do all day, and just let me get on with my adventuring. That would take 1 load and about 1/100th of the time, and be just as "realistic".