I tried Faiakes, and there was just too much extra stuff on it that I didn't want. When I try to remove the parts I don't like, it crashes when attempting to load. So then I try OL Mod, which is much more up my alley, and it doesn't crash after removing the parts I don't like. However... the night vision still makes a hellacious amount of noise, negating its purpose.
I tried digging around in the Faiakes file to figure out what makes the night vision silent, but I turned up nothing. Which file is altered in Faiakes to make night vision silent, or what do I need to alter in order to make it silent?
Easy way is to open C:\Program Files\THQ\S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Shadow of Chernobyl\gamedata\sounds\weapons and look for anything that starts with nv_ (most likely nv_loop and nv_off are in the folder), remove those files and it will revert back to the default sound. If that does not work, then the mod has the default sound set too high, that is another file.
The loudness can be changed in config\misc\items.ltx. The lines that are changed look like this so use the "find" function in notepad to find the first one:
snd_night_vision_on = weapons\nv_start, 0.0 snd_night_vision_off = weapons\nv_off, 0.0 snd_night_vision_idle = weapons\nv_loop, 0.0 snd_night_vision_broken = weapons\nv_off, 0.0
the ", 0.0"s are what changes the loudness of the sound, 0.0 being completely muted and somewhere around 15.0 filling the whole sound bar.