Planet and building settings were all on low, whereas ship settings were on high. I lowered them to low and got a minidump as soon as i enabled the mod, but i'm trying another installation to see if it will enable with lower settings.
Unpacking the mod from their zipped files before may have caused an issue (winzip started being unresponsive for a bit then finished unpacking). But still there are extra skins being unpacked outside of any folder, and they seem to be extras because i try putting them in the textures folder but there are already skins within that folder.
Gateway NV53 Laptop
Windows 7 x64 (I know w7 has cause people trouble with Sins before, but i have never had a single issue with stock Sins or any other mod besides this one)
AMD Turion II Mobile Ultra M600 (Dual-core @ 2.40 GHz)
EDIT: I should stop posting before i try new things...
Haven't tried a total redownloading yet, but i unpacked the zipped files again and still got extra skins (were some spelled wrong? because a couple of them seemed just slightly off to me...). If it helps at all, the checksum i got was 355556300 every single iteration of the mod i've tried so far. so no difference.
Again i tried to play as Atlantians, random medium map against arilou, Dark Fleet, and Taalo. Minidumped 4, maybe 5 seconds in. Game started zoomed in to my frigate factory (didn't start with a cap ship factory), i zoomed out and sent my scouts on their way, and the game dumps.