No Man’s Sky- PC crashes, errors, bugs, MSVCR100.dll error, white screen, black screen, openGL issues, sound crackling, stuck on desktop, stuttering, fps drops, texture flickering and other performance fixes

BY AMIT BARAN ROY   |   One of the most awaited games of 2016, No Man’s Sky is out on PCs following a PS4 release. There was an enormous hype developed for this indie game mostly due to its mind blowing concept and the indie game developer, Hello Games, is now having a hard time dealing with the crowd and their issues at launch. The Steam page is flooded with reviews with all of them having a common point that the game is terribly broken. Hello Games has already released their first patch on Day one and are working with a new QA team to fix more issues. In the meantime, here are some consolidated fixes for the common issues that will be helpful for many of you. Before moving to the fixes below, have a good look at the PC requirements which is important for you to play the game.

Minimum Specifications:

  • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)
  • Processor: Intel Core i3
  • RAM: 8GB RAM
  • Graphics: nVidia GTX 480, AMD Radeon 7870
  • Storage: 10 GB available space

1. No Man’s Sky PC- VC Redist C++ 2010/ MSVCR100.dll error fix:-

Initially the most frustrating issue was the game would not launch at all if you didn’t had the VC Redist 2010 installed. But Hello Games has released a 18 MB patch that specifically fixes this issue. Also you can have Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 installed from Microsoft’s official site.

2. No Man’s Sky PC- Crash to Desktop/ Black Screen/ White Screen/ OpenGL issue/ Stuck on Desktop:-

  • First of all, your AMD and NVIDIA drivers should be up to date.
  • There is a typical issue with the game that requires your GPU to support openGL 4.5 or above to run this game. Without that the game will not run.
  • Disable SLI and try running the game with single GPU.
  • White Screen crash- The white screen issue is due to the fact that your GPU does not support openGL 4.5 or above. Only fix is to upgrade your GPU.
  • Black Screen crash- This can be due to multiple reasons. Make sure that your GPU supports the required openGL version. You should disable SLI. Run NMS.exe in High Performance with your dedicated GPU card.
    Also, you should check that the in-game resolution matches the resolution supported by your display device so that there should not be any conflict. If you are using HDMI, try unplugging the HDMI cable from TV and launch the game. Wait a few mins before replugging the HDMI cable back into the TV.
  • Crash at Hello Games splash screen/ CTD- At the moment, there is no known fix for this issue. This is happening to quite a few people and its random. Apparently people are suggesting its due to lack of SSE4.1 support. You can follow this thread for more info.
  • Stuck on desktop, can’t bring NMS.exe back to front/ NMS Loses Focus- Sometimes the game goes to desktop or you can't tab back into the game but you might be hearing sound.
    Going to NMS in task manager and doing 'bring to front' has worked for many people.
    On the Steam version if the window loses focus and you can't get the game to come back up, press the Play button on the Steam interface. It brings the window back.
  • OpenGL startup crash fix- There are couple of workarounds that may help for you.
    - Verify integrity of game files via Steam. Redownload and reinstall if necessary.
    - You can also run the game in borderless windowed mode. You can go to steamapps\ common\ No Man’s Sky\ Binaries\ SETTINGS\ TKGRAPHICSSETTINGS.MXML config file. Open with Notepad and set full screen to false and borderless window to true.
  • Registry clean using CCleaner can also fix some of the crashes. You can download CCleaner from here.
  • For any DLL error or APPCRASH issue, it is recommended to do a clean install of Directx. Or, you can download the missing DLLs from here and paste them in the game directory.

3. No Man’s Sky PC- Either Steam isn't running or you don't have a suitable license:-

  • You must have Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 installed. If you haven’t, get it from Microsoft’s official website.
  • For many users, this error has popped up when they have Alt tabbed out of the game while playing Fullscreen and then it becomes impossible to bring it back up. Alt tabbing works fine in borderless windowed mode.

4. No Man’s Sky PC- FPS drops/ lags/ stuttering/ Texture Flickering:-

  • Your AMD and Nvidia GPU drivers must be updated.
  • Your PC must meet the minimum requirements and your GPU should support OpenGL 4.5 or above.
  • SLI should be disabled. Multiple GPU owners can try running the game with single GPU for the moment.
  • Laptop owners should make sure that dedicated GPU is selected and laptop is plugged in while playing.
  • Low end PC owners can lower down their graphics settings, disable FXAA and vertical sync, lower Field View, Anistrophic Filtering and reflection quality.
  • If you are experiencing unplayable FPS drops or Texture flickering, simply disable Steam Overlay by going to Game Properties in Steam Client.
  • For those who have stuttering:
    “Inside No Man’s Sky’s folder go to binaries
    - Then goto SETTINGS
    - Open the file named (TKGRAPHICSSETTINGS.MXML) with notepad or any other text editor.
    - Down under the V-SYNC settings there is a setting for something called “GSync” which is an Nvidia feature for high quality high refresh rate monitors, by default it may be set as “True” but if you don’t have a Gsync monitor, you can set it to “false” and it can help.”
  • Fix for old video cards without openGL 4.5- There is a fix that may help users with older GPU to successfully start and play the game. You can check out this reddit post for complete instructions. Thanks to /u/slyther55 for the fix.
  • FPS Cap number setting is buggy at the moment. If you set FPS Cap to 90, you may probably get an average FPS of 60. A fix should be on the way.
  • For AMD users, disable Raptr from task manager. Disable any other intensive applications that may be running in background. Also try setting ‘Tessellation mode’ to 8x/16x and 'Texture Filtering Quality' to Performance from your latest Crimson edition Radeon software to fix frame rate drops.
  • For Nvidia users, go into your control panel 3d settings. Make sure that ‘Power Management Mode’ option should be set to ‘Prefer Maximum Performance’.
  • Turn off all overlaying softwares and disable any recording softwares like Fraps, D3DGear, MSI Afterburner etc.
  • Disable third party background apps and set High Priority for the game in Task Manager. Disable any kind of overclocking.

5. No Man’s Sky PC- Stuck with ‘E’ on screen:-

This is not really a glitch or bug. People have reported this issue where they are stuck on screen with an ‘E’ alphabet and can’t get past it. Simply pressing and holding down the ‘E’ key on keyboard will fix this.

6. No Man’s Sky PC- Sound/ Audio crackling bug fix:-

To fix this issue, you need to go to Windows Sound Properties and lower the audio quality to DVD quality. You can also lower the sampling rate of the speakers below 192000 Hz and then restart the game.

7. No Man’s Sky PC- Delete saves and start a fresh new game:-

  • Go to Library – No Man’s Sky – Proprieties and disable Steam Cloud option under Update tab
  • Go to username\AppData\Roaming folder and delete HelloGames folder (AppData folder is hidden so you have to enable the hidden files\folder visualization under Windows settings)
  • Restart a game and make the first save
  • Enable Steam Cloud again

It’s almost confirmed that most of the issues is due to the game itself rather than any faults with our GPU or CPU. The game is said to perform poorly even on Nvidia or AMD high end cards, and the fault is confirmed to be lack of SSE4.1 support which can be only fixed by the devs. So, at the moment stay tuned with Sean Murray’s Twitter account for more fixes and updates on the way. At the same time, you can also follow the dedicated No Man’s Sky issues page for more workarounds.

Heads Up: No Man's Sky is available on Steam for $59.99.

Contact the author at amit@forceclaw.com

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