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The Witcher 3 crashes, bugs and fixes

The Witcher 3 crashes bugs and fixes

The Witcher 3 launched this week, with CD Projekt Red opening up the gates of its intimidating, huge open world. Despite an extended period of bug stomping and a day one patch, it’s not just monsters that plague the Northern Kingdoms; there are plenty of bugs as well. 

We’ll be posting major launch bugs here, and updating them with fixes as they crop up, so keep checking back if you find yourself beset with issues. 

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Update 22/05: Another patch, bringing the game to 1.03, has made the game significantly more stable, as well as allowing more fine control over graphics options. However, crashes are still being reported left, right and centre, caused by all manner of things from getting out of the water to checking Geralt's inventory. Have you lovely lot encountered more problems since you updated the game? 

Players are reporting crashes, endless loading and freezes, the latter of which I’ve had trouble with myself. Ultimately, it’s likely you’ll have to test more than one solution, and there are quite a few of them. 

The freezes that plagued my game were peculiar in that, sometimes, inputs were still recognised. The audio continued, both music and ambient, and on a couple of occasions where I pressed escape after the game froze and then alt-tab, the screen would change to the main menu, but would still be frozen. 

Solutions include rolling back the Nvidia driver, which is a common solution and the Nvidia update is believed to be the source of several problems. I didn’t attempt this, however, and instead fiddled with the in-game settings. I found that changing the frame rate limit from 60 to unlimited completely fixed the problem. I made the change yesterday, and have played for 10 hours without a single crash or freeze. 

If that doesn’t help, then certainly see if rolling back the Nvidia driver does. It seems to have fixed a lot of problems that others were having. 

If you’re crashing to desktop, GOG has put together a list of possible solutions that you might want to try. Most of them are bog standard, like check that your PC can run it first or update your drivers, but the post also suggests that there might be issues with GOG Galaxy and anti-virus software not playing nicely with it. 

Some players have had a bit of luck with fixing the crashes by going into the Nvidia control panel (if you have an Nvidia GPU) and changing the power settings to maximum performance. 

It’s also worth checking display options, as well. For some reason, the game defaults to borderless window mode, which appears to be causing some crashes. Switching it to fullscreen has, in some cases, stopped the crashes. Also, play around with the graphics settings. HairWorks and foliage distance are performance hogs and you might want to turn them down and see if that improves things. 

If you’ve had any problems and found any solutions yourself, let us know in the comments. 

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lonewolf0102 avatarejaz0801 avatarAever avatarFraser Brown avatarsherifelwafai avatarRavenHawk avatar+4
ejaz0801 Avatar
2 Years ago

Hi, I just started the game yesterday. Although its running super smooth, I just cant get Geralt to attack !!! I have tried different key bindings and even another mouse. The funny side is, everything eles is working just fine, he can cast spells with the right mouse, attack with the middle mouse while on a horse, but once on foot, he will draw his swords but just wont attack. Someone please suggest a solution. Also, the game turns to black and white with the anti-aliasing turned on. I am using a gtx 970 and GTAV drivers.

Fraser Brown Avatar
2 Years ago

I would update your drivers (the GTAV ones are old) and see if that solves the AA problem. Your inability to attack is a weird one. Do you have a 360 controller? It might be worth seeing if the same thing happens when you're using that.

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lonewolf0102(16 days played)
2 Years ago

I'm having that issue like that as well I'll see if this fixes it and should v sync be on or off for this?

Fraser Brown Avatar
2 Years ago

I've got it on because there's screen tearing without it, but I don't think it has any impact on the freezes.

sherifelwafai Avatar
2 Years ago

i exactly got the same problem as ejaz had, anyone can help please how to solve this problem

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boniek83(6 days 11 hours played)
2 Years ago

Crashes constantly every 10-30 minutes. 1.03 improved performance but crashes remain. Using latest NVidia driver and sli 970. It's not caused by OC as I downclocked everything in my system massively and it didn't make any difference. Temperatures are ok. No other game is crashing.

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Ninja Fried Rice(2 days 21 hours played)
2 Years ago

I would have to say the all in all it has been a great release. You will always have bugs in games. The Witcher is still playable unlike some games that have come out of late.

Hitch Avatar
2 Years ago

OK, I have been tweaking Witcher III for a full week now, being one of the alleged many PC users on a fairly high spec rig (i7, 16GB RAM, GTX960,

SSD etc) who still has not played more than 15 mins of W3 without crashing to desktop. I was about ready to move back to GTA V and cut my losses

until I had a long run of no issues and got to actually exit the game. The fol is what I did if you want to follow it word for word. I have never

had a stutter or poor FPS issue throughout my short W3 experiences, runs like a dream on my rig with most things at high:

Step 1 - For win7 users run 'cmd' as administrator, type in:

Step 2 - I deleted ALL Nvidea fodlers from my computer using CCLeaner and then reinstalled them all using Geforce Experience. I've heard ppl are

rolling back Nvidea drivers, I went with the newest W3 game ready drivers, as was recommended by most threads and sites.

Step 3 - Click on all of your Nvidea system folders and executables AND your witcher folders and executables, set all to full rights/security for

all users. CLick box to run compatibility with Win 7, click the box run as administrator.

Step 4 - I have no OC on, no PrecisionX on, no boosting whatsoever.

Step 5- In game settings now:

a) Set your FPS lock to unlimited. I am also not using any other external FPS limiter like RTSS.

b) Set everything to high or ultra except foliage, set to medium, foliage eats up a load of mem.

c) Set the amount of characters or items on screen (whatever its called) to medium

d) For window-mode, I have tried them all. I have it working on full-screen.

e) Grass and tree textures etc should be first to dtop to medium if you have a lower card or still have issues.

f) I turned anti-aliasing off, v-sync on.

g) I was using HBAO+ but changed it to SSAO when it worked.

h) Ive mixed and matched the other options, I did leave vignetting off though, with motion blur on / blur off.

Note: The last point I will make is that there was one variable. I am using a bluetooth Sony PS4 controller wirelessly. Everytime so far that I

have not had an issue I was using keyboard/mouse. There is a chance DS4 (the #1 choice for ps4 - pc controller users) doesnt play well with W3. Its

my next test. I would like to hear if any of you are using controllers and if so X1? PS4 with DS4? Wired?

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TheWooDzz(3 days 15 hours played)
2 Years ago

Hey, i started playing a few days ago, but i am constantly getting a crash when im swimming underwater and trying to come to the surface, i installed all patches (till 1.05)

And updated my drivers: my gpu is a hd 7950. Anyone got an idea?

Aever Avatar
2 Years ago

And this is why you should not preorder games :)

RavenHawk Avatar
2 Years ago

I've been lucky and have had absolutely no issues that I can really complain about.

In addition to that, I got a key off ebay for $24 (Nvidia promotions rock for this purpose). All in all, I'm pretty happy so far.