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Black Screens & Game Crashes!!

josh_gorstrwb17_ESO
josh_gorstrwb17_ESO
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When I push play it opens the game to a black screen with my mouse icon constantly in the loading position, when i click on the screen it turns grey and says ESO is not responding.

I've followed every step on this article with no success http://forums.elderscrollsonline.com/en/discussion/comment/928118#Comment_928118 (besides steps #6 and #7 as these files don't seem to even exist in that folder)

I'm guessing it has something to do with the absence of these files but not too sure, I ran a repair on the launcher as well and it came up fine with no missing files etc. (besides this issue I'm having)

Edited by josh_gorstrwb17_ESO on May 19, 2015 3:56AM
  • ZOS_LenaicR
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    Hello @josh_gorstrwb17_ESO,

    Have you tried running the Launcher as in Administrator mode?
    Did you try with both firewall and antivirus turned off momentarily?

    Please keep us informed, we will be able to provide you with more support.

    Thank you for your patience.
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  • Ignotus
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    I sometimes get that too on Windows 7 if I click the window while it's doing the initial load on the black screen. For me, if I choose the wait for the application to respond option, it typically does so. I don't see that message if I don't click on the screen during the initial load. I think it just takes an abnormally long time and Windows thinks the application has hung.
  • ZOS_MollyH
    Hello @josh_gorstrwb17_ESO !

    If you're missing your UserSettings.txt file, this can be a reason you're launching to a black screen.

    If the game is not loading correctly when you press play, one of the reasons could be an issue with the game settings. If the file that contains them hasn't been updated/created, it may stop the game from launching.

    To check, please head to My Documents and look for the Elder Scrolls Online folder. Inside will be either live if you're playing on the US Megaserver, or liveeu if you're playing on the EU Megaserver. Inside this folder should be a text file called 'UserSettings'.

    If the file is not present, please right click and choose 'New' then 'Text Document'. Name the file 'UserSettings', making sure to capitalize the U and the S. If you have file extensions enabled (so you see .jpg after a picture etc.) please make sure to call it 'UserSettings.txt'. If you do not see the .txt on other text files in the folder, you do not have this option enabled.

    Once you have the file, please open it and remove any contents so that it's empty. Once you've done that, copy and paste the settings below into the file and save it.
    SET MouseRawInput "1"
    SET MouseSensitivityFirstPerson "0.50000000"
    SET MouseSensitivityThirdPerson "1.00000000"
    SET MouseSmoothing "0"
    SET InvertMouseWheel "1"
    SET InvertMouseY "1"
    SET InvertMouseX "1"
    SET MULTI_GPU_CHECK "1"
    SET DisableFXPrecaching "1"
    SET CachedRLREnabled "0"
    SET CachedReflectionResolution "0"
    SET CachedShadowFiltering "3"
    SET ScreenshotFormat "BMP"
    SET PregameGammaCheckEnabled "0"
    SET HardwareCheckEnabled.2 "0"
    SET SUB_SAMPLING "1"
    SET REFLECTION_QUALITY_v3 "0"
    SET PARTICLE_DENSITY "0"
    SET HIGH_RESOLUTION_SHADOWS "0"
    SET SHADOWS "1"
    SET GAMMA_ADJUSTMENT "100"
    SET VIEW_DISTANCE "0.60000002"
    SET GPUSmoothingFrames "10"
    SET MIP_LOAD_SKIP_LEVELS "1"
    SET RAIN_WETNESS "0"
    SET LENS_FLARE "1"
    SET GOD_RAYS_v2 "0"
    SET ANTI_ALIASING_v2 "0"
    SET AMBIENT_OCCLUSION "0"
    SET COLOR_GRADING_v1 "0"
    SET BLOOM "0"
    SET DEPTH_OF_FIELD "0"
    SET COLOR_CORRECTION "1"
    SET SOFT_ALPHA "0"
    SET DISTORTION "0"
    SET CHARACTER_LIGHTING "0"
    SET DIFFUSE_2_MAPS "0"
    SET DETAIL_MAPS "0"
    SET NORMAL_MAPS "1"
    SET SPECULAR_MAPS "0"
    SET CLUTTER_2D "0"
    SET SIMPLE_SHADERS "1"
    SET WATER_FOAM "0"
    SET VSYNC "1"
    SET MAX_ANISOTROPY "0"
    SET PreferMaximizedWindow "0"
    SET PreferExclusiveFullscreen "0"
    SET FULLSCREEN_v5 "0"
    SET FullscreenHeight "0"
    SET FullscreenWidth "0"
    SET WindowedHeight "768"
    SET WindowedWidth "1024"
    SET SOUND_ENABLED "0"
    SET FOOTSTEPS_VOLUME "50.00000000"
    SET FOOTSTEPS_ENABLED "1"
    SET SPEAKER_SETUP "0"
    SET BACKGROUND_AUDIO "0"
    SET VO_VOLUME "70.00000000"
    SET VO_ENABLED "1"
    SET UI_VOLUME "70.00000000"
    SET UI_ENABLED "1"
    SET AMBIENT_VOLUME "70.00000000"
    SET AMBIENT_ENABLED "1"
    SET SFX_VOLUME "70.00000000"
    SET SFX_ENABLED "1"
    SET MUSIC_VOLUME "70.00000000"
    SET MUSIC_ENABLED "1"
    SET AUDIO_VOLUME "0.00000000"
    SET AUDIO_ENABLED "1"
    SET TooltipFilter "-1"
    SET TooltipNumOptions "2"
    SET EffectsLookupViaBinarySearch "1"
    SET Language.2 "de"
    SET GraphicsDriver.7 "D3D11"
    SET PatchDataPath "game:/GameData/"
    SET CacheDataPath "machine:/Cache/"
    SET GameCameraFirstPerson "0"
    SET DirectionalDamageIndictorVisibleInThirdPerson "0"
    SET CameraFramingTransitionEnabled "1"
    SET SkipPregameVideos "1"
    SET HasPlayedPregameVideo "1"
    SET RangedKillCamera "0"
    SET PlayerKillCamera "1"
    SET LastMonsterKillCamera "1"
    SET MinFrameTime.2 "0.01000000"
    SET ParticlesEnabled "1"
    SET RequestedNumJobThreads "0"
    SET RequestedNumWorkerThreads "0"
    SET FreeUnusedGrannyFileSections.2 "0"
    SET IsTrustedMachine "1"
    SET RememberAccountName "0"
    SET AccountName ""
    SET CustomUIScale "1.00000000"
    SET UseCustomUIScale.2 "0"
    SET RollDodgeDoubleTapEnabled "1"
    SET RollDodgeDoubleTapTimeWindow.2 "185"
    SET MonsterTellsEnabled "1"
    SET CameraZoomDistancesSynced "1"
    SET SiegeCameraZoomDistance "6.00000000"
    SET WeaponsOutCameraZoomDistance "10.00000000"
    SET WeaponsSheathedCameraZoomDistance "10.00000000"
    SET LanguageDirectory.2 "game:/EsoUI"
    SET MaxNetworkWriteBuffer "10485760"
    SET MaxNetworkReadBuffer "10485760"

    Once you've copied the above into a text file, without space above or below, save it. When you press play, the game should now load correctly!
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  • Dysturbed
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    I was having this problem and nothing i did would help. I just installed windows 10 the other day and havent had a crash..
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