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FIX: Biggest War Thunder Problems [Full Guide]

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2. Fix War Thunder crashes

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If your War Thunder keeps crashing, there are lots of reasons that could cause it. Make sure you follow our solutions below to quickly fix them.

Most of these can have to do with the game’s compatibility and starting parameteres, or the OpenGL which is a rendering optimization option.

2.1. Change render option to OpenGL

Users have reported frequent crashes while launching War Thunder. According to them, crash occurs just a few seconds after they log in. This makes the game unplayable, but there’s is a fix available.

It has been reported that changing render option from Auto to OpenGL fixes War Thunder crashes on Windows 10. At the same time, some users report that using OpenGL gives them better performance.

If you are experiencing any type of crashes, be sure to set render mode to OpenGL from launcher options.

2.2. Start the game directly

A simple workaround for War Thunder crashes is to launch the game directly from its installation folder. To do so, navigate to the game’s installation directory and run aces.exe.

As you can see, this is a rather simple solution, but it might work for you, so feel free to try it out.

2.3. Delete cache and compiledShaders folders

  1. Go to Steam’s installation directory.
  2. Navigate to steamapps > common > warthunder folder.
  3. Once you’ve opened Warthunder folder, delete cache and compiledShaders.
  4. Start Steam.
  5. When Steam opens, navigate to your Library.
  6. Find War Thunder and right-click it.
  7. Choose Properties from the menu.
  8. When Properties window opens, go to Local files tab.
  9. Click the Verify the integrity of game cache button.
  10. Be patient and wait for the process to complete.

If you’re experiencing War Thunder crashes, and you’re using Steam version of the game, you might want to try verifying the integrity of your game’s files.

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2.4. Set render to DirectX 9 and turn on Vsync

Users have reported War Thunder crashes when launching the game, and it seems that these crashes are caused by render options.

If War Thunder is crashing on your Windows 10 computer, you might want to set render to DirectX 9 from launch options.

Users have also reported that turning on Vsync fixes issues with crashing.

2.5. Remove DisplayLink driver

  1. Open Settings app.
  2. Go to System and then navigate to the Apps section.
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  3. Locate DisplayLink software on the list and click Uninstall.
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It has been reported that DisplayLink driver can sometimes cause War Thunder crashes on Windows 10.

If that’s the case, you should remove the DisplayLink driver from your computer by following these steps:

Keep in mind that sometimes you might have to remove all files associated with DisplayLink software in order to fix this problem.

This can be a complicated process if you’re doing it manually, but there’s a simple way to completely uninstall an application using third-party apps.

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2.6. Switch to Windowed mode

  1. Launch War Thunder through Steam.
  2. The game’s own launcher will open up.
  3. Click the cog icon on the top right side.
  4. You’ll see an option saying Fullscreen which you’ll need to change to Windowed.

If you’re experiencing War Thunder crashes, it’s advised that you switch from fullscreen mode to windowed mode. Just be sure to set the game’s resolution so it matches your desktop resolution.

3. Fix War Thunder freeze

3.1. Change game resolution

War Thunder freezes can be caused by your graphical settings, so you’re advised to lower them. If you’re using HD resolution, we advise you t switch to a lower resolution and run the game in windowed mode.

3.2. Run the game in Compatibility mode

  1. Go to the game’s installation directory.
  2. Locate aces.exe and right-click it.
  3. Choose Properties from the menu.
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  4. Navigate to the Compatibility tab.
  5. Check Run this program in compatibility mode and choose one of the older versions of Windows.
  6. Some users are suggesting Windows XP Service Pack 2, but you can experiment with other versions as well.
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  7. Click Apply and OK to save changes.

If you’re experiencing War Thunder freezes on your computer, you might want to try starting the game in Compatibility Mode.

3.3. Perform a file check

In order to fix War Thunder freezes, some users are suggesting to perform a full file check. To do that, you just need to press the gear button next to graphic settings and click Check files button.

This process might take a while, so we encourage you to be patient.

4. Fix War Thunder fps drop

4.1. Edit config.blk file

  1. Go to the game’s installation directory.
    • By default, it should be under: C: Program Files SteamsteamappscommonWar Thunder
  2. Locate config.blk file and open it with Notepad.
  3. Locate the following lines and change them to: renderer2:t="dx11" disableFlipEx:b=no driver:t="dx11" d3d9ex:b=no
  4. Save changes and right-click config.blk then Choose Properties.
  5. Go to the General tab and make sure to check the Read-only option.
  6. Click Apply and OK to save changes.
  7. Start the game. If you get a notification saying that you can’t save settings, just click Yes.

If you’re getting low performance and fps drop in War Thunder, you might want to change few of the game’s hidden settings.

Users have reported that this solution fixes War Thunder fps drop and performance issues, but there’s also one downside.

With this solution, you won’t be able to change your settings, and instead, you’ll have to change them manually from config.blk file.

4.2. Use Command Prompt

  1. Make sure that your game is closed.
  2. Press Windows Key + X and choose Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu.
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  3. When Command Prompt opens, enter the following and press Enter to run it: bcdedit /deletevalue useplatformclock
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  4. Restart your computer and try running the game again.

Fps drop can make War Thunder almost unplayable, and if you’re having fps issues with War Thunder, you can try using Command Prompt to fix this problem.

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4.3. Set your power plan to High Performance

  1. Press Windows Key + S and type power.
  2. Select Choose a power plan from the menu.
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  3. When Power Options window opens, make sure that you select High performance from the list of results.
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If you’re playing War Thunder on a laptop, you might have noticed fps drop when your charger isn’t connected.

This is perfectly normal, but if you want to play War Thunder without fps drops on your laptop, you’ll have to change your power plan.

We have to point out that setting your power plan to High performance will drain your laptop battery faster, so keep that in mind.

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5. Fix War Thunder black screen

If you’re having black screen issues with War Thunder, it’s advised that you turn on Vsync and use DirectX 9 render. Users have also reported that they are getting a black screen while using OBS (Open Broadcaster Software).

If you’re experiencing black screen issues, you might want to try running the game in windowed mode.

These are some common War Thunder problems that users have reported, and if you have any of these issues, feel free to try some of our solutions.

This post was written by Milan Stanojevic and was first posted to WindowsReport

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