Fixing Elden Ring Crashing Issue and Black Screen Problem

    Recently we covered how users can fix Elden Ring’s low FPS, stuttering, and frame drops issue. As the game has just been released, it is bound to have some issues. Speaking of which, some users have complained about Elden Ring crashing and a black screen showing up in the game making the game stuck. We have made a list of possible solutions for Elden Ring crashing issue and the black screen problem.

    Check System Requirements

    First of all, check the Elden ring system requirements to see whether you have the required gear to run the game or not. Your PC should meet the minimum requirements in order to run the game. If that’s not the case, then firstly a system upgrade would be required to fix the Elden Ring black screen and crashing issue.


    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: INTEL CORE I5-8400 or AMD RYZEN 3 3300X
    • Memory: 12 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1060 3 GB or AMD RADEON RX 580 4 GB
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Storage: 60 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Windows Compatible Audio Device


    • OS: Windows 10/11
    • Processor: INTEL CORE I7-8700K or AMD RYZEN 5 3600X
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1070 8 GB or AMD RADEON RX VEGA 56 8 GB
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Storage: 60 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Windows Compatible Audio Device

    Run a Clean Boot

    You can run a clean boot to ensure that no third-party software is interfering with the game’s processes. It will also ensure that no extra resources are being used by the system. You can do that by:

    1. Press Windows Key + R
    2. Search msconfig
    3. Go to Services tab
    4. Click on Hide all Microsoft services box
    5. Click on Startup tab
    6. Open Task Manager
    7. Disable the unused tasks
    8. Restart the system

    Turn off Steam Overlay to fix Elden black screen issue

    In order to fix the problem, you can also try turning off Steam Overlay. You can turn it off by the following steps:

    1. Right click Elden Ring in Steam Library
    2. Click Properties
    3. Open General section
    4. Uncheck the â€śEnable the Steam Overlay while in-game” option

    Update the graphics card

    If you are running the game on an outdated GPU driver, it will lead to the game crashing at startup. Update both the GPU and sound drivers if they require additional updates besides the Windows update. The game will run smoothly and hopefully crash-free with updated drivers. Both Nvidia’s latest drivers and AMD’s latest drivers can be found on their official websites.

    Update DirectX

    DirectX installation can cause a lot of games to crash on startup and Elden Ring is no exception. If the game is crashing on startup, you need to update DirectX to the latest version.

    Verify Files’ integrity

    Let’s not give up yet! If you have had no luck in solving Elden Ring crashing issue, give a shot at verifying files’ integrity. Here’s how you can verify Steam files. Wait until the verification completes and relaunch the game to check if it still crashes at launch.

    We hope this guide was helpful in resolving Elden Ring crashing and a black screen issue. The game is fairly new, so, if you have issues related to its Low FPS or save file location we have guides to help you resolve them as well. For more guides and fixes for Elden Ring or other games keep following Retrology.

    Talha Saqib
    Talha Saqib
    Founder of Retrology. Been actively following the gaming and media industry for the past 15 years. Also, a full-time software engineer. My day-to-day tasks include writing, editing, strategizing content, managing my team, and handling the complete back-end.
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