Been there. Done that. No help. Thxnywy
Originally Posted by M-O-S
Originally Posted by 5_day_forecast
ok, i had the same problem, fixed completely, game runs now, go to "gamesforwindows.com" and download the brand new direct x pack....it works now....here is the exact link...
yay, it works now.....
I'm pretty sure I have that update, but during installation I unchecked the "download drivers" thing and instead launched Bioshock.
Originally Posted by GreenOctober
Hmm. Thanks for the suggestion, but installing the DX runtime didn't help.
Does it generate an error log somewhere? Haven't found one yet.
That that leads to a download page for DX9c, but I'd want 10. Did you just install DX9c? I'd really like to at TRY this game prior to going to bed. I really hate rocky launches.
Originally Posted by crunkjuice
directx update doesn't work for me, nor do any of the previously mentioned possible solutions. Anyone else have any suggestions?
I was finally able to fix this problem with updating to the latest version of dx...
I guess all we can do is wait for patch.......
Updated DirectX and still no dice. This is frustrating.
*goes to play through the demo again*
Add me to the Bioshock.exe error. So far this wins the "Worst launch of an anticpated game award". Hell this launch even makes EA's games look wonderful compared to this crap.
A fix that worked for me
163.44 forceware and August 2007 DirectX
8800GTX in SLI under VISTA64/4GB RAM, X6800
4GBs dual channel
bioshock.exe has stopped working after the intro plane scene and bioshock slash. Roommates with crap computers are running it great. ☺☺☺☺tah day to have a good computer I guess. . .
No, I think it's more like a ☺☺☺☺ty release day...
I installed the august 2007 Direct X Runtimes
And the 163.44 Forceware beta drivers 64 bit versions for Windows Vista.
I can now launch the program and get into the first menu screen, however when I switch the resolution to anything the game craps a brick and ceases to respond. This just seems extremely shotty, so far I'm just guessing its me having Vista 64bit but still this seems like something that should have been caught.
Here is the reason why consoles are SO MUCH BETTER! Unfortunately, it's not out on the PS3 and I'm not buying the 360 just yet...
I purchased the game through steam and originally had this problem, but for a while, I was able to launch bioshock.exe directly from the folder and at least get the game loaded. It appears they may have patched it so you can't bypass things....shame as it was the only way I could get in the game to work on fixing my other isses
Made myself laugh. The disc is a spiritual successor to System Shock 2, alright... use it for more than twelve seconds and it goes from brand new to falling apart.
WHUR'S MY MAINTENANCE TOOL! THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING VALUE-REP!
It's so strange. Because of all the "not true widescreen" issues, I decided to play on 1600x1200 (next lowest available resolution) and see if this fixed the crashing. After about 20 minutes of very smooth gameplay (all options maxed) I begin to get complacent. Then BAM!! Shut me right the ☺☺☺☺ up. Lowering the resolution seems to give prolonged gameplay, but the game ultimately goes belly-up inside of a half-hour.
So after hours of frustration I'm at my wits end. What do I do, you ask? I take my best shot. Seems to me that the root of the problem is graphical, meaning something to do with my video card, Radeon X1950, or its drivers. Well if that's the case lets pull out the old video card an old Nvdia 6600OC, which just barely meets minimum requirements. Install the card with the latest drivers meant for Bioshock. Guess what happens? The game runs... Albeit with some sound glitches but it runs. Whodathunkit.... My old dusty card runs the game while my 6 month old card doesn't. Pretty shoddy if I do say so myself.
I could not get this game to work at all under DX10. The DX9 switch worked, but without it, it would just sit at a black screen. The thing I found strange, is that it worked 100% FINE in XP (Appearantly, if you bought the game off steam, you can just run steam and still play all your games without having to reinstall or anything, steam FTW.)
I installed the latest beta drivers for my NVIDIA 8800GTS. MAKE SURE ITS THE 163.44 BETA. There was an earlier 163 driver released, but it was like revision 13, not 44. I had NO LUCK with the 163.13 driver.
I installed the August DX update.
Now, it works.
I really don't want to seem like a brown noser for 2k games, but I think that a lot of this ISN'T their fault.
The fact that NVIDIA released drivers the day before this game came out, and we have people running around saying you need the 163.44 betas to play the game, shows me that NVIDIA didn't have their ☺☺☺☺ together.
The fact that M$ just released a patch a few days ago also shows me that they didn't have their ☺☺☺☺ together.
Anyways, try running it in XP if you have a dual boot and you bought it off of steam. If you bought the hard copy, youre probably ☺☺☺☺ed, because the CD-KEY or w/e is probably stored in the registry (I abhor the registry), so you'd have to reinstall it.
Also, if you have steam, try the "-dx9" switch, and see if it works. If it does work, you're in good shape. As a side note, however, I had teh 163.44 drivers installed AFTER I tried the -dx9 thing.
Hope this helps someone.
I found the problem
The solution is to play it in windowed mode only.
Guess they need to release patch that works fine for full-screen....
Hm. I'll give it a shot.
Originally Posted by M-O-S
Any way to set BioShock to window mode via the configfile? Because I can't even get into the game. Sigh.
Yes.. there is a line in the Default.ini that says something along the lines of StartupWindowed=False
Originally Posted by Bonzai
That might not be the actual line (doing this from memory) but its similar.
StartupFullscreen=True, change this to StartupFullscreen=False , this statement is located past halfway point of the file
Originally Posted by garath
Unfortunetly, just like any other advice, this one doesn't work.
Wow! You guys are my friends! Can I join your club of "People who can't get BioShock to Launch Club" ??? Now that Im in, I have question:
It looks like everyone who is having problems launching, is having problems getting Dx10 to work. (Game works with dx9) Even with the latest drivers. If this is the case, did the critics test the game using Dx9 or Dx10 when they based their review on the game? Because none of them mentioned that they can't get the game to even launch! And Im pretty damn sure they would have had the same problems we are.
Anyway, I just bought 2 Geforce 8800 GTX (SLI) for $1100 so I can start playing Dx10 games. And the first game I try to play doesn't even launch! I should have bought BioShock in a store instead of Steam, that way I can use the $50 CD as a cup holster for my coffee.
AMD X2 +5000
4 gigs of ram
Geforce 8800 GTX sli x2
i had the same problem - look at my post - http://forums.2kgames.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5819
its all working now
also i tried launching it from C:\Program Files\Valve\Steam\SteamApps\common\bioshock demo\Builds\Release click on bioshock.exe there
I'm not sure if i had steam running or not at that point but i really think not
forgot - now its working from steam launch window as well
I have the same problem as the OP, where i get a black screen after i see the water falll off the bioshock sign after the intro movie. so i called 2k games tech support in canada because the US one is a fake number or something. anyway, i spent some time explaining this problem, and he sent me to hp to get new drivers for my graphics card (no ☺☺☺☺, as if i didn't try this already) so i called hp on the offchance there was some magical driver that they had and they said no, but told me to reinstall my drivers again (i did, and i still have the same crashing problem) i'm tempted to go to wherever 2k is located and shove my dvd version of this game up their ass and give them a very impolite hand gesture to go along with it.
Lol I would too, but unfortunetly (fortunate for 2k) pocket change money doesn't justify a ticket across the continent and risking assualt lawsuit
Originally Posted by humpthewind
It's a gameplan setup by 2k, we played along and lost, and what will be, will be.
I've tried a couple more different things suggested elsewhere, but still have not even gotten to the spash screen before I get the error.
Well, if you can get into game, you can choose windowed mode in Options menu.
Originally Posted by harnabra
Still no luck.
-dx9 = nothing
August DX update = zip
Run as Admin = nope
compatibility disable visual themes = negative
disable firewall & antivirus = zilch
update video drivers = sorry
dual-core AMD fix = try again
I've yet to see the main page of this game.
I'm running out of ideas.
running windows XP and once i get the Bioshock Logo Window i get "windows has encountered an error" message
I'm having the same problem guys. But I can't get the new Nvidia driver to install. It says that I don't have Windows Vista[32 bit] installed, but I do.
When I installed BioShock, it ran smoothly for an hour or so, then crashed and won't start up again. I've been having problems getting Microsoft's website to qualify my version of windows to download the DX install, but I ran the installation for it from the BioShock disc and it said it was all good.
I'm thinking I should've spent the extra ten dollars and got the Xbox 360 version.
Asus G1S A1
2.2GHz Core 2 Duo
GeForce 8600m GT 256MB with TurboCache
Vista Home Premium
I purchased through Steam, and mine is now running semi-properly. I had made the following changes (didn't seem to help with them alone):
- Installed the August DX update.
- Installed the beta NVIDIA drivers.
- Run the game as Administrator and in Compatibility mode for XP SP2.
Some other key things I had to do that finally helped are:
- Run in a window.
- Modify the NVIDIA control panel settings to use 4xAF
If one of these two options is not done, it doesn't work for me. Not sure how much of the above is required. That's just what I went through to get working.
- HP xw6400 workstation
- Dual Intel 64-bit 3.4GHz Xeon Processors
- 4GB RAM (3.3GB recognized)
- NVIDIA Geforce 8800 GTX 768MB
- SoundBlaster Audigy 4
- Windows Vista Ultimate
Well, I got the DX to work and it installed without a problem, but the Nvidia 163.44 still does not install.
Add me to the list guys
I'm running a Dell vostro 1500
1.6GHZ core 2 duo
2GB gskill DD2 ram
Nvidia 8600M GT with 256mb dedicated memory
running win vista 32bit on 160GB sata drive
dell 8600M gt video drivers (only ones that i can get working)
and the newest build of directx from microsoft
I preordered the retail copy from gamestop, installed it fine, then i get to menu screen and start new game, I get as far as the opening cut scene and the bioshock logo with the dripping water then it crashes to desktop with Bioshock.exe has stoped working error.
This is what I've tried so far:
looked all over for drivers or beta drivers for my mobile GPU to no avail
ran in admin mode
ran in windows xp compatibility mode
installed newest directx runtime
tried it in windowed mode
tried hacking the CFG file for widescreen mode which bioshock already has
tried running with DX10 disabled
tried running with all graphics on low and lowest res
wiped my laptop of all drivers and then reinstalled them all including video and DX runtime
My PC meets the recommended requirements to run bioshock so whats the deal? I have never payed 50 bucks for a game and haven't been able to even play it, I didn't even have this much trouble with BF2 when it released, it at least ran out of the box.
I'm never going to get another game on release due to this catastrophe, I'll wait till they patch first before I buy.
I'm very disappointed.
So....I wonder for how long we have to wait until they release patch....