[Fix] Elden Ring Not Launching (White + Black Screen)

Last Updated on June 8, 2022

Elden Ring, launched in February 2022, is the latest edition in the realm of action role-playing games. Since the game was recently launched, it has many bugs and issues that need to be fixed.

Many players report that Elden Ring isn’t running properly, and people face launching problems and white or black screen problems while playing the game. Players mention that they can hear the game and see the curser with a white or black screen. Most of these issues are witnessed by players playing the game on PC.

If you are one of the people who Elden Ring is not launching with a white + black screen error, you are at the right place. In this article, we will discuss all the possible causes behind Elden Ring not launching on PC and how you can fix it.

Fix # 1: Restart your PC

The first fix you should try in response to any such problem as a game not responding or an application not working is to restart your PC. Most of the time, a temporary system glitch causes Elden Ring to not launch properly, and you see a white or black screen on your monitor. Once your PC has been reset, launch Elden Ring again and see if the problem has been fixed.

Fix # 2: Run the Game in Windowed Mode

Windowed mode is a way to open an application on your computer so that it does not cover the entire desktop. You can drag the window around the screen or resize it at your convenience.

Many players have reported that doing this for Elden Ring makes it run flawlessly, and you don’t get to see a white or black screen at the launch. There are two ways to enter windowed mode. First, you can press ALT + Enter while playing the game to switch between windowed and full-screen modes.

The second way is to change the game launch settings on Steam. Here’s how you can do this.

  • Open Steam Library.
  • Look for Elden Ring; access its Properties by right-clicking it.
  • Select the General tab; you will see Launch Options on this page. Add “-windowed” in the field below the Launch Options tab and save your settings.

Fix # 3: Update Graphic Card Drivers

Updating graphic card drivers is an easy solution that can fix Elden Ring not launching problem with a white and black screen. Here’s how you can update the drivers on your PC to fix this problem.

  • Press Windows Key on your keyboard and type device manager.
  • Open Device Manager is displayed in the search results.
  • Look for Display Drivers in the list in the opened window, and click it to expand it.
  • This will show the display driver on your PC. Right-click it on your graphics card name and select Search Automatically for drivers. Your PC will look for available updates and guide you to install the needed update.
  • Alternatively, you can update the driver manually as well. You will need to download the update from your graphic card’s website. If you are doing this, double-check your graphic card’s model number and see if the update is relevant to your card.
  • Launch the game again to see if the problem has been solved.

Fix # 4: Restart your Graphics Driver

If updating your graphic card doesn’t work, you can try restarting the graphic card. Pressing Windows Key + Ctrl + Shift + B at the same time will restart your graphic cards.

You will see your screen blink once or twice and hear a small beep indicating that the graphic card driver has been restarted.

This may make Elden Ring run smoothly.

Fix # 5: Update your Windows

Updating your Windows timely is critical for ensuring the smooth running of your applications and games. It eliminates compatibility issues. Let’s see how you can check for updates in your Windows.

  • Press Windows Key on your keyboard and type update and security.
  • Open Windows Update Settings from the results.
  • You will see a button “Check for updates” in the window. Click it. Your PC will look for updates if available.
  • Download the updates and install them.
  • Restart your system and see if Elden Ring is now working fine or not.

Fix # 6: Run Elden Ring on Dedicated Graphics Card

Allocating maximum graphics card resources might solve the crashing problem for many games. Simple settings change can fix this for you. Here’s how you can allocate maximum resources of your graphics card to make this work for you.

  • Press the Windows key on your keyboard and type graphics settings.
  • Open Graphics Settings from the list.
  • Click Browse to add Elden Ring to the list of high preference apps.
  • Go to the location where you have installed the app and select the .exe file. (It is the file that you click to launch the game.)
  • Right-click the game icon and select Options.
  • Now select High Performance and save the changes.
  • Exit the setting and run your game to see if the problem is fixed.

Fix # 7: Verify the Integrity of Game Files

Black/white screen can also happen if your game files are not verified. You can verify the game files on Steam using the method explained below.

  • Launch Steam and open the Library
  • Look for Elden Ring and right-click it to access Properties.
  • Click Local Files from the list on the left hand.
  • Select “Verify integrity of game files.”
  • Steam will start a verification process that may take some time. Let Steam complete the process.
  • Launch the game to see if the problem has been fixed.

Fix # 8: Disable Steam Overlay

Steam can cause overlay problems, which can lead to your games going black/white or crashing while playing. You can try disabling Steam overlay from its settings to see if this solves the problem. Let’s see how you can fix this issue.

  • Open Steam and go to Library.
  • Right-click Elden Ring and Open Properties.
  • Go to the General tab and uncheck the first box that says “Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game.”
  • Exit Properties and launch the game to see if the problem has been solved.

Fix # 9: Replace Directx12 Files

One way to deal with Elden Ring not launching is to replace the Directx12 files. Many users have reported that deleting and replacing these files solves the problem.    

  • Let’s see how you can do it.
  • Open Steam and go to Library.
  • Select Elden Ring and right-click it.
  • Select Manage and then click Browse Local Files.
  • This will open a new explorer window. Look for files “D3D12.dll” and “D3D12Core.dll”, and delete them.
  • Now open C drive on your system, and go to Windows > System 32.
  • Find files “D3D12.dll” and “D3D12Core.dll”, and copy these files.
  • Now open the game directory and place these files there.
  • Rename “d3d12.dll” to “d3d12_original.dll”
  • Go to GitHub and download the fix files. You will need to extract these files.
  • Copy the files “d3d12.dll, d3d12.exp, d3d12.lib, d3d12.pdb” and past them in the game’s installation directory.
  • Launch the fame to see if the problem has been fixed

Fix # 10: Delete Temp Files

The temporary files in your PC slow it down. It also affects games and other applications that you use on your PC.

You can delete temporary files from time to time to ensure your PC’s proper working as they are of no use. Follow the steps below to delete temporary files from your PC.

  • Press Windows Key + R to open Run Box.
  • Type in %Temp% and press enter.
  • This will open a new folder with a large collection of files and folders.
  • Select them all and delete them. It is better to use Shift + Del while deleting. You don’t need to increase your work by sending them to Recycle Bin and then deleting these files from there.

Fix # 11: Turn off Xbox Game Bar

Windows 10 & 11 have a built-in Xbox Game Bar. It lets you record and shares gameplay. It can cause issues with other games. Here’s how you can disable it.

  • Press the Windows key and start typing Xbox Game Bar.
  • Click Xbox Game Bar to open it and turn it off.

Fix # 12: Reduce in-game Graphics Settings

This fix is good for people playing Elden Ring on a system that is below the game’s requirements. You can do this by accessing game settings and navigating to display options. Now go to graphic settings and set it to the lowest settings.

This may solve the not launching problem for Elden Ring.

Fix # 13: Deal with unnecessary Applications and Peripherals

Sometimes unnecessary applications and peripherals consume your PC’s resources and lead to game launching and crashing problems. Check that no unnecessary apps are running in the background before launching the game. You can do this by opening Task Manager on your PC and closing all the processes and tasks that are not required.

Similarly, remove all unnecessary peripherals like USBs, speakers, and charging cables if they are not needed for gameplay.

Fix # 14: Reinstall Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime

Reinstalling Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime can fix multiple gaming issues and errors. Follow the directions given below to reinstall Microsoft Visual C++.

  • Press Windows Key and start typing apps & features.
  • Open Apps & Features from the list.
  • Identify all Microsoft Visual C++ program(s) in the list and uninstall them.
  • Go to Microsoft’s official website and download all the programs that you removed.
  • Reinstall the programs and restart your system.
  • Launch Elden Ring to see if it is working or not.

Fix # 15: Update Elden Ring

Though Elden Ring was recently launched but 5 patches have been released to date. You need to make sure that you are playing the updated version so that there are no bugs in your game.

Follow the steps mentioned below to update your game on Steam

  • Open the Steam client and go to Library
  • Look for Elden Ring and click on it; Steam will automatically start looking for an update if available.
  • Depending on the update size and your internet speed, this may take some time.

Fixing Elden Ring not Launching (White + Black Screen) on MacBook

All of the above-discussed fixes are valid for Mac OS. The process of accessing the OS settings is different for Mac. If you are a Mac user, you’ll know how to access these settings. Try the fixes one be one and check out if the problem solves or not.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does Elden Ring Crash?

There are many reasons behind Elden Ring crash. The most common are the outdated graphics card, outdated windows, below-requirement PC, not-updated game version, corrupted game files, and in-game failure. As explained above, most of these problems can be fixed by tweaking some settings.

Does turning off MSI Afterburner and RivaTuner stop Elden Ring from crashing?

MSI Afterburner and RivaTuner are popular tools for controlling graphics card settings. However, many buyers have reported that they cause problems for Elden Ring. A few players have also reported that the gameplay improved after users turned them off.

Does removing Epic Games Launcher solve Elden Ring not launching problem?

Many players have reported that removing the Epic Games launcher from their PC has improved Elden Ring gameplay and reduced the instance of a white screen. You can remove Epic Games Launcher from Control Panel and see if this makes any change.   

Does disabling Discord improve Elden Ring not launching problem?

Yes. Some players have reported that disabling the streaming mode on Discord improved Elden Ring gameplay. You can disable the streamer mode from User settings in discord. Disable Game Overlay as well.

Where can I download Nvidia and AMD drivers from?

You can download these drivers from the links given below.

Nvidia Drivers.

AMD Drivers

How can I change the preferred graphics processer using Nvidia?

  • Open Nvidia Control Panel and select 3D Settings.
  • Click Manage 3D Settings and open Program Settings.
  • Check if the dropdown menu has Elden Ring in it. You can also add the location of the .exe file through Browse.
  • Once added, locate the “Preferred Graphics Processor” setting and select “High-performance NVIDIA processor.

Final Words

If you have tried all the fixes and the problem is still unsolved, you can contact Elden Ring Support Team to find a problem for your problem.       

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