Fix all Dark Souls crash problems on the PC as well as , errors, freezing, lagging, graphics problems, FPS issues, black screen, no sound, and more with this list of user-contributed solutions. Keep checking back for more fixes as we continue to update this fix guide in the next couple of weeks!
Fixing Dark Souls PC Crashes, Errors, Freezing, Lagging, Graphics Problems, Poor FPS, Black screen, No Sound
First things first, make sure your PC system meets the minimum requirements for Dark Souls PC. If you’re not sure of your PC specs, check this guide on how to check your PC specs.
Dark Souls PC System Requirements:
- OS: Windows XP , Windows Vista, Windows 7, or newer
- Processor: 2.6 GHz Dual-Core
- Memory: 1 GB (XP), 2GB (Vista/7)
- Hard Disk Space: 4 GB
- Video Card: 512 MB RAM, ATI Radeon 4850 or higher, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT or higher
- DirectX®: 9.0c
- Sound: Direct Sound Compatible
- Additional: Multiplayer requires microphone headset support
Dark Souls PC Crash Fix and Fixes to Errors, Freezing, Lagging, CTD, Poor FPS, Black screen, No Sound
Problem #1 Dark Souls PC Crash Fix – Crash to Desktop upon Launch / Startup
If Dark Souls PC randomly crashes upon launching the game, ensure or try the following:
- Update your nVidia / ATI graphics drivers. Check our Technical References page for proper and official download links.
- Turn off SLI / Crossfire then start the game. See if it stabilizes Dark Souls PC performance.
- Turn off your anti-virus software before launching the Dark Souls PC, but make sure you turn it back on after playing. Make sure Windows Defender is also disabled.
- Try using only one GPU first (turn the other one off via your nVidia / ATI graphics control panel)
- Try running the game in Windowed Mode (frequently works for low-end PCs)
- Disable anti-aliasing and filtering, restart Dark Souls PC
- Disable V-sync, restart Dark Souls PC
- Disable background apps, and turn off your anti-virus software
- In Windows 7 right-click the Dark Souls PC exe file, go to the ‘Compatibility Mode’ tab and check ‘Disable Desktop Composition’
- Run through our list of general fixes, which will most likely resolve your Dark Souls PC crash problems
Problem #2 Dark Souls PC Crash Fix – Dark Souls PC Crashes right after pressing the ‘Play’ button
In Windows 7 go the Dark Souls PC installation folder, right-click the Dark Souls PC exe file, go to the ‘Compatibility Mode’ tab and check ‘Disable Desktop Composition.’ Then try running Dark Souls PC once more.
Problem #3 Dark Souls PC Launch Crash Fix – Dark Souls PC “Could not load image”
Go to the Dark Souls PC installation folder and look for the Dark Souls PC .exe file and run it directly from there, rather than using the shortcut or client link.
Problem #4 Dark Souls PC Crash Fix – Dark Souls PC Crashes on Intel HD Graphics Card
Simply do a clean uninstall and reinstall of your Intel Graphics Driver. Check our Technical References page for proper and official downloads.
Problem #5 Dark Souls PC Texture Fix – Bad Textures, Texture Breaks, Texture Glitch on gaming laptop
This is only for gaming laptops, but could work for some PCs. Note that this is an advanced solution, and only try this if other basic solutions such as disabling anti-aliasing and filtering failed for you. If your BIOS has the option, disable ‘Switchable Graphics’. This will remove your laptop PC’s ability to automatically switch between the onboard intel graphics card and the nVidia / ATI graphics chip, thus smoothening out gameplay.
Problem #6 Dark Souls PC Crash Fix – For Quad Core and Multi-Core PCs
If you’re on Quad Core, try this fix to address any crash issues:
- Start the game
- Alt+Tab Out of the game
- Open Task Manager
- Right click on Dark Souls PC.exe
- Set Affinity
- Select core 0 and 1 only. You need to run the game on two CPU’s basically, so to avoid the crash to desktop.
Problem #7 Dark Souls PC Controller Fix – Xbox 360 or Other Controller Doesn’t Work
There are two known possible solutions as of writing for this controller bug:
- Manually download and install any Dark Souls PC game patch from the official source instead rather than automatically updating via Steam or any similar game client.
- If you haven’t yet, go to your Windows Control Panel