Warframe is a free to play action role-playing game that is developed by Digital Extremes. It was primarily created for PC gameplay but quickly made its way to Xbox and PS4. The game is widely played and has emerged to be one of the most popular games of all time.
Despite the popularity of the game, we came across numerous situations where users were unable to play the game because of it constantly crashing again and again. There are several variations of the crashing i.e. the game crashes instantly after you log in or it crashes intermittently during the gameplay.
Here, in this article, we will go through all the reasons as to why this might be occurring to you and what are the workarounds involved to fix the problem.
What causes Warframe to Crash?
After receiving several user reports, we came to the conclusion that the crashing was occurring due to several different reasons. Some of the reasons as to why Warframe crashes are but not limited to:
- Bad cache files: Like all games, Warframe also stores all the temporary configurations and settings in cache files that are stored locally on your computer. These cache files, if corrupt, can cause bizarre behavior to the computer including the crashing.
- Corrupt game files: It also came to our notice that some game files were either corrupt or not working properly. These specific files were causing the game to become unstable and hence cause it to crash.
- Overclocking/Irregular Clock Speed: Most games are optimized to run in overclocked/unlocked PCs. These provide performance boosts and can greatly increase the gameplay. However, with Warframe, the case is the opposite.
- Third-party components: There are also be some third-party components that might be interfering with the game or its graphics. We came across a few which seemed to create with the game.
- Low specifications: If your computer is of low specs and you are trying to play Warframe, you will definitely experience issues in your gameplay.
Before you start the solutions, make sure that you are logged in as an administrator on your computer and have an active open internet connection.
Pre-requisite: PC Requirements
Before we start with the troubleshooting, you should first check whether your PC fulfills all the requirements of your computer to run Warframe at all. You should have ‘at-least’ the minimum requirements but even that doesn’t guarantee that you will not have any problems.
Here are the official minimum requirements as declared by Warframe.
OS: Windows 7 64-bit (32-bit not supported) Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo e6400 or AMD Athlon x64 4000+ (~2.2Ghz dual core CPU) Video: DirectX 10+ capable Graphics Card Memory: 4 GB RAM Storage: 30 GB available HD space Internet: Broadband Internet Connection
Solution 1: Verifying Game and Cache Files
The first step in troubleshooting the game should be checking whether the installation files are complete and there isn’t some anomaly in them. The same goes for cache files. Cache files, as explained before, are used to store temporary configurations and settings on your computer. If these cache files are corrupt or incomplete, the game will be loading bad data and hence will crash whenever they are accessed. The same scenario goes for game files. In this solution, we will validate the integrity of the game and cache files and fix any disruptions.
Usually, Warframe is launched through Steam or even as a stand-alone launcher. In both cases, we can verify the game and cache files using the settings.
- Launch Warframe and click on the gear icon present at the top-right side of the screen.
- When the settings are opened, click on Verify present underneath Download cache. You can also do a Defrag after you have completed the verification process.
- Restart your computer completely. Now, launch the game and check if the issue is resolved.
Solution 2: Launching in Windowed Mode
Before we try other intensive workarounds, first we should try launching the game in Windowed mode. This isn’t something new; every game once in a while has issues when getting displayed in full-screen mode. Here, you can try to disable the full-screen. This will launch the game in Windowed mode and you can easily drag the edges to the screen to spread it out.
- Launch the game settings as we just did in the previous solution.
- Now, uncheck the option of Full-screen.
- Press Ok to save changes and exit. Restart your computer and check if the issue is resolved.
Solution 3: Changing in-game Settings
The last change we will make to the game before we move on and try more direct workarounds is lowering the graphics and gameplay. If the game is too heavy and is putting a burden on your system, you will experience several issues including the crashing. Here in this solution, we will launch the game and change the in-game settings.
- Launch Warframe and press Esc button to open the menu. Now, click on Options
- Navigate to the Display tab and set the Display Mode as Windowed. You can also reduce the graphics settings. Next, underneath the heading of Graphics Quality, change the preset to Low.
- Save changes and exit. Restart Warframe and check if the issue still persists.
Solution 4: Reinstalling DirectX
DirectX is published by Microsoft and is a series of APIs which are core elements in the majority of the games. If DirectX is not installed properly on your computer or if you have an older version, it can cause issues like the one under discussion. In this solution, we will reinstall DirectX.
- Navigate to the official Microsoft website and download the installer from there.
- After downloading the file to an accessible location, run the executable with administrator privileges and install DirectX. If it is already installed, consider doing a proper reinstall in case any modules are missing.
- Restart your computer and check if the game ceases to crash.
Note: You can also select another version of DirectX from Warframe settings. Iterate between DirectX 11 and 10 and see which one works for you.
Solution 5: Checking for Conflicting Applications
Despite Warframe being around quite some time, we came across numerous instances where there were applications that conflicted with the game. These applications usually enter a race condition with the game or don’t free up some essential resources of the computer which causes it to have issues when playing. Usually, applications fix this behavior by releasing an update but there are numerous instances where this takes time and the game keeps crashing.
Here, what you can do is either troubleshoot yourself or check the list of applications listed below and see if any of them are installed on your computer. If they are, you can easily disable them one by one and then try launching Warframe. Some of the applications which are known to conflict with Warframe are:
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Here is the method on how you can uninstall an application from your computer.
- Press Windows + R, type “appwiz.cpl” in the dialogue box and press Enter.
- Once in the application manager, search through all the listings for the required application, right-click on it and select Uninstall.
- Restart your computer after uninstalling the applications and then check if the issue is resolved.
Solution 6: Altering Warframe Tools File
Another workaround that we saw worked for a lot of people was changing the Warframe Tools file present in your installation directory. Warframe saves configurations and settings of the tools it uses in its operation in these files. If this file is corrupt, you will definitely experience issues and the game will crash frequently. In this solution, we will navigate to the installation directory and erase the tools file completely. When Warframe launches again, it will notice that the file is empty and will reinitialize all the default configurations which will hopefully fix your problem.
- Make sure that all instances of Warframe are closed.
- Now, press Windows + E to launch Windows Explorer and navigate to the following file path:
Note: If you have Steam installed in some other directory, you can always navigate there.
- Now search for the following file:
- Right-click on it and open it with a Text Editor. This can be Notepad or any other program.
- Now, press Ctrl + A and press the Backspace to delete all the contents. Save the file and exit.
- Restart your computer and launch Warframe again. Check if the issue is resolved.
Note: You can always cut-paste the contents of the file to another location in case you need to get it back.
Solution 7: Disabling NVIDIA PhysX
NVIDIA PhysX is an engine developed by NVIDIA and allows the processor to enable real-time physics in games and other programs. It also allows GPU acceleration and is known to be a game-changer in improving the graphics of any game or program. However, we received numerous reports by users that this option was causing issues for them and caused the crashing of Warframe again and again.
It seems that NVIDIA PhysX does its job quite well but Warframe doesn’t support. If the game itself isn’t supporting the mechanism, it will obviously crash and have issues. In this solution, we will navigate to the NIVIDA control panel and make sure that the feature is turned off for good.
- Right-click anywhere on your Desktop and select NVIDIA Control Panel.
- When the control panel is opened up, select Set PhysX Configuration underneath the 3D Settings using the left navigation pane.
- Now on the right side, click on the drop-down of Select a PhysX processor and select CPU from it.
- Save changes and exit. Now restart your computer completely and then check if the issue is resolved.
Solution 8: Disabling Overclocking and Running at Default Clock Speed
Modern CPU processors have the option to run more than the default clock speed to boost the user’s computer setup. These kinds of processors are called ‘unlocked’. People who require more computational power usually overclock their CPUs. In overclocking, the graphics/CPU increases the clock frequency by quite an amount for a short period of time. When the threshold temperature is reached, the module goes back to its default speed and lets it cool itself down. When it is cool enough again, it starts to overclock again.
This increases the computer’s efficiency and performance a lot and allows users to get more power without making any additions to the system. However, programs such as Warframe are known to have issues with overclocking. It seems they cannot keep up or have issues with the increased clock speed and crashes. Here, you can try disabling overclocking and see if this makes any difference.
Note: This goes for all overclocking modules including RAM, CPU, graphics card, etc. Make sure all of them are running in their default speed.
Solution 9: Resetting/Updating BIOS
BIOS is the core component of your computer system. Whenever you start your computer, the BIOS gets loads up first and it connects to all the hardware and the operating system itself. It is the most important bridge between the operating system and computer components.
Despite it being very rare, we came across situations where the BIOS was causing the game to crash. If the BIOS is not updated to the latest version or corrupt, you will experience the crashing in Warframe. Usually, we don’t recommend users to reset/update their BIOS system but given the frequency of people reporting that this fixed the issue, we decided to keep it as a solution.
Hence, we are not recommending you to reset or update your BIOS on your own. You can always go to a computer expert and ask him to perform the task for you.
Note: Please do note that if you do not perform the operation properly, you have a risk of bricking your computer which will make it useless so proceed with caution. Here are some of the links which might prove helpful to you in performing the solution: