The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was recently released on August 18, 2023. For starters, this game is based on the iconic movie of the same name. But as terrifying as Leatherface is, game-breaking bugs are even more terrifying to players. So, in this article, we will be taking a look at the Crashing, Not Launching, Black Screen, & Stuttering issues in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (TCM) and see if there are any fixes available for such issues.
Crashing, Not Launching, Black Screen, & Stuttering Issues are the most common errors that players regularly face in recently released games. These errors somehow seem to find a way to ruin the experience in almost all games. Well, with that out of the way, keep reading to know how to get rid of such issues and get back into the game.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (TCM) Crashing, Not Launching, Black Screen, & Stuttering Issues: Is there any fix yet
As of now, there are no official fixes for such issues in the game. Since these issues are common in almost all PC games, a lot of players have been suggesting workarounds to get rid of them on the game’s official Steam discussion forums. So, if you are encountering these issues as well, make sure to try every workaround mentioned here.
Restart/run as admin
The first thing to do is simply close the game and your PC. Let it cool down for some time, and then reboot it. Now, before you launch the game, right-click on the game’s executable file and select “Run as administrator”. After this, start the game and see if this simple workaround does the trick for you.
For most players, this was the workaround that got rid of the crashing and other issues in the game. Now, you might have some apps (Discord, MSI AB) other than Steam running in the background with overlay features. It is recommended that you turn off Overaly for all those apps, starting with Steam. Many players have reported that just disabling the Steam overlay solved the issue for them. So, to disable Steam Overlay, open the Steam client and click on “Steam” in the top-left corner of the client. From the dropdown menu, select “Settings.” In the Settings window, navigate to the “In-Game” tab located on the left side. Uncheck the box next to “Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game.” Finally, click the “OK” button to apply the changes. Launch the game and see if this fixes the issue.
Clear out unwanted process
Press CTRL + Shift + ESC to open the Task Manager. Go to the Processes tab, locate resource-intensive third-party applications that are unnecessary, and right-click to choose End Process. Be cautious not to terminate system-related processes to avoid potential crashes. This can help optimize your system’s performance during gameplay.
GPU related workarounds
Keeping your GPU drivers up-to-date is crucial to avoiding performance issues in games. Visit your GPU manufacturer’s website, like NVIDIA or AMD, and download the latest drivers. Install them following the instructions, and restart your system. For better performance, ensure TCM runs on your dedicated GPU. To make sure of it, right-click the Start button, access Settings, and go to Gaming > Graphics Settings. Now, select the Browse option and add TCM’s .exe file to the list of games. After this, access the Options menu of TCM, and set it to “High Performance”. This method should resolve potential stuttering and low FPS problems in the game.
Unplug Controllers and Uninstall MSI Afterburner
A connected controller can cause compatibility conflicts and unexpected input interactions that might affect the game’s proper launch. So, while launching the game, make sure that there aren’t any controllers connected to your system. This seemed to work for some players, so give it a shot. Additionally, it has been reported by many that MSI Afterburner, a GPU overclocking tool, is the primary cause of the game’s crashes, and not launching errors. Uninstalling or disabling MSI AB before launching the game can prevent such conflicts and crashes.
Set in-game Graphics Preset to High and Toggle V-Sync
This workaround is especially useful for players who are encountering low FPS or stuttering issues in TCM. It has been shared by a player who claims that this is the official workaround and that the developers are aware of the issue. Yes, this is indeed acknowledged by the developers and they have shared the following as a workaround. So, the recommended solution is to set the in-game graphics preset to HIGH instead of Ultra. In addition to this, some players also mentioned that toggling the V-Sync/G-Sync option On/Off fixed the issue for them. So, consider enabling/disabling this option as well.
Install the game on an SSD
If you are dealing with constant stuttering and FPS drops in TCM, consider reinstalling the game on an SSD instead of an HDD for better performance and no stutters.
Use the -dx commands to run the game
You can try to launch the game with a different DirectX version to see if that solves the issue. So, to add a command parameter like “-dx12” to a game on Steam, open your Steam library and find the game you want to modify. Right-click on the game’s name and select “Properties.” In the Properties window, go to the General tab, and you will find the “Set Launch Options” text box. Here, type “-dx12” (without the quotes) and click “OK.” If that does not work, try the “-dx11” command next.
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