Monday, 20 August 2012

DotA 2 Black Screen Fix

Just a quick note here really, if you're having issues with DotA 2 playing properly with your graphics card setup and just get a black screen when loading (and then sometimes following by a really jittery DotA background music), you should try this:

Right click on your DotA 2 in Steam, go to Properties and Set Launch Options, then enter the following:

-windowed -w 1920 -h 1080 -noborder -novid

Replace the 1920 and 1080 with your actual resolutions.

This will launch the game windowed and maximised without the Valve intro video.

UPDATE: Also try removing your DotA2 config files located in steam/steamapps/common/dota 2 beta/dota/cfg and then in the launch options described above, add +autoconfig


EDIT: If you are still experiencing issues after applying this fix, a good precautionary measure is to update to your latest video card drivers, but to also do a full uninstall of the old ones too, a good program to use to completely clear them is Driver Sweeper.

As in the comments - you have to replace the numbers with the correct resolution of your screen, mine won't always be the same.

56 comments:

  1. No fix for me either. Now it just goes to a blank white screen and returns to steam instead of a blank black screen.

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  2. Mine was always a white screen XD

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  3. Right click your background and find the resolution of your desktop first. Then input those numbers instead of the numbers provided.

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  4. YEAH this worked like a charm
    thanks for the help!

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  5. If you are still experiencing issues after applying this fix, a good precautionary measure is to update to your latest video card drivers, but to also do a full uninstall of the old ones too, a good program to use to completely clear them is Driver Sweeper.

    As above as well - you have to replace the numbers with the correct resolution of your screen, mine won't always be the same.

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    1. Driver sweeper make my graphic crash.

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  6. Haha it removed the black screen, but now it keeps stuck on the loading screen. I've been getting the black screen since I updated my drivers for Crysis 3.

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    1. I have the same problem. Black screen gone, however stuck at the loading screen. I get the music, no menu though and still have a windows mouse and not a game mouse.

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  7. thank you so much. no joke. i got this error since yesterday. then some dude sent me here.... and it worked.i use -windowed -w 1360 -h 768 -noborder -novid . thank you so much

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    1. I'm glad it worked well for you!

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    2. Please Help me to fix my dota2 Black Screen..

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    3. my resolution is 1366 and 768 but not worked for me only resizing the game the circul cursor and black screen still there please help

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  8. it says that the settings are for advanced user only (dafuq steam) plz help!

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  9. the black screen was fixed thanks to you Mr. Seb Ferraro. but now im stucked at the loading screen lol.

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    1. Strange, have you tried the other steps above with removing the DOTA setup files and reinstalling your drivers? As a last resort, remove all DOTA2 content from your PC and re-download. Though I understand that can be very awkward for those on slower connections.

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    2. Ah look at what youve done Seb my dota 2 wont load now

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    3. Apologies! Generally if it still won't load after these settings are applied you should possibly think of removing dota2 entirely and reinstalling. In some cases it happens when you switch your graphics cards over or install an update!

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    4. i fixed that black screen but now i have another one when i press play on the menu

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    5. i cant fix my black white screen help me out man :(

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  10. Thank you man ... it is worth the fix.. i lvoe u

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  11. It worked!! I haven't played this game since I bought it, because the screen was always black, i dind't know what to do ,but this actually worked!

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  12. thx a lot...this is 100% work for me... ^_^

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  13. how suppose me add the +autoconfig?
    is this right? -windowed -w 1920 -h 1080 -noborder -novid +autoconfig

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    1. Me too. Can windowed -w 1920 -h 1080 -noborder -novid +autoconfig?

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  14. This game is the biggest piece of shit that ever was on my hard drive. In 70% of all games i have issues like massive lagging, disconnects, blackscreens, gpu driver resets.
    Go fuck yourself Valve. Your people are too stupid to program. This is not a game, but bugware.

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  15. SIR help me fix this one.. i already tried everything from above and aint works anything. need superior help !!! https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/107857395445203255529/albums/6088572393555722065/6088572404113738082

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  16. I did eveyrthing but it's not working for me, i still have black screen (intro is still in)

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  17. my laptop highest resolution is - 1360X768 ,,shall i put -windowed -w 1360 -h 768 -noborder -novid

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  18. Thank You so much!! You saved my day!! Will commend you :p

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  19. No worked Guy~
    still have other ways?

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  20. i still get the black screen, ive tried everything and nothing works

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  21. Me too. My graphic is nvidia gt 610. Already try all solution. But still blank after 5min. N driver sweeper make my graphic crash coz of registry.

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  22. Me too. My graphic is nvidia gt 610. Already try all solution. But still blank after 5min. N driver sweeper make my graphic crash coz of registry.

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  23. Sry for my english, i hope its understandable.

    One or two weeks ago in the middle of a game my laptop crashed (blue screen of death), and ever since that day whenever i start dota2 its
    crashing (black screen). When i start dota after short amount of time the black screen pop out while i still can hear the
    music of dota2 but cant start task manager or minimaze or do anyting so im forced to shut down the laptop.

    Since i've been playing dota for 1 year on this laptop i dont think its hardware issue.

    I've tried the following attempts:
    Uninstall dota2 and steam, delete it and then download and install it again. Did not work.
    Delete some folders (i found it on forum for some1 worked) then try it. Did not work.
    Brought the system back to a year old backup, then install dota2 again. Did not work.
    Verifying Game Cache Files. Did not work.
    Set launch >>-novid -gl<<.Did not work.
    Set launch >>-gl<<.Did not work.
    Set launch >>-windowed -w 1600 -h 900 -noborder -novid<<.Did not work.
    Turning off steam guard. Did not work.

    ****Set launch >>-safe <<. It did work for 3 games in one night. The next day i turned on the laptop there was blue screen of death and the same
    problem occured so i cant play the game anymore with this setting.



    The fact is that with every attempt i'am forced to hard shut down the laptop. Then when i turn it on sometimes there is blue screen of death
    sometimes the system fails to load. Then the next time i start the system its succesfull. I cant go on with this futile attempts so i'm asking
    for help and if anyone had this problem or can offer a solution i will be much grateful.
    TY very much.

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  24. Srry but I don't understand how to remove my config files

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  25. To: IVAN Mihajlov
    Man i have same issue, but still dont know why. I tried everything. I will try to get rid of Windows 10 and i will install WIN 7. Its the last hope -> another systém, i think this one is attacked by some malware, otherwise i cant explain that wierd problé

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