The purpose of this article will be to provide an answer on how to fix your PC from crashing due to Elden Ring. Elden Ring is one of the most popular games in 2022. Part of that reason is due to the intense graphics and immersive experience it provides gamers. A downside to the result of the wonderful gaming experience it provides is that it taxes your PC’s system resources. Graphics card (GPU), RAM, and processor are very important components for this game to run properly. On top of that, developers are continually implementing new drivers to fix bugs and enhance gameplay. If you are experiencing performance issues with your gaming laptop, you can read our guide on how to fix those here.
PC Crashing from new Elden Ring patches
Since its launch on February 25, 2022, Elden Ring has had 7 patch updates. These patches occur sporadically and are released when the developers have finished a new patch. Which makes it seem random. Therefore, if Elden Ring randomly starts acting up, the first place you should check is if a new patch has been released.
Elden Ring is no stranger to releasing patches that have caused PC crashes. In March, there were many on Reddit who experienced their PC crashing from the latest patch. Gamers described that many of their other games had worked just fine, but once Elden Ring started, the whole PC could come to a crash. Others described freezing or both at random. And many had to resort to playing offline as a means to work around the issue. One troubleshooting step that seemed to be effective was to set a preference for Elden Ring to use the dedicated graphics card in Windows Settings.
The issue was not limited to PC’s with poor hardware. Gamers discussed having similar issues with high end systems with graphics cards like the 3080 Ti and Intel i9 12th generation processors. Within a few weeks of that patch, Elden Ring had released a new patch which likely resolved the crashing issue.
How to Fix PC Crashing from Elden Ring
Here are some quick steps you can take to fix or stop your PC from crashing with Elden Ring:
- Make sure your PC meets the minimum requirements for Elden Ring.
- Adjust your graphics settings. Turning your graphics settings to lower resolution, depth of field, motion blur, shadow quality, texture quality and antialiasing can reduce the likelihood of the gaming crashing.
- Check your graphics card drivers. AMD Radeon especially has a more difficult time with Elden Ring.
- Restart Elden Ring and Re-launch Steam.
- Restart your PC.
- Go into Windows Settings > System > Display > Graphics. Find Elden Ring and set the preference to using High Performance with your graphics card.
- Use Steam to verify files are not corrupted. You can see how to do that at this article by Steam.
- Uninstall Epic Games Launcher. There could be a conflict with the anti-cheat system between Steam and Epic Games.
- Check to see if a BIOS, graphics card, or other driver update has recently been released and installed. If so, does rolling it back to the previous version help?
- Check to see if your power supply is causing issues. This may be the case if your PC completely shuts off. If your power supply is not providing enough power to your components, it will completely shut off.
- Use a tool like OCCT to check the health and performance of your hardware. If there are any problems with memory or CPU, OCCT will find it.
If these solutions did not fix your PC from crashing, you may need to create a ticket with the Elden Ring support line. You should include what happened, your system specifications and your contact information so they can get back to you.