Does Terraria constantly crash on startup or close in the middle of the game on the desktop? You’re not alone. Many players are reporting it.
But don’t worry. Here is a general guide on how to fix Terraria crashes. You probably don’t need to try them all; just browse through the list until you find the right solution.
What causes Terraria to crash? How to fix this pesky problem. You’ve come to the right place. Techquack explores effective troubleshooting methods.
What causes Terraria to crash?
Users usually get confused when they see their Terraria crash since the game itself doesn’t consume a lot of resources and the crash is perplexing. After receiving the first user reports, we started our investigation and found some interesting results. Some of the causes of Terraria crashes include the following.
OneDrive syncing: One of the most common problems we encountered was syncing the game files to OneDrive in the cloud. When OneDrive syncs a file, after a while the local copy is deleted and the copy is stored in the cloud. This can make the file inaccessible.
GeForce Experience: Another common situation we encountered was an NVIDIA graphics card conflicting with the system if the game was not properly configured to work with it.
Steam Cloud: Steam is a nice feature that allows you to store game data in the cloud, but it has been known to cause several problems, including a game crash.
Damaged game files: This feature should not be ignored, as it is one of the main causes of crashes. If the game files are corrupted, normal game behavior/functioning is impossible.
Problems with mods: Users tend to add mods to their Terraria game. Mods can be interesting, but if they are not configured correctly, they can cause conflicts with the game and cause it to crash.
Administrator access: Like many games, Terraria has been known to require administrator access to run because it requires access to various system modules.
New world/character: Although this rarely happens, sometimes your world/character data gets corrupted or becomes unusable. It may be useful to create a new profile and start over.
Before running solutions, make sure that you are logged in as an administrator on your computer and that you have good Internet access.
Here’s how to solve Terraria that Keeps Crashing
Disable the Steam Cloud option
Steam Cloud is a handy feature that allows you to save game data. However, many users have reported that the Steam Cloud option can cause Terraria to crash. To solve this problem, follow the steps below to disable this fund.
- Launch the Steam client as an administrator.
- Click the Library tab, then right-click the Terraria icon in the left pane and select Properties.
- Go to the Cloud section in the left pane and uncheck the Enable Steam Cloud checkbox. Then uncheck the
- Steam Cloud option for all characters and worlds.
- Now you can restart Steam and see if Terraria crashes on startup.
Note: To avoid errors and crashes, we recommend that you delete all unofficial content and create new worlds and characters.
Run Terraria/Steam in compatibility mode and grant administrator access
Sometimes Terraria crashes due to restricted access rights to all game files. To solve this problem, we recommend running the game as an administrator.
- Right-click on the Terraria shortcut on the desktop and select “Properties”.
- In the “Properties” window, go to the “Compatibility” tab and check the “Run this program as an administrator” and “Run this program in compatibility mode” boxes.
- Click OK and Apply to apply the changes.
- You can then run Steam in compatibility mode and with administrator privileges by following the steps above.
- Now you can restart Steam and see if Terraria crashes on startup.
Note: If you can’t find the Terraria shortcut, press Ctrl + E to open File Explorer and go to C: Program Files (x86)SteamsteamappscommonTerraria. From here you can open the properties window.
Update your video card driver
An outdated or missing video card driver is also the cause of Terraria crashing on startup. To solve this problem, you need to update your video card driver. Here’s how:
- Right-click on the Start menu and choose Device Manager from the context menu.
- Expand the Display Adapters category, then right-click the video card driver and select Update Driver.
- You can then select Automatically check for driver software updates to automatically update the driver.
- You can also download the video card driver from the manufacturer’s website and install it on your computer.
Clean reinstalling the game
If the Terraria crash problem persists after applying the above methods, you may need to reinstall the game. Follow these steps to perform a clean installation.
- Launch the Steam client as an administrator and click the LIBRARY tab at the top of the menu.
- In the list of games, right-click the Terraria icon in the left pane and choose Manage -> Uninstall from the drop-down menu.
- You’ll be asked if you want to uninstall the game. If yes, click the Uninstall button.
- Open File Explorer, then go to This PC -> Drive C -> Programs (x86) -> Steam -> Steamapps -> Common -> Terraria and delete the game folder.
- Download the game from Steam again and install it on your computer.
Check the integrity of the game files
Terraria keeps crashing if any game files are damaged or corrupted. To solve the problem, you can try checking the integrity of the game files in Steam. Here’s a simple guide:
- Start the Steam client as an administrator, then click the “Library” tab.
- Right-click the Terraria icon in the left pane and select Properties.
- In the “Properties” window, go to the “Local Files” section and click on the “Check game file integrity” option.
- After completing the check process, restart your computer and check if the Terraria crash problem persists at startup.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Restart your computer.
- Temporarily disable your antivirus program.
- Run your game as an administrator.
- Update your graphics driver.
- Check the integrity of your game files.
- Run your game in compatibility mode.
- Reinstall your game and/or Steam.
- Force application shutdown.
- Restart your device.
- Reinstall the app.
- Check the app's permissions.
- Continuously update your applications.
- Clear the cache.
- Free up memory.
Try to kill the corresponding process in Task Manager. If the problem comes back the next time you try to run the game, check the file integrity via Steam, just in case you have a corrupt file somewhere. Try running it as an administrator.
- Install the latest versions of drivers.
- Install the correct software.
- Make sure your computer is not overheating.
- Disable background programs.
- Turn off the built-in sound device.
- Check for malware.
- Check your hardware.