NieR: Automata takes place in a world where invaders have driven humanity from Earth. Humans have taken refuge on the moon, but they are not ready to leave their planet.
The Human Council organizes a resistance of android soldiers in a desperate attempt to reclaim their planet. The resistance deploys a new android infantry unit, YoRHa, to put up a final fight against the invaders.
NieR: Automata offers challenging and enjoyable gameplay. Unfortunately, the gameplay is sometimes limited by various technical problems. In this Techquack article, we’ll list a few workarounds you can use to fix the NieR Automata white screen error on Windows 10.
What causes NieR Automata white screen error on Windows 10
Before applying solutions to fix this problem, it is important to understand why this error occurs in the first place. To do so, you can explore the following causes.
Affinity value: The CPU resources you have allocated to the game may prevent it from working properly if they are not properly allocated or configured.
Damaged configuration file: If the Nier Automata configuration file is corrupt, you will encounter a screen problem at startup. It is better to try deleting this file from your computer, after which it will automatically regenerate and the problem should go away.
Outdated drivers: it’s possible that your GPU drivers or other drivers are outdated, which causes a white screen when starting Nier Automata on your computer. Therefore, updating and reinstalling the drivers is a good way to solve the Nier Automata PC white screen problem.
Steam Overlay: If your application has Steam Overlay enabled, it can interfere with some programs on your computer and you may experience the Nier Automata white screen problem. It’s best to disable this feature and then see if you can fix this bug.
Now that you are familiar with most of the causes of this error, we can move on to implementing solutions.
Here’s how to fix NieR Automata white screen error on Windows 10
Update your video card drivers
Installing the latest drivers on your computer is a necessity, especially if you are a gamer who likes to play the latest games for which the latest drivers are a matter of course. This bug has been infamous to NVIDIA and AMD users, both companies have released patches exclusively for this game. Download the latest drivers by following the instructions below.
- Open the Start menu, then type in “Device Manager” and select it from the list of available search results by simply clicking on its name at the top. You can also use the Windows + R key combination to bring up the “Run” menu. Type “devmgmt.MSC” in the text box and click OK to run it.
- To install your computer’s video card driver, expand the Display Adapters section, right-click on the video card, and select “Uninstall Device”.
- Confirm any pop-ups that may ask you to confirm the removal of your current video card driver, and wait for the process to complete.
- Find the driver for your video card on the NVIDIA or AMD website. Enter the necessary information about your card and operating system and click Search or Submit.
- You should see a list of all available drivers. Scroll down the list until you find the latest driver, click on its name, and then click Download. Save it to your computer, open it, and follow the instructions on the screen.
- Check if the problem has been solved and if the white screen still appears when playing NieR: Automata.
Delete the configuration file
Since many users like to change settings or download another player’s configuration file to improve the game, some of the settings you changed may have caused the white screen problem.
If you delete the configuration file, the game will create a new file that resets all settings related to the game and hopefully solves the problem.
- You can access the location of the configuration folder in File Explorer by simply opening the folder and clicking on This PC or My Computer in the left navigation bar, or by finding this entry in the Start menu.
- Either way, under This PC or My Computer, double-click the local drive and go to Users -> Your Account Name -> Documents -> My Games -> NieR_Automata. Windows 10 users can easily access documents through the navigation menu on the right side after opening File Explorer.
- Right-click on the file named “Graphics.ini” and select “Delete” from the context menu that appears. Confirm the dialog box that appears. Repeat the same procedure for the file named “SystemData.dat”.
- Try restarting the game and see if the white screen problem persists in the game.
Disabling the video card performance timer
There is a period of time in which the system waits for the video card driver to fail. If the video card does not respond after this time, the driver will lock up and the game is likely to have an error or graphics problem. Increasing this time or disabling it completely may help you solve this problem. However, it may lead to unstable operation of other applications and games. Therefore, you should cancel these actions if you notice such changes.
- Since you will be modifying the registry key, we recommend that you read our published article on protecting the registry and preventing other problems. Nevertheless, everything will be fine if you follow all the steps carefully and correctly.
- Open the registry editor window by typing “Regedit” in the search bar, in the Start menu, or in the Run dialog box, which can be invoked by pressing the Windows + R key combination. Navigate to the following key in your registry in the left pane:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMControlSet002 (sometimes called ControlSet001) ControlGraphicsDrivers.
- Click on this key and try to find an entry called TdrDelay. If it doesn’t exist, create a new DWORD value entry named TdrDelay by right-clicking on the right side of the window and selecting New -> DWORD Value (32-bit) or New -> QWORD Value (64-bit), depending on your Windows installation. Right-click it and choose Edit from the context menu.
- In the Edit window in the Value Data section, change the value to 8 and apply the changes you made. Make sure that the base is set to decimal. Confirm any security dialog boxes that may appear during this process.
- You can now manually restart your computer by clicking Start Menu -> Power Button -> Restart and see if the problem goes away. This will probably fix the problem right away.