August 24, 2007

Having troubles playing Bioshock?

bioshock.jpgLike many other users today and for the last couple of days in the US, I had a problem playing Bioshock (preloaded by Steam). I'd launch the .exe file to be faced with a black screen and then have to force close it. After ploughing through some internet sites, I found a solution that works for me.

If you're using Steam:

  • Right click on Bioshock under the "My Games" tab.
  • Select Properties. 
  • Under the General tab, select the "Set Launch Options..." button.
  • Type -dx9 in the space available. 
  • Try launching Bioshock again.

There are quite a few potential explanations for the problem, mostly centring around sloppy coding when it came to Vista and handling the Visual C++ or Direct X 10 stuff. The solution above lets you use Direct X 9 and it seemed to work for me. I'm going to try reinstalling Direct X 10 a bit later on. Other users seem to have had some success on Vista with rightclicking on the bioshock shortcut file and running as an Administrator. It's also worth a try.

It's a great game once you can start playing it. Click on the picture above to enlarge the thumbnail.

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  1. Mathew Mannion

    Been playing the Xbox 360 version… awesome game

    24 Aug 2007, 20:52

  2. :D Great – I’m having troubles when I try to hack machinery now… I’m going to have to reinstall dx10 when I get back home.

    How’re you liking the controls on the 360?

    24 Aug 2007, 20:54

  3. Mathew Mannion

    I think they’re alright – the hacking minigame is a bit fiddly and I hear that moving between different plasmids/weapons is a lot easier with left/right mouse buttons than it is on the 360 where you have the opposite triggers (and the left and right bumpers to move through). I can’t say I’ve had a point where I haven’t found the controls intuitive though.

    25 Aug 2007, 00:01

  4. Rocka

    hey, i recently purchased Bioshock for the pc..the installation was succuessful BUT when i want to play it it reads “Bioshock.exe” has stopped working and then goes to the microsoft site to try and look for a resolution but it cant find nothing!!

    somone help me fix this problem asap pleaseee, im in some desperate need of some bioshock!!


    29 Sep 2007, 22:58

  5. H

    i went into my games folder and right clicked on bioshock but here is no properties only a customise button but that doesnt do anything help

    19 Oct 2007, 06:24

  6. richard

    when i finished the part where the submarine blows up and i have go thry the steel door to utopia then the bioshock exe fault apprears, can someone please help me running xp.


    will buy you a blue t-shirt

    24 Oct 2007, 17:06

  7. Mattb

    This solution worked for me, up to a point. But after I’ve been playing for a while the game freezes and crashes. Then when I relauch the game all my progress is lost and I start back in the elevator at the very beginning.

    06 Dec 2007, 05:57

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