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September 01, 2007

My Bioshock Problems are fixed now…

Follow-up to Having troubles playing Bioshock? from The Story of Hamid-o

If you were having the same problems playing Bioshock on Vista that I had, you might find that the problems have been fixed. Update your graphics card drivers and delete the -dx9 in the launch options and the next time you run the game it should give you the option of installing a new DirectX 10 runtime environment. The game's now working perfectly and if you're using a GeForce 8800 card or similar/better you should be able to happily run the game on your TV at 1920x1080.

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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