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September 01, 2007
August 24, 2007
Like 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.