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Hi there,

 

I've bought a new PC recently with the main intention of going into flight sims again ... haven't played them for quite a while, so I'm really looking forward to fly again :)

 

Well, I've installed DCS World and it unfortunately keeps going blank directly after showing the logo on the startup. I've tried both Steam and DCS.com version and it doesn't make any difference with the exception that in the latter case I can hear the main menu music rolling in the back (but the screen still remains blank).

 

I've updated all the drivers, reinstalled the game, have done a file verification via Steam, have deleted/renamed the DCS folder in the Saved Games file, have also tried to replace the OptionsModsScripts.lua file, that have been reported as problematic by some users ... Now I'm running out of ideas and would appreciate some help.

 

My PC specs: i7-10700K, 2x16 GB RAM, RX 5700 XT 8 GB.

 

I am also attaching an options.lua file, in case it helps. options.lua

 

Many thanks in advance!

 

 

 

 

options.lua

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Thank you. It seems the game launches just fine and even reaches the Main Menu:

 

2020-11-22 14:35:37.526 INFO DCS: Screen: MainMenu

 

I've seen this behavior quite a few times when Fullscreen is turned on. But again, your log confirms Fullscreen is turned off:

 

2020-11-22 14:35:33.250 INFO DCS: options.graphics =
{
['messagesFontScale'] = 1;
['rainDroplets'] = false;
['LensEffects'] = 3;
['heatBlr'] = 0;
['anisotropy'] = 4;
['water'] = 2;
['motionBlur'] = 0;
['outputGamma'] = 2.2;
['treesVisibility'] = 6000;
['aspect'] = 1.6666666666;
['lights'] = 2;
['shadows'] = 2;
['MSAA'] = 2;
['SSAA'] = 0;
['civTraffic'] = '';
['clutterMaxDistance'] = 0;
['cockpitGI'] = 1;
['terrainTextures'] = 'min';
['multiMonitorSetup'] = '1camera';
['shadowTree'] = false;
['chimneySmokeDensity'] = 4;
[color=#27ae60][b]['fullScreen'] = false;[/b][/color]
['DOF'] = 0;
['clouds'] = 1;
['forestDistanceFactor'] = 0.5;
['flatTerrainShadows'] = 0;
['width'] = 1280;
['visibRange'] = 'High';
['SSLR'] = 0;
['effects'] = 3;
['SSAO'] = 0;
['useDeferredShading'] = 1;
['sync'] = false;
['textures'] = 0;
['scaleGui'] = 1;
['preloadRadius'] = 150000;
['height'] = 768;
['terrainMapMFD'] =
{
['distance'] =
{
['mapLodDistance3'] = 200000;
['mapLodDistance2'] = 100000;
['mapLodDistance0'] = 25000;
['mapLodDistance1'] = 50000;
};
};
};

 

Someone with a Radeon GFX card had the same issue. Please try this:

 

Hey! Apparently it works now!

So what I changed was:

>Set Full Screen to TRUE and set the correct resolution in options.lua

>Open via AMD software

Thanks a lot Flappie, really appreciated. Have a good one!

 

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Greetings I am looking for some help because DCS black screens and never loads.  If anyone has any work arounds or input Id appreciate it.

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I used to have this on my older PC, weirdly what helped was clicking on the desktop after starting the game (just before it would show the black screen). Might have been something with fullscreen or something. Anyway I don't have that problem anymore, so yours could be unrelated.

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13 hours ago, Kludo said:

Greetings I am looking for some help because DCS black screens and never loads.  If anyone has any work arounds or input Id appreciate it.

 

6 minutes ago, splash said:

I have the same problem the first time I start the game.

 

Just let it load and dont click anything. DCS is a huge game with huge loadingtime. If you can, buy a SSD disk and move dcs on it. That will short the loadingtime extremly.

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Hi guys. Try this:

  • NVIDIA GPU: edit "C:\Users\username\Saved Games\DCS...\Config\options.lua", set "fulscreen" to "false". Save. Enjoy.
  • AMD GPU: edit "C:\Users\username\Saved Games\DCS...\Config\options.lua", set "fulscreen" to "true". Save. Run the game through Radeon/Adrenalin software.

Still no joy? Then please attach your dcs.log file ( C:\Users\username\Saved Games\DCS...\Logs\dcs.log ).


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Thanks, I tried that and after three reboots and runs of DCS it never locked in the splash screen. Anyway, in my case it was happenning from time to time and always the first time I launch DCS (just after TrackIR 5 software) so I will leave it in fullscreen=false (I own a Nvidia GTX 1070) for now and if it happens again will attach my log.

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Hi @splash. This must not be the right log: we can see here you were able to access main menu and load a mission:

 

  ...
2021-02-14 18:42:13.398 INFO    DCS: Screen: MainMenu
2021-02-14 18:42:17.504 INFO    DCS: Screen: InstantAction
2021-02-14 18:42:17.512 INFO    SOUND: Using SSSE3 for peak calc.
2021-02-14 18:42:21.321 INFO    DCS: Screen: MainMenu
2021-02-14 18:42:22.758 INFO    DCS: Screen: Traning
2021-02-14 18:42:39.981 INFO    Dispatcher: loadMission C:\Users\pcnep\AppData\Local\Temp\DCS.openbeta\tempMission.miz
2021-02-14 18:42:39.982 INFO    WORLDGENERAL: loading mission from: "C:\Users\pcnep\AppData\Local\Temp\DCS.openbeta\tempMission.miz"
2021-02-14 18:42:41.237 INFO    DCS: use_xRay: yes
2021-02-14 18:42:41.237 INFO    DCS: netfm_enable_coeff_switching: no
2021-02-14 18:42:41.356 INFO    EDCORE: (dDispatcher)enterToState_:4
2021-02-14 18:42:41.369 INFO    Dispatcher: Terrain theatre Caucasus
2021-02-14 18:42:41.402 INFO    Dispatcher: Start
2021-02-14 18:42:41.513 INFO    Dispatcher: Terrain theatre Caucasus
2021-02-14 18:42:41.516 INFO    TERRAIN: lSystem::load(./Mods/terrains/Caucasus\terrain.cfg.lua)
2021-02-14 18:42:41.516 INFO    TERRAIN: lSystem::CleanScenes()
2021-02-14 18:42:41.516 INFO    TERRAIN: lSystem::exit()
2021-02-14 18:42:41.516 INFO    VISUALIZER: TerrainRenderer::release
2021-02-14 18:42:41.516 INFO    TERRAIN: lSystem::CleanScenes()
2021-02-14 18:42:41.516 INFO    EDOBJECTS: lTypeObjectManagerImpl::clear 13
2021-02-14 18:42:42.217 INFO    EDTERRAIN4: TERRAIN_REVISION = 4082
2021-02-14 18:42:42.217 INFO    EDTERRAIN4: Open terrain cfg "./Mods/terrains/Caucasus\terrain.cfg.lua"
2021-02-14 18:42:42.217 INFO    EDTERRAIN4: Build date: 
2021-02-14 18:42:42.217 INFO    EDTERRAIN4: Texture quality: "max"
2021-02-14 18:42:42.387 INFO    EDCORE: 0.158 s  terrain references
2021-02-14 18:42:42.399 INFO    EDCORE: 0.000 s  terrain models
2021-02-14 18:42:42.415 INFO    EDCORE: 0.000 s  terrain assets
2021-02-14 18:42:42.651 INFO    EDCORE: 0.219 s  terrain assets2
2021-02-14 18:42:43.039 INFO    EDCORE: 0.376 s  terrain landfile
2021-02-14 18:42:43.060 INFO    EDCORE: 0.008 s  terrain surfaceTile
2021-02-14 18:42:43.073 INFO    EDTERRAIN4: switchTextures (season=1, minTexture=false)
2021-02-14 18:42:43.263 INFO    EDCORE: 0.189 s  terrain vfstextures
2021-02-14 18:42:43.374 INFO    EDCORE: 0.099 s  terrain scene
2021-02-14 18:42:43.386 INFO    EDCORE: 0.000 s  terrain roaddetails
  ...

 

If your issue happened before 18:42 GMT+0, please attach your dcs.log.old file.


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my question is :

What is the "correct resolution"? in Resonantcard1's reply.

I open Nvidia software, the resolution of my moniter is same as the resolution shown in my options.lua 

still black screen as Karlat1987 said.

 

eager to know 

Please

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Hi @bin801. AMD and NVIDIA GPU both have a workaround for this bug, but they are different. With an NVIDIA GPU, you want your "fullscreen" setting set to false in your options.lua file.

 

["fullScreen"] = false,

 

If it doesn't work for you, please attach your dcs.log file (C:\Users\username\Saved Games\DCS...\Logs\dcs.log - might appear as just "dcs").

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The past few hours I can't seem to be able to open up DCS.

Whenever I double click the icon, it shows the splash screen, then shows something about the free products I tested during the free to play period (I skip those, that's not the problem since yesterday it popped up but the game run fine) and then the game gets stuck in the screen with the logo and the black space around. This has happened many times before, but I was just able to kill and then restart the game and it opened perfectly fine. Now I kill the program and reopen it but it keeps getting stuck. Please help.

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7 hours ago, FreshNick said:

The past few hours I can't seem to be able to open up DCS.

Whenever I double click the icon, it shows the splash screen, then shows something about the free products I tested during the free to play period (I skip those, that's not the problem since yesterday it popped up but the game run fine) and then the game gets stuck in the screen with the logo and the black space around. This has happened many times before, but I was just able to kill and then restart the game and it opened perfectly fine. Now I kill the program and reopen it but it keeps getting stuck. Please help.

Happened to me for a bit then I turned off "start in full screen" and it now seems to work OK.   Worth a try.

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Threads merged 

 

I will ask the team about this. 

 

thank you

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On 2/16/2021 at 9:51 PM, Catseye said:

Happened to me for a bit then I turned off "start in full screen" and it now seems to work OK.   Worth a try.

How do I do that?


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On 2/15/2021 at 10:41 PM, Flappie said:

Hi @bin801. AMD and NVIDIA GPU both have a workaround for this bug, but they are different. With an NVIDIA GPU, you want your "fullscreen" setting set to false in your options.lua file.

 


["fullScreen"] = false,

 

If it doesn't work for you, please attach your dcs.log file (C:\Users\username\Saved Games\DCS...\Logs\dcs.log - might appear as just "dcs").

 

you can also do it manual by editing as flappie explains here.

 

thank you

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And finally I have a lock, it never ends the loading and remains in the logo screen, please find a screen capture attached and a ZIP file with my whole logs folder. That was the first run of DCS today. I'm using Openbeta.

dcs.png

Logs.zip


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