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Splinter Cell Blacklist Stopped Working, Crashing

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist is the seventh installment of “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell” series. It is the direct sequel to “Splinter Cell: Conviction” and comes under “action-adventure stealth third-person” genre. The game was developed and published by “Ubisoft Toronto” and was first released in North America on August 20, 2013 for Microsoft Windows and other gaming platforms. Later, it was released worldwide.

Splinter Cell Blacklist stopped working


Splinter Cell Blacklist Stopped Working!!

While playing or installing “Splinter Cell Blacklist″, the gamers may face some crashing issues with an error message: Splinter Cell Blacklist stopped working. If the game doesn’t launch, stops working, crashes to desktop, crashes at main menu or while in between playing etc. then you may find your solutions in this article.


Your system should meet the minimum requirements of the game in order to run it:

Minimum system requirements:

Operating System: Windows XP SP3 /Windows Vista SP2/Windows 7 SP1 /Windows 8 (both 32/64bit versions)

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 @ 2.13 Ghz or better; AMD Athlon64 X2 5600+ @ 2.8 Ghz or better

RAM: 2 GB RAM

Hard disk space: 25 GB free space.

Graphic card: 512MB VRAM with Shader Model 4.0 or higher (NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT or current equivalent GeForce GTX 650, or AMD Radeon HD3870 or better)

DirectX: DirectX version 9.0

Sound: DirectX compatible sound card

Detailed Specification of the game


Congratulations!!

If you have passed the above check, i would like to recommend you to go through the link below which mentions basic solutions. You can resolve most of the issues related to crashing of the game using general fixes.

General Solution for Splinter Cell Blacklist


Let’s go through Splinter Cell Blacklist stopped working, crashing issues in detail:

Splinter Cell Blacklist stopped working /crashes to desktop

If you are facing the any of the below mentioned issues while launching or playing the game like:

  • The game crashes with a message “Splinter Cell Blacklist stopped working” after launching or in game.
  • The game crashes during loading, main menu or playing.
  • Game crashes while switching to other window or exiting the game. Keeps on showing the message “preparing to launch”.

You should go through this section to resolve the problem:


1) Patch:

Try updating the game with the latest patch. It automatically solve many issues related to the game.


2) Windowed Mode:

Try playing the game in “Windowed mode”. Change the setting from the in-game menu or try pressing “ALT+Enter” key in the game. If that doesn’t work, try this:

  • Go to the location:
    ” C:\Users\Username\My Documents\Ubisoft\Blacklist\VideoSettings.ini”
  • Open the file using “Notepad” or any text editior.
  • In there, search for the line “WindowStyleFinal” (Press “Ctrl+F” and type “WindowStyleFinal” without quotes and click “Find next”. It will automatically point you to the location.)
  • Change the value from “1” to “0” to play in windowed mode. (“0” for Windowed mode, “1” for Fullscreen mode and “2” for Borderless Windowed mode.)
  • Save the file and close the notepad.
  • Try running the game.

3) Startup Movies:

Try skipping the Start-up movies. Sometimes, they may cause a crash during starting.

Locate the following movie files in the locations given below:

Copyright.bik
Disclaimer.bik
ESRB.bik
Logo_Clancy.bik
Logo_Middleware_01.bik
Logo_Ubisoft.bik
Logo_Ubisoft_Clancy.bik

For Retail Version:

Go to the location:
“C:\Program Files (x86)\Ubisoft\Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist\data\Videos\”
Rename or delete the above mentioned files.

For Steam Version:

Go to the location:
“C:\Program files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist\data\Videos\”

Rename or delete the above mentioned files.


4) Directory:

Try installing the game in the default directory if you haven’t installed in it already. Changing the game directory may cause some address mismatch between “UPlay” and “Steam”.


5) Modification in configuration file:

Changing “EyefinityMode” line:

  • Go to the location:
    “C:\Users\Username\My Documents\Ubisoft\Blacklist\VideoSettings.ini”
  • Open the file using “Notepad” or any other text editor.
  • In there, search for the line “EyefinityMode” (Press “Ctrl+F” and type “EyefinityMode” without quotes and click “Find next”. It will automatically point you to the location.)
  • Change the value from “2” to “0” so that it would look something like this:
    “EyefinityMode=0″
  • Save the file and close the notepad.
  • Try running the game.
  • Also try changing “validationRequired=1″ to “validationRequired=0″ in the same file.

6) No Steam:

Try playing it without steam, i.e.,

  • Go to the location:
    “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist”
  • Cut everything (files and folders) from it.
  • Now, go to the location:
    “C:\Program Files (x86)\Ubisoft\Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist”
  • Paste everything you have copied in here.
  • Launch the game from the “. exe” file.
  • A “Ubi” updater window will open and will autopatch the game. Let it finish.
  • Now, see whether the game runs without crashing or not.

7) Offline:

Try disconnecting the internet (For single player). The game may crash while trying to log you in “UPlay”.


8) Cloud Save:

Try disabling the cloud save feature. It may help in fixing the issue.


9) Configuration File:

Changing “StartupGraphicsApi” line:

  • Go to the location:
    “C:\Users\Username\My Documents\Ubisoft\Blacklist\VideoSettings.ini”
  • Open the file using “Notepad” or any other text editor.
  • In there, search for the line “StartupGraphicsApi” (Press “Ctrl+F” and type “StartupGraphicsApi” without quotes and click “Find next”. It will automatically point you to the location.)
  • Change the value from “5” to “4” so that it would look something like this:
    “StartupGraphicsApi=4″
  • Save the file and close the notepad.
  • Try running the game.

10) Save game files:

The game may crash because of the corrupt save game files. If your save game files have become corrupt somehow, then the only way to resolve this issue is by deleting them (Make a backup first).

Go to the location:
“C:\Program Files (x86)\Ubisoft\Ubisoft Game Launcher\savegames\UserID\91 or 449″

You may find the save games here. If you have progressed in the game quite further, then you may ask for the save games on the official or popular forums.


11) File deletion:

Go to the directory where you have installed the game. Now in the search box, write “systemdetection.dll” and hit “Enter”. Once searched, delete that file (make a backup) and try restarting the game.


12) Modifications in configuration file:

Go to the location:
“C:\Users\Username\My Documents\Ubisoft\Blacklist\VideoSettings.ini”

Delete the “VideoSettings.ini” file. It will reset all the graphic settings to default. Now, try running the game.


13) DirectX:

Try playing in DirectX 9 mode:

  • While in the game or at main menu, go to “Settings>Video Settings>Advanced Settings>DirectX>DX9.
  • Save the setting by clicking “Apply”.
  • Exit the game and exit “UPlay”. (Make sure you exit Uplay or else the setting will revert back to DX11)
  • Launch the game and it will start in DX9 mode.

14) In-Game overlay:

Try playing the game with UPlay in-game overlay off or if on steam, disable steam in-game overlay. To do that, do these steps:

For UPlay:

  • Click the “gear” icon on the top-right side of the Uplay client to open the “Settings”.
  • Switch to the “General” tab.
  • Now, un-check the check box against “Enable in-game overlay for supported games”.
  • Click save and try playing the game.

For Steam:

  • Right-click the “.exe” file of the game in the Steam.
  • Click “Properties”  and go to the settings of the Steam.
  • Un-check the check box “Enable Steam Community In-Game”.
  • Save the settings. Check if this has fixed the problem.

Splinter Cell Blacklist Failed to launch

If you are facing any of the below mentioned issues while launching the game like:

  • The game fails to launch /start after double-clicking the “.exe” of the game.
  • Keeps on showing the message “preparing to launch”.
  • After double clicking the “.exe” of the game, the cursor shows loading sign for a moment and then gets back to normal without launching the game.

You should go through this section to resolve the problem:


1) Reinstallation:

Try reinstalling the “Steam” and running it as administrator. Also, update the steam. It may help in solving the problem.


2) Task Manager:

If you are getting the error something like this “Failed to start. App already running”, do this:

  • Open “Task Manager” (right-click taskbar and select “Task manager”).
  • Switch to “Process” tab (for Windows 7 or earlier) or “Details” tab (for Windows 8 and above).
  • Look for the process matching “Blacklist_DX11_game.exe” or similar.
  • Right-click the process and select “End Process”.
  • Close the task manager and try running the game.

3) Configuration File:

Changing “StartupGraphicsApi” line:

  • Go to the location:
    “C:\Users\Username\My Documents\Ubisoft\Blacklist\VideoSettings.ini”
  • Open the file using “Notepad” or any other text editor.
  • In there, search for the line “StartupGraphicsApi” (Press “Ctrl+F” and type “StartupGraphicsApi” without quotes and click “Find next”. It will automatically point you to the location.)
  • Change the value from “5” to “0” so that it would look something like this:
    “StartupGraphicsApi=0″
  • Save the file and close the notepad.
  • Try running the game.

4) Deletion:

Try deleting the config file:

Go to the location:
“C:\Users\Username\My Documents\Ubisoft\Blacklist\VideoSettings.ini”

Here, delete the file (Make a backup first). It will reset all the video settings to default. It may help in resolving issue.


5) Default directory:

Try installing the game in the default directory if you haven’t installed in it already. Changing the game directory may cause some address mismatch between “UPlay” and “Steam”.


Hope, the article helps in solving Splinter Cell Blacklist stopped working, crashing and failed launching issues.

jayant

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