Poker Night at Inventory Errors, Crashes, Freezes, and Fixes

By   /   Nov 23, 2010

In Poker Night at Inventory you can, not only play poker with Tycho, Strong Bad, Max, and TF2’s Heavy but also get unlocks for Team Fortress 2. If your night gets ruined experience errors, crashes, freezes and other game breaking issues while trying to play the game.

You can refer to the troubleshooting guide below for little know-how of workarounds and possible solutions to resolve these issues.

Poker Night at Inventory Troubleshooting Guide

1# Poker Night at Inventory Unresponsive ?
Every time you start up Poker Night At The Inventory, be it the Steam or Telltale version, after the Telltale logo, the game becomes unresponsive. You can’t see anything or do anything, its just a black screen.
Solution. Make sure you meet the minimum system requirements to play the game. Try Re-installing after updating your video card drivers, and DirectX. Or..

2# Poker Night at Inventory Black Screen Fix
When you launch the game you come across black screen of death, you can hear the sound but can only see black screen. You know what you need to do right ? force the native resolution and refresh rate in the steam command line.


Right click on ‘Poker Night at Inventory’ in Steam -> Properties -> Set launch options.
Add “-w 1024 -h 768 -refresh 60”. Run the game, and change video settings in game options to this resolution and refresh rate. It happens because your monitor doesn’t support default resolution.Remove this command line after you have changed the video settings.

Note. Set the resolution similar to what you are using on your desktop.

3# Poker Night at Inventory Sound Problem Voice Distortions
Update your sound card drivers and it will be fine again. Or you can give these a try.

Solution #1
You can also force the game to run in compatibility mode to fix this issue. Find the exe in the steam folder, and run it in compatibility mode for XP.

Solution #2
If the game is recognizing your audio device wrong, like you have headphone connected and it is showing speakers. Also you are unable to change the settings, then try this. Install the DirectX that comes with the game. Update your .Net Framework and re-install c++ runtime libraries.

Solution #3
Right click on the speaker, select playback devices, highlight sound device you use, click Properties, and then Advanced Tab and select 16bit, 48000hz(DVD quality).

While in XP, for those who are facing the same sound problems, you can try reducing the hardware acceleration, or configure your speakers to Stereo.

4# Poker Night at Inventory Doesn’t Launch – Can’t Start
1. Restart Steam.
2. Restart Computer.
3. Go the folder and launch the application directly.
4. Validate integrity of game cache.
If that Doesn’t work, try this.

  • Go the folder in your steam index/common/shank
  • Delete the Type. file “srcds_run” and then re-validate the integrity of game cache.

5. Run the game as admin.
6. Run the game in compatibility mode.

5# Poker Night at Inventory Graphic Bugs, Weird Menu Screen, and Black Screen.
First off launch the game in your native desktop resolution. Second, update your video card drivers, and do an integrity check if you have Steam Version.

6# Poker Night at Inventory Poor Framerates
Force Anti Aliasing on Poker Night at Inventory from nVidia Control Panel or ATI Catalyst Control Panel, and you will notice a considerably improved performance.

7# Poker Night at Inventory Crashes

8# Poker Night at Inventory Freezes

9# Poker Night at Inventory Crash after Resolution Change

10# Poker Night at Inventory Menu Graphics Glitch/Bug
If you are to run the game on Windows XP, make sure you are on Service Pack 3. Update your video card drivers,and it should resolve this issue.

11# Poker Night at Inventory “Game Continuation Bug”
You made your move, went all in and amazingly no one reacts and the game stops there. With no next move! a bug that developer needs to look into.

12# “This Application has failed to start because MSVCP100.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem.”
Update your DirectX and download Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Libraries.

13# Poker Night at Inventory Can’t Adjust Graphics Settings
It sounds like you set something to a level your system can’t handle (probably the Shadows setting). Try deleting the file named “prefs.prop” in the following location:

Documents\Telltale Games\Poker Night at the Inventory

This will return the game to its original default settings. Hope that helps!

14# Poker Night at Inventory – Nothing Happens on Clicking executable
Run as admin in compatibility mode with updated video card drivers, DirectX, and C++ Runtime Libraries.

If you are facing any other issue, share with us in comments and we will try to help you out.