World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Errors, Crashes, Freezes and Fixes

By   /   Dec 7, 2010


World of Warcraft: Cataclysm has been released today. With fanbase of over over 12 million, one would expect a tough day for the Blizzard Support team with random game issues. Refer to the troubleshooting guide below if you are experiencing any issues in installing or playing the game.

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Troubleshooting Guide

Info extracted from Blizzard Support Pages and Forums

1# World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Installation Error 2, 5, 38 and Error 121, Error 124, Error 131, Error 132, and Error 134 Fix
Read the detailed instructions on this thread to resolve these errors.

2# World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Stuck at Loading Screen
If the default server (or one that you select) has a queue, canceling and picking another server will leave you stuck at “Logging into game server”. If this happens to you, cancel out all the way to the login screen and log back in.

3# World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Display Driver Crash
Follow the steps below for detailed instructions to resolve this issue.

  • Completely exit World of Warcraft.
  • Go into the World of Warcraft folder.
  • Go into the WTF folder.
  • Open the config.wtf file with Wordpad/Notepad.
  • Add this to it: SET fixedfunction “1”.
  • Save the file.
  • Close the file and folder(s).
  • Log onto the game and it will run fine.

4# Error 132 0x85100084 “Fatal Exception”

  • Right click on the World of Warcraft icon on your desktop, select Properties. If you see the -opengl at the end of the line in the Target field, take it off.
  • Next, go into the World of Warcraft folder.
  • Go into the WTF folder.
  • Open the config.wtf file with Wordpad/Notepad.
  • If you have this: SET gxAPI “opengl”
  • Delete it and save the file.
  • Update video card drivers, and start the game. Hopefully will run fine.

5# World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Loading Screen Crash

6# Crashing in New Areas – Cataclysm
Refer to World of Warcraft Crashes in certain zones under general troubleshooting guide.

7# Can’t Login – World of Warcraft: Cataclysm – Can’t Join Server
Forward your ports for World of Warcraft. See the instructions in Step 4 – World of Warcraft Connection Fix under general troubleshooting guide.

8# Lost Connection
Refer to instructions in Step 4 – World of Warcraft Connection Fix under general troubleshooting guide.

9# Graphic Errors, and Bugs ATI Fix
If you are on ATI video card and experiencing weird and buggy graphics. You can try the following workaround:
1. Right click on your desktop, open up Catalyst Control Center.
2. If you do not have Advanced options to begin with, make that happen.
3. In the upper right hand corner of the window, go to Options.
4. Go down to Preferences.
5. Select Restore Factory Defaults.
6. Try playing the game again using your usual settings.

10# Unable to open WoW Update
If you come across this issue, revert and repair the game. See the detailed instructions in ‘How to Revert back to Previous Patch’ in ‘Can’t Apply the Patch’ under World of Warcraft General troubleshooting guide below.

11# World of Warcraft: Cataclysm “Failed to initinalize WoW.mfil”
This error is caused by two common reasons.
1. Another launcher is already running in the background.

  • Hit Ctrl+alt+del and go to Task Manager.
  • End any processes associated to WoW such as Launcher.exe.
  • Try the patch again.

2. You are unable to download the mfil file due to something like a proxy, a public connection, or a security program.

  • Go to the Control Panel and open up Internet Options.
  • Click on the Connections tab.
  • Click the button called “LAN Settings”
  • Uncheck all of the options on that screen.
  • Then try again.

If that does not work, go back in and check the box to “Automatically Detect Settings” and test once more.

12# World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Error #132 Fix
Remove all addons.

13# ATI Textures Bugged – Fix
On ATI cards if some of the Catalyst Control Center settings get changed, it results in bugged textures. Try setting them back to default or use something like Driver Sweeper to uninstall your video drivers for a clean reinstall.

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