Frostpunk Black Screen, Errors and Fixes

Here we will discuss all the Frostpunk errors and issues that players have been experiencing and will provide you with possible fixes or workaround so that you can play the game without any problem.

Frostpunk Errors and Fixes

Frostpunk is the latest title from 11-bit studios, the developer behind the critically acclaimed This War Of Mine. Frostpunk is a city building survival game that sees players responsible for the survival of a city in a harsh environment.

The following are the errors and issues that Frostpunk players have been experiencing along with their possible fix and workaround.

However, before we begin, we’ll assume that you’re using a discrete GPU instead of the integrated GPU in case your rig is running two GPUs.

Also, update your windows to the latest version for better performance.

MSVCP140.dll Is Missing
One of the issues that Frostpunk players have reported that when they try to start the game it doesn’t load and an error pops up notifying that “This program can’t start because MSVCP140.dll is missing from your computer”.

The fix for this problem is simple, all you have to do is reinstall the game and also install the 64-bit version Visual C++ Redistributable and the issue should resolve.

You can also try to manually download the “MSVCP140.dll” file from the internet and copy it to the game’s install folder, however, we don’t recommend that since it may compromise your system.

MSVCP120.dll Is Missing
This is another Frostpunk error that PC players have been encountering that is stopping them from playing the game.

The solution for this problem is simple, all you have to do is install Visual C++ Redistributable Packages for Visual Studio 2013 and the issue should never bother you again.

d3dcompiler_47.dll Is Missing
This is another error that Frostpunk PC players have been experiencing which is a hurdle along the way. However, the fix for this error is simple, all you have to do is install the latest version of Microsoft .NET Framework and the error should be resolved.

However, if that doesn’t fix the problem then update the DirectX and this error should not bother you again.

Game Not Starting, Game Fails To Start Fix
Some PC players have reported that when they try to play the Frostpunk the game either fails to start or nothing happens. If you have already tried the above-mentioned methods and the game still doesn’t start then there is a possible fix for this issue, just update your GPU drivers to the latest version and the issue should resolve.

Black Screen Fix
This is another one of the issues that PC Frostpunk players have been experiencing but, the solution to this issue is simple.

All you have to do is start the game and when the Black Screen appears press “ALT + Enter” and the game will go into windowed mode. The reason why the black screen was appearing is that sometimes games set the default resolution higher than the monitor’s display resolution.

All you have to do now is go the video settings and set the resolution to your monitor’s native resolution and then you can play the game in fullscreen if you want.

However, if the “ALT + Enter” doesn’t work then all you have to do is find the game’s config file and change the resolution from there. Go to C: users/”your username”/appdata%/11bitstudios/frostpunk/config.bin.

Open the config file in a notepad and look for the game’s resolution and change the height and width of the game to your monitor’s native resolution and save. Now start the game and the Black Screen fix should fix.

Input Not Supported
Now Frostpunk error is somewhat related to the Black Screen issue, however, the solution is almost similar to fixing the Black Screen too.

All you have to do is go to C: users/”your username”/appdata%/11bitstudios/frostpunk/config.bin. Open the config file in notepad and look for the refresh rate and change it to your monitor’s refresh rate.

Most of the monitors support 60 Hz refresh rate, so try changing to that or look for the refresh rate of your monitor on the internet and set it to that. Save it and start the game and you should be able to play the game.

Game Not Starting On Windows 7, api-ms-win-core-libraryloader-l1-2-0.dll Missing
Of all the PC gamers who are playing the game, Windows 7 users are facing the most issues with the game. While the above mentioned missing dll file errors are popping up for Windows 7 users, but there is another solution that might help you play the game.

To resolve the api-ms-win-core-libraryloader-l1-2-0.dll issue, first find the “C:\Windows\SysWOW64” once in the folder, open your browser and search for “api-ms-win-core-libraryloader-l1-2-0.dll” on the internet and download it. Copy the downloaded file in the folder mentioned above and issue should resolve.

As for the missing “D3DCompiler_47.dll”, first locate the “C:\Windows\System32” and again open up the browser and download the required file and paste it in the folder.

However, we don’t recommend doing that since it may compromise your system.

Low FPS, Bad Performance, Stuttering Fix
Many PC players have reported that despite their system being more powerful than the game’s recommended system requirements there are some serious frame rate drops in the game along with constant in-game stutter.

The solution for this issue is simple. All you have to do is start the game and then open “Task Manager” and click on “More Details”. Now select the “Details” tab and find the game’s exe. Right-click on the exe and change the priority any option above “Normal”. This will resolve the frame rate drop issue and the constant stutter in the game.

You can also try to update your GPU drivers to the latest version as they bring optimizations for latest games. Furthermore, you need to check if there is a background process running that is using too much HDD which can cause stutters. Close that application for a smoother experience.

These fixes should help the game run smoother and give you more FPS, but if you’re still not getting the desired frames then try lowering the visual settings of the game.

We suggest you practice your survival skills at medium settings after disabling global illumination.

As far as the stuttering is concerned, it usually happens between the cutscenes.

To fix this issue you need to disable anti-aliasing, custom resolution and if you haven’t already, update your graphics drivers.

While you’re at it, also verify the integrity of the game files. To do so, follow the following path

Frostpunk/Properties/Local files/Verify Integrity of Game Cache.

You can also face bad performance from the game if you’re overclocking your CPU.

Unable to Launch the Game
If the game crashes on launch without giving you any error, then you need to upgrade your windows to the latest version and launch the game as an administrator.

Make sure that Steam overlay isn’t running when you launch the game.

If you’re still unable to launch the game, then check your computer for any third-party apps such as Razer Chroma SDK, Razer Synapse or Roccat Mouse Driver (v1.20 or above).

If any of these apps are installed on your computer, you’ll have to uninstall them.

You can also try increasing your virtual memory and running the game in windowed mode.

Make sure your DirectX and Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Package is up to date.

If none of these hacks work, then simply reinstall the game and it will hopefully run.

The Game Crashes
If you’re getting an error that Frostpunk has stopped working then, you need to reinstall vcredist and install the latest version of DotNet package.

In case of Windows 7, also download and install KB4019990.

Screen Resolution Issue
If the game is launching in resolutions that are not supported by your display, then you need to add GfxConfig.ini file to the game folder.

Open the file using a notepad and change the resolution to the resolution supported by your display.

This will launch the game in that resolution every time you launch it, given that you launch the game with gfxconfig parameter.

To launch the game with gfxconfig parameter right-click on the game in your Steam library and select set launch options.

Write -gfxconfig in the window that pops up and press okay.

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