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Old 11-18-2011, 10:20 AM   #1
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Default DotA 2 crash on start


Hello,
today i received the invitation to DotA 2 from Steam and installed it.
But when i start the game i just see a blackscreen and nothing else happens.
I have to press CTRL+ALT+DEL to close the not-responding-DotA 2-task.
My pc specs are:
Intel i7-2600k
AMD 6970
Asrock P67 extreme4
Windows 7 64bit

I tried to solve it with starting it in windowed mode or directly executing the dota2.exe from the games folder but no solution.

Help would be nice.

Edit: As mentioned in this thread http://www.playdota.com/forums/57293...-after-update/ i try to reinstall Steam.
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Old 11-18-2011, 10:25 AM   #2
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Default Re: DotA 2 crash on start

reinstall and download dota 2 again.
Once you uninstall steam, dota 2 will also be uninstalled. when you install back steam you will have to download dota 2 again. That will fix the problem.
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Old 11-18-2011, 10:41 AM   #3
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You have a pretty beastly pc so there must be another problem for you...but cant think something about that...
Someone that is in the beta can help you more accurate than me.
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Old 11-18-2011, 10:52 AM   #4
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reinstall and download dota 2 again.
Once you uninstall steam, dota 2 will also be uninstalled. when you install back steam you will have to download dota 2 again. That will fix the problem.
No solution for me :-(
Windows Firewall allows Dota2 so this shouldn't also be a problem.
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Old 11-18-2011, 10:54 AM   #5
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Default Re: DotA 2 crash on start

Have you tried to update your pc drivers?
Maybe there could be a problem...
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Old 11-18-2011, 11:10 AM   #6
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All Drivers are uptodate because of Battlefield 3 ;-)
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Old 11-18-2011, 11:20 AM   #7
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Default Re: DotA 2 crash on start

Some PM me.. He says just switch off you firewall... it do the trick..
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Old 11-18-2011, 12:24 PM   #8
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Default Re: DotA 2 crash on start

Dota2 is allowed in the firewall so switching off wont change anything, but i did turn it off. No change. Still blackscreen after i klick on play.
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Old 11-18-2011, 02:16 PM   #9
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Default Re: DotA 2 crash on start

I have the same problem
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Old 11-18-2011, 08:01 PM   #10
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Default Re: DotA 2 crash on start

I solved the problem by starting Dota2.exe with compatibilitymode on XP SP3. My luck that i have Win7 Pro with real Win XP compatibility. :-)
Hope it works for you too and thank you all for you help.
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Old 11-18-2011, 08:02 PM   #11
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Default Re: DotA 2 crash on start

Guys you have to run dota 2 from SteamApps... in c: /program.... etc. Change the resolution and then open the normal dota 2. Try
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Old 11-18-2011, 08:16 PM   #12
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Default Re: DotA 2 crash on start

Didn't you just post this on /v/?
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Old 11-18-2011, 08:24 PM   #13
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Crash to desktop when loading up the game
1.go to steamapps/common/dota2 beta/ dota.exe (run this)
2.it'll load up the game with closed doors (not connected to steam network) but will allow you to change settings
3.change ALL the video settings to lowest, including screen res (not sure if this has to be lowest? sarkastik used 800x600) + set it as windowed mode.
4.Close game.
5.Launch game from steam client.
6.edit settings back to normal (not sure if this causes a crash after? - can someone confirm?)
Crash to desktop and not being able to load game after recieving a party invite
For some reason the invite is still valid after you have crashed, which causes the game to crash on booting up, if this has happened do the following:
1. Get whoever sent you the invite to restart their client
2. Load up the game
3. Ask them not to send another invite
4. goto graphic settings
5. change screen ratio from 4:3 to something else

Crash to desktop after MM queue (Finding a game)
1. Load game
2. goto graphic settings
3. change screen ratio from 4:3 to something else (or try playing around with the screen res, reports that 1024x768 causes crashes)

edit: again, i've not actually experienced these problems myself but have been on the forums all night helping people get it working
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Old 11-19-2011, 01:48 AM   #14
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Default Re: DotA 2 crash on start

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Crash to desktop when loading up the game
1.go to steamapps/common/dota2 beta/ dota.exe (run this)
2.it'll load up the game with closed doors (not connected to steam network) but will allow you to change settings
3.change ALL the video settings to lowest, including screen res (not sure if this has to be lowest? sarkastik used 800x600) + set it as windowed mode.
4.Close game.
5.Launch game from steam client.
6.edit settings back to normal (not sure if this causes a crash after? - can someone confirm?)
I followed these directions, and this solved my crashing on startup issue, you really have to set your resolution to the lowest that the game lets you, and use windowed mode. Close DotA2 and then launch it through Steam afterward, and it should work.

It crashed once when I tried speccing a live game, but then I started it up again and it fixed itself somehow. GLHF.
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Old 11-19-2011, 04:28 AM   #15
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Default Re: DotA 2 crash on start

I tried running from steam apps but it still crashes..
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Old 11-19-2011, 05:01 AM   #16
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Run steam as administrator that should do the trick
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Old 11-19-2011, 05:15 AM   #17
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Default Re: DotA 2 crash on start

Nope that doesn't work either...

So far I reinstalled, ran from steam apps, tried in windowed/no border mode, ran as admin, turned off firewall..

WHAT TO DO?!?!
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Old 11-19-2011, 06:13 AM   #18
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Default Re: DotA 2 crash on start

Have you tried changing launch options directly from steam? Thats what i did to get mine to work.
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Old 11-23-2011, 08:19 AM   #19
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Congrats! Go to Dota2 Dev
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Old 12-02-2011, 09:41 PM   #20
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Default Re: DotA 2 crash on start

MAY BE A BIT LATE, BUT I'M SURE IT'LL HELP OTHERS.

REMOVE THE CFG FOLDER.
NEW WILL BE CREATED WHEN YOU RESTART THE GAME
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Old 12-02-2011, 11:24 PM   #21
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lol he must have closed dota 2 while patching .. yea just re-install it.
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Old 02-10-2012, 09:13 PM   #22
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Default Re: DotA 2 crash on start

mine's starting up to the valve logo (during startup) and then when it loads up to dota2 it crashes
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Old 02-11-2012, 05:45 PM   #23
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what do you mean open it without steam? i cant adjust the resolution because it crashes on the STARTUP.
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Old 02-11-2012, 05:58 PM   #24
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Default Re: DotA 2 crash on start

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what do you mean open it without steam? i cant adjust the resolution because it crashes on the STARTUP.
You can adjust the resolution before opening it, through steam.
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Old 02-12-2012, 03:40 PM   #25
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Default Re: DotA 2 crash on start

Does not work even if in windowed mode. Dont really know what to do.. any suggestions please?
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Old 02-12-2012, 08:52 PM   #26
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Default Re: DotA 2 crash on start

just press esc button
u have bug with video clip on start (i have it too, when i press esc logo appears and everything is normal)
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Old 02-12-2012, 09:05 PM   #27
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Game Library ----> Dota2 ------> Properties -----> Set Launch Options ------> "-nod3d9ex" (without quotations)

That should fix it.
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Old 03-09-2012, 06:51 AM   #28
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The game worked perfect, but after the latest patch (which was yesterday) DOTA 2 doesn't start anymore. I don't get any error, it just crashes to desktop after the starting logo video

My drivers are up to date on everything, and as I said, the game worked fine until the latest patch. Tried verifying cache, reinstalling, all of the above specified in this topic, but nothing seems to work..

Quad Core 6600
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The above was happening to me today, the way I fixed it is here. I was skipping the intro video, every single time by pressing escape. By NOT skipping the intro video, the game works fine, interesting..
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Old 08-17-2013, 02:29 PM   #29
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Default Re: DotA 2 crash on start

ok I am new to Donta 2. I've downloaded it from steam and it starts up fine but when it gets to the opening video in 10 seconds in it crashes. pleas help I would like to at least try the game once.
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Old 08-17-2013, 02:34 PM   #30
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ok I am new to Donta 2. I've downloaded it from steam and it starts up fine but when it gets to the opening video in 10 seconds in it crashes. pleas help I would like to at least try the game once.
Perhaps you should talk to steam support

Here it is:https://support.steampowered.com/kb_...7720-IOAM-7915

Or you could try this:http://crashfixes.com/
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Old 08-17-2013, 02:37 PM   #31
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Old 11-24-2013, 08:43 AM   #32
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Originally Posted by Shzi View Post
Crash to desktop when loading up the game
1.go to steamapps/common/dota2 beta/ dota.exe (run this)
2.it'll load up the game with closed doors (not connected to steam network) but will allow you to change settings
3.change ALL the video settings to lowest, including screen res (not sure if this has to be lowest? sarkastik used 800x600) + set it as windowed mode.
4.Close game.
5.Launch game from steam client.
6.edit settings back to normal (not sure if this causes a crash after? - can someone confirm?)
Crash to desktop and not being able to load game after recieving a party invite
For some reason the invite is still valid after you have crashed, which causes the game to crash on booting up, if this has happened do the following:
1. Get whoever sent you the invite to restart their client
2. Load up the game
3. Ask them not to send another invite
4. goto graphic settings
5. change screen ratio from 4:3 to something else

Crash to desktop after MM queue (Finding a game)
1. Load game
2. goto graphic settings
3. change screen ratio from 4:3 to something else (or try playing around with the screen res, reports that 1024x768 causes crashes)

edit: again, i've not actually experienced these problems myself but have been on the forums all night helping people get it working
i did the instruction but when i open dota 2 in the steamapp it has the same problem when i open dota 2 and the logo come up at the center and an loading at the bottom the screen become black and it takes me back to the desktop after try after try it automatically open 2 time
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