Fix: Mafia 3 Black Screen Crash

fix mafia 3 black screen crash

Experiencing black screen crash in Mafia 3? This guide is for you.

Mafia 3 is a top end desktop/console game, widely credited for its exciting Mob-themed gameplay and advanced graphical illustration. However, since the release of the third series – Mafia 3 – gamers have complained about various kinds of errors, notably the black screen crash, which comes up during startup, and force closes the game.

If you are encountering this crash, here’s a quick fix.

Fix: Mafia 3 Black Screen Crash

The black screen crash error in Mafia 3 is especially common on Windows 10 computers; although the reason for this is still unknown.

In any case, the developers are supposedly aware of this error, and are developing patches to fix it (since 2017). These patches are expected to come with the next update.

However, prior to the release of the patched update, there are several workarounds you can try, and we’ll be showing you some of these workarounds.

Method 1: Check your PC specifications

Mafia 3 requires standard system specifications, particularly the CPU and GPU, to function at optimum capacity. Hence, if your PC is somewhat lacking, in any aspect, you are bound to encounter this crash.

Below is a summary of the minimum system requirements for Mafia 3:

  • OS: Windows 7 (64-bit)
  • RAM: 6GB
  • GPU (NVIDIA): GeForce GTX 660
  • GPU (AMD): Radeon HD7870
  • CPU (Intel): i5-2500k
  • CPU (AMD): FX-8120
  • Memory (Video): 2GB
  • HD: 50GB – Free Memory Space

If your PC meets the above requirements and you still experience black screen crashing, you can try the next method.

Method 2: Restart Explorer and/or PC

This crash could be caused by a minor glitch, in which case, you can try and restart Windows Explorer: simply go to “Task Manager” > “Processes” tab > “Windows Explorer” > “Restart”.

Also, you can restart your computer and see if it the black screen crash is fixed. If it persists, try the next method.

Method 3: Install C++ Redistributable Pack

If your PC doesn’t have the Visual Studio update (2015), you are bound to encounter the black screen crash. Hence, try and install the update and see if it fixes the error.

To install the Visual Studio C++ update, go here.

In the event that you have the update installed and you still encounter this crashing, you can uninstall it from Control Panel, and then reinstall it from the designated download site.

Method 4: Clear Cache in Steam

If the previous methods could not fix the error, you can try this method.

To do this:

  • Open Steam
  • Select Settings
  • Click on Downloads
  • Select Clear Download Cache.

This should fix the error.

Closing Note

Before running any of the workarounds herein, try and update all graphics drivers, as outdated graphics cards are the primary cause of this error. Also, you can check for available Windows updates and install them, as appropriate.

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