Team Fortress 2 (TF2) keeps crashing in the middle of the gaming? This is extremely irritating and you’re certainly alone. Many players are reporting it. But don’t panic! Here are 7 solutions to try.
A faulty graphics driver, an outdated game version, improper in-game settings, and low RAM–these are the most common causes of Team Fortress 2 crashing issues. In addition, running multiple programs on your computer at the same time can hog your resources and cause your game to fail… but don’t worry. Here is a list of fixes that have proved useful to many players.
7 fixes to try:
You may not have to try them all. Just Work your way down the list until you find the one that works.
- Meet the minimum system requirements
- End unwanted background programs
- Update your graphics driver
- Verify the integrity of your game files
- Change the power option
- Run your game in compatibility mode
- Reinstall Team Fortress 2 and / or Steam
Fix 1: Meet the minimum system requirements
In most cases, Team Fortress 2 crashing issues occur when players’ computer fails to meet the minimum requirements to run the game.
OS: Windows 7/Vista/XP
Processor: 1.7 GHz Processor or better
Memory: 512 MB RAM
DirectX: Version 8.1
Storage: 15 GB available space
To see if that’s also the problem for you, you should check your computer specifications. Here is how to do it:
1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time to invoke the Run dialog.
2) Type dxdiag and click OK.
3) Check your operating system, processor, memory and DirectX Version.
If your computer fails to meet the requirements, you’ll need to play Team Fortress 2 on another computer. If your computer does meet the requirements, read on and try the fix, below.
Fix 2: End unwanted background programs
Too many background programs running at the same time can slow down your computer and cause Team Fortress 2 to fail. So you should end unnecessary programs while you’re gaming. Follow the instructions below:
If you’re on Windows 7…
1) Right-click your taskbar and select Start Task Manager.
2) Click the Processes tab. Then, check your current CPU and memory usage to see what processes are consuming your resources most.
3) Right-click the resource-consuming process and select End Process Tree.
Try relaunching Team Fortress 2 again to see if your issue has been fixed. If not, try fix 3.
If you’re on Windows 8 or 10…
1) Right-click your taskbar and select Task Manager.
2) Check your current CPU and memory usage to see what processes are consuming your resources most.
3) Right-click the resource-consuming process and select End task.
Now, relaunch Team Fortress 2 again to see if it works correctly. If your problem persists, move on to fix 3, below.
Fix 3: Update your graphics driver
Another common cause of Team Fortress 2 crashing issues is an outdated or a faulty graphics driver. It’s essential that you have the latest correct graphics driver at all times.
There are two ways you can get the right driver for your graphics product:
Option 1 – Manually– You’ll need some computer skills and patience to update your drivers this way, because you need to find exactly the right the driver online, download it and install it step by step.
Option 2 – Automatically (Recommended)– This is the quickest and easiest option. It’s all done with just a couple of mouse clicks – easy even if you’re a computer newbie.
Option 1 – Download and install the driver manually
The manufacturer of your graphics card keeps updating drivers. To get them, you need to go to the manufacturer support website, find the driver corresponding with your specific flavor of Windows version (for example, Windows 32 bit) and download the driver manually.
Once you’ve downloaded the correct drivers for your system, double-click on the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the driver.
Option 2 – Automatically update your graphics driver
If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your graphics driver manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.
Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.
You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks:
1) Download and install Driver Easy.
2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
3) Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version– you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).
Fix 4: Verify the integrity of your game files
Team Fortress 2 might also crash when a certain game file is damaged or missing. To fix it, try verifying the integrity of the game files from Steam. Here is how to do it:
1) Run Steam.
2) Click LIBRARY.
3) Right-click Team Fortress 2 and select Properties.
4) Click the LOCAL FILES tab, and then click VERIFY INTEGRITY OF GAME FILES.
5) Wait for this process to be complete, and then relaunch your game.
You should now be able to launch your game and actually play it! If your problem still exists, try the fix, below.
Fix 5: Change the power option
Game crash issues might happen when your computer slows down to save energy. Try changing your Power plan to High Performance to see if this helps. Here is how:
1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and type control. Then, click Control panel.
2) Under View by, click Large icons.
3) Select Power Options.
4) Select High Performance.
Balanced: Balanced automatically adjust your CPU’s speed according to your computer’s need.
High Performance: High Performance mode keeps your PC running at high speeds most of the time. Your computer will generate more heat under this mode.
5) Restart your computer, and then relaunch Team Fortress 2 to test your problem.
Hope your game runs smoothly now. If it’s not, move on and try fix 6, below.
Fix 6: Run your game in compatibility mode
Sometimes, Windows updates may not be compatible with Team Fortress 2, causing it to stop working. If you’ve updated your computer recently, try running your game in compatibility mode to see if it fixes your issue.
Here is how to do it:
1) Right-click the Steam icon, then select Open file location.
2) Go to steamapps > common > Team Fortress 2.
3 ) Right-click hl2.exe and select Properties.
4) Click the Compatibility tab. Then check the box next to Run this program in compatibility mode for.
5) Click the list box below to select Windows 8 and click OK.
6) Relaunch your game to check if your issue had been resolved.
If your game still crashes under the compatibility mode, check the fix, below.
Fix 7: Reinstall Team Fortress 2 and / or Steam
Corrupt or missing game files may also cause Team Fortress 2 to crash. In this case, reinstalling TF2 and/or Steam is very likely the solution to your issue. Here is how to do it:
Reinstall Team Fortress 2
1) Run Steam.
2) Click LIBRARY.
3) Right-click Team Fortress 2 and select Uninstall.
4) Close Steam after you uninstall Team Fortress 2.
5) Relaunch Steam, then download and install Team Fortress 2.
Now, try launching TF2 again. If the crash issue still happens, you’ll need to reinstall Steam.
1) Right-click the Steam icon on your desktop and select Open file location.
2) Right-click the steamapps folder and select Copy. Then, place the copy in another location to back it up.
3) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and type control. Then, clickControl Panel.
4) Under View by, select Category.
5) Select Uninstall a program.
6) Right-click Steam, and then click Uninstall.
7) Follow the on-screen instructions to uninstall Steam and wait for the process to be complete.
8) Download Steam.
9) Open the downloaded file and install Steam.
10) Right-click the Steam icon and select Open file location.
11) Move the backup steamapps folder you create before to your current directory location.
12) Relaunch Steam and Team Fortress 2.
Hopefully, you’re able to play Team Fortress 2 now. Enjoy your game! If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment below.