Football Manager 2019 (FM19) keeps crashing at startup, or it closes unexpectedly in the middle of the game?

This is extremely frustrating and you’re certainly not alone! Many players are reporting it. But the good news is that you can fix it. Here’s a list of solutions to try.

How to fix FM19 crashing?

You don’t have to try them all. Just work your way through the list until you find the one that does the trick for you.

  1. Meet FM19‘s minimum specs
  2. Close unwanted background programs
  3. Update your graphics driver
  4. Verify the integrity of your game files
  5. Delete the Preferences and Caches Folder
  6. Set Game Launch Options
  7. Change the power option
  8. Reinstall your game and Steam

Fix 1: Meet FM19‘s minimum specs

What are the minimum specs?

The minimum specs are a listing of what hardware devices are required to operate your game properly. In most cases, game crash issues happen when players run the game on a computer that doesn’t meet the minimum requirements. Here are FM19‘s minimum specs:

OS:Windows 7 64-bit or newer
Processor:Intel Pentium 4, Intel Core or AMD Athlon – 2.2 GHz +
Graphics:Intel GMA X4500, NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT or AMD/ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 – 256MB VRAM
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Storage: 7 GB available space

How to check my computer specifications?

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 and memory.

4) Click the Display tab, and then check your graphics card’s information.

Make sure that your computer meets the minimum requirements, then move on to the next fix, below.

Fix 2: End unwanted background programs

Background programs and processes could slow down your computer, hogging your resources. Some may even conflict with FM19 or Steam, causing it to crash. Try turning off unwanted processes on your PC to see if that’s the cause of your issue. 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.

Don’t end any program that you’re not familiar with. It may be critical for the functioning of your computer.

Try relaunching FM19 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.

Don’t end any program that you’re not familiar with. It may be critical for the functioning of your computer.

Now, relaunch FM19 to see if it works correctly. If your problem persists, move on to fix 3, below.

Fix 3: Update your graphics driver

One of the most common causes of game issues, such as game crashing, freezing, lagging, and low FPS, is an outdated or faulty graphics driver. To run FM19 smoothly, it’s essential that you have the latest correct graphics driver.

There are two ways you can update your graphics driver:

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.

OR

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).

You can do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.
If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com.

Fix 4: Verify the integrity of your game files

You’re likely to experience the FM19 crashing when a certain game file is damaged or missing. In this case, try verifying the integrity of your game files from Steam. Here is how:

1) Run Steam.

2) Click LIBRARY.

3) Right-click Football Manager 2019 and select Properties.

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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! If not, try the fix, below.

Fix 5: Delete the Preferences and Caches Folder

Game cache files could also affect the performance of your game. Try clearing the FM19 Cache and Preferences folder to see if it fixes your issue. Here is how to do it:

1) Exit your game.

2) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and E at the same time.

3) Type C:\Users\Your Windows Username\AppData\Local\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2019 on the address bar, then press Enter on your keyboard.

4) Delete the Preferences and Cache folder.

Try launching FM19 again to see if this has resolved your issue. If it’s not, read on and check the fix below.

Fix 6: Set Game Launch Options

Setting Game Launch Options can change your game settings before launching it. Here are two Launch Options that have worked for many Players to fix FM19 crash issues:

Launch FM19 with the -renderer_direct3D9 option 

1) Run Steam.

2) Click LIBRARY.

3) Right-click Football Manager 2019 and select Properties.

4) Click SET LAUNCH OPTIONS.

5) Remove any launch options currently shown. 

6) Type -renderer_direct3D9 and click OK.

Relaunch FM19 through Steam. You should be able to run your game and actual play now. If you still have the problem, try running your game in Windowed mode.

Launch FM19 with the -small_screen -windowed option

1) Run Steam.

2) Click LIBRARY.

3) Right-click Football Manager 2019 and select Properties.

4) Click SET LAUNCH OPTIONS.

5) Remove any launch options currently shown. 

6) Type -small_screen -windowed and click OK.

Try launching your game again. If your problem still exists, don’t fret. There are still 2 more fixes to try.

Fix 7: Change the power option

Windows sets all computers to the Balanced power plan by default, so your computer may sometimes slow down to save energy, causing FM19 to crash. Try changing your power plan to High Performance to see if it fixes your problem. Follow the instructions below:

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.

5) Restart your computer, and then relaunch FM19 to test your problem.

You should be able to run your game without crashing now. If it’s not, move on to the fix below.

Fix 8: Reinstall FM19 and Steam

Corrupt or missing game files may also cause FM19 to crash. In this case, reinstalling your game or Steam is very likely the solution to your problem. Here is how:

Reinstall FM19

1) Run Steam.

2) Click LIBRARY.

3) Right-click Football Manager 2019 and select Uninstall.

4) Exit Steam after FM19 is uninstalled.

5) Relaunch Steam, then download and install Football Manager 2019.

After you reinstall FM19, try launching it again. If the game still crashes, try reinstalling Steam as well.

Reinstall Steam

1) Right-click the Steam icon 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, click Control 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 your Steam and FM19.

Hopefully, this article helped in resolving your problem. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment below.

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