Last Updated on February 19, 2023 by David


Death Stranding PC faces errors and issues like Access Violation (C0000005h), the game not launching, desynced audio, crash at startup, DirectX 12 Error, and more. Here I have compiled a list of Death Stranding errors and issues players are experiencing, along with their fixes and workarounds.

Death Stranding Stuttering, Crash, And Fixes

Death Stranding is a beautiful-looking game on the PlayStation 4. With the launch of the PC version, the game looks even better. The game is well-optimized and takes full advantage of the DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) on RTX GPUs.

Despite that, Death Stranding PC faces errors like Access Violation (C0000005h), crash at launch, DirectX 12 error, no audio, and more. The following are the errors and issues players are experiencing with the game, along with their fixes and workarounds.


Access Violation (C0000005h) Fix

Access Violation is another error that Death Stranding players are experiencing. The following is the full error.

An Access Violation (C0000005h) has occurred in thread ‘SystemFileDevice:1’ at instruction location 00000001416D4B37h

CallStack : 2560633228

0. 0x7FFFCBD3FE3E ntdll.dll, 0xCBD3FE3E
1. 0x0001416D4B37 ds.exe, 0x416D4B37
2. 0x0001416D4D91 ds.exe, 0x416D4D91
3. 0x0001416D1F99 ds.exe, 0x416D1F99
4. 0x0001416D2390 ds.exe, 0x416D2390
5. 0x0001417ABE8D ds.exe, 0x417ABE8D
7. 0x7FFFCBD0CE51 ntdll.dll, 0xCBD0CE51


Verify Game Files

To fix the “Access Violation (C0000005h)” error, update your GPU driver and verify game files. To verify game files in Steam, right-click Death Stranding in Steam library > properties > Local Files > click ‘Verify integrity of game files.

For Epic users, click on the three dots under Death Stranding > Manage > click ‘Verify.’ After the scan, the client will download the missing files, and the error will be fixed.

If this doesn’t work, disable DLSS from the graphics menu, and the Access Violation error will be fixed. If the error persists, then follow this link for other fixes.

Update DirectX

This error can also occur if you don’t have updated DirectX files. Since the game required DX 12 to run, update it.


Delete Realtek Sound Device

In case the “Access Violation (C0000005h)” error is popping at launch. Go to the Device Manager and delete Realtek Sound Device. Rescan to add it again. This will fix the error.

DirectX 12 Error Fix

PC players have also reported experiencing a “DX12-ErrorCode: 0x887a0005” error. Update your GPU drivers to the latest version and also update DirectX. This will fix the DirectX 12 error.

Another workaround for the “DX12-ErrorCode: 0x887a0005” is to launch the game and load it up in Windowed mode on a lower resolution. Once the game is loaded, go to the settings and switch to your native resolution and Fullscreen mode. The error won’t bother you again.

Game Not Launching, Crash At Startup Fix

Many Death Stranding PC players report that they cannot play the game because it crashes at startup or doesn’t launch. One reason the game is not launching for many players is their CPU. Older CPUs don’t’ have the AVX instruction set that the game requires. Make sure your CPU supports the AVX instruction set. If it doesn’t, you won’t be able to play the game unless the devs patch it. Also, the game requires a DirectX 12-supported GPU. Make sure your GPU supports DX 12.

Disable Third-Party Software

Also, using third-party monitoring software like MSI Afterburner can sometimes cause the game to crash at launch. If you use any third-party utility, disable it, and the issue will be resolved.

Update Windows

The game requires Windows 10 to run on a PC; however, if the game is crashing or not launching, chances are the OS isn’t updated. Update the OS to fix the game not launching issue.

Install/Repair Visual C++ Redistributable

If the game is still not launching, go to the install folder and launch the game directly from the exe file. Chances are you’ll get an error similar to “vcruntime140_1.dll is Missing or Not Found”. This can be fixed by updating Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable.

Disable Anti-virus

Your anti-virus/Windows Defender might be blocking the game from launching. Either disable the anti-virus or exclude the game’s folder from it. After that, verify game files, and the game should work.

If all else fails, you might need to do a fresh install of Windows 10. Then install the latest GPU drivers, and the issue will be fixed.

Graphics Glitch Fix

Players report that they manage to run the game, but they are experiencing a weird graphical bug. This can be fixed by installing the latest or Game Ready GPU Driver.

Error Initializing Rendering Configuration Fix

Death Stranding PC players are experiencing errors that aren’t letting them play the game. The following are the errors that players are experiencing.

Build : dso 100/1892587 21:23 – Fri Jul 10 2020

CallStack : 3571336617

Error initializing rendering configuration, check video card and drivers

0. 0x0001417BEE4E ds.exe, 0x417BEE4E
1. 0x0001417BAF33 ds.exe, 0x417BAF33
2. 0x0001423D8C26 ds.exe, 0x423D8C26
3. 0x0001423D5F1E ds.exe, 0x423D5F1E
4. 0x00014169417A ds.exe, 0x4169417A
5. 0x0001416944AA ds.exe, 0x416944AA
6. 0x00014169433D ds.exe, 0x4169433D
7. 0x0001437196B2 ds.exe, 0x437196B2
8. 0x7FFF56B16FD4 KERNEL32.DLL, 0x56B16FD4
9. 0x7FFF58A3CEC1 ntdll.dll, 0x58A3CEC1

For the “Error initializing rendering configuration” error, the game requires DirectX 12 to run. However, the game requires Windows 10 to be updated to version 2004 for DX12 Ultimate support. Update your OS and GPU drivers, and the error will be fixed.

Game Not Switching To Dedicated GPU Fix

Death Stranding players are experiencing an issue when the game doesn’t seem to switch to the dedicated GPU and runs on the integrated GPU. First, update your GPU drivers, as old driver versions create this problem.

Then, make sure Death Stranding only runs on the dedicated GPU. For Nvidia, open Nvidia Control Panel > Manage 3D Settings > Program Settings > select the game > select “High-performance Nvidia processor” under the preferred graphics option.

For AMD GPU, open Radeon Settings > Preferences > Additional Settings > Power > Switchable Graphics Application Settings. Select the game and select the “High-Performance profile” to the game under Graphics Settings. This will fix the game running on the integrated GPU issue.

Audio Not Syncing Fix

Death Stranding players are experiencing the issue where the cutscene audio is desynced. Vertical sync might be causing the issue; worry not; there is a possible fix without disabling V.sync.

First, disable in-game v.sync and close the game. Open Nvidia Control Panel > Manage 3D Settings > Program Settings > select the game. In the option, set “Vertical Sync” to On. Apply the change and play the game. The desynced audio issue will be fixed. If not, then set “Vertical Sync” to “Fast”. This will fix the issue.

No Audio, Low Audio Fix

According to players, either they don’t get any sound in Death Stranding, or the audio is very low. That might be the issue if you use a sound interface for your headphones or speakers. Just switch to onboard audio, and the no-audio issue will be resolved.

Disk Write Error Fix

This is an error that either isn’t allowing PC users to download Death Stranding or update the game. Here are the fixes.

Run Steam As Administrator

Right-click on Steam.exe > “Properties” . “Compatibility” tab > check “Run this program as an administrator”. Apply the setting, and the error should be resolved.

Open CMD and run it as an administrator. Use the following commands and press enter after each of them.
list disk
select disk # (# is the number of the hard drive in which the game is installed)
attributes disk clear readonly.

Delete Corrupt Files

Go to Steam/logs/content_log. Scroll down and look for “failed to write.” Open the file, and it has paths to some corrupted files. Follow the path and delete these files, and the game will install.

Low FPS, Stuttering Fix

Performance is a common issue with PC video games, and Death Stranding is no exception despite being well-optimized. Players are reporting stuttering and low FPS issues with the game.

First, install the latest GPU drivers and make sure no background process uses too much HDD, CPU, or GPU.

If you have an RTX GPU, then make sure to enable DLSS. This is designed to significantly boost performance without compromising image quality and graphics settings.

As for those who don’t own an RTX GPU, disable in-game vertical sync. Close the game and open Nvidia Control Panel > Manage 3D Settings > Program Settings > select the game. Make the following changes.

Set Power Management to “Prefer Maximum Performance”
Set Texture filtering – Quality to “High Performance”
Set Vertical Syn to “On”

Apply these changes, and the performance issue will be fixed. If the game is still stuttering, follow the steps above but set Vertical Syn to “Fast.” Apply the change and launch the game. This will fix the stuttering and low FPS issue with Death Stranding.

That is all for our Death Stranding fixes for errors like Access Violation (C0000005h), DirectX 12 error, the game not launching, performance issues, and more. If you are facing errors and issues with other PC games or your PC, then also see our hub for commonly occurring PC errors and their fixes.


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