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Oxygen Not Included Crash Fix, Crash On Startup, Fatal Error, No Sound, Black Screen Fix

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Oxygen Not included is a Space Colony Simulator which has been received well by the gaming community. The game is still going strong since its launch in 2019. Despite being a game that any PC can run, even with an integrated GPU, Oxygen Not Included is experiencing errors and issues on PCs like crashes, Fatal Errors, no sound, crashes at startup, and more. Here are a few fixes and workarounds that will work so that you can play the game without any problems.

Oxygen Not Included Crash, Fatal Error Fixes You Can Try

Oxygen Not Included is a Space Colony Simulator that requires a bit of dedication. Despite not being a demanding game, it is facing issues like crashes, Fatal Errors, green and purple lines on the screen, and more. The following are the errors and issues that players are experiencing along with their possible fixes and workarounds.

Game Not Launching, Crash At Startup Fix

Oxygen Not Included might not be a demanding PC game but it has issues and some players are reporting that the game isn’t starting for them. This could be for a number of reasons and here a couple of fixes for the Oxygen Not Included game won’t start issue.

1- Delete kplayerprefs

Deleting the kplayerprefs.yaml file will fix the Oxygen Not Included crash at startup issue. Go to “Documents\Klei\OxygenNotIncluded\kplayerprefs.yaml” and delete the file. Launch Oxygen Not Included and it’ll work without crashing.

2- Disable Anti-Virus

Your anti-virus software has falsely detected the game’s executable as malware which is causing Oxygen Not Included to crash at launch. DeepGuard is usually known for quarantining game executables. Disable real-time protection or exclude the game folder from the anti-virus, I recommend the latter.

After that, right-click Oxygen Not Included > Properties > Installed Files > click “Verify Integrity of game files”. Play Oxygen Not included and the crash at startup issue is fixed.

Open properties by right-clicking the game.
Verify Game files.

3- Disable Fullscreen Optimizations

Fullscreen Optimizations are enabled by default for games and programs installed on Windows PCs. However, these optimizations can cause games to crash at startup. Disable Fullscreen optimizations and Oxygen Not Included will stop crashing at launch.

  • Right-click Oxygen Not Included in Steam library > Manage > Browse local files
  • A new window will open containing game files
  • Right-click the game executable and select Properties
  • Go to the Compatibility tab, check “Disable Fullscreen optimizations” and apply the changes
Select “Browse Local Files”
Right-click the executable and select properties.
check ‘Disable Fullscreen optimizations’

4- Run The Game In Compatibility Mode

Oxygen Not Included is a 2019 title and is having compatibility issues with your current Windows, which is why it’s crashing at launch. Run the game in Compatibility mode for Windows 7, and it’ll stop crashing at startup.

  • Right-click Oxygen Not Included in Steam library > Manage > Browse local files
  • A new window will open containing game files
  • Right-click the executable and select Properties
  • Go to the Compatibility tab
  • Check “Run this program in compatibility mode for” and select Windows 7 from the drop-down menu
Browse local files.
Right-click the executable and select properties.
Go to the Compatibility tab, check “Run this program in compatibility mode for” and select Windows 7.

5- Install/Repiar Visual C++ Redistributables

Visual C++ Redistributables are necessary to run games on Windows PCs. There might be corrupt or missing Visual C++ files which are causing Oxygen Not Included to crash at startup. Install or repair Visual C++ Redistributables and the issue will be fixed.

  • Open the Steam library and type ‘Steamworks’ in the search bar
  • Right-click “Steamworks Common Redistributables” > Manage > Browse local files
  • A new Explorer window will open
  • Go to _CommonRedist\vcredist
  • There are folders with names in years starting from 2010
  • Open each folder and run the VC_redis, both x64 and x86 versions
  • Install or repair Visual C++ Redistributables and restart your PC

Stuck At Starting Logo Fix

Some players can’t get past the logo that pops when Oxygen Not Included is booted. This isn’t a critical issue but a small inconvenience.

1- Change Timezone

Oxygen Not Included is stuck at the logo due to the timezone set on your PC. Just open the date and time and change the timezone and Oxygen Not included won’t stuck at the starting logo again.

2- Delete kplayerprefs

If changing the Timezone didn’t fix the issue, then delete the “kplayerprefs.yaml” file, and Oxygen Not Included will stop freezing at the starting logo. Go to “Documents\Klei\OxygenNotIncluded\kplayerprefs.yaml” and delete the file there and the game will work.

Fatal Error Fix

PC games crashing isn’t a new thing and Oxygen Not Included is no exception. The reason for the game to crash with a Fatal Error could be due to your GPU.

1- Disable Overclock, Enable Debug Mode

If you have overclocked your GPU, it’s the reason why Oxygen Not Included is crashing with the Fatal Error. Revert your GPU back to its default GPU and Memory clocks to fix the Fatal Error.

However, most GPUs from third-party AIB partners are factory overclocked or use higher GPU and Memory clocks compared to Nvidia reference models. Enable the Debug Mode to force your GPU to use Nvidia’s recommended clocks and the Oxygen Not Included’s Fatal Err crash will be fixed.

2- Troubleshoot Compatibility

Compatibility issues with your Windows OS is the reason why Oxygen Not Included is crashing with the Fatal Error. Troubleshoot compatibility to fix this error.

  • Right-click Oxygen Not Included in your Steam library
  • Go to Manage > Browse local files
  • A new window will open with the game files
  • Right-click the executable
  • Select properties and go to the Compatibility tab
  • Click “Run compatibility troubleshooter”
  • Let Windows do its thing
  • Click Try recommended settings and apply them
Locate the game’s files
Right-click the executable and select properties
go to Compatibility tab and click Run compatibility troubleshooter
use recommended settigns
Test the program before clicking next

3- Delete DirectX Shader Cache

The DirectX shader cache is either damaged or having unexpected issues with with game which is why Oxygen Not Included is crashing with the Fatal Error. Delete the DirectX cache and the Fatal Error will be fixed.

  • Open Disk Cleanup utility
  • Select C Driver
  • Check “DirectX Shader Cache” and press OK

4- Update GPU Driver

Your current GPU driver version is not compatible with Oxygen Not Included, which is why it’s crashing with the Fatal Error. Update or install a different driver version for your GPU and the Fatal Error will be fixed. Ensure you do a clean installation.

Download the driver and launch the setup.
Agree to terms and conditions.
Select custom and click next.
Check ‘Perform a clean installation’ and click next to install.

Black Screen Fix

Some are experiencing the black screen issue when they start the game but can hear the music and other audio from the game. The solution to this problem is very simple.

Start the game and when the black screen appears, press “Alt + Enter” and the game will go into Windowed Mode and the game will start to display. You just need to go into the video settings and set the proper resolution and you’ll be able to play the game in fullscreen mode.

Green And Purple Lines Fix

Players are reporting that when they start Oxygen Not Included, the screen goes green and purple and was working fine before booting the game. The fix for this green and purple screen lines is simple. Open the Nvidia Control Panel > Change Desktop Resolution and select “Highest (32 Bit)” under Desktop Color Depth. Apply the setting and start the game and the green and purple lines won’t appear again.

Crash Fix

PC users report that Oxygen Not Included is crashing randomly while playing. There are multiple reasons why the game is crashing like in-game overlays, third-party tools and software, and more. The following are the fixes that will help you fix the Oxygen Not Included crashes. Also, check the fixes under “Fatal Error Fix” above as those will also help you fix the in-game crashes.

Disable In-game Overlays

In-game overlays are useful as they allow PC users to access certain features without minimizing or closing the game. However, in-game overlays can interfere with the game and cause crashes. Disable in-game overlays like Steam overlay, Discord overlay, or GeForce Experience overlay to fix the Oxygen Not Included’s in-game crashes.

To disable Discord overlay, open User settings > Game Overlay > turn off the “Enable In-game overlay” options.

To disable Steam in-game overlay, open Setting settings > In-Game tab > uncheck “Enable the Steam overlay while in-game” and press OK.

Open settings
uncheck “Enable Steam overlay while in-game”

If you have installed GeForce Experience, its overlay is enabled by default. To disable GeForce Experience Overlay, open GeForce Experience> click on the Gear icon next to your username > General > turn off the “IN-GAME Overlay” options.

Click on the Gear icon next to your username
disable in-game overlay

That is all for our Oxygen Not Included errors with fixes and workarounds. 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.

Ian Shaw
Ian Shaw
Ian is usually working on putting out game guides or playing them ... it's an endless cycle. Close to 2000 articles published by this Pokemon and Zelda fanatic.
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