A few days ago, we shared with you some tips that you could try to fix the annoying QuestViewer errors when playing the AudioSurf or ShipSimulator games. Now, a friend of mine has asked me to research working fixes for the launch problems with the popular Terraria game. Once more, users have been reporting the classical “has stopped working” problem whenever they start the Terraria game at launch. If you have similar problems in the start-up of the game, read below for some fixes. Here’s what one users is saying:
Every time I try to launch this from Steam, it just crashes and says “Terraria has stopped working.” It’s never worked. I installed the newest XNA crap and .Net 4.0, so I dunno what else I need. Running Vista 64, if that matters.
Just like with the annoying QuestViewer problems, we see that Steam users are affected the most. But there are also non-Steam users that have been plagued with these problems. Here’s the input of such an affected player of Terraria:
I got terraria recently (from a competition on here) and when I tried to load it for the first time I got this error message that is he title of the tread. I have the latest update to everything I need (.net framework and XNA 4). I don’t understand why it’s not working. Does anyone have any idea what’s wrong and how to fix it?
Potential solutions to Terraria problems on startup
For some, Terraria has stopped working before even getting to the launch phase because they don’t have installed the latest drivers, and .NET Framework version. Make sure everything you are running is updated, just to know that the problem might be coming from somewhere else. Also, getting the latest version of Microsoft XNA Game Studio 4.0 and DirectX is also suggested (download links at the end of the article).
What I’ve seen while going through multiple forums and answer communities is that some users have managed to link the problem to the sound card, as weird as it doesn’t sound. To see whether that is causing the error, try closing all the programs that might be using your sound card before opening the game. You can do it form the Task Manager. If the issue persists, try changing sound settings to default from the right speakers icon. If you happen to was having this own Creative sound card, you will need to enable the Digital Audio Interface and then set it as your Default Device.
If you are running Terraria through Steam or you have used Steam to download and manage it, then you might need to try and verify the integrity of the game cache. Select Terraria from the Library section, go to Properties, select the Local files tab and click the Verify integrity of game cache. Wait for a few minutes and maybe you are in luck.
If all of the above don’t work, try setting Terraria to run in compatibility mode for a previous Windows version. Also, make sure that you install .NET and then XNA, as the order has been found important to the good work of Terraria. I hope these solutions managed to help you out and if you happen to know a fix, as well, do share it with us and we will be extremely grateful!