Fix: Saints Row Black Screen After Startup

Saints Row is a series of action-adventure video games created by Volition and published by THQ and Deep Silver. This series follows the ‘Third Street Saints,’ a fictional street gang story and the game is set in Santo Ileso, a bloody fictional city of criminals. Saints Row Black Screen issue and Game not exiting problem are among them. Most players report this issue, and if you’re also one of them, check this troubleshooting guide to fix it.

According to multiple reports online, the affected players mention that it is just stuck on the black screen whenever they try launching the game. Another major issue is that during the black screen, there is no sound coming out as well. After waiting some time, players have to press the Alt+F4 keys to simply get out of the screen and nothing else. So, this issue or bug is frustrating.

Fix: Saints Row Keeps Crashing on Startup on PC

Fix: Saints Row Black Screen After Startup

The chances are that Saints Row’s black screen may appear due to the PC configuration compatibility issue with the game’s system requirements. Meanwhile, having an outdated graphics driver, missing or corrupted game files, an outdated game version, issues with DirectX, overlay app issues, higher in-game graphics settings, etc., can cause several issues with the black screen while the game launches.

It’s worth mentioning to check out the game’s system requirements from the mentioned link to ensure there is no compatibility issue appearing on your computer.

1. Disable Full-Screen Optimizations

  • Right-click on the Saints Row.exe file and click on Properties.
  • Go to the Compatibility tab > Uncheck the Enable Fullscreen Optimizations toggle.
  • Click on Apply and then OK to save changes.

2. Run the game as an Administrator

To avoid user account control regarding privilege issues, run the game exe file as an administrator. You should also run the Epic Launcher client as an administrator on your PC. To do this:

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  • Right-click on the Saints Row exe shortcut file on your PC.
  • Now, select Properties > Click on the Compatibility tab.

  • Make sure to click on the Run this program as an administrator checkbox to checkmark it.
  • Click on Apply and select OK to save changes.

3. Check Graphics Driver Update

Check out the graphics driver update on your PC, whether outdated or not. Sometimes an outdated GPU driver version or corrupted driver can cause several issues. It’ll also help you to fix the black screen-related issues with games or applications. To do so:

  • Press Windows + X keys to open the Quick Link Menu.
  • Now, click on Device Manager from the list > Double-click on Display adapters.
  • Right-click on the dedicated graphics card that you’re using.

Device Manager Update Display Adapter

  • Next, select Update driver > Choose to Search automatically for drivers.
  • If an update is available, the system will automatically download & install it.
  • Once done, restart the computer to apply changes.

4. Update Saints Row

If in case, you haven’t updated your Saints Row game for a while, then make sure to follow the steps below to check for updates and install the latest patch (if available). To do this:

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  • Open the Epic Launcher client > Go to Library > Look for Saints Row from the left pane.
  • You must tap on the three-dot icon on your Saints Row application.
  • Make sure to check the auto-update to get a new update installed automatically.
  • It’ll automatically search for the available update. If there is an update available, make sure to click on Update.
  • Finally, reboot your PC to apply changes, and then try launching the game again.

5. Check System Resources

If the game loads slowly or takes too much time in a startup, then check out the system resources after launching the Saints Row game on your PC by following the steps below to check whether the RAM or CPU Usage becomes higher or not.

  • Press the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to open Task Manager.
  • Click on the Processes tab > Select the task you want to close.

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  • Once selected, click on End Task. Make sure to do the steps for each task individually.
  • Once done, just restart your computer to change effects immediately.

6. Check Windows Updates

The chances are also high that your Windows OS build becomes outdated for a while. In that scenario, your gameplay performance will impact a lot apart from bugs or stability issues. So, it’s always better to check for Windows updates and install the latest version (if available). To do that:

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  • Press Windows + I keys to open up the Windows Settings menu.
  • Next, click on Update & Security > Select Check for updates under the Windows Update section.

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  • If there is an update available, select Download and install.
  • Wait for some time until the update gets completed.
  • Finally, reboot your PC to apply changes immediately.

7. Lower in-game Graphics Settings

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Try lowering the in-game graphics settings from the game menu to check whether that helps. Disable V-Sync, Shadow effects, and Anti-Aliasing, and try running a lower display resolution for the game to fix black screen-related issues.

8. Update DirectX

Sometimes an outdated DirectX version or missing DirectX can cause multiple issues with the game launching or gameplay. You should try following the steps below to update it.

  • Head to this Microsoft link to download the DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer on your PC.
  • Next, install or update the DirectX version manually.
  • Once done, restart your computer to apply changes.

9. Press ALT+TAB Key Combo

Some affected PC users have mentioned that by pressing the ALT + TAB key shortcut combo, they can switch between the opened programs on the PC. So, keep pressing the ALT + TAB to switch between programs and then go back to the running game again to check whether the problem has been fixed or not. It’ll change the display mode from full-screen to windowed mode and then full-screen mode, which can fix the black screen issue.

10. Try Disabling Other Overlay Apps

It seems that a couple of popular apps do have their own overlay program that can eventually run in the background and cause issues with the gaming performance or even launching issues. You should turn them off to fix the issue by following the steps below:

Disable Discord Overlay:

  • Launch the Discord app > Click on the gear icon at the bottom.
  • Click on Overlay under App Settings > Turn on the Enable in-game overlay.
  • Click on the Games tab > Select Saints Row.
  • Finally, turn off the Enable in-game overlay toggle.
  • Make sure to reboot your PC to apply changes.

Disable Xbox Game Bar:

  • Press Windows + I keys to open Windows Settings.
  • Click on Gaming > Go to Game Bar > Turn off Record game clips, screenshots, and broadcast using Game bar option.

If in case, you’re unable to find out the Game Bar option then just search for it from the Windows Settings menu.

Disable Nvidia GeForce Experience Overlay:

  • Launch the Nvidia GeForce Experience app > Head over to Settings.
  • Click on the General tab > Disable the In-Game Overlay option.
  • Finally, restart the PC to apply changes and launch the game again.

Also, keep in mind that you should always disable some other overlay apps like MSI Afterburner, Rivatuner, RGB software, or any other third-party overlay apps that run in the background.

11. Reinstall Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime

Make sure to reinstall the Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime on your computer to completely fix multiple gaming issues or errors. To do that:

  • Press the Windows key from the keyboard to open up the Start Menu.

  • Type Apps & Features and click on it from the search result.
  • Now, locate the Microsoft Visual C++ program(s) in the list.

  • Select each program and click on Uninstall.
  • Visit the official Microsoft website and download the latest Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime.
  • Once done, install it on your computer, and restart the system to change the effects.

12. Verify Game Files and Repair

Verifying the game files and repairing them automatically using the game client is also recommended.

  • Open Epic Games Launcher on the PC.
  • Click on the Game Library > Click on Saints Row.
  • Select Settings > Click on Verify.
  • Close the launcher, then restart the PC to apply changes.

That’s it, guys. We hope this guide was helpful to you. For further queries, you can comment below.

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