How to fix a black screen when launching Stronghold Warlords on PC
Stronghold Warlords strategy has won the hearts of many gamers around the world. It became especially popular when this game was released for the PC and everyone was able to try it out. Of course, the developer makes sure that everything goes smoothly, from the software installation stage to the direct process. But getting rid of all the errors does not work, because the game has millions of users and each has its own system, as well as special problems with the equipment. Recently, complaints about a black screen have become more frequent on the Steam thematic forum.
How to fix the black screen error in Stronghold Warlords
It should be said right away that the problem is not very common, but there are some gamers who complain about this error. Someone says that a black screen appears at the time of launch, for some it occurs during the game. There are already several ways to solve this problem on the forums, you need to try all of the ones below.
Method 1: run the game as administrator
This solution is more suitable for those who have a black screen at the time of launching the game client. But others can try it too. The bottom line is that the game does not have enough system rights, so when it starts it cannot load all the files and as a result, an error appears in the form of a black screen. To enable it with administrator rights on a permanent basis, you must perform the following steps:
- Start Steam and find Stronghold Warlords there.
- Click on the game with the right mouse button and select “Control”.
- Next, open the “Browse Local Files”.
- You will be taken to the folder where this game is installed.
- In the archive, find a file called StrongholdWarlords.exe and right-click on it to select properties.
- Click on the Compatibility tab.
- At the bottom, check the box next to “Run this program as administrator”.
- After that press the “OK” button to save the changes.
After all the manipulations, try to start the game first through the StrongholdWarlords.exe file in the folder with it. If all goes well, then close the app and now try opening through Steam to make sure the black screen issue is no longer bothering you.
Method 2: update video card drivers
Often it is the driver issue that causes the black screen error to appear. The simplest and most logical solution would be a simple software update, which can solve a lot of other problems. It is necessary to select drivers on the official websites of manufacturers, specifically for your video card.
The drivers are installed in a standard way, just follow the instructions on the monitor. After downloading, be sure to restart your computer for the new software to start working fully. Try to launch the game and check if there is a black screen issue.
Method 3: check game files
If during the download of the game or its update, there were errors or disconnections in the network connection, then various problems may appear, including a black screen. Steam has built-in functionality that allows you to check all files and, if necessary, overwrite them. This feature is designed to solve many different problems, including the black screen error.
To check your files on Steam, follow these steps:
- Go to Steam and go to your game library.
- Find Stronghold Warlords in the list and right-click on the application.
- Select Properties from the context menu.
- Go to Local Files.
- Now select “Verify Integrity of Game Files”.
- Once verified, Steam will automatically download the new files and replace the damaged ones.
The verification procedure is quite time consuming, but it allows you to solve the problem and restore the normal operation of the game.
Method 4: completely reinstall Stronghold Warlords
To completely reinstall the game, you must first uninstall it. To do this, go to Steam, find Stronghold Warlords in the list and right-click on the application. Now select “Manage” and “Delete”. After completely removing the game, download and install it again to solve most of the problems associated with opening it. Please note that you must have a stable internet connection while downloading. The download and installation of the game itself does not take much time, and the process takes place automatically.