How To Fix ARK: Survival Evolved Errors, Loading Screen Issue, Crashes


Update: If you are looking for a guide to fix your errors in the new expansion pack ARK: Scorched Earth, go here:

Tutorial To Fix ARK: Scorched Earth Errors

In ARK: Survival Evolved you need to survive in a world filled with roaming dinosaurs. The game was released a few days ago in the ‘early access game’ version, and because of that, it has a lot of bugs and issues. The most common ARK: Survival Evolved errors that players are encountering at this moment are: Loading Screen Issue (infinite loading screen), Random Crashes, Game Won’t Start, Low FPS Issues and other minor ones. Below you can see all these major issues detailed and solutions on how to fix them.

Before starting to fix your issues, make sure that you meet the minimum system requirements of your game and that your PC can handle the game. You can check these requirements below.


    • OS: 64-Bit Windows 7 Service Pack 1, or Windows 8
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual-Core 64-bit CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX11 Compatible GPU and 1 GB Video RAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Hard Drive: 20 GB available HDD space

Read below to fix ARK: Survival Evolved Errors:

Let’s go ahead and fix your issues. Below you will find a list with the most common errors that players reported about ARK: Survival Evolved. For each issue, you will have a workaround or a solution to fix it. After you apply this solution, your issue will be fixed, and you will be able to play the game. So go ahead and search for your issue below!

#1 ARK: Survival Evolved Download Stuck at 99%

This issue happens because of the Steam Overlay, the game download is complete but the Steam blocks. Other players reported that they downloaded a new update for the game and that they are stuck with the game patch downloading and they can’t do anything. To fix this issue follow the tip below.

Workaround: You can fix the download stuck issue by clicking Cancel and you should receive a Successful Download message or you can restart the Steam. If you encounter the download stuck when you are trying to get an update, the best solution is to restart the Steam client and download that update again.

#2 ARK: Survival Evolved Crashes with Fatal Error


Every time you launch the game you might get a Fatal Error and you are unable to start and play the game because of this issue. Apparently, a new version of the game, 247.81, suffers from this issue too. The game crashes after the loading screen is finished and it will send you back to your desktop.

Solution: It’s pretty simple to fix this issue. Go to your local content folder. Here right-click on your game and go to Properties, under local files tab click Browse local files. Then you should go to Engine>Plugins> Runtime> OculusRift> and here delete the oculus rift file in that folder. This should fix your issue.

#3 ARK: Survival Evolved APPCRASH

This is a classic issue that can be fixed by changing the compatibility mode of the game to Windows Service Pack 1. If you don’t know how to do that follow the workaround below and it should fix your issue.

Workaround: Right-Click on the game executable in the Steam/SteamApps/common/ARK: Survival Evolved folder and go to Properties. Here change the compatibility mode to Windows Service Pack 1.

#4 Ark: Survival Evolved Loading Screen Issue

Probably because of the last update players are facing an infinite loading screen when they try to join a server. They are unable to play single player too.

“I know that I am not the first person who is complaining about this, but I have paid money for this game, and I can’t even play it.I am stuck at the loading screen like a lot of people.Please help me, guys!”

“So how long does this game load? Because I’ve been sitting more than 40 minutes, and it’s still loading. If you tell me, that would be great.”

Solution: This error is now fixed with the last game update. If you are still encountering this issue make sure that you updated your game.

#5 Ark: Survival Evolved Random Crashes


For some players, the game crashes when they try to start it, when they try to connect to a server or when they are playing the game and getting random crashes constantly from 10 minutes to 10 minutes.

“I finally have been able to enter the actual game, for about 5 seconds. Then it crashes, or exits to the main menu, and then I can start all over.”

“Tried joining a server, even local, and through the loading screen the game crashes. I’ve looked into the save log location. However, every .log file is empty.”

Solution: You need to change the compatibility mode to Windows Service Pack 1 and restart the game. If this won’t work for you try our patch at the end of the post for a definite fix. For more details go to the end of the post!

ARK Survival Evolved Crash

  • Fatal error crashing, if you encounter this issue follow the tip below from a Steam user to fix it:

The first fatal crash I experienced I had steam do a local file check and it found 6 files that needed replaced. It replaced them and the game loaded but in the options screen it crashed again. I went directly to the .ini files that are located at


Here I noticed that the default resolution was 1600×1000… an odd resolution that I have never seen before. So I altered that to my native resolution of 2560×1440. I then noticed that the other 7 of the 8 ini files were blank so I copied them over from the CleanSourceConfigs folder in the Config folder. I then edited my keybindings in the input.ini.

After doing this the game has run without crashing for 4 hours. I think that odd resolution may be the source of some peoples issues. Note: after playing and checking those .ini files they are all blank again except for GameUserSettings.ini and input.ini.

#6 Ark: Survival Evolved Game Won’t Start

This is a common error of the game too, when you begin the game nothing happens, and you can’t enter the game. You click Play in the Steam Library and simply the game won’t start and you can’t do anything to start it from the Steam interface.

“My game will not start whatsoever. I click play and all it says it Preparing to launch: Ark: Survival Evolved… then that little box with close and nothing will happen. Apparently, I need to install Microsoft Visual C+++ 2013 Redis, but I tried, and it won’t do anything either, it just sits at Initializing… and never moves.”

“Lots of people are having this problem, fully downloaded, reinstalled & doesn’t even start please how do I fix this?”

Solution: Follow the guide at the end of the post and apply our patch to fix this issue. Go there for more details!

You can also try to run the game in compatibility mode:

  1. Right click ARK: Survival Evolved shortcut and choose Properties.
  2. Go to Compatibility tab.
  3. Check Run this program in compatibility mode for and choose Windows 7 Service Pack 1 from the list.
  4. Click Apply and OK to save your changes.
  5. Try running the game again.
  • Another fix might be to run the game from the installation folder. Just go to the folder where you installed ARK and Run the game executable in Administrator Mode.

#7 Ark: Survival Evolved Low FPS

You can fix this issue by changing some options in the game, and it will run smoothly at 60FPS, see how to do that:

Solution: Enter the game menu and go to options, now drag the resolution scale to a minimum and you should have constant 50-60 FPS. You can also use our patch for a definite fix for Low FPS issue. See the tutorial below for more details!

Try to reinstall Visual C++ Redistributables:

  1. Go to ..\steamapps\commmon\ark\_CommonRedist\vcredist.
  2. Run all the installers that you have in that folder to reinstall Visual C++ Redistributables.
  3. After you’ve done that, you start the game and check if the issue has been resolved.

Patch To Fix ARK: Survival Evolved Major Issues:

Our team of developers managed to release a patch that helps you fix the errors described above. You can see how our patch looks like below, where you can also find a tutorial on how to use it and a download link. Please follow the tutorial step by step before asking any questions regarding your issues. Our patch won’t interfere with your Steam account, it will just change some files and .dll in the game folder in order for the errors to be fixed.

Follow the tutorial below to apply the patch correctly to your game.

How to apply our patch:

  1. Download the archive of the patch from here: download
  2.  Extract the downloaded archive on your PC, and open the patch from the folder.
  3. Your GPU will be selected automatically, make sure that you use your dedicated GPU if you have a laptop!
  4. Select the game executable from the game folder, if you used the default install folder it should be: “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steamapps\common\ARK: Survival Evolved”
  5.  Select your issue or issues from the box to the right and click the corresponding “Fix” button.
  6. After your errors are successfully fixed you can click the “Launch Game” button and play Ark.

How to download: Well, you might think that our download service is pretty annoying but is very effective. To download you just need to complete a simple offer, it usually takes a few minutes, and after that, you will be able to download the patch. We use this service because is the only way to support our developers and to keep releasing and updating patches for games. Thank you! We hope you understand us and have fun playing the game!

We hope that our tutorial helped you fix your Ark Survival Evolved errors and that now you are playing and enjoying the game. If you encounter any issues, or if you have questions, please use the comment section below and we will help you fix your game. – GamesErrors Team

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