Starbound Crashing On Startup: Quickly Solve It


Crashing on the Starbound game is a common issue that can be frustrating for players.

When the game crashes, it may abruptly shut down, freeze, or display an error message, making it impossible to continue playing.

Fortunately, we have the best solutions you can try to fix this annoying trouble in no time.

Why does Starbound keep crashing?

There could be a variety of reasons why the Starbound game is crashing. Some possible reasons include:

  1. Outdated graphics card drivers: If you’re running outdated graphics card drivers, this could cause the game to crash. Check to see if there are any updates available for your graphics card drivers and install them if necessary.
  2. Insufficient system resources: In case you don’t have enough RAM or processing power to run the game, Starbound may crash. Try closing any other programs or applications that are running to free up system resources.
  3. Corrupted game files: If the game files have become corrupted, this can cause the game to crash. Try verifying the integrity of the game files through Steam or the game launcher and reinstalling the game if necessary.
  4. Conflicting software: Software such as antivirus can cause the game to crash. Try temporarily disabling these programs to see if the game runs more smoothly.
  5. Wrong privileges: In case you’re not running the game with administrator privileges and in compatibility mode, Starbound can generate crashes.

What can I do if Starbound is crashing on startup?

Table of contents:

  1. Run the game as an Administrator
  2. Verify the integrity of game files on Steam
  3. Update your GPU drivers
  4. Temporarily disable your antivirus software
  5. Run the game in compatibility mode
  6. Uninstall the new mods or all mods

1. Run the game as an Administrator

  1. Locate your game or Steam exe file, then right-click on it, and select Properties.
  2. Go to the Compatibility tab, then make sure you checkmark the Run this program as an administrator section.
  3. Click on Apply, then on OK to save the changes.
  4. Check if the problem is gone.

2. Verify the integrity of game files on Steam

  1. Open your Steam client.
  2. Go to Library.Open Steam Library
  3. From the left window pane, search for Starbound, then right-click on it and choose Properties.
  4. Go to Local Files.
  5. Now, choose to Verify the integrity of game files.
  6. Wait until the process is completed.

3. Update your GPU drivers

Time needed: 4 minutes

If you notice a crash on startup when trying to run Starbound, updating your GPU drivers is the best solution you can try to fix it.

  1. Press simultaneously on these keys: Windows + X.

  2. From the shown menu, choose Device Manager.

    Open Device Manager through keyboard shortcut

  3. Look for the Display adapters section, then double-click on it.

    Display Driver Settings for Adapters

  4. Right-click on the driver you need, then choose to Update driver.

    Update Display adapters drivers

  5. Click on Search automatically for drivers.

  6. Wait until the process is completed.

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4. Temporarily disable your antivirus software

Temporarily disabling antivirus software when Starbound crashes can sometimes help determine if the antivirus software is the cause of the problem.

Antivirus software can sometimes interfere with game files and cause them to be misidentified as malware, which can lead to the game crashing or not running properly.

After disabling it, try running again the game and check if the problem persists.

5. Run the game in compatibility mode

  1. Right-click on Starbound.exe, then select Properties. 
  2. Make sure you’re in the Compatibility tab (As shown in the example below).
  3. Checkmark the Run this program as an administrator section.

6. Uninstall the new mods or all mods

If you are playing Starbound using a variety of mods like Frackin’ Universe, you should always check the compatibility of your mods. You can use the built in Starbound Mod Uploader Tool and if it doesn’t work you will have to check the mods manually.

If you are using Steam

  1. Go to Steam Library
  2. Click on Starbound and go to WorkshopYour Workshop Files
  3. Under Your Workshop Files click on Your Files and select Subscribed Items
  4. Unsubscribe from any recent mods or press the button Unsubscribe from All
  5. Try the game again to see if the problem is solved.

If you are using mods from the Playstarbound Community

  1. Go to your Mods Folder
  2. Delete the recently added mods or all of them
  3. Try adding mods manually one by one till the crash happens again.

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  1. Mark says

    Finally I managed to fix my issues, thank you guys!

  2. Andrew says

    I am encountering some weird stutter in the main menu. Do you guys think that your tutorial will fix this issue?

    1. Denis says

      Yes, Andrew! Just make sure you follow every step and apply it correctly to your game and this performance issues should be solved after that. If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact us.

  3. Rose says

    Your download patch is bullshit, putting up surveys within surveys just to download it (in the end, not)

  4. Thanatos says

    So I tried downloading, and the only thing I get sent to are either sites with lots of viruses or 10 euro a week subscriptions, without ever being able to complete the bloody offer. Seriously, what the actual fuck are you trying to pull?

  5. Federico Businari says

    And you have to complete a survey for this.. hmm.. such a beautiful scam.

  6. Dara Otl says

    “€7.50 per week (3x€2.50/msg per wk)” you can f*** right off

  7. Daryl Lawton says

    All of your download options are triggering malwarebytes…

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