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KissaXD

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Hey all, long time no see.

I come before you today with a very annoying problem.
After the latest major ARK update, I wanted to check out the new additions, however I can't seem to keep my game running as it crashes after 5-10 minutes after loading the map.

I already analyzed the latest dump file with WinDBG, but it seems that's as far as my knowledge goes.
I already verified the file integrity, reinstalled the game and updated my GPU driver, I'll be reinstalling again in a few + deleting any leftover files in the Steam common folder.

For system specs, check my siggy.

The analyzed dump file:

Code:
Microsoft (R) Windows Debugger Version 10.0.10586.567 AMD64
Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.


Loading Dump File [D:\Steam\steamapps\common\ARK\ShooterGame\Saved\Logs\Dump-2020368528.dmp]
User Mini Dump File: Only registers, stack and portions of memory are available

Symbol search path is: srv*
Executable search path is: 
Windows 7 Version 7601 (Service Pack 1) MP (4 procs) Free x64
Product: WinNt, suite: SingleUserTS
Machine Name:
Debug session time: Sun Jul 31 11:03:25.000 2016 (UTC + 2:00)
System Uptime: not available
Process Uptime: 0 days 0:10:24.000
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This dump file has an exception of interest stored in it.
The stored exception information can be accessed via .ecxr.
(270.1bf8): Access violation - code c0000005 (first/second chance not available)
ntdll!NtGetContextThread+0xa:
00000000`77001fea c3              ret
0:000> !analyze -v
*******************************************************************************
*                                                                             *
*                        Exception Analysis                                   *
*                                                                             *
*******************************************************************************

*** ERROR: Symbol file could not be found.  Defaulted to export symbols for nvwgf2umx.dll - 

DUMP_CLASS: 2

DUMP_QUALIFIER: 400

CONTEXT:  (.ecxr)
rax=4078b46ab3b00000 rbx=00000000248bed80 rcx=93e1c3b2f82b0000
rdx=000000000059df70 rsi=0000000000000000 rdi=000000000059e0c0
rip=00000001408e616d rsp=000000000059e050 rbp=00000001705ef600
 r8=000000000000ffff  r9=000007feec690000 r10=00000000248beda0
r11=0000000000000000 r12=000000000059e160 r13=00000000248bd768
r14=0000000000000000 r15=0000000000000000
iopl=0         nv up ei pl nz na po nc
cs=0033  ss=002b  ds=002b  es=002b  fs=0053  gs=002b             efl=00010206
ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x147431d:
00000001`408e616d 488b5028        mov     rdx,qword ptr [rax+28h] ds:4078b46a`b3b00028=????????????????
Resetting default scope

FAULTING_IP: 
ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+147431d
00000001`408e616d 488b5028        mov     rdx,qword ptr [rax+28h]

EXCEPTION_RECORD:  (.exr -1)
ExceptionAddress: 00000001408e616d (ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x000000000147431d)
   ExceptionCode: c0000005 (Access violation)
  ExceptionFlags: 00000000
NumberParameters: 2
   Parameter[0]: 0000000000000000
   Parameter[1]: ffffffffffffffff
Attempt to read from address ffffffffffffffff

DEFAULT_BUCKET_ID:  INVALID_POINTER_READ

PROCESS_NAME:  ShooterGame.exe

ERROR_CODE: (NTSTATUS) 0xc0000005 - The instruction at 0x%08lx referenced memory at 0x%08lx. The memory could not be %s.

EXCEPTION_CODE: (NTSTATUS) 0xc0000005 - The instruction at 0x%08lx referenced memory at 0x%08lx. The memory could not be %s.

EXCEPTION_CODE_STR:  c0000005

EXCEPTION_PARAMETER1:  0000000000000000

EXCEPTION_PARAMETER2:  ffffffffffffffff

READ_ADDRESS:  ffffffffffffffff 

FOLLOWUP_IP: 
ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+147431d
00000001`408e616d 488b5028        mov     rdx,qword ptr [rax+28h]

BUGCHECK_STR:  INVALID_POINTER_READ

WATSON_BKT_PROCSTAMP:  579d7ce5

WATSON_BKT_PROCVER:  4.5.1.0

PROCESS_VER_PRODUCT:  Unreal Engine

WATSON_BKT_MODULE:  ShooterGame.exe

WATSON_BKT_MODSTAMP:  579d7ce5

WATSON_BKT_MODOFFSET:  148616d

WATSON_BKT_MODVER:  4.5.1.0

MODULE_VER_PRODUCT:  Unreal Engine

BUILD_VERSION_STRING:  6.1.7601.17514 (win7sp1_rtm.101119-1850)

MODLIST_WITH_TSCHKSUM_HASH:  533e3ad3334908b89bad48e85c9993403520f349

MODLIST_SHA1_HASH:  71d10f255b863889dae59f7a40dcc65ff228c429

DUMP_FLAGS:  0

DUMP_TYPE:  2

APP:  shootergame.exe

ANALYSIS_SESSION_HOST:  KISSA-PC

ANALYSIS_SESSION_TIME:  07-31-2016 11:21:19.0473

ANALYSIS_VERSION: 10.0.10586.567 amd64fre

THREAD_ATTRIBUTES: 
PROBLEM_CLASSES: 



INVALID_POINTER_READ
    Tid    [0x1bf8]
    Frame  [0x00]: shootergame!opus_repacketizer_out_range


LAST_CONTROL_TRANSFER:  from 00000001408cbf26 to 00000001408e616d

STACK_TEXT:  
00000000`0059e050 00000001`408cbf26 : 00000000`248be7b0 00000000`248be7b0 00000000`00000000 00000000`0059e0d0 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x147431d
00000000`0059e090 00000001`408cbf26 : 00000001`705ef9c0 00000000`00000000 00000000`00000000 00000000`00000000 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x145a0d6
00000000`0059e130 00000001`408cbf26 : 00000001`705ef210 00000000`00000018 00000000`00000001 00000000`00000004 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x145a0d6
00000000`0059e1d0 00000001`408e5acc : 00000001`705ef150 00000000`00000018 00000000`00000000 00000000`00000004 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x145a0d6
00000000`0059e270 00000001`408cae5b : 00000000`00000000 00000000`00000000 00000000`00000018 00000000`248bf4a0 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x1473c7c
00000000`0059e2a0 00000001`408cbf26 : 00000000`00000001 00000078`0000c3bb 00000000`00000018 00000001`3fe5a3d8 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x145900b
00000000`0059e2d0 00000001`408e5acc : 00000001`705ef180 00000000`00000018 00000000`00000000 00000000`00000004 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x145a0d6
00000000`0059e370 00000001`408cae5b : 00000000`00000000 00000008`00000000 00000000`00000000 00000000`00000000 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x1473c7c
00000000`0059e3a0 00000001`408d56c7 : 00000000`248bdc08 00000000`00000004 00000000`0059e690 00000000`0059e520 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x145900b
00000000`0059e3d0 00000001`408cbf26 : 00000000`248bf390 00000079`0000c3bb 00000000`0059e770 00000000`248bfbe4 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x1463877
00000000`0059e420 00000001`408e65f7 : 00000000`248be370 00000000`0059e770 00000000`00000000 00000000`0059e520 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x145a0d6
00000000`0059e4c0 00000001`408e65f7 : 00000000`00000000 00000000`248be6d0 00000000`0059e770 00000000`00000000 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x14747a7
00000000`0059e500 00000001`408e65f7 : 00000000`00000000 00000000`248bdad8 00000000`0059e770 00000000`00000000 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x14747a7
00000000`0059e540 00000001`408e65f7 : 00000000`00000000 00000000`248be698 00000000`0059e770 00000000`00000000 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x14747a7
00000000`0059e580 00000001`408e5acc : 00000000`248bf9d0 00000000`248bedb0 00000000`0059e770 00000000`00000000 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x14747a7
00000000`0059e5c0 00000001`408cae5b : 00000000`00000000 00000000`15010100 00000000`15014980 00000000`248bd520 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x1473c7c
00000000`0059e5f0 00000001`408d56c7 : 00000000`248bfa98 00000000`00000000 00000000`00000000 00000000`00000000 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x145900b
00000000`0059e620 00000001`408e65f7 : 00000000`00000000 00000000`00000000 00000000`248bede4 00000000`248bedb0 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x1463877
00000000`0059e670 00000001`408e5acc : 00000000`248beec8 00000001`705ef1e0 00000000`0059e770 00000000`00000000 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x14747a7
00000000`0059e6b0 00000001`408cae5b : 00000000`00000000 00000000`0059e770 000093e1`c3eb1e6b 00000001`00000000 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x1473c7c
00000000`0059e6e0 00000001`408e5606 : 00000000`00000000 00000000`248bdb10 00000000`00000018 00000000`248bef30 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x145900b
00000000`0059e710 00000001`408cbf26 : 00000000`00000001 00000000`248bef30 00000000`00000018 00000000`00000000 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x14737b6
00000000`0059e740 00000001`408cbf26 : 00000001`705ef120 00000000`00000018 00000000`00000001 00000000`00000004 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x145a0d6
00000000`0059e7e0 00000001`408e5acc : 00000001`705ef5a0 00000000`00000000 00000000`00000000 00000000`00000000 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x145a0d6
00000000`0059e880 00000001`408cae5b : 00000000`00000000 00000000`248bd768 00000000`248bd520 00000001`4210cae0 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x1473c7c
00000000`0059e8b0 00000001`408cae5b : 00000000`00000000 00000001`3fe59180 00000000`005aeb67 00000001`4210cae0 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x145900b
00000000`0059e8e0 00000001`408cab12 : 00000000`0059eac0 00000000`248bd520 00000000`00000000 00000001`3fe0c90c : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x145900b
00000000`0059e910 00000001`408cab12 : 00000000`00000000 00000000`248bee28 00000000`00000000 00000001`3fe5a3d8 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x1458cc2
00000000`0059e940 00000001`408cab12 : 00000000`00000000 00000000`248bea98 000093e1`c3eb10db 00000000`00000000 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x1458cc2
00000000`0059e970 00000001`408cab12 : 00000000`00000000 00000000`248be840 00000001`41d5aa80 00000000`00000100 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x1458cc2
00000000`0059e9a0 00000001`408cab12 : 00000000`00000000 00000000`248beb10 00000000`00000000 00000000`00000000 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x1458cc2
00000000`0059e9d0 00000001`408cab12 : 00000000`00000000 00000000`248bebf0 00000000`00000000 00000008`00000000 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x1458cc2
00000000`0059ea00 00000001`408cab12 : 00000000`00000000 00000000`248beca0 000093e1`c3eb11bb 00000001`40913c9b : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x1458cc2
00000000`0059ea30 00000001`408cae5b : 00000000`00000000 00000000`248bebc0 00000000`00000000 00000000`248be8f0 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x1458cc2
00000000`0059ea60 00000001`408cbf26 : 00000000`00000000 0000007d`0000c3bb 00000000`00000000 00000001`408c1da4 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x145900b
00000000`0059ea90 00000001`408e4ff9 : 00000000`0059ebd9 00000000`00000000 00000000`0059eba0 00000000`00000000 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x145a0d6
00000000`0059eb30 00000001`408bb48d : 00000000`00000000 00000000`248bd520 00000000`248bd520 00000000`00000000 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x14731a9
00000000`0059eb60 00000001`4072752d : 00000001`705a4c80 00000001`705a4c80 00000001`705a4cb0 00000001`ffffffff : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x144963d
00000000`0059ec40 00000001`40727baf : 00000001`705a4c80 00000001`40727b04 00000001`705a4c80 00000000`00000000 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x12b56dd
00000000`0059ed10 00000001`40739f51 : 00000001`705a4c80 00000001`707af240 00000000`0059ee39 00000001`40471008 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x12b5d5f
00000000`0059ed50 00000001`40727d8b : 00000001`705a4cb0 00000001`705a4c80 00000000`802ba638 00000000`54504948 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x12c8101
00000000`0059edc0 00000001`4072d89d : 00000001`705a4cb0 00000000`00000000 00000000`00000002 00000001`705a4cb0 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x12b5f3b
00000000`0059ee40 00000001`4047f951 : 00000000`00000000 00000001`3f550290 00000001`67cbea70 00000000`802ba600 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x12bba4d
00000000`0059eea0 00000001`408088ec : 00000000`81393d00 00000000`060ea5d8 00000000`81393d38 00000000`060ea5e8 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x100db01
00000000`0059eee0 00000001`3fcf6df6 : 00000000`802ba600 00000000`000000c0 00000000`060ea5c8 00000000`81393d00 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x1396a9c
00000000`0059ef20 00000001`3fcf68dd : 00000000`0059f070 00000000`060ea5c0 00000000`00000001 00000000`00000000 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x884fa6
00000000`0059efa0 00000001`3fcf7d0d : 00000000`15029700 00000000`00000000 00000000`00000000 00000000`8125fe00 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x884a8d
00000000`0059efd0 00000001`3fda60b1 : 00000000`00000000 00000000`00000000 00000001`4219aab0 00000000`d153db00 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x885ebd
00000000`0059f050 00000001`407d2672 : 00000001`4cca7000 00000000`00000000 00000000`ffffffff 00000001`4cca7000 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x934261
00000000`0059f0d0 00000001`407d70ea : 00000000`15029700 00000000`00000000 00000000`00000001 00000000`00000000 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x1360822
00000000`0059f160 00000001`40628a2b : 00000000`00000000 00000000`14b36a40 00000000`00000002 00000000`00000001 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x136529a
00000000`0059f1c0 00000001`40629daa : 00000000`14b36a40 00000000`14cee420 00000000`14cee420 00000000`00000001 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x11b6bdb
00000000`0059f1f0 00000001`40558b5c : 00000000`14b36a40 00000000`02293480 00000000`00000000 ffffffff`fffffff8 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x11b7f5a
00000000`0059f310 00000001`3f54bbb9 : 00000000`16dee9c0 00000000`00000000 00000000`00000000 00000001`00000000 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0x10e6d0c
00000000`0059f460 00000001`3f5461dc : 00000000`00752dac 00000000`00000000 00000000`00000000 00000000`00000000 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0xd9d69
00000000`0059f630 00000001`3f54d09a : 00000000`00000000 00000000`00752d1a 00000000`00000000 00000000`00000000 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0xd438c
00000000`0059f6d0 00000001`3f54d1c8 : 00000000`00752d1a 00000000`00000000 00000000`0000000a 00000000`007b1420 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0xdb24a
00000000`0059f710 00000001`416e0931 : 00000000`007536e9 00000000`0000000a 00000000`0000000a 01d1eb08`f35f6e2a : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+0xdb378
00000000`0059f750 00000000`76ea652d : 00000000`00000000 00000000`00000000 00000000`00000000 00000000`00000000 : ShooterGame!opus_repacketizer_get_nb_frames+0x28f511
00000000`0059f790 00000000`76fdc521 : 00000000`00000000 00000000`00000000 00000000`00000000 00000000`00000000 : kernel32!BaseThreadInitThunk+0xd
00000000`0059f7c0 00000000`00000000 : 00000000`00000000 00000000`00000000 00000000`00000000 00000000`00000000 : ntdll!RtlUserThreadStart+0x1d


THREAD_SHA1_HASH_MOD_FUNC:  7e805dcceaf414aaa109a3ff30381bd4fe2b1f8a

THREAD_SHA1_HASH_MOD_FUNC_OFFSET:  73f8e1a71bdbe4213a1cc0cb61e3b425b28ce728

THREAD_SHA1_HASH_MOD:  91d05ead2c194d43566375e8d2a31ede18e53273

FAULT_INSTR_CODE:  28508b48

SYMBOL_STACK_INDEX:  0

SYMBOL_NAME:  shootergame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+147431d

FOLLOWUP_NAME:  MachineOwner

MODULE_NAME: ShooterGame

IMAGE_NAME:  ShooterGame.exe

DEBUG_FLR_IMAGE_TIMESTAMP:  579d7ce5

STACK_COMMAND:  .ecxr ; kb

FAILURE_BUCKET_ID:  INVALID_POINTER_READ_c0000005_ShooterGame.exe!opus_repacketizer_out_range

BUCKET_ID:  X64_INVALID_POINTER_READ_shootergame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+147431d

PRIMARY_PROBLEM_CLASS:  X64_INVALID_POINTER_READ_shootergame!opus_repacketizer_out_range+147431d

BUCKET_ID_OFFSET:  147431d

BUCKET_ID_MODULE_STR:  ShooterGame

BUCKET_ID_MODTIMEDATESTAMP:  579d7ce5

BUCKET_ID_MODCHECKSUM:  2f3f9bc

BUCKET_ID_MODVER_STR:  4.5.1.0

BUCKET_ID_PREFIX_STR:  X64_INVALID_POINTER_READ_

FAILURE_PROBLEM_CLASS:  INVALID_POINTER_READ

FAILURE_EXCEPTION_CODE:  c0000005

FAILURE_IMAGE_NAME:  ShooterGame.exe

FAILURE_FUNCTION_NAME:  opus_repacketizer_out_range

BUCKET_ID_FUNCTION_STR:  opus_repacketizer_out_range

FAILURE_SYMBOL_NAME:  ShooterGame.exe!opus_repacketizer_out_range

WATSON_STAGEONE_URL:  http://watson.microsoft.com/StageOne/ShooterGame.exe/4.5.1.0/579d7ce5/ShooterGame.exe/4.5.1.0/579d7ce5/c0000005/0148616d.htm?Retriage=1

TARGET_TIME:  2016-07-31T09:03:25.000Z

OSBUILD:  7601

OSSERVICEPACK:  17514

SERVICEPACK_NUMBER: 0

OS_REVISION: 0

SUITE_MASK:  256

PRODUCT_TYPE:  1

OSPLATFORM_TYPE:  x64

OSNAME:  Windows 7

OSEDITION:  Windows 7 WinNt (Service Pack 1) SingleUserTS

OS_LOCALE:  

USER_LCID:  0

OSBUILD_TIMESTAMP:  2010-11-20 14:05:15

BUILDDATESTAMP_STR:  101119-1850

BUILDLAB_STR:  win7sp1_rtm

BUILDOSVER_STR:  6.1.7601.17514

ANALYSIS_SESSION_ELAPSED_TIME: de39

ANALYSIS_SOURCE:  UM

FAILURE_ID_HASH_STRING:  um:invalid_pointer_read_c0000005_shootergame.exe!opus_repacketizer_out_range

FAILURE_ID_HASH:  {22ad21c8-d295-65bc-be35-07426c3d1cea}

Any help would be appreciated
 

don256us

Uber Folding Senior
Joined
Jul 17, 2003
I've seen this type of issue due to video driver, bad video card and sound card drivers. For the video drivers, it is possible to have drivers that are too new for the game. For the GPU, it is possible that it is failing in 3D mode either to heat or just pure age. Sound card drivers have been know to be the issue too so make sure that they are up to date.

Have you googled ARK crashes to desktop?
 
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KissaXD

KissaXD

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Location
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Sorry for the late response guys, my new job doesn't leave a lot of spare time.

I haven't updated my sound card driver, my video card driver is up to date. The problem with the game occurred after it was updated to version 245, before that update, the game ran just fine for over a year (apart from the odd fatal error CTD every once in a blue moon).
My PC doesn't have a problem with heat buildup, I have a nice air flow coming in the front and going out the back and I highly doubt it's caused by old age. I bought this card when GTA5 came to PC, but as I am not a "heavy gamer", this card hasn't been under a lot of stress yet. I will keep both remarks in mind though :)

I am well aware that it's entirely possible that the devs just broke the game for me due to bad coding (as it's still an early access game), but nonetheless I want to exclude that my PC is the problem rather than wait for a fix that may or may not come.

For the time being, I'll update my sound card driver (if available) and maybe try and tweak something in my video card software.
 

don256us

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Joined
Jul 17, 2003
If it worked with an older driver, remove the GPU driver with DDU and install an older driver. In the future, you should be able to go to an even newer driver than you have now when they hopefully fix the issue.
 
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KissaXD

KissaXD

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If it worked with an older driver, remove the GPU driver with DDU and install an older driver. In the future, you should be able to go to an even newer driver than you have now when they hopefully fix the issue.

That's just it, after update 245 the game didn't work even on my older driver.
The game not working is the only reason I updated anyway.

So I'm guessing the problem is with the game itself, nothing else to do but wait for the devs to fix things.
 

don256us

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Joined
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Wait. It was working then stopped working? Then you updated the driver and it is still not working? That is likely not a driver issue with the sound or graphics card. This is pointing to an issue with the card itself. It would seem to me that the card is failing.

1) If the card is under warranty, get an RMA to replace it.

2) If it is not under warranty, buy some good quality thermal paste. Take the fan and heat sync off. Clean off the old thermal paste from the GPU itself and apply new paste. Put everything back together. Clean the fan and heat sync of all dirt and dust. Make sure that the fan spins freely.

3) If #1 & 2 don't work, it's time for a new card. Fortunately, 970's and 908's are coming down in price.
 
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KissaXD

KissaXD

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Wait. It was working then stopped working? Then you updated the driver and it is still not working? That is likely not a driver issue with the sound or graphics card. This is pointing to an issue with the card itself. It would seem to me that the card is failing.

1) If the card is under warranty, get an RMA to replace it.

2) If it is not under warranty, buy some good quality thermal paste. Take the fan and heat sync off. Clean off the old thermal paste from the GPU itself and apply new paste. Put everything back together. Clean the fan and heat sync of all dirt and dust. Make sure that the fan spins freely.

3) If #1 & 2 don't work, it's time for a new card. Fortunately, 970's and 908's are coming down in price.

I highly doubt my card is broken since other games work just fine (examples: Space Engineers, We Happy Few, Viscera Cleanup Detail... Haven't tried any other "demanding" games as I simply don't have the time right now)
 

TechWizard

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Ark has been doing a lot of updates lately. They have been throwing out new releases of the 245.xx patches like crazy and it has been breaking everything. The game itself from loading, in-game content issues, and sever problems. :mad:

I've had issues ranging from random crashes and freezes to corrupt mods and wrong updates being applied.

I don't think it is your video card or your driver - Ark is just a POS right now and is unpredictable. I spent roughly 4 hours yesterday deleting mod content, unsubscribing, resubscribing, and queuing the game to download the mod instead of the server I play on because of mismatch issues.

If you're still having issues with the game unfortunately it is very hard to diagnose what the exact issue is simply because the steam community isn't the best source to find answers and nobody else really proactively troubleshoots Ark issues as far I can tell.

Before you do anything too crazy verify the integrity of the game through steam. Right-Click Ark -> Properties -> Local Files (tab) -> Verify Integrity of Game Cache

If that doesn't solve your issue, I'd delete the game entirely - all files and folders - then re-download it. This will rule out the game itself being an issue altogether. If you're still seeing issues after that then you know you'll need to look deeper into either your OS or hardware. I still really doubt it's a hardware issue. Could be a driver issue - but I doubt that as well - I'm running 368.81 (the latest update) and I see no issues.

Edit: I now feel stupid suggesting things you already tried :). I read your post, just a long day.

There is still a small chance it is the game itself given all the updates. I'll let you know if I see anything pertaining to your issue.
 
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