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author: Damian Gacek

Valheim - black screen when joining server or launching

In this guide we will tell you what can be done to fix the black screen in the game Valheim. There are several ways to solve this problem. We will present the best ones.

Valheim is a game in early access. This means that it is constantly being worked on and a lot is changing in it. However, developing the product does not always work best for its stability. That's why sometimes players experience various bugs. One of them is the black screen. In this text we will share some tips on how to deal with it.

Windowed mode

Valheim often does not work well with full screen mode. Therefore, one solution to the black screen problem is to play in windowed mode. You can do this with the combination - alt + enter.

Disable antivirus

If you can't connect to the server, one of the problems could be your antivirus blocking the game. Try deactivating it temporarily. Remember to be careful at this point, as you will be left without protection.

Update server

Valheim is a game that is still under development. So it is not surprising that it keeps getting new updates. As reported by the community, some of them may make it impossible to connect to the server. If your game is up to date and the server is not, you may experience a black screen. So it is worth checking this.

Disabling FreeSync / G-Sync / V-Sync

Sometimes the black screen problem can be solved by disabling FreeSync (Radeon) / G-Sync (NVIDIA) / V-Sync.

Disabling G-Sync

  1. Right-click on the desktop and select “NVIDIA Control Panel”;
  2. Look at the “Display” tab on the left and select “Set up G-Sync”;
  3. Uncheck “Unable G-Sync”.

Disabling FreeSync

  1. Press the right mouse button on the desktop and select “AMD Radeon Settings”;
  2. Open „Display”;
  3. Disable FreeSync.

Disabling V-Sync (AMD)

  1. Right-click on the desktop and select “AMD Radeon Settings”;
  2. Select “Gaming / Global settings”;
  3. Find “Wait for Vertical Refresh” and use the drop-down button - disable it.

Disabling V-Sync (NVIDIA)

  1. Right-click on the desktop and select “NVIDIA Control Panel”;
  2. Open “Manage 3D settings” (on the left side of the screen);
  3. Look for “Vertical Sync” at the bottom of the settings. In a drop-down list set "Off".

Damian Gacek

Damian Gacek

Graduate of English Philology and English in Public Communication. He started his professional career as an English teacher. A member of Gamepressure since 2019. During this time, he has been writing for various departments. Currently, he mainly covers guides and occasionally supports the newsroom. He has been interested in electronic entertainment since childhood. When he was younger, he wrote a scientific article on video game translations. An enthusiast of RPGs and strategies, he also frequently dives into the depths of indie games. In his spare time, he is working on a book and learning film editing.

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