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Re: 266.58 Drivers - Fixing FFXIVboot.exe Crash + SolutionFollow

#1 Feb 04 2011 at 5:30 PM Rating: Good
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Hello everyone,

Had some things to take care of so finally getting back to spend time in XIV-land. Question is though is if anyone else is having issues with the latest Nvidia drivers (266.58)? I've previously played on 262.99 just fine but wanted to update due to some hardware changes here and just grabbed the latest drivers. Whereas normally I'd launch and play the game fine, if I try it currently, it'll go through the patch and load the login screen fine but the second after the game goes into fullscreen mode, it gives me a "FFXIV has stopped working" dialog box.

Should I just revert back or have you guys had success using 263.09 too?

Edited, Feb 4th 2011 6:31pm by Reallink

EDIT. What I realized was that the latest patch probably adjusted how the game accepts thread requests. While I had not had a problem playing it earlier, due to rebuilding the system I ran into this insta-crash problem and didn't know how to fix it. It turns out it was not a drivers issue to my knowledge. It was a simple fact that XIV dislikes 16 processing cores :)

Excellent thread here to also try if you are in this particular boat.


1. Open Notepad
2. Copy the 3 lines of text from the forums at FFXIVCore. Be sure to retype your FFXIV root directory in exactly as the bat file points to ffxivboot.exe. I had modify mine for example to C:\Final Fantasy XIV\SquareEnix\FINAL FANTASY XIV\.
3. Go to any explorer view in Windows and select Tools > Folder Options > View Tab > Hide Extentions for Known File Types is unchecked so you can rename your txt file to *.bat. (Win 7 should now give you an icon with two gears).
4. Copy this batch file into the root directory of XIV. You can always replace the shortcut icon of it with the default FFXIV one by changing icon and pointing at ffxivgame.exe.
5. Boot her up and enjoy!

I had tried two game reinstalls, updating (and reverting) 3 sets of Nvidia drivers, the sound trick, the lower graphics trick via FFXIV Config, repeated fullscreen / windowed options, different adjustments in Nvidia's control panel, firewall and antivirus off and on and NONE of these settings did anything to solve the insta-crash of XIV after I logged in past the Play Game screen. This affinity trick sure enough fixed it!

I'm glad I can play again. Square Enix should've have had us resort to things like this in the first place but at least it's fixed for me.

Edited, Feb 5th 2011 2:16am by Reallink
#2 Feb 04 2011 at 5:36 PM Rating: Good
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I didn't like the drivers, I went back to the 260.99. With the 266.58 drivers I was getting a weird stutter sort of, I don't know how to explain it. But I brought it up in a forum once and everyone said it was the best driver they've ever had and apparently it was my mothers fault for smoking crack that made the drivers not work well on my comp. Soooo I dunno what to tell you.
#3 Feb 04 2011 at 11:23 PM Rating: Decent
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Was giving me the same problems. I rolled back as well.

#4 Feb 05 2011 at 11:38 PM Rating: Decent
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I was having a problem with the stuttering in game as well even though I had a consistent 45+ fps. I noticed that the stuttering only happened when my card went into power save mode and downclocked itself. I went into the Nvidia control panel and set it to performance mode so it wouldn't happen and I haven't had any problems with stuttering since.

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