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No In-Game Picture with AMD Radeon Driver Version 22.7.1

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After updating my Driver from 22.6.1 to 22.7.1 (which claims to have some nice OpenGL optimizations) I do not get a picture after loading/starting a game.

 

The main menu works normal and after creating/loading a game everything also looks normal. I can see the "These are the end times" and so on.

Then the "click to start" appears and after clicking I can hear the game running, but I still only see the black screen with "This is how you died" and "click to start" messages.

 

I can hear the character moving around and attacking. Esc seems to open the menu and pause the game.

I tried 41.73 and the current stable version. I also created a clean "Zomboid" folder without any changes.

 

Fullscreen or Boderless Window does not make any difference.

 

I also reinstalled the driver with the "Factory reset" option enabled without any success.

GPU is a Radeon 6800.

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Can you try alt-tabbing out of the game and then tabbing back into it? There was another user with a similar issue with this latest driver and doing that fixed it for them.

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Tried it, but it didn't help. The black screen with the text stays in front.

 

Running the game in windowed mode with lower than desktop resolution and maximizing/restoring it helped though.

After that I could switch to fullscreen without any issues (until I restart the game).

 

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Yes switching to borderless after applying the fix also works.

 

As long as I load into the game windowed and resize the window by any means (maximizing or using Win+some arrow key) I get the rendering back and it stays normal until I quit.

 

Starting in borderless and minimizing the window by using Win+Down Arrow does not help.

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4 hours ago, ManuelCalavera said:

After updating my Driver from 22.6.1 to 22.7.1 (which claims to have some nice OpenGL optimizations) I do not get a picture after loading/starting a game.

 

Same problem 😟

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Having exact same issue, installed latest radeon drivers reboot launch game loads and freezes at loading art. Console says command queue 0 etc, no errors, game seems like its running just won’t display anything but splash screen. 

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The way to get around this bug is to:

Launch the game and change it to windowed mode lower than your native resolution

Start game while it is still windowed mode lower than your native resolution

When it freezes after clicking at the "Click to Start" prompt press the Windows key then maximize the window

If it still does not show that the game has started and passed the prompt adjust the window size by clicking the edge and dragging and maximize the window again. 

This worked for me and some others and was found by others who posted after me in the Steam discussions I linked.

 

https://steamcommunity.com/app/108600/discussions/1/3459345750019752957/

https://steamcommunity.com/app/108600/discussions/0/3459345750024234486/

https://steamcommunity.com/app/108600/discussions/0/3459345750021924762/

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Minimizing the window and maximizing it should also work. Looks like all of this is connected to the AMD driver at this point.

 

Are you also seeing higher performance now, @cpurpe91

?


Rather hopeful this means AMD -actually- did a proper legacy OpenGL implementation instead of just ignoring it due to deprecating OpenGL 3.1 and below in 2014. Been an absolute pita. :D

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I do get a huge performance boost, especially during rain and storms when zoomed out.

 

Another fix would be toggling the "WS_DLGFRAME" flag with the "Simple Runtime Window Editor" (haven't tried other flags).

For me its easier than going through the window resize stuff.

 

Vsync seems also broken with this driver, hopefully AMD will fix all this without crippling the performance again :lol:

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For people that do not want to downgrade your driver (like me) I made another workaround.

 

Based on my findings I wrote a litte utility that forces a window refresh by setting and removing WS_BORDER.

I tested it with Fullscreen and Borderless Window and it worked for me in both cases.

 

Usage: After clicking when getting the "Click to start" message and  getting stuck, click the "Try to Fix..." button on my program.

Download here https://www.mediafire.com/file/x29cxq6cv1cz5rz/ZomboidClickToStartFix.zip/file

 

I hope this is ok to post here, if not just delete this post and I will not repost it.

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I can confirm this is happening to me too, and strangely it started occurring even before explicitly updating my Radeon Software version. It could be that I had/have automatic software updates enabled, but as part of troubleshooting the issue I saw the driver update and updated to it hoping it would fix things.

 

I also would rather not downgrade the driver, especially with the promise of improved performance. For now I think I'll just wait it out and follow the thread in case there are any updates!

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On 7/30/2022 at 5:07 AM, ManuelCalavera said:

For people that do not want to downgrade your driver (like me) I made another workaround.

 

Based on my findings I wrote a litte utility that forces a window refresh by setting and removing WS_BORDER.

I tested it with Fullscreen and Borderless Window and it worked for me in both cases.

 

Usage: After clicking when getting the "Click to start" message and  getting stuck, click the "Try to Fix..." button on my program.

Download here https://www.mediafire.com/file/x29cxq6cv1cz5rz/ZomboidClickToStartFix.zip/file

 

I hope this is ok to post here, if not just delete this post and I will not repost it.

cant download it. can u tell me why is noticed as a trojan?

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I can assure you it is no trojan.

But when I just uploaded the zip archive to virus total I was baffeled that 5 scanners think this is malicious software,

 

Here is the source, which is 90% the visual studio generated sample with some additions by me:
https://www.mediafire.com/file/ozl328ljhjjzkye/ZomboidClickToStartFix-src.zip/file

 

If you can read it you could compile it yourself....

 

If in doubt I suggest you use "Simple Runtime Window Editor" from github.
- then "Select running Application" and select Project Zomboid

- then on the tree select the window with the name "Project Zomboid"

- select the "Window Styles" tab

- click "WS_BORDER" two times

 

This is the same my program does....

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Go to www.amd.com click  "Drivers & Support" at the top menu.

 

Select your graphics card and then download e.g "Adrenalin 22.5.1 Recommended (WHQL)"

 

Start the installer and it will offer you to downgrade.

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Posted (edited)
On 8/3/2022 at 11:26 AM, ManuelCalavera said:

I can assure you it is no trojan.

But when I just uploaded the zip archive to virus total I was baffeled that 5 scanners think this is malicious software,

 

Here is the source, which is 90% the visual studio generated sample with some additions by me:
https://www.mediafire.com/file/ozl328ljhjjzkye/ZomboidClickToStartFix-src.zip/file

 

If you can read it you could compile it yourself....

 

If in doubt I suggest you use "Simple Runtime Window Editor" from github.
- then "Select running Application" and select Project Zomboid

- then on the tree select the window with the name "Project Zomboid"

- select the "Window Styles" tab

- click "WS_BORDER" two times

 

This is the same my program does....

 

Since some virus detection tools got some problems with your neat little tool so I created it in C#

In the release tab is a release with a virus total link.


I did copy your window style, hope that is ok :D


You can also build the tool yourself with VS2022 .net 6

https://github.com/Artain/pzwinfix/releases

Edited by Artain

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On 7/30/2022 at 12:07 PM, ManuelCalavera said:

For people that do not want to downgrade your driver (like me) I made another workaround.

 

Based on my findings I wrote a litte utility that forces a window refresh by setting and removing WS_BORDER.

I tested it with Fullscreen and Borderless Window and it worked for me in both cases.

 

Usage: After clicking when getting the "Click to start" message and  getting stuck, click the "Try to Fix..." button on my program.

Download here https://www.mediafire.com/file/x29cxq6cv1cz5rz/ZomboidClickToStartFix.zip/file

 

I hope this is ok to post here, if not just delete this post and I will not repost it.

 

I can confirm that this works! Thanks a lot Manuel! I can finally play the game :)

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