Civilization 5 crashes repeatedly on my system. I can play for 10 minutes but then the system will crash.

I am playing Civilization 5 gods and kings (from the Gold Edition / Steam install).

Here is my system.

Here is my dxdialog and other info: http://pastebin.com/kcT1xJKY

And then my civ 5 configuration http://pastebin.com/7T8YbfHq


I also found a lot of people are having the same problem. I don't really see a good solution in there.


I found this, there doesn't seem to be a solution (overheating and civ 5):


  • when you say you don't see a good solution in that forum thread, have you tried all the things suggested in it?
    – TZHX
    Nov 14, 2013 at 19:41
  • also, I notice that the version of your driver is fairly recent (their site says some time last week it was updated) -- were you able to play the game before that point?
    – TZHX
    Nov 14, 2013 at 20:16
  • I haven't been able to play for more than 10 minutes. Nov 14, 2013 at 21:24
  • When you say the system crashes, what do you mean? Does the whole system just shut off, or Civ V closes, or what actually happens after those 10 minutes? Nov 17, 2013 at 0:01
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    Very well might be hardware related. Tell us about your power supply. Nov 17, 2013 at 0:23

3 Answers 3


I am running win8 pc I had this problem before here is how I fixed it:

  1. Update graphics driver
  2. Run as administrator
  3. Options->Video Options->GPU Texture Decode->OFf->Restart game

If it didn't work: 4. Options->Video Options->Vsync->OFf->Restart game

  • run Civ 5 as admin or also Steam as admn?
    – Valamas
    Nov 24, 2013 at 8:18
  • Didnt run civ5 with steam, I just ran the game as admin.
    – Esqarrouth
    Nov 24, 2013 at 19:44
  • I will try that also. I was running through Steam. Nov 26, 2013 at 22:41

Best way to I've found is to

1) Use directx 9

2) turn off full screen.


To solve this problem you can try running the game in DirectX 9 mode. If that doesn't work there are other solutions that have worked for other people.

You can find instructions for fixing Civilization 5 freezing and crashing here: http://www.thefakegeek.com/2013/12/how-to-stop-civilization-v-from-freezing-and-crashing/

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    Can you include the contents of the link? So when the link no longer works your answer is still helpful?
    – Ramhound
    Dec 31, 2013 at 12:19

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