So The Witcher 3 has been crashing constantly ever since I started playing it and I'm having a hard time diagnosing it. I've still played it a fair bit but now I'm at my wits end (playing 10 minutes before a crash is considered good, often it'll crash while loading). I'm pretty sure it's some faulty hardware of mine but I'm not sure to start.
Typically I'll either get an actual error (APPCRASH) or it'll just boot me to desktop with no errors. It can crash at any point (while moving, while playing gwent, while loading and while doing just about nothing).
An APPCRASH always looks like this:
Problem Event Name: APPCRASH Application Name: witcher3.exe Application Version: 220.127.116.11000 Application Timestamp: 5579b8b9 Fault Module Name: witcher3.exe Fault Module Version: 18.104.22.168000 Fault Module Timestamp: 5579b8b9 Exception Code: c00000fd Exception Offset: 0000000000e0f117 OS Version: 6.1.7600.2.0.0.256.48 Locale ID: 1033 Additional Information 1: 755c Additional Information 2: 755c2ef5ca0cfe56d868b4b01f50b3be Additional Information 3: f44e Additional Information 4: f44ecf6ab3842bb0e5d8de5a0f380bfc
What I've tried:
- Reinstalling the game.
- Installing the game on another hardrive.
- Updating graphics card drivers.
- Messing around with in-game settings (fps limit, hair works, fullscreen/windowed, lowest graphics, highest graphics, resolution etc).
- Installing via gog galaxy and stand-alone.
- I just formated my entire computer and reinstalled windows and it still crashed within 3 minutes of starting a new game, so I'm pretty sure some hardware is at fault.
- I recently also played through x-com again and this would also crash (but very rarely in comparison to the witcher 3).
I ran memtest a while back and it turned up with no errors. My graphics card is brand new (and I had crashes before I switched it out as well) so I don't /think/ it's responsible but it could be. Considering I've installed it on different HDD's I don't think it's a drive fault either. This leaves either the PSU, the motherboard or the CPU. I ran a CPU test the other day (hot CPU tester, not sure if that's any good or if someone can recommend some other software) and after 6 hours of testing it informed me it found a faulty checksum in some of its calculations, so I'm thinking the CPU could be at fault.
I honestly have no clue how to properly test my motherboard or PSU. Any hints on this would be greatly appreciated because at this point I just can't be bothered playing anything at all.