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newster-leif Oct 18, 2013 @ 8:20am
Black Screen
I bought deathspank yesterday at humblebundle.com
downloaded it via steam
now i have a problem
when i start the game my screen stays black i only hear the music
i've updated the directx and my graphic-card-driver already
I need HELP, PLEASE
Last edited by newster-leif; Oct 18, 2013 @ 8:21am
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Jackalope Oct 18, 2013 @ 7:42pm 
Not sure if this is the problum i was having, but I was able to play the game after i lowered my Screen resolution down to 1280 x 780. Hope that helps.
cHooBeyDoo Oct 19, 2013 @ 4:34am 
I just bought the Humble Bundle too, downloaded the games and installed fine.

Same problem here, I can't play them either, none of them at all, I get the black screen, hear the music but no graphics. On all the Deathspank games!

Also switching back to the windows desktop is a problem, the windows key doesnt work and I have to use Ctrl-Alt-Delete to bring up the Task Manager to be able to get back to the desktop.

Switching the screen resolution does nothing, still same problem.

I'm running Win7 64bit, graphics card and DirectX is all up to date.

Anyone have a solution?
Last edited by cHooBeyDoo; Oct 19, 2013 @ 4:47am
cHooBeyDoo Nov 23, 2013 @ 6:30am 
Originally posted by newster-leif:
I bought deathspank yesterday at humblebundle.com
downloaded it via steam
now i have a problem
when i start the game my screen stays black i only hear the music
i've updated the directx and my graphic-card-driver already
I need HELP, PLEASE

I think I finally found a solution!
I looked more into it and (on my PC) it is a directX problem, I run Win7 64bit and am having many DirectX problems with installing some games on the OS, so start by downloading DirectX from M$ and extracting the DirectX files to a folder on the desktop.
In that folder is a zip/rar file: Jun2010_D3DCompiler_43_x86, extract the files to a folder (Useful to extract within the DirectX folder itself so you know where it is) and copy and paste the D3DCompiler_43.dll to:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\DeathSpank (or wherever the Deathspank game folder is on your PC harddrive)
Deathspank should now work when you start it (as it did for me). If not it may be another .dll that is causing the problem, it's just a matter of finding which one. Do this same thing also if you are having the same problems with the other Deathspank games (as I was).
My games are now working OK.
Hope this helps.
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