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Paranoia Oct 31, 2013 @ 1:45pm
Black Screen on Startup. Then Freeze.
I just get a black screen on starting the game. Then few seconds harddrive activity then just nothing. Can only exit by killing the game process. Think Ive got an average Hardware setup with latest drivers. Intel quad, geforce million others; nothing special about my system. All my non-Steam games usually work without any special workarounds.

Anyone got a tip about how i can get this to work without having to tweak a million config files just for this single game ?

Windows version on W7
Last edited by Paranoia; Oct 31, 2013 @ 1:46pm
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TOG | Necron99 Oct 31, 2013 @ 3:51pm 
Change config file settings in \Users\Your-Account\Documents\Rockstar Games\Max Payne 3\graphics.xml - or delete that file
DMStewart Nov 1, 2013 @ 1:05pm 
Will this work for someone getting stuck on the starup screen? This would be the black background with "Max Payne 3" and after pressing enter "initializing" at the bottom. It never leaves that screen. Thanks
DMStewart Nov 1, 2013 @ 1:16pm 
FYI - This does not work for me
Maxbuu Nov 1, 2013 @ 2:43pm 
Same problem here.
TOG | Necron99 Nov 1, 2013 @ 5:07pm 
Edit graphics.xml to your screen resolution in \Users\Your-User\Documents\Rockstar Games\Max Payne 3
Disable the steam game overlay
Then go to the steamapps game folder and MP3_Installers
run the Social Club Installer
then go into the max payne 3 game folder and create a shortcut for maxpayne.exe - move it to the desktop
right-click the desktop shortcut and select properties > compatibility mode
set to windows server 2003
launch then tap home button on keyboard when you see social club message appear top right
setup your account and link steam account and all should work.

Basically you can't play until your steam account is linked to their social club...

Once that is done you can remove the compatibility mode to get DX11 working again.
Maxbuu Nov 1, 2013 @ 5:13pm 
I did everthing you said.. Still freezing right after the game opens.
TOG | Necron99 Nov 1, 2013 @ 5:39pm 
when you say still freezing do you see the May Payne title logo? Did you see the Rockstar social club icon show top right? = you need to explain exactly what happens from the time you click RUN to where the game freezes...
TOG | Necron99 Nov 1, 2013 @ 5:41pm 
I found this video - this includes a step to uninstall your VC Redist runtime in the MP3_Installers before running in compatibility mode.

Maxbuu Nov 1, 2013 @ 5:44pm 
I've tried this too... My game just crash at the first screen (Rights babbling screen), before anything else appear.
Maxbuu Nov 1, 2013 @ 6:51pm 
Ok.. I Added a -dx9 at my shortcut, and it worked!
But........ I got stuck on the logo screen -_-... its "Starting" but nothing happen.
TOG | Necron99 Nov 1, 2013 @ 11:26pm 
that is when you have to click home button - other than that I'm out of ideas - the above fixed for me...
Paranoia Nov 2, 2013 @ 1:31am 
Windows Server 2003 Compatibility Mode fixed it for me.

Thanks a lot Necron99
Maxbuu Nov 2, 2013 @ 5:46am 
I had to add -dx10 and move the game folder to C:\MaxPayne3 then I had to change the game register to work on that folder.
Finnaly working!
Jetarded Jun 15, 2014 @ 7:22am 
I had to exit AMD Gaming Evolved to get past the first black splashscreen. Then I got stuck on the Max Payne 3 logo screen -- the "social club" thing would pop up, but disappear before I could click. Pressing "Home" brings it back, so I could sign in. Seems to work now.
Cutterslade Jun 16, 2014 @ 4:41pm 
Check this post and try what it suggests. Worked for me.
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