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Bioshock Crash, Resolution, Change Language, No Sound and FOV fix
By Andr
I made this simple guide for anyone who can't get their game to work on a Windows 7 and Windows 8 OS, which the game crashes on startup. You can find most of the common fixes and tweaks here.
Hi! everyone :) I made this simple troubleshooting guide for fixing the game crashing on start up on Windows 7 and Windows 8 OS, which seem to be a common issue for most of us. I didn't find a possible fix for the game crashing and fov fix without modifying the game files. So, i did some research on the internet for a couple of hours but i didn't came out with any proper fix. I spend sometime figuring it out. I wanted to try some third party software to fix the fov issue but i was a little scared and don't want to risk getting banned eventhough the game is not VAC protected. This fix is for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. The same might apply to Windows 10 users.
Crash on startup in Windows 7 64-bit & Windows 8 64-bit
Solution 1:
1. Right-click Bioshock on Steam > Properties > Under the General tab > untick Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game.
2. Click on Set Launch Options > then add "-nointro" without quotes.

Note: Enabling the Steam in-game Overlay will make your game crash (for some users). You have to disable the Steam in-game overlay to play the game.

Or, you can just leave the steam in-game overlay on and download the fix below which let you play the game with the overlay on modern pcs. (As reported by some users)

Download[] For 32-bit OS
Download[] For 64-bit OS

If you having trouble downloading from the links above. You can download the file from here

Extract it and copy openal32.dll in Builds\Release folder.

Note: Tested the fix myself. The game works with the overlay on but it still crashes for me at random times.

Solution 2:
If the above fix doesn't work for you then try running the game in DirectX 9 mode.
Right-click Bioshock on steam > Properties > Set Launch Options > type "-dx9" without quotes.

Solution 3:
Enable Stereo Mix and try running the game again.

Go to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Sound > Click on Recodring tab > Right-click and enable Show Disabled Devices > Right-click on Stereo Mix and Enable it.

Note: If you can't find stereo mix under the recording tab, download the latest audio driver from your motherboard's manufacturer website and install it.

Solution 4:
If none of the above fix worked for you then try this.

Locate "Bioshock.exe". In my case its D:\Program Files (x86)\SteamLibrary\SteamApps\common\Bioshock\Builds\Release (as seen it the picture below). If you haven't changed the default installation directory, it should be in this location C:\Program Files (x86)\SteamLibrary\SteamApps\common\Bioshock\Builds\Release. ( or depending on which drive you installed the game) Right-click on Bioshock.exe > Properties > Troubleshoot Compatibility > Try recommended settings > Click on start the program and see if the game still crashes.

Note: You have to disable the Steam in-game overlay before you start the Troubleshoot Compatibility as the Steam in-game overlay make the game crash.

Solution 5:
Right-click Bioshock on steam > Properties > Set Launch Options > type "-nosound" without quotes.

Solution 6:
Clear the -nosound parameters from the Set Launch Options for Bioshock on steam. If you have a headphone, try plugging it in on the front jack and try running the game again.
No Sound Fix
Those facing the problem with no sound in game try "Solution 3" from the "Crash on Startup in Windows 7 64-bit & Windows 8-64bit" Section or alternatively you can try the fix below.

1. Download OpenAL from here Extract it and install the program.
2. Go to C:\Windows\System32 (or C:\Windows\SysWoW64 for 64bit OS's)
3. Copy over wrap_oal.dll into the same folder where Bioshock's executable is located (steamapps\common\bioshock\Builds\Release\)
4. Rename the file to openal32.dll and run the game again see if the game has sound this time
Resolution Issue
Can't change the resolution from 1024x768. Changing the resolution make the game crash.

Locate Default.ini in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Bioshock\Builds\Release (depending on which drive you installed the game. In my case it located in D:\Program Files (x86)\SteamLibrary\SteamApps\common\Bioshock\Builds\Release as seen in the picture below) Edit with Notepad. Press Ctrl + F to search for "Fullscreen" [WinDrv.WindowsClient] section , without quotes). Edit the FullscreenViewportX and FullscreenViewportY values to your desired resolution then save the file.


Change Language
Locate C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Bioshock\Builds\Release. Edit Default.ini with notepad. Press Ctrl + F then type "Engine.Engine" without quotes. Click on Find Next then scroll down a bit and look for "Language=int". Change it to "Language=xxx" accordingly (see below for language codes) then save the file.

Language=int (English)
Language=esp (Spainish)
Language=deu (German)
Language=fra (French)
Language=ita (Italian)

For Example: The default language is in english. If you want to change it to german. Edit

"Language=int" to "Language=deu." (without quotes)
FOV(Field of View)
The default fov makes my head hurts and make me feel dizzy. The fov looks much better after turning off the Horizontal FOV Lock.

Go to the in-game Options > Graphics Settings > Turn off the Horizontal FOV Lock

Screeshots comparison with Horizontal FOV Lock On and Off.

Horizontal FOV Lock On:

Horizontal FOV Lock Off:

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Belecthor May 21 @ 1:12am 
Thanks for the troubleshooting guide and the tips along them too! Detailed guides like that are so handful, not to get lost in the steps to solve the problems :)
guillaume.tong Mar 17 @ 9:49pm 
Thank you so much! I wasn't able to launch the game on windows 10 and now it works after I used your -dx9 launch option trick.
LarrySteve Nov 8, 2017 @ 12:52am 
Mine is stuck on the little window that says bioshock and my mouse just shows its thinking,anyone know how to fix it?
IvanGx Oct 10, 2017 @ 1:04pm 
Помог первый же способ с -nointro.
Огромное спасибо!
The very first one helped me out. Thanks a lot <3
Dan May 21, 2017 @ 4:39pm 
Помог способ со стерео микшером. Спасибо!
CreeperhunterLp May 8, 2017 @ 4:06am 
Try to use this,its easier
mangocrash420 Apr 2, 2017 @ 3:44am 
mangocrash420 Apr 2, 2017 @ 3:44am 
Thank you so much it worked perfectly:steamhappy:
1day Mar 17, 2017 @ 2:31pm 
Actually, to be technically accurate, the sound remains, but the entire screen goes black. I then have to use task manager to escape and force quit
1day Mar 17, 2017 @ 2:30pm 
I'm not sure I see this issue: when connecting to HDMI it crashes. (using with Windows 10 64bit)