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Fortnite ‘Video Driver Crashed and Was Reset’ Error Fix

If you’ve been trying to play Epic Games’ battle royale title on PC recently, you might’ve encountered an annoying issue that puts the breaks to your fun. Should the Fortnite application crash on startup and inform you that there’s a problem with your video driver, then don’t worry too much, as you aren’t alone. Here’s the Fortnite ‘video driver crashed and was reset’ error fix that you need in your life right now.

How to fix the Fortnite ‘video driver crashed and was reset’ error

Fortnite 'video driver crashed and was reset' error fix

As aforementioned, when attempting to play Fortnite on PC (it doesn’t appear as though other platforms are affected) some users are receiving the following error message:

Video driver crashed and was reset!

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If this only happens once, then you can attribute it to the random inconsistencies that often come with PC gaming. However, if the video driver continues to crash, this seemingly useful hint from YouTube user “Quack” could be a solution:

  • Type “Run” into the taskbar search box
  • Click the “Run” application
  • Copy and paste the following into the text field: %localappdata%
  • Locate “FortniteGame” in the list of files, then double click it
  • Double click “Saved” > “Config” > “Windows Client”
  • Right-click “GameUserSettings.ini” and select “Properties”
  • Ensure that the “Read-only” checkbox is unticked, then click “Apply”
  • Double click “GameUserSettings.ini”
  • Scroll down to the very bottom of the Notepad document, where it should say “[D3DRHIPreference]”
  • On the line of text below “[D3DRHIPreference]” change “=True” to “=False”
  • Click “File” and then “Save” from the dropdown menu
  • Right-click “GameUserSettings.ini” and select “Properties”
  • Ensure that the “Read-only” checkbox is ticked, then click “Apply”

After following the above steps, you should be able to go back to enjoying Fortnite unhindered by the “video driver crashed and was reset” bug. The solution might initially seem complex, but if you follow along carefully it’s relatively fast and straightforward.

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