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May have found what was causing Doom to freeze.

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First let me say I'd have posted this in the official Doom thread, but there appears to be no such thread. Granted I was one of the ones skeptical about the game when the first trailers came out, worrying it would too brightly lit and arcade, so I take part of the blame there.

If anything though, I've found this game is one of the best looking, most optimized of the year, and I dare say the gameplay is quite addictive too. So naturally I was upset when it would randomly freeze crash every now and then. It's particularly hard to take when your playing on what is the closest equivalent of New Game +, using Mission Select, because it does not save progress.

Anyways, after having read Bethesda's guide on crash prevention some time ago, I thought I'd removed all the launch options, which is one of their recommendations. Last night though I discovered I'd left two commands in the cfg file for mouse smoothing and framerate cap. I deleted those commands, fired up the game, and immediately the game seemed to run smoother. I should mention as well that I also updated my GPU driver to 16.11.3 from 16.10.3.

I was playing the final level, Argent D'Nur. It's final battle area just before the final boss fight is always the most crash prone for me. I got no hints of lag or hitching through the whole level, and not one freeze. Even the final boss fight seemed to run a bit smoother, which was part of what made beating it feel easy this time.

Now I can't say for sure if the freeze crashing is completely gone, having only tested these changes on one level, but I'm starting a new play through from scratch to verify that before beginning a Nightmare run. I'll report back when it's done. I have no excuse not to play this game now though. I used to avoid playing it for dread of the feeling of anguish that comes when you have to play a whole level over on Mission Select due to a crash.
 
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Well, sadly it still crashes. Just once so far, but clearly it's yet to be solved.

I guess I'll just have to avoid ever playing on Mission Select again.
 

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I have not experienced a single crash in this title, and I did pay a fair bit of multiplayer as well as the single player side of this. That said, however, I did play on 6700K and dual 980's.
 
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