Recently - within the last week or so - I've started having weird graphical issues with STO. My screen frequently flickers and freezes for a second before recovering, and sometimes goes black for a second before returning with a message that says the display driver crashed and had to be restarted.
Within the last couple days it also started having complete graphics freezes - not the whole computer, just STO - and the only way to fix it is either end STO's process or press control-alt-delete (opening that Windows 7 screen) and then cancel out of it. That usually forces it to start working again.
I'm Running Windows 7, have an Nvidia GeForce GTX 260, and just updated the driver for it today. I haven't gotten a display driver crash since doing so, but it froze and i had to ctrl-alt-del it just a couple minutes ago.
Note, this is running in DirectX 9 mode - DirectX 11 seems to behave better, but it also has ugly black missing-texture bits all over everything, so I've been avoiding it.
I am also getting this, just started today, same thing, display driver fails, but everything else on my PC works fine..... its strange, its only been like this since the latest patch so I think its bugged.
I am having the same issue. Glad to know it isn't just my computer, but not happy to see this is affecting a variety of players. I hope the Devs can solve this issue soon.
Shortly after logging into my player, my screen will start flickering back-and-forth about 3-4 times, then it crashes either the game or my whole system. I get a message stating my display driver crashed and is attempting to recover, but it never does. I have tried changing the resolution, updating my graphics card...etc, nothing has worked.
I went through the entire month of Oct without playing STO, came back to it around Mid November and a healthy download of patches.
Random Flickering which leads to the game being stated back to the Desktop, then back to Gamestate.
May occur minutes, or hours after gameplay
Once it starts, the end result is the game completely crashing to desktop after 10-20 times of the flickering events.
I have noticed a trend.
The flickering and gamestate swapping tends to intensify during:
Explosions, or Bloom Effects Situations or maps which are dynamic lighting rich Multiple Tykens Rifts Multiple Warp Plasma Ejects Multiple Mine Explosions
Just 20 minutes ago, I was flying around, I looked at the gate on Khitomer, and it automatically triggered the flickering and stating.
This isn't my card, nor is it my mobo, nor any driver update as I have not downloaded any recent drivers for my set. My system isnt top notch, but its a 1200 dollar homebuild. Its nothing to frown at. I'm still able to play headline games such as BF3, the MW Series, and Skyrim on the most intense settings with little to no graphical issues outside of FPS lag.
The response from the devs team is disheartening... while STO is F2P, people just like me have also purchased into content for this game.... at 20 30 sometimes 50 bucks at a time. There's no doubt in my mind that if this continues, the dedicated member base ST:O currently has will decline rapidly. I know this because I have inherently already started playing games during times I normally would set aside for STO... just to avoid the bullcrap of me being crashed out in the middle of a decent STF.
Fix it, and fix it NOW. The more you delay, the more you anger your dedicated players. You loose that dedicated core, what do you really have?