Hi folks, I’ve run into a rather serious issue with The Witcher 3 lately. For some reason I keep running into situations where the game will not only crash but take my entire computer with it.
I usually won’t be doing anything especially fancy and the bug occurs. It hasn’t yet happened in combat yet; only when running around the game world, and often after some fiddling around with menus or something. I do that a lot, though, so I imagine that’s just a coincidence.
The game doesn’t freeze/lock up, and it doesn’t crash to desktop. It literally restarts the PC. I don’t know how that’s even possible. I tried running GPU-Z to see if my temps were out of control, but they were totally reasonable. My specs are: i5-4460, GTX 970, 16 GB RAM, Windows 10 Home, 1080p monitor. I have most of the settings maxed, but my framerate is fine.
I already tried validating the game files through Steam, and it actually found one file that was broken, but I experienced another crash after doing this, so apparently that wasn’t the root of the issue.
I looked at Windows’s Event Viewer and found that the system had logged a good number of critical issues whose source is described as “Kernel-Power.” Three occurred in the last hour, which is consistent with my crashes. I don’t exactly know what to make of this information, however.
“The system has rebooted without cleanly shutting down first. This error could be caused if the system stopped responding, crashes, or lost power unexpectedly.”
Has anyone else ever run into this bug? I keep losing progress because of it, so I would really love a permanent fix!