PC Terraria isn't launching at all, no pop-up saying an error.

Discussion in 'PC Technical Support' started by Mr.Brawler, Sep 1, 2016.

  1. Mr.Brawler

    Mr.Brawler Official Terrarian

    I'm currently in a situation where I cannot play Terraria, where it would only appear in the Task Manager for a second before disappearing. This happens when I launch it via Steam and Windows File Explorer. I've uninstalled the game after deleting various files then reinstalling, only to find the problem occurs. I also verified the game files to see if they are even verified files being installed (Which says it's verified, but, the game doesn't launch.). I have purchased the game as seen here, so, I don't know what's going on if I'm getting screwed up files, but, I've been trying for two hours to get this to work, now I feel like I'm at a loss. If someone could help me out, that would mean a lot to me, as I've been wanting to head back into playing, but to find out I can't even play at all. Again, thanks to anyone that helps me out with this.
  2. Marcus101RR

    Marcus101RR Master of Ravens


    Welcome to PC Support Section.

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    Please make sure you have 4.6.1 .NET Framework (Recommended) or later installed for Terraria on your System! It is mandatory for the latest version.

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    System Requirements
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8.1, 10 / MAC / Linux
    • Processor: 2.0 Ghz (Single Core)
    • Memory: 2.5 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 200 MB
    • Video Card: 128 MB Video Memory, Shader Model 2.0+ Support
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    Game Dependencies (MUST Install)
    Troubleshooting Your Problem with TerrariaServer.exe
    In order to figure out what your problem is with the game, we require that you run the Terraria Server Client (TerrariaServer.exe). This will display any errors or successes on launch. Should there be any errors from the program itself, use the command prompt and copy the error to display it here.
    1. Right click within the Command Prompt.
    2. In the drop-down menu, select Mark.
    3. Once you made a selection, Right Click or Press Enter to copy.
    4. Paste your results in your thread.
    If you have trouble with the above instructions, your system might be showing "Not Responding" or your System may need to be rebooted to start clean.

    Deleting the JSON files to clear Terraria Settings
    Before proceeding any further, please delete the config.json file located in your Terraria Folder under My Documents/My Games. Then start Terraria again, this may fix some unexplained issues, but we wish to make sure you are running a nice and clean installation:
    1. Locate My Documents Folder.
    2. Open My Games Folder.
    3. Open Terraria Folder.
    4. Delete Config.json file from this location.
      • You can also delete the Favorites/Profile files as well, just in case.

    Installing / Re-Installing XNA and .NET Framework 4.5.2 or Better
    You may be experiencing these issues with a faulty installation, and even worst your system might the be problem to this. Attempt to uninstall both XNA and .NET Framework from your machine, be advised, do not uninstall the pre-installed versions of .NET Framework that came with your system! Once you have successfully re-installed your XNA and .NET Framework you may attempt to try Terraria again.
    Verify Terraria's Steam Cache
    If your game is unresponsive at times it is recommended you do a Verify Steam Cache with the game provided for Steam (This does not include GOG Version).
    1. Goto My Library on Steam.
    2. Right-Click Terraria and Select Properties.
    3. Goto Local Files Tab.
    4. Now Select Verify Integrity of Game Cache.
    If you have trouble with the above instructions, you may be using a different provider or retailer.
    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: My world has corrupted somehow and will not load properly, what can I do?
    A: You may have corrupted the world by using modded clients, computer shutdown before the world could complete the save, or system failure within Terraria that caused the problem. You can try attempting to load your world using TEdit (Download).

    Q: My game is not launching, or I get errors regarding XNA/.NET Framework!
    A: You can attempt to make sure you have all Game Dependencies first, then try attempting this solution:

    If you don't feel like sifting through all that, it's basically to do with the framework permissions.

    This is how you change the right to use Framework/XNA:
    1. Right-Click the specific directory (Listed Below).
    2. Select Properties.
    3. Select the Security Tab
    4. Click on Advanced Option
    5. Select the Owner Tab
    6. Click on the bottom button to Edit.
    7. On this window select the Administrator in the row and make sure to select the Checkboxes below.
    8. Hit Apply and close all the windows.
    9. Try running the game again.
    Do the above for all of the following FOLDERS:



    Q: Steam has reported that one (1) file has failed verification and was downloaded?
    A: This file is known as the serverconfig.txt file. Originally this file shouldn't be packed with the game as Terraria should create this file automatically on launch if it is missing or out of date. Due to it being changed and updated by server owners, the file will constantly fail the verification process. This has no effect on playing the game, and can be ignored.

    Q: I am experiencing low frame rate for Terraria, but the machine passes as recommended?
    A: If you are using nVidia Control Panel, you can select Terraria.exe process and change the specifications on how your graphic card handles the game. Follow these instructions:
    1. Open nVidia Control Panel.
    2. Select Manage 3D Settings.
    3. Choose Program Settings Tab.
    4. Select Terraria as current program.
    5. Turn Triple buffering and Vertical sync to On.
    6. Run Terraria and turn Frame Skip to Off.
    7. The application should be running better than your current setup.

    Alternate Solution (The Aero Mode Bug)
    1. Goto your Desktop.
    2. Right Click and Select Personalize.
    3. Enable Aero Mode by selecting an Aero Background Option.
    4. You can also go Fullscreen Mode while Disabled Aero Mode.
    Q: Experiencing an XAudio Driver Issue?
    A: Check this out about the error: http://forums.terraria.org/index.ph...out-due-to-xaudio2_6-dll-on-windows-10.32894/

    Q: Missing XInput Driver for the game?
    A: You can download Microsoft DirectX Web Installer and fix this issue properly. We do not recommend searching for the driver (DLL) manually. Download it here.

    Q: Where can I find my world and player files?
    A: You can find your world and character files based on your system here:
    • Windows: <home folder>\Documents\My Games\Terraria\Players
    • Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/Terraria/Players
    • Linux: ~/.local/share/Terraria/Players
    However, if you're using Steam Cloud Sync, the files will be in a different location.
    • <Steam directory>/userdata/<Steam3 ID>/105600/remote/players
  3. Mr.Brawler

    Mr.Brawler Official Terrarian

    Here are my System Specs:

    • OS: Windows 10 Home
    • Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU N2830 @ 2.16GHz 2.16 GHz
    • RAM: 4 GB

    Running TerrariaServer.exe just shows this in the command prompt, then pulling up the default pop-up that "Terraria has stopped working.":

    Unhandled Exception: System.IO.FileNotFoundException: Could not load file or assembly 'Microsoft.Xna.Framework.dll' or one of its dependencies. The specified module could not be found.

    at Terraria.Program.LaunchGame(String[] args)

    at Terraria.WindowsLaunch.Main(String[] args)

    I can also confirm that I have the latest version of Microsoft .NET, as shown by this:


    Uninstalling and reinstalling Terraria does not work, rebooting the computer does not work, files are verified by Steam (although Terraria does not launch), and I deleted the config.json folder with no working result. Hopefully this information is enough to help out.
  4. Mr.Brawler

    Mr.Brawler Official Terrarian

    Ah, I feel like a total idiot, I had to reinstall the XNA Framework, and now the game is rolling as normally. Sorry for the inconvenience. :p
  5. Capn_Curts

    Capn_Curts Terrarian

    You sir, are a sexy beast. I have been screwing around with this problem for the past few hours, and after repairing the Framework Terraria runs beautifully! Thank you so much!