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The game will not launch, no black screen or not responding it just appears in task manager briefly, freezes and then closes
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I just bought the game and downloaded it from steam but it will not open properly.
I've tried updating to the latest drivers for my graphics card (GeForce GTX670 2GB) and it still won't work.
This is the process I have tried to launch the game:

  1. Open Steam as admin
  2. Launch Arma 3 Alpha
  3. Click Play (Tried in windowed mode option too)
  4. No Arma 3 logo/splash screen appears
  5. No blackscreen
  6. Simply nothing
  7. Check Task Manager and the Arma 3 .exe is there but it freezes at around a certain memory usage and then will close. The last 5-6 times I've tried it has frozen at around 7,500K memory usage and then will just proceed to disappear from my task manager window.

Note: I have launched the game earlier today and it worked and I play the Helicopter mission and it ran really well. I'm very happy with the performance and the game itself looks amazing :D
Note 2: I've tried; running steam as admin and non-admin and running the arma3.exe from my steam directory as admin and non-admin, still no luck. I've also tried reinstalling my drivers and completely removing drivers and reinstalling the latest drivers. Nothing seems to be working.
Note 3: I've also tried disabling, fraps, dxtory and msi afterburner and all other programs that may interfere so that my task manager only shows up the essential windows programs, steam and arma and it still won't even show up a splash screen/logo before the game loads.


Legacy ID
Game Crash

Event Timeline

Mashfield edited Additional Information. (Show Details)
Mashfield set Category to Game Crash.
Mashfield set Reproducibility to Always.
Mashfield set Severity to Major.
Mashfield set Resolution to Suspended.
Mashfield set Legacy ID to 731081585.May 7 2016, 11:50 AM
SGTIce added a subscriber: SGTIce.May 7 2016, 11:50 AM

I don't have ZoneAlarm and saw that solution on a steam forum post.

SGTIce added a comment.Mar 9 2013, 4:44 PM

Try disabling your AV or verify the steam cache

I have also tried verifying the steam cache. I will try disabling the AV now and see if that works.

We need dxdiag and files from this folder for solve your problem. C:\Users\<Name>\AppData\Local\Arma 3 Alpha\

Can you upload somewhere in winrar package please?
When package will be smaller than 2,097k, so you can attach here. Thank you.

Please try use -nobenchmark command line option.
Right click on Arma III in your Steam Library>Properties>Set launch options

Closing due to lack of information / no response in a long time.

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