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Arma 3 crashes randomly with Windows input method editor enabled
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Since 1.54 I've been getting crashes 30-60 minutes after game start. Crashes occur in Singleplayer and Multiplayer without experiencing any performance loss. Crashes stopped occurring when I disabled all Chinese input methods in Windows language settings.


Legacy ID
Game Crash
Steps To Reproduce
  1. In Windows 10, go to "Control Panel\Clock, Language, and Region\Language", and select "Add a language", select "Chinese simplified -> China" to enable Microsoft Pinyin IME.
  1. Launch ArmA 3 and start a mission. Game would crash about 30 - 60 minutes after start.
  1. Disable Chinese IME in Windows and crashes stop occurring.
Additional Information

Crash log attached.

Event Timeline

ted_hou edited Steps To Reproduce. (Show Details)Jan 8 2016, 2:38 AM
ted_hou edited Additional Information. (Show Details)
ted_hou set Category to Game Crash.
ted_hou set Reproducibility to Sometimes.
ted_hou set Severity to None.
ted_hou set Resolution to Open.
ted_hou set Legacy ID to 4243290796.May 8 2016, 1:26 PM
ted_hou edited a custom field.


thank you for the response. However, we cannot determine what exactly caused your game to crash. It is necessary you triy to run your Arma without any mods. If the crashes still happen then, please send another crashdumps.

If the crashes stop (on Arma without mods), please try to activate mods one by one until you find out which one causes the crashes.

Mods are not official content from Bohemia Interactive and it is very likely that the CTDs you are experiencing are caused by collisions between two or more mods.

Please let us know, thank you.

ted_hou added a subscriber: ted_hou.May 8 2016, 1:26 PM

Thanks razazel.

Crashlog 20160108 submitted (

Game crashed about 30 minutes after launch. No mods. Windows IME enabled. Exited with an error code "0xC0000005 - STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION".

I then disabled Windows IME and restarted Arma without mods. No CTD for 2hrs+.

Thank you for the info, we will look into this.

Andynn added a subscriber: Andynn.Apr 17 2017, 8:21 PM

I might be experiencing the exact same issue. random CTD, mid-game, sometimes without error message and sometimes with memory reference error message. I tried many solutions on the net but it is still happening, my last doubt is Chinese input. One possibility is that when Shift and Alt is pressed (i.e. sprinting and trying to look around), IME is turned on. Occasionally, what I would see is the IME UI popping up when I am in game and accidentally activated IME, and all I need to do is to Shift Alt again to deactivate it.

I disabled the Shift Alt shortcut and will report back if I continue to experience issue.


thanks for the feedback.
Would you mind, if you haven't done so already, to create a separate ticket for your crash? Do not forget to include you crash report files.

If you are not sure where to get the files or how to create the ticket, please check out this Guide

If you've already created the ticked, please send me its ID (what it looks like - Txxxxxx - x being the numbers)