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Arma 3 is stuck running in background apps which makes it unable to play.
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1/26/16 - Launched and played Arma 3 with no problem as always
1/30/16 - Tried to launch Arma and noticed I couldn't see the game after the logo loader finished even though Steam said it was running. Checked task manager and noticed it was running as a background app.

I've tried several fixes that did not work

  1. Verify game cache.
  2. Run game with -nobenchmark parameter
  3. Run game as Administrator
  4. Running in compatibility mode
  5. Delete .cfg file
  6. Reinstalling the game and GPU drivers



Legacy ID
Game Startup
Steps To Reproduce
  1. Launch arma3.exe
Additional Information

AMD Catalyst version: 13.10

CPU: FX 8350
Videocard: R9 280

Event Timeline

BasedRod edited Steps To Reproduce. (Show Details)Feb 5 2016, 5:02 AM
BasedRod edited Additional Information. (Show Details)
BasedRod set Category to Game Startup.
BasedRod set Reproducibility to Always.
BasedRod set Severity to None.
BasedRod set Resolution to Open.
BasedRod set Legacy ID to 2478228900.May 8 2016, 1:39 PM
Bohemia added a subscriber: Bohemia.May 8 2016, 1:39 PM

Go into your task manager and stop the process, then it should work.

No all that'll do is kill the process. My problem is that the game moves itself to background apps, therefore no window pops up for me to play the game.


we are sorry you are experiencing issues with our game.

Are you running any mods? If so please try to disable them. Should the problem occur again, please export your game log files from the launcher (again, without any mod).

Steps on how to export logs from ARMA 3 Launcher:

  1. Start ARMA 3 Launcher
  2. Click Options menu
  3. Drop down menu will appear
  4. Select: Prepare Arma Troubleshooting error and save those files
  5. A notification will pop up with the name of the generated file

Please note that it might take some time for files to collect.

Attach the generated files to the ticket. If the files are too big please use some free file sharing service.

MrLispy added a subscriber: MrLispy.Feb 9 2017, 4:43 AM

this is what it comes up with. im having the EXACT same issue! and im launching it with no mods, ive tried everything stated above and it only seemed to happen after i downloaded CUP mods *OR* the recent update. i did both at the same time so its one of the 2

hi there, im having the same issue. has there been any fix for it?