Error Fixes for X4: Foundations PC- Won’t Launch, Crash to Desktop, Low FPS, Vulkan.DLL error Fix

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The long-awaited sequel for the X series, is now finally available in stores and steam for Microsoft Windows. It opened up with all positive reviews. Developers describe the game as the most sophisticated and best Universe simulation game that’s ever been released onto PC. They have struggled hard to provide a stable bugless version of the game for release, but however, things can go wrong. There are millions of different configurations in terms of hardware and software and each PC differs from other in configuration.



Due to these dissimilarities in configuration unlike consoles, these PC games bound to have multiple crashes, errors and bug issues all the time. X4: Foundations is no surprise here and it also came up with a bunch of crashes and errors like game doesn’t launch, black screen, crash on startup, Low FPS etc. The Game Debugger has your back if you are one of those facing such issues. Just follow this workaround guide of X4: Foundations. This post contains solutions for most of the issues that are encountered in X4: Foundations PC version.

Before getting into the X4: Foundations error fixes list, let us have a look at the System Requirements of X4: Foundations.


    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 (64-bit), Windows 8 (64-bit), Windows 7 SP1 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel i5-4590 3.3GHz or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 780/970 or AMD equivalent (Vulkan support required)
    • Storage: 12 GB available space


    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 (64-bit), Windows 8 (64-bit), Windows 7 SP1 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core i7-6700 or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1070 or AMD equivalent (Vulkan support required)
    • Storage: 12 GB available space

It’s always important to compare your PC specifications with the actual System requirements as it tells where your PC stands in terms of performance of the game. If you are running on a low end computer, check out the list of Best Graphics cards that are available in the market from below.

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Workarounds and Solutions for Errors, crashes and Bugs in X4: Foundations:

X4: Foundations Crashes on Startup Fix:

This is the most common issue in most of the Game. Many users have complained that X4: Foundations Crashes to desktop on clicking the icon. The game doesn’t load at all. As we said earlier, there could be multiple solutions for this issue. You have to try the following workarounds if you are facing crash to desktop issue in X4: Foundations.

  • Update the Graphics card drivers.
  • Verify the integrity of game cache file and if any files are missing, load them up and install the game again.
  • Sometimes your antivirus might come up with false positives. So, disable your antivirus and install the game and check if it’s working fine
  • Run the Game as Administrator.

Low FPS and Freezing Issues in X4: Foundations Fix:

There are a bunch of reports regarding Low FPS and lag issues in X4: Foundations. Try the following workarounds to fix lag and stuttering issues in X4: Foundations.

  • Disable V-sync
  • Update with the Game ready drivers released by Nvidia and AMD
  • Set High priority to the game in Task manager.
  • In Nvidia control panel> Manage 3D settings, set power management mode to “Prefer Maximum Performance”
  • If you are using laptop, then make sure that you have switched from integrated Graphics to dedicated ones.

X4: Foundations: Game Won’t Launch Fix:

The list of people who complained about this is whooping huge and the developers are presently working on this issue of X4: Foundations. Whenever the game is launched, it says preparing to launch and closes. To resolve this issue, try these workarounds

  • Disable your antivirus
  • Whitelist the game in Windows Firewall.
  • Make sure that you have installed the Vulkan drivers from Nvidia website.


If you see a message about “volcano-1.dll what not found“, then you must update your graphics card drivers. This should resolve the issue. You can also resolve the issue by download the volcano-1.dll file from the internet and pasting it in the Windows>System32 folder.

Graphical Glitches while playing X4: Foundations fix:

It’s obvious and quite common if you are playing the game for longer period of time. Make sure that your GPU has enough free memory to run the game. If it’s exceeded, then stop all the background tasks and run the game only. You can also tweak the 3D settings in Nvidia control panel.

Can’t Disable V-sync in X4: Foundations Fix:

There’s a probable workaround for this issue. Follow the instructions below.

  • Go into Nvidia Control Panel and change 3D Settings
  • Add x4 exe file into the drop down menu and change Vertical Sync to Fast.

If you are facing any more issues in X4: Foundations, let us know in the comments below. That’s it for the X4: Foundations Errors and it’s fixes.