Cyberpunk 2077 is easily the most anticipated game of the year 2020. It is an action role-playing video game published by CD Projekt and developed using REDengine 4, a team of members responsible for bringing us Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The game was first announced in E3 2018 and again in E3 2019, where Keanu Reeves did the panel for it in the latter as he has lent his voice and face to one of the characters.
When the game was first released in 2020 and finally made available worldwide on Steam, the gaming industry went bonkers behind it. However, gamers almost immediately started to complain during start-up or in-game missions. The game would abruptly crash and the error “Whoa! Cyberpunk 2077 has flatlined” would show. Others reported that their systems would automatically go into restart mode.
While this is not the first time that a game would cause your PC to restart, it is a very annoying occurrence and may affect your system’s health. There a few steps that you can take to correct this issue. In the following, we will look at some of the common reasons a game causes systems to restart and steps one can take to correct these issues.
Causes Of PC Restarting When Playing Games
To correct a problem, one must first understand the nature of the said problem. If you don’t, then you might cause more harm than good. There are a few factors that come into play when talking about a crashing game or your system restarting because of one. Let’s look at some of these reasons.
- Unmet Requirements: This is one of the common reasons why your game causes a restart. The games developed today function at a very high level. They are developed using advanced tech and engines to provide an elevated gaming experience. To run them, your system needs to match certain requirements like memory space, RAM, processor and graphic card. Without these, there is not much one can do.
- Power Settings: In the operating systems today one can adjust the power output. This is done to save power and prolong battery life. However, if your game requires high power output to run, then these settings will cause your game to crash and take your system with it.
- Overheating: Some games demand quite a bit from your system. They are known to consume resources at a pace that puts too much load on the PC. This causes your system temperature to rise past its threshold and cause a shutdown. Unless you have an expensive liquid cooling system, your system just can’t sustain such heat.
- System Failure: If any operating system file is corrupt on your PC then your system will shut down and won’t be able to restart. Every attempt to restart will keep bringing you back to the start-up screen.
- Bad PSU: PSU stands for the Power Supply Unit. It is responsible for providing the main power supply to the motherboard. In case your PSU is damaged or malfunctioning then an unseen power surge could shut-down your PC.
- Heatsink: This is a very important cooling component in today’s PC. It is responsible for keeping the CPU cool as it carries out its function. If your heatsink is functioning at its default setting, then it may not cool your CPU at the rate necessary when running a game.
- Overclocking: This component is generally responsible for an optimal and smooth run of your PC. However, it is prone to becoming unstable and this may cause your system to crash.
- BIOS Setting: BIOS is responsible for managing data flow between software and hardware. Your BIOS may be set to run at its maximum efficiency. Though this sounds good, some games rather prefer that BIOS runs at its default mode.
- Bad GPU: GPU stands for Graphics Processing Unit. GPU malfunction is rarely heard of, however, with an increase in gamers using cheap GPUs bought from third-parties, these errors have become common.
- Bad Windows Installation: This is one of the rare reasons that your game isn’t running properly. A badly installed operating system with outdated or corrupted files will show problems from the early stages of the installation which may go unnoticed. But a high-performance game might push it over the edge.
How To Prevent PC From Restarting
We have over-viewed all the common reasons which could cause your PC to restart while playing a high-performance game like Cyberpunk 2077. Now let’s look at how we can correct this problem on your PC.
Before running any of the following corrections, make sure that system specifications match the minimum game requirements. If they don’t, then your game just can’t run on your PC in its current configurations.
1. Change The Power Settings
The power setting of your system decides how much power is sent to each module of your motherboard. Regardless of the requirement of your motherboard, these settings cannot be overwritten. If systems requirements and the settings do not match, then your PC will shut down. Following are the steps you can follow to correct this issue.
Step 1. Start the Control Panel. This can be done by typing “Control Panel” in the search bar on the taskbar or by pressing “Windows + R” and writing “Control” and hit enter. Make sure the Icon option in the Control Panel is set to “Small icon”.
Step 2. In the control panel, find “Power Option”.
Step 3. Within the Power Option, if you have chosen the “Power Saver” mode then you need to change it to “High Performance” or “Balanced”.
Step 4. If any internal changes have been made it any of these options, click on “Change Plan Settings” and select “Restore default settings to this plan”.
Step 5. Save changes and exit. Restart the system and check whether the problem has been resolved
2. Check The GPU
It is very tempting to equip your PC with powerful third-party GPUs like that from NVIDIA and AMD. However, there is a chance that your system is not compatible with them. You can fix this problem by making changes to the device manager.
Step 1. Press “Windows + R” and type “devmgmt.msc”. This will take you to the Device Manager.
Step 2. In Device Manager, click on “Display Adapters”. A drop down with all installed GPUs will show.
Step 3. Right-click on the problematic GPU and select “Disable Device”.
Step 4. Restart the system and see if the problem continues.
3. Disable Overclocking
Many factors decide how good a gaming PC is. One of those factors is Overclocking. In Overclocking mode, the CPU will run fast computations until it reaches its highest temperature wall. Once this temperature is reached, the CPU reverts to normal speeds. Disabling overclocking could help solve your issue. The only way to do so is to access your BIOS while your system restarts. Also, make sure to remove any computer enhancing software as they tend to ruin system performance.
4. Updating Graphics, Drivers
Keeping drivers updated is necessary for the optimum functionality of your system. As graphic drivers are running whenever you play a game, it is necessary to keep these drives updated. Most of the time these drivers update themselves, but you might have to take things into your own hands. Otherwise you can just visit the graphic card’s official website and find out the latest driver update.
5. Disable Windows Automatic Restart Feature
Sometimes the issue is the oversensitivity of your system. In that case, you need to disable your systems auto-restart option. Use the following steps
Step 1. Open “Control Panel” from the Start menu.
Step 2. Click on “System”.
Step 3. In the new control panel, find “Advanced System Settings”.
Step 4. Under the tab, “Advanced”, find Startup and Recovery and click on “Settings”.
Step 5. In Startup and Recovery, find System Failure and uncheck the box “Automatically Restart”. Press OK.
Step 6. Apply the settings and Restart your PC.
6. Checking Your PSU
PSU stands for Power Supply Unit; the PSU is a very important component in the CPU. It regulates the voltage to different components of the CPU as one may require a higher voltage than another to function. In case your PSU is malfunctioning then restarting the PC is the least of your problems. If not corrected early, it may cause irreparable damage to your system.
You should first get a temporary PSU and run your system. In case the problem is fixed, then you can confirm that PSU is the issue. Also, make sure to replace cable connections from PSU to the electrical outlet.
7. Performing A System Restore
If any recent change was made to the system during the installation of a file or faulty update, then this change could be causing your system to restart. In this case, you will have to carry out a System Restore and this will roll-back your system to settings when this problem wasn’t occurring. Follow the underwritten steps. Make sure to backup and save your work before moving forward.
Step 1. In the search bar on the taskbar type “Restore”. Choose the first option that shows.
Step 2. In the control panel, choose “System Restore” under the tab System Protection.
Step 3. You could either follow the recommended steps and keep clicking “Next”, or customize as per your requirements.
Step 4. Now select a restore point-form list of options given to you.
Step 5. Windows will ask for one last confirmation and continue with the restoration.
8. Check Processor And Heatsink
Your heatsink is responsible for keeping your processor cool. Most commonly if you are facing restart issues while running a game, then it is automatically assumed that overheating is the issue. While checking the heatsink go-ahead and check that the entire system is getting the right amount of cooling. Make sure fans are running at optimum speeds and air intakes are unobstructed.
Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the best games to come out in 2020. Though it has been known to cause the restart error, we should not hold this against them as many games of this size and specifications are known for this problem. One of the above-mentioned steps is bound to get you back to gaming in no time.