How to fix fatal error in Chained Together

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If Chained Together is crashing at launch, causing a blue screen, and reporting a fatal error, try:

  • Verifying your game files on Steam.
  • Editing the launch options for DirectX.
  • Lowering your graphics settings and resolution.
  • Removing the automatic overclock settings in BIOS (advanced).

Like many indie games, Chained Together suffers from several optimisation issues. Some of them can cause your game to crash or even blue screen, with both instances identified as “UE-Chained Together fatal error”. Even when fixed, this problem seems to rear its head after a substantial update. Luckily, there are a few methods you can try to fix it.

How to fix UE-Chained Together fatal error

Pinpointing the exact cause of this error is difficult, like most optimisation errors. Players have reported different solutions that worked for some, but not the others. We’ll go through each one that you can try to fix the problem.

Verify game files

The simplest solution is to verify your Chained Together game files. Because this error tends to happen around updates, it’s possible that some of the update files were corrupted or didn’t download properly. Here’s what you can do:

  1. Find Chained Together in your Steam library and right-click on the game.
  2. Select Properties and go to the Installed Files tab.
  3. Click the Verify Integrity of Game Files button.
  4. Let Steam verify and download any missing files before launching the game again.

Edit launch options

It’s possible that your graphics card settings are messing with the game in some way, more specifically your DirectX driver. You can fix that by setting different launch options, here’s how:

  1. Find Chained Together in your Steam library and right-click on the game.
  2. Select Properties and go to the General tab.
  3. Find the Launch Options text box and type -dx11 or -dx12 (depending on which one you’re using to play).
  4. Close the window and try launching the game again.

Lower graphics settings

With the game’s optimisation issues, your graphics card might not be able to leverage its full power to run it. This can cause Chained Together to crash and report a fatal error if your settings are set too high. Consider lowering the settings in the Options menu’s Graphics tab to Medium or even Low. Next, you can try also lowering the game’s resolution to 1280×720 or 1600×900. Then, apply and save the new settings and restart the game.

Remove automatic overclocking

A small number of players can be facing the fatal error due to their motherboard and CPU having an auto-overclock feature. This is usually the case with Intel CPUs of the 13th and 14th generation. You will have to go to your BIOS settings and look for an update. Then, you can manually adjust your CPU’s clock speed, locking it to a set value. However, doing this is something meant for advanced PC users, as it can be risky for your hardware. Consider consulting an expert before committing to resolving the issue this way.

About the Author

Miljan Truc

Miljan has been into gaming since the days of Sega Mega Drive and Amiga. During his gaming career, he has raided at a high level, coached other players, and written about games since 2016.

Chained Together

  • Release Date: 19th June 2024
  • Platform(s): PC
  • Genre(s): Unknown