Waiting in a lobby for 5 minutes and not managing to get into the game, in the end, can be very frustrating. This article contains the fix for Escape from Tarkov crashing during and before a raid
Escape from Tarkov has a very long loading time for every session or raid the player wants to join. Waiting for 5 minutes just for your game to crash at the end of it can be very frustrating.
Firstly, the basic steps a player can take are:
1. Restart your PC
2. Deactivate fullscreen optimization
3. Update GPU Drivers, Bios and Windows
4. Reinstalling the launcher
5. Reinstalling the game
6. Delete all EFT-related files in %temp%
7. Turn off XMP and change your RAM speed
8. Modify your firewalls to allow the launcher and the game to work properly
9. Add exceptions for both the game and the launcher in Windows Defender
10. Additionally, make sure that your PC meets the minimum system requirements for the game and also check if all your components are working properly
If none of the steps above work, try this:
1. Head over to your "This PC" folder, right-click it and select Properties
2. The Control Panel will open and then select Advanced System Settings on the left
3. Once the pop-up window appears, select Settings in the Performance section
4. There you will want to navigate to the Advanced tab and select Change...
5. Select the hard drive where your game is stored and change the Initial Size and the Maximum Size to the maximum amount of RAM stored on your PC (If you have 8GB of RAM, you will change the values to 8000).
It is important to mention that due to the lack of optimization, the game does tend to eat up memory, so not having enough RAM to support the game can be an issue even for those with a high-end PC and running the game on low graphics settings.