Knowledgebase
Experiencing Technical Issues (BETA)
Posted by Dovetail Games Support on 19 May 2017 12:24 PM

No-one likes to have problems when they’ve spent their hard-earned money on a product and just want to play. However, they do happen from time-to-time and in the unfortunate event that you experience a problem with one of our titles, Train Simulator or Train Sim World, or an add-on you’ve purchased from Steam, we want to get you up and running as quickly as possible.

Before contacting our Customer Support Team, there are some steps that you can take on your own to rule out problems with:

  • your own hardware devices, operating system, software or configuration;
  • other software or third-party content not purchased from Steam;
  • our product installations and/or required software, Steam Workshop or Steam Client Updates;

We’ve prepared this 10-step guide to help you check a few things before you’ll then need to contact us for further guidance. If you’re just looking to obtain a refund or have a problem purchasing a product from Steam, or our online store, please follow the instructions on our knowledgebase at https://dovetailgames.kayako.com/Knowledgebase/Article/View/212/0/dovetail-games-refund-policy.

It's very important that you follow each step carefully. Read each point then carry out the instructions provided, verifying whether you have been able to resolve the issue after each step. Some of the steps are quite technical, though we’ve prepared useful step-by-step guides that will walk you through each one. So you won’t need to be a specialist or whizz at computers. We’d recommend you print each set of instructions, in case you need to restart your computer.

If you find you’re unable to complete a step, we’d recommend you contact a local computer professional or your hardware equipment vendor for further guidance.

  1. Check that your computer meets the minimum required specification for Train Simulator and/or Train Sim World. If your computer is below the required minimum, we will not be able to provide you with support. You can find the minimum system requirements on the store page for Train Simulator at http://store.steampowered.com/app/24010 and Train Sim World at http://store.steampowered.com/app/530070. Instructions on how to check your computer meets a specification can be found on our knowledgebase at https://dovetailgames.kayako.com/Knowledgebase/Article/View/261/12/checking-your-computer-meets-a-minimum-specification.
  2. Ensure you have the absolute latest device driver software installed for your hardware. You will usually be able to find device drivers at your computer vendor's website but here's three useful links that will allow you to update device drivers for the most popular hardware in use:
    1. Intel Processor/Chipset drivers can be obtained from https://downloadcenter.intel.com/
    2. AMD Processor/Chipset/Display drivers can be obtained from http://support.amd.com/en-us/download
    3. nVidia Display Drivers can be obtained from http://www.nvidia.co.uk/Download/
  3. Ensure you have all the latest updates for your Operating System in Windows Update. Please test Train Simulator and/or Train Sim World to verify if this resolved your issue. You can find instructions on how to check this on our Knowledgebase at https://dovetailgames.kayako.com/Knowledgebase/Article/View/260/12/checking-you-have-the-latest-updates-installed-for-windows.
  4. Restart your computer by selecting Restart from the Start Menu. Please test Train Simulator and/or Train Sim World to verify if this resolved your issue.
  5. Ensure you have fully verified your Steam installation for Train Simulator and/or Train Sim World. You can find instructions on how to verify your files on our knowledgebase at https://dovetailgames.kayako.com/Knowledgebase/Article/View/41/0/how-to-verify-the-integrity-of-your-game-files. Please test Train Simulator and/or Train Sim World to verify if this resolved your issue.
  6. Ensure you have installed all the applications required for Train Simulator or Train Sim World (DirectX, Visual C++ Runtime Libraries, DotNet and/or nVidia PhysX). You can find instructions on how to do this on our knowledge base at https://dovetailgames.kayako.com/Knowledgebase/Article/View/264/0/how-to-install-the-required-dependencies-for-train-simulator-2012-to-2017 and https://dovetailgames.kayako.com/Knowledgebase/Article/View/263/0/how-to-install-the-required-dependencies-for-train-sim-world. Please test Train Simulator and/or Train Sim World to verify if this resolved your issue.
  7. Ensure you have attempted a clean reinstall of Train Simulator or Train Sim World. You can find instructions on how to do this on our knowledgebase at https://dovetailgames.kayako.com/Knowledgebase/Article/View/262/28/how-to-completely-re-install-train-simulator-or-train-sim-world. Please test Train Simulator and/or Train Sim World to verify if this resolved your issue.
  8. Ensure you have attempted a clean boot. You can find instructions on how to do this on our knowledgebase at https://dovetailgames.kayako.com/Knowledgebase/Article/View/265/0/how-to-perform-a-clean-boot. Please test Train Simulator and/or Train Sim World to verify if this resolved your issue.
  9. Ensure you have verified the integrity of your Windows system files. You can find instructions on how to do this on our knowledgebase at https://dovetailgames.kayako.com/Knowledgebase/Article/View/266/0/verifying-the-integrity-of-windows-system-files. Please test Train Simulator and/or Train Sim World to verify if this resolved your issue.
  10. Once you have verified all of the above without any success, you are now ready to contact Customer Support. We’ll need you to provide the following items:
    1. A DxDiag Report. You can find instructions on how to generate a report on our knowledgebase at https://dovetailgames.kayako.com/Knowledgebase/Article/View/176/0/how-to-create-a-dxdiag-report.
    2. A crash dump file if one is created. You can often find these located in C:\TempDump on your hard disk.
    3. Details of the in-game settings you are using.
    4. Screenshots and/or videos that will help us understand the nature of the issue you're experiencing.
    5. Step-by-step instructions that we can follow to reproduce the issue.
    6. Let us know if you have recently installed any mods for Train Simulator such as repaints/reskins, free content or third-party products you have purchased (downloaded from a website or somewhere other than Steam).
    7. Let us know if you have recently subscribed to any new content on Steam Workshop.

After you have compiled the above, please click this link to Submit a Ticket. Please complete all the relevant sections as shown on the page and provide as much detail as possible. The more detail you provide, the better the chance of success in helping you resolve the issue. Please also confirm you have completed each step in the checklist above.

Who is this Document For?

Train Simulator or Train Sim World owners who are using Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8 or Windows 7.