[Fixed] Divinity Original Sin 2 DirectX Error

Divinity Original Sin 2 is a turn-based RPG developed by Larian Studios. The game has been super well-received by fans of the RPG genre and is considered one of the best RPGs of all time. Although the game is quite popular for its amazing RPG elements and immersive gameplay, it also has its fair share of issues and errors. One such error is the ‘DirectX’ error that causes the game to crash on launch almost instantly. The error reads as follows: DXGI_ERROR_DEVICE_REMOVED

Divinity Original Sin 2 DirectX error

What causes Divinity Original Sin 2 DirectX Error

There are a couple of reasons why the error pops up. For some, changing the default resolution can cause this error and for others, it’s the outdated or corrupt DirectX. However, the major reason for this error is the use of overclocking and overlay software (Xbox Game Bar, MSI Afterburner, Recording software, etc).

Overclocking will cause the GPU to throttle and produce more heat. This can cause the game to crash. Similarly, switching between the game and other software or using overlay software can trigger a crash and the ‘DirectX’ error as well.

Try these Fixes

Listed below are 4 effective methods to fix the Divinity Original Sin 2 DirectX error problem.

  1. Disable Overlay & Overclocking Software
  2. Reset to Default Resolution
  3. Reinstall DirectX
  4. Update Graphics Drivers

Fix #1 – Disable Overlay & Overclocking Software

If you’re using any overclocking and/or overlay software, uninstall them. If that isn’t an option for you, you can disable them instead. Close down all such applications before launching the game. Alternatively, you can try ‘underclocking’ as this trick has seemed to work for many players. Here’s a list of similar software that may trigger the DirectX error:

  • MSI Afterburner
  • Xbox Game Bar
  • Spotify
  • Twitch
  • OBS Streaming
  • Discord
  • NVIDIA ShadowPlay
  • Other Streaming or Recording Software

Fix #2 – Reset to Default Resolution

Some players have reported that the game also crashes if the display isn’t set at the default resolution. Here’s how to do it:

1) Press Windows+I to open the Settings window. Click on the System option.

Go to System in Settings

2) From the left pane menu, select the Display option if it isn’t already selected. Scroll down to find the Display resolution option.

3) Set the Display resolution to the ‘recommended’ value.

Reset to default resolution to fix Divinity Original Sin 2 DirectX error

Fix #3 – Reinstall DirectX

If the DirectX version installed on your PC is outdated, corrupted, or incorrect, the game will crash and give the DirectX error. It is recommended you update the DirectX version to the latest, or at the very least, have the proper version installed. The game requires DirectX 11 to run. You can download DirectX 11 here.

Fix #4 – Update Graphics Drivers

Some users have reported that the error can occur due to outdated GPU drivers. Updating the graphics driver to their latest versions has solved the issue for many players.

1) On the desktop, press Windows+X simultaneously. Select Device Manager from the menu.

Device Manager Windows 10

2) Under the Display adapters, you’ll find a list of graphics drivers. Depending upon your machine, it can be either AMD, Intel, NVIDIA, or multiple. Right-click each driver at a time, and select the Update driver option.

Update your graphics card driver

3) A new window will open. Select the Search automatically for drivers option. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.

Fix Divinity Original Sin 2 DirectX error by updating the graphics driver

4) After installation, restart your PC. Launch the game.

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