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Troubleshooting Epic Games Launcher issues

If you are having trouble using the Epic Games Launcher, here are some troubleshooting steps that usually fix common problems.


Check the Epic Games server status

Check the Epic Games Server Status page to make sure all systems are operational. If the Epic Games Launcher is affected by an outage or system-wide issue, your issue may be fixed when the outage is resolved.


Clear your launcher’s webcache

Clearing the webcache often resolves display issues that may prevent you from using the launcher. Follow these steps to clear your webcache:

Windows

  1. Exit the Epic Games Launcher by right-clicking the system tray icon in the bottom-right corner, and then clicking Exit.
  2. Press Windows key + R, type “%localappdata%”, and then press Enter to open a File Explorer window.
  3. Open the Epic Games Launcher folder.
  4. Open the Saved folder.
  5. Click the webcache folder, and then delete it.
  6. Restart your computer, and then relaunch the Epic Games Launcher.

Mac

  1. Exit the Epic Games Launcher.
  2. Open Finder.
  3. Click on Go then Go to Folder...
  4. Type ~/Library/Caches/com.epicgames.EpicGamesLauncher and press Enter.
  5. Drag the webcache folder to the Trash.
  6. Press control and click on Trash.
  7. Click on Empty Trash.
  8. Relaunch the Epic Games Launcher.

Run the launcher as an administrator

Running the launcher as an administrator elevates its permissions so it can avoid problems with downloading games, for example. Follow these steps to run the launcher as an administrator:

  1. Right-click your Epic Games Launcher shortcut.
  2. Click Run as Administrator.

Update graphics card drivers

Making sure the player is using the latest graphics card drivers may resolve the launcher crashing. Review this article for steps on how to do update their graphics drivers.


Reinstall the Epic Games Launcher

Note: The following process will remove all of your installed games.

On Windows: 

Run system file checker then reinstall the Epic Games Launcher.

  1. Close the Epic Games launcher by right-clicking the system tray icon in the bottom right corner and then clicking Exit.
  2. Click Start.
  3. Type "cmd", right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.
  4. In the window that opens, type "sfc /scannow", and then press Enter. 
    This may take a little while.
  5. Restart your computer.
  6. Click Start.
  7. Type "Add or Remove Programs", and then press Enter.
  8. Select Epic Games Launcher from the list of programs.
  9. Click Uninstall.
  10. Go to www.epicgames.com and click Get Epic Games in the top right corner to download the latest installer.

On Mac:

  1. Close the Epic Games Launcher.
  2. Verify there are no processes associated with the Epic Games Launcher by checking Activity Monitor.
  3. Open the Applications folder.
  4. Click and drag the Epic Games Launcher application to the Trash.
  5. Verify all the following directories no longer have any Epic Games Launcher folders or files:
    • ~/Library/Application Support
    • ~/Library/Caches
    • ~/Library/Preferences
    • ~/Library/Logs
    • ~/Library/Cookies
  6. Go to www.epicgames.com and click Get Epic Games in the top right corner to download the latest installer.

Launcher freezing on macOS 10.15.1 or earlier

If your launcher is freezing on macOS 10.15.1 or earlier, follow the steps above to reinstall the Epic Games Launcher on your Mac.


Verify system requirements

Make sure your computer meets the system requirements to run the Epic Games Launcher using this article here. The system requirements for the Epic Games Launcher are here.


Blinking Epic Games Launcher icon on the taskbar

If you can't start the Epic Games Launcher and see a blinking icon on your taskbar, use these steps to try and fix this:

  1. Right-click your Epic Games Launcher shortcut.
  2. Click Properties.
  3. Select Normal Window from the drop-down menu next to Run.
  4. Click the Compatibility tab.
  5. Uncheck any boxes, and then click Apply then OK.
  6. Click Start, then type "Graphics Settings" and press Enter.
  7. Select Classic app from the drop-down under Graphics performance preference.
  8. Click Browse.
  9. Navigate to the Epic Games Launcher installation directory.
    By default, this is C:/Program Files (x86)/Epic Games/Launcher/Portal/Binaries/Win64.
  10. Click the EpicGamesLauncher.exe file, and then click Add.
  11. Click Options.
  12. Select Power Saving.
  13. Click Save.
  14. Relaunch the Epic Games Launcher.

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Steam Deck, a modern PC handheld console
steam deckValve has announced the first gaming PC handheld console: Steam Deck. At its core, Stead Deck is just a portable, small PC in little casing. It uses AMD Zen 2 CPU and RDNA 2 GPU architecture, has 16GB of RAM, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. It is a portable device with both a touchpad and joystick packing a seven-inch screen with a resolution of 1280x800 (16:10 aspect ratio). The screen has an ambient light sensor for automatic light adjustments same as your modern mobile device. Stating to Valve battery will hold up from two to eight hours depending on the activity of the user and what exactly he is doing. The handheld comes also with a carrying case.

Steam Deck operating system and software

Out of the box, Steam Dock comes with the latest Valve’s version of SteamOS 3. Just for comparing, the steam box was coming SteamOS 2, so this new Linux-based OS is aimed to provide better performance and better compatibility. Naturally, all Linux games in your Steam library will work right out of the box but Valve has something called PROTON inside OS, it is emulation software based on Wine that will supposedly let you play all of your Library games on a given OS. One big thing to mention here is that this is PC after all meaning that if you do not like having SteamOS on it you can install Windows instead and so far as we know it will support Windows 11. Now with Windows 11, you will be able to play all of your Steam games and run any kind of Windows software on it including EPIC store, battle.net, and others.

Cost and release date

The initial release date is set for December 2021 and today on July 16th Valve is opening you can reserve your copy if you want to pre-purchase. Follow this link if you want to reserve your copy. Reserve your Steam Deck device The price of the device will depend on the memory capacity which you would like to have. Please note that each of the 3 offered devices will have the same hardware, the only difference will be in memory available, and the most expensive version will also have anti-glare screen, everything else is identical. 64GB model will be $399, 256GB model will have the price of $529 and largest one with whooping 512GB will be $649

Conclusion

Valve ventures into the digital hardware domain again but it is unsure will they make it this time. Both Steam machine and their controller were in long run failed and later unsupported products so perhaps some customer caution is advised. Although having a handheld PC is tempting I would advise seeing how the overall market will accept this contraption before throwing money into it.
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USB Keeps Connecting and Disconnecting
External hard drives have become essential these days as they tend to be very useful to many users. They are usually used for storing system images like system backups, Windows installation media, or for personal use. However, if you are not able to utilize your external drivers for some reason then that could be a huge problem. One of the common issues with hard drives is when your USB device or external hard drive just keeps connecting and disconnecting. This kind of issue could be caused by a faulty USB port, some issues with the USB drivers, your computer’s Power Options, corrupted or damaged system files, and many other factors. The connecting and disconnecting issue with USB devices and external hard drives isn’t really new and has been experienced by many users for years now. Although this issue has somewhat decreased in Windows 10, there are still some users who encounter it every now and then. Worry not though for there are fixes that you can try to resolve the problem. Refer to the following straightforward solutions to resolve the issue with your USB device or external hard drive.

Option 1 – Plug your external device on a different port

If your USB device keeps on connecting and disconnecting then the first thing you can do is to try connecting it to a different port. This will help you isolate the problem. In some cases, the port where the USB is connected can be malfunctioning or obsolete so you need to check that possibility by plugging your USB device into a different USB port.

Option 2 – Update or reinstall your USB drivers

As mentioned earlier, the problem could be due to some issues with the USB drivers. It could be that it has to be updated or you need to reinstall it. To do that, follow these steps:
  • First, click the Start button and type “device manager”.
  • Then click on the “Device Manager” from the search results to open it.
  • From there, look for the “Universal Serial Bus controllers” option and then right-click on each one of the USB drivers and select the Update Driver from the menu.
  • Restart your PC and then click the “Search automatically for updated driver software” option.
You also have the option to update the motherboard and the USB driver from the manufacturer’s official website.

Option 3 – Try turning on the USB External drive

There are times when your system turns off some drives in order to conserve your computer’s power, etc. as a result, the driver that’s required to run your external hard drive properly ends up getting disabled. To fix this, you can prevent your system from turning off your external USB drive by following these steps:
  • You need to make sure that the external drive is connected to your system first.
  • Next, go to the Start Menu and type “device manager” in the field, and click on the appropriate result to open the Device Manager.
  • After opening the Device Manager, expand the category of the Universal Serial Bus controllers.
  • Then double click on your USB Mass Storage device and take note that the name might be different on your system.
  • Now go to the Power Management tab and uncheck the checkbox for the “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power” option and click OK to save the changes made.

Option 4 – Turn off USB Selective Suspend

Another thing you can try is to turn off USB Selective Suspend especially when the issue has something to do with the Power Options. There are certain systems that are configured to disable USB devices after some time which could be the root cause of the problem. Thus, you need to turn off USB Selective Suspend. Here’s how you can do it:
  • In the Start Menu, search for “control panel” and open the related search result.
  • Then go to Power Options and click on the “Change plan settings” option.
  • Next, select “Change advanced power settings” and look for the USB settings and then expand it.
  • From there, you will see the USB Selective Suspend setting. Disable it and click OK.
  • Now restart your computer and check if it resolves the problem or not.

Option 5 – Format your drive

  • To get started formatting your drive, tap the Win + E keys and then go to the access page of the drive.
  • Next, right-click on the drive and select Format.
  • After that, uncheck the “Quick Format” option and then format your drive properly.
  • Now once the formatting process is finished, unplug the drive and plug it back in afterward.
  • Check if the error is already fixed. If the drive is not initialized, tap the Win + R keys and hit Enter.
  • After opening the Run dialog box, type “diskmgmt.msc” and hit Enter to open Disk Management.
  • From there, right-click on the drive volume and select initialize disk.
  • Next, select the correct partition type and proceed.
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