SOLVED: Garry's Mod Crashing on Steam Deck (2024)

Garry’s Mod has long been a playground for creative gamers to experiment, build, and have fun with their friends. However, when this beloved game crashes on the Steam Deck, it can be a frustrating experience for players eagerly looking forward to enjoying the immersive Garry’s Mod universe. Fortunately, there are several troubleshooting solutions that can help alleviate this issue and get gamers back to enjoying their virtual adventures. In this article, we will explore some basic checks that can be performed to resolve Garry’s Mod crashing on the Steam Deck. So, grab your toolset, because it’s time to fix that crashing problem!

Solution 1: Basic Checks

Before trying anything else, it’s wise to check off some things.

  1. You should check if gmod 9 is compatible with Steam Deck.
  2. Are there any mods or something extra you have installed on your device? It’s important to have official/well-maintained files running on your Steam Deck to keep it clean.
  3. If the game itself is running fine, check their official channels or forums.
  4. Your internet connection is fine.
  5. Your Steam Deck is not overheating.
  6. Most of the errors are avoided just by this simple technique due to software glitches. The next thing you need to do is force reboot your console to overcome gmod black screen.

Just follow these steps:

  1. Press and hold the power button for 3 seconds and if it doesn’t respond then it’s your software issue
  2. To fix thisPress and holdthePowerbutton for at least12seconds
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  3. This will give a force restart to your console

Solution 2: Disconnect and reinsert the Micro SD Card

If gmod is on yourSD cardthen first you should try to reinsert the SD Card, else disconnect the micro SD card from your Deck, and try to run anothergame.

If you don’t face GMod crashingwhile playing in internal storage then the issue is probably in your SD card.

So, it’s best for youto check the current SD Card in another device and replace the micro SD card with a new one.

Alternatively, install the primary game on your internal memory.

Solution 3: Re-Initialize DNS

I know this might sound extra but I had to include it as some users have fixed their issue by changing the DNS settings as the crashing could be due to the network. Yes, this helps if your FPS drops randomly too.

This has also helped users solve lagging issues on Garry’s Mod

Re-initializingDNSis simple:

  1. Hold the Steam Deckpower buttonto bring up the power menu.
  2. Then selectSwitch to Desktopto switch over to the Linux desktop.
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  3. Make sure the desktop version ofSteamis running.
  4. Now click on the Wi-Fi icon located at the bottom right and then clickConfigure Network Connection
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  5. Click on your current connection and then selectIPv4
  6. Change the Method from Automatic toManual
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  7. In the DNS Servers, we are going to enter the DNS separated by commas to match theGoogleDNS.
    • 8.8.8.8
    • 8.8.4.4
  8. To add, remove or modify the DNS manually you need to click on theEditiconas shown in the picture below
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  9. Andmanagethem from the window that appears
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  10. You can do thesame steps with IPv6if you want to change its DNS settings

Solution 4: Update the Steam deck

One of the most common reasons for not loading is an outdated SteamOS version causing compatibility issues.

To check if you are using the latest OS of Steam on Steam Deck, you need to:

  1. Tap on theSteam Buttonto open the sidebar
  2. Go toSettings
  3. FindSystem(second option)
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  4. Ayellowicon will appear that will tell you if an update is available and what’s new
  5. Click onApplyandRestartthe Steam deck to complete the update.
  6. Repeat the processto see if there’s any other update pending until it says it is up to date

If you are unable to update your Steam deck, consider checking ourSteam Deck Not Updatingguide to help you.

Solution 5: Change Proton Version

Steam Deck uses Proton as a compatibility layer that enables the console to run PC games.

There are multiple collections of high-performance graphic APIs and Wine working together to make it work.

There’s a different proton version available for each game and sometimes one proton version works for one game and the other works for the other game.

How to Change the Proton Version in Steam Deck?

To change the proton version, you need to select your game

  1. Then go toSettingsof the game
  2. Now go toProperties
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  3. In the left sidebar, choose the second option: Compatibility
  4. In the new menu opened check the box presented
  5. You’ll find Proton Experimental
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  6. Tap on it to find all the versions you can select from.

Solution 6: Reset Steam Deck

Toreset Steam Deckfrom the console itself is one of the easiest ways:

  1. Press theSteam Buttonto openSettings
  2. InSystemMenu, scroll to the bottom of the page to theFactory Resetbutton
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  3. This will take the Steam Deck back to its original state without anything in its memory.
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This will help you clear any cache/storage/software-related issues that may be causing your game to crash on Steam Deck.

If this is also not helping then it’s either a game or sadly a hardware issue you are facing, as faulty Steam Decks are common but repairs/returns are not a big hassle if you are in a supported country.

Solution 7: Contact Steam Deck Support

If you cannot get rid of Garry’s Mod not opening on Steam Deck after resetting or forcerebooting, you shouldcontact Steam Decksupport and ask them to perform the necessary repairs on the console. Check in the game discussion forums or comment here if you are still facing an issue, and I’d be happen to help you.

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Final thoughts

With Garry’s Mod crashing on the Steam Deck, players are left disappointed and unable to fully immerse themselves in their virtual creations. However, the troubleshooting solutions outlined in this article provide a solid starting point to resolve these crashes. By ensuring your system meets the minimum requirements, updating graphics drivers, verifying game files, and optimizing in-game settings, you can significantly reduce the likelihood of crashing issues in Garry’s Mod. Remember, a little technical tinkering can go a long way in delivering a smooth gameplay experience on the Steam Deck. So, implement these basic checks and get ready to dive back into the limitless possibilities of Garry’s Mod without any more frustrating crashes!

SOLVED: Garry's Mod Crashing on Steam Deck (2024)
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