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Borderlands 3 Guide: Bugs, Error & Crash Fixes; Performance Issue Solution on PC, etc

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The launch of Borderlands 3 is not free of errors, especially in the PC version. So many players are complaining about error messages, stuck in the loading screen and various other bugs. We’ll give you the first solution, so you can quickly get back in the game.

With a game as big as Borderlands 3, problems are not enough. In a Reddit post, players are complaining about the shooter being unplayable. These are certainly initial difficulties, since the server rush is expected to be high at the beginning. All other bugs that are currently reported and what you can do about it, we have gathered a list here.

Stuck at the loading screen with Claptrap! (PC)

An error has been reported where players are stuck in the loading screen with Claptrap. This happens especially if you have previously switched to DirectX 12. Due to a bug, this DirectX setting cannot be reversed by some players.


  • Close the Epic Games Launcher.
  • Navigate to your save game files (Documents → My Games → Borderlands 3 → Saved → Config).
  • Open “WindowsNoEditor” and open the file “GameUserSettings.ini” .
  • Replace the entry of “PreferredGraphicsAPI=DX12” to “PreferredGraphicsAPI=DX11”.

Error message “88500000” (PC):

If you want to start Borderlands 3, you might get the error message “88500000”, which says something went wrong and you should go to the page “”.

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The user could solve the above problem by updating the Epic Games Launcher. After that, the game will start without any problems. You can easily get the latest client on the website of Epic Games.

Jerkiness when using a Riflescope (PC):

In general, many players are complaining about Ruckler in the game, although their PC hardware should be more than sufficient to play fluently. Especially when using the riflescope of a weapon there should be noticeable framerate issues.


According to reports, the user recommends setting all graphics settings to “very low” and setting the individual settings as you may please.

Alternatively, it helps if you set the Volumetric Fog, Material Complexity, and Texture Streaming settings to low.

Items in inventory are not highlighted (PC):

Another annoying bug prevents the highlighting of selected items in the inventory.


You can work around this bug by changing your resolution once and then back to your preferred setting. Unfortunately, you have to repeat this step each time you restart the game until a patch fixes the problem.

Borderlands 3 Crash Fixes:

Borderlands 3 crashes all of a sudden for some players after 5-10 minutes of gameplay. This might be happening because of playing the game in Window Mode. So, to fix this issue, you can try to play the game in full-screen mode and this way the game won’t crash.

If the game crashes at the introductory video, then it could be caused due to the BIOS not being updated. So, updating the BIOS of your motherboard should solve the Borderlands 3 crashing issue.

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Also, if you are running some third-party software like MSI Afterburner or Geforce Experience then try to disable them to solve the crashing problem of Borderlands 3. If disabling this software still doesn’t work then follow the below steps:

  • Download a software called RivaTuner Statistics Server and open it.
  • After that click on the “Add” button and go to the game installation folder and add the
  • Borderlands.exe file to the application profile properties.
  • Now, just select “None” for the application detection level for the game app and close the software.

Performance Improvement:

If you are facing a very low frame rate in Borderlands 3, even if your PC System Specification exceeds the recommended specifications, then this unreasonable drop in FPS is happening due to low CPU usage. So to solve the problem, follow the below steps:

  • Open Task Manager and expand the window by clicking “more details”.
  • Search for the game between the running processes and right-click on it and set the priority to High.

You also need to make sure that you have the latest graphics drivers installed in your PC. Also close all background running application that might be running and overloading the use of the hard drive or CPU causing lowe frame rate issue in Borderlands 3.

Have you discovered further problems in the game and are looking in vain for help on the net? Then write it in the comments below this article and help each other out, so you can quickly eliminate the bugs.