Dawn of War 3 troubleshooting guide and crash workarounds

By Sherif Saed
28 April 2017 09:54 GMT

Here are some of the most common problems with Dawn of War 3 at launch and how to fix them.


Dawn of War 3 has been officially released all over the world, but some are having more problems with it than others.

Relic posted a list of some of the most commonly reported issues and a few workarounds for them.

-Game is pre-loaded, but it still says “pre-load” instead of “play”.
Restart Steam.

-Getting kicked from a multiplayer lobby and not being able to join another one.
Restart the game and rejoin the group/party.

-Not hearing any audio.
Make sure remote desktop applications, if they’re running, aren’t redirecting the game audio elsewhere.

-Facing network issues.

  • Make sure you allow ‘RelicDoW3.exe’ in your firewall or antivirus software.
  • Make sure IP address is whitelisted
  • Make sure TCP ports 443, 27017-27030 and 50000-50010 are open

-Game crashed due to low memory.
Reduce the number programmes running in the background to free up memory. Alternatively, you can set your virtual memory settings to the Windows-suggested default for your system.

To do this, go to Control Panel > System > Advanced system settings > Advanced > Performance > Settings > Advanced > Virtual memory > Change > and check “Automatically manage paging file size for all drives.”

-Getting game driver crashes.
Make sure you have the latest GPU drivers installed. Go here for Nvidia, and here for AMD.

Poor performance on a dedicated GPU.
Assuming the GPU meets the minimum spec, the game sometimes picks the wrong card in systems with more than one GPU. To force it to use the dedicated GPU, add ‘RelicDOW3.exe’ to the list of games in your GPU’s control panel.

-Game crashes even when using the latest drivers
Disable screen and video capture software and other, similar utilities.

If the game is running fine for you, maybe you should give our tips page a look. This should get you up to speed with some of the best units and teach you a few basic strategies.

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