Common issues

Philip Rebohle edited this page Dec 31, 2018 · 14 revisions


Mingw Version

Make sure you're using at least mingw-gcc 7.0. Older versions are unsupported.

Threading support

DXVK requires threading support from your mingw-w64 build environment. If you are missing this, you may see "error: 'mutex' is not a member of 'std'". On Debian and Ubuntu, this can usually be resolved by using the posix alternate, which supports threading. For example, choose the posix alternate from these commands (use i686 for 32-bit):

update-alternatives --config x86_64-w64-mingw32-gcc
update-alternatives --config x86_64-w64-mingw32-g++

On gentoo: see


First, look for the dxvk log files called game_d3d11.log and game_dxgi.log that should be in the same directory as the game executable. If you can't find these log files, that means dxvk wasn't used and you probably made a mistake in setting up dxvk or the game didn't use d3d11.

Second, run the game with wined3d: WINEDLLOVERRIDES="d3d11,dxgi=b" wine game.exe . If the game crashes in the exact same manner as dxvk, it is most likely not a dxvk bug.

Unimplemented function: d3dx11_43...

If you see errors related to any of the d3dx libraries, install the native version of that library using winetricks, e.g. d3dx11_43. These functions are not part of D3D11, and please do not report any issues related to them to the DXVK bug tracker.

32-bit games

32-bit games often run out of address space and will crash as a result. This is an inherent limitation of DXVK and cannot be fixed. Use wined3d for 32-bit games instead.

Steam / Uplay overlay

In some cases, overlays are responsible for crashes. Make sure you have them disabled if you run into trouble.

Vulkan errors

If you see DxvkInstance: Failed to create instance in the dxgi log file, there's something wrong with your vulkan setup.

You'll need at least wine 3.6, built with vulkan support. Playonlinux and some distros' wine builds do not have vulkan support.

Next, make sure you've got vulkan libraries installed on your system.

On ubuntu: sudo apt-get install libvulkan1 libvulkan1:i386

On arch linux: sudo pacman -S vulkan-icd-loader lib32-vulkan-icd-loader

If you're on AMD, you'll also need to install the vulkan driver separately.

On ubuntu: sudo apt-get install mesa-vulkan-drivers mesa-vulkan-drivers:i386

On arch linux: sudo pacman -S vulkan-radeon lib32-vulkan-radeon

Conflicting drivers

If you've got DxvkSurface::createSurface: Surface not supported by device and messages about both Intel HD graphics and your dedicated graphics card in the dxgi log, your integrated graphics drivers might be causing issues. Run your game with VK_ICD_FILENAMES=/usr/share/vulkan/icd.d/radeon_icd.x86_64.json for AMD 64 bit or with VK_ICD_FILENAMES=/usr/share/vulkan/icd.d/nvidia_icd.json for nvidia.

GPU hangs

Games hanging the entire system is a somewhat common occurence on AMD cards. These are driver issues that will be fixed in future releases. Using the latest mesa-git with the latest llvm-svn may fix your hang. See


Some games may use nvapi.dll or nvapi64.dll when detecting an Nvidia GPU. The wine-staging implementation of these DLLs does not work with DXVK and should be disabled in winecfg, or otherwise games may crash or suffer from visual issues.

Some games assume that nvapi is present regardless. In this case, spoofing an AMD GPU using the dxgi.customVendorId configuration option may help.

Graphical issues


Take a look at the drivers section and make sure they are up-to-date.

Errors about missing D3D11 support

In this case, it is likely that DXVK fails to load. Possible reasons include:

  • DXVK is not set up correctly and the game does not find the DLLs. Make sure to set up both 64-bit and 32-bit DXVK in the same Wine prefix.
  • No Vulkan loader or driver is installed for the target architecture. Make sure to install both the respective 64-bit and 32-bit packages.
  • Your Vulkan driver is outdatd, or your hardware/driver does not support the necessary set of features and extensions.

Note: Some games, such as World of Warcraft, may work when setting dxgi.fakeDx10Support = True in the DXVK configuration file for the game.


When experiencing unexpectedly low performance, try setting the CPU governor to performance. This is a general recommendation for native OpenGL and Vulkan games as well.

Multithreaded games often perform poorly on CPUs with more than four logical cores with a standard wine build. A workaround is to use an esync-patched wine build.

Xwayland issues

When running DXVK on Xwayland, even with disabled Vsync, frame rates are capped to the display refresh rate. This is an Xwayland limitation and can be worked by enabling triple buffering in dxvk.conf:

dxgi.numBackBuffers = 3

Reporting an issue

First off, make sure the issue you're experiencing has not yet been reported by someone else.

Audio issues

DXVK does not interact with audio and audio issues are most likely not dxvk related. In general running winetricks xact fixes a lot of audio issues in wine.

Input issues

While DXVK is not involved in handling mouse or keyboard input in any way, a lot of games seem to have issues which do not occur with wined3d. The reason for this is unknown, but lies likely within DXVK's implementation of IDXGISwapChain.

Validation layers

It might be useful to run the game with WINEDEBUG=-all VK_INSTANCE_LAYERS=VK_LAYER_LUNARG_standard_validation wine game.exe and attach the terminal output to your issue. This requires the vulkan-validation-layers package on arch linux to be installed.


If you're opening an issue and you're having issues with making an apitrace, put these DLLs into the directory where yourgame.exe is located. This will create a file yourgame.trace without requiring further interaction.

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