Every time the game needs to load a new scene/map for the first time in a specific play through it crashes to a black screen with a buzzing sound coming out of my speakers. (It also likes to crash for Council cutscenes, though that seems more intermittent.) I have dual monitors and both go black even though the game is only on one screen. Mouse and keyboard are completely unresponsive and I have to hard boot my machine to recover.
It will also crash on occaision when exiting the character screen. (The spell screen seems to be the biggest culprit.)
For added fun, every 2-3 times it crashes it's forgotten all my settings (for Graphics, GUI, gameplay, etc) and I have to change them again.
I have tried updating my drivers, reducing my graphics settings, disabling AA and VSync, turning off Steam Cloud Saves and even removing the Citrix Virtual Display driver (as that had been noted on a different forum as a cause for crashes in Unity games.)
Running 1.1.11. Occurs with or without mods.
Windows 10 v.21H1
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3570K CPU @ 3.40GHz (4 CPUs), ~3.4GHz
Memory: 16384MB RAM
DirectX Version: DirectX 12
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770
I know my computer is a little long in the tooth (I was actually planning on upgrading this year, but the chip shortage killed that plan) but I used this same exact setup for EA and didn't have this problem.Right now I'm just getting by Quick Saving constantly so I don't lose too much ground when the next inevitable crash happens.
ETA: I've also gone through the steps in the Infinite Loading thread, just in case it was related.