Red Dead 2 Online ERR_GFX_STATE Error Solution

ERR_GFX_STATE error in Red Dead Online is a bug that a number of people have been encountering. The error causes the game to crash a few minutes after booting the game, frustrating players quite a bit. Nothing worse than an error that gives you some hope that it went away. Fortunately, though, there’s a solution for it. So, we’re going to show you how to fix Red Dead 2 Online ERR_GFX_STATE error in this guide.

Red Dead 2 Online ERR GFX STATE Error Solution
Red Dead 2 Online ERR_GFX_STATE Error Solution

How to Fix ERR_GFX_STATE Error in Red Dead Online?

To fix the ERR_GFX_STATE error in Red Dead Online, the first thing you should attempt is to log out of the Rockstar launcher, and log back in. Try going back into the game and see what happens. Of course, this method might not work out, but you gotta try the simple solutions first. If this method does not work, you’re gonna have to go looking under the hood, so it’s best to try the old turn-off-and-turn-on-again system first. It has worked for some people, so it might for you, too.

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What can you do if logging out and back into the launcher, you ask. Well, you can try to go into Documents, and find the Rockstar Games folder. Inside, you should find the Red Dead Redemption 2 folder, so open it, then go into Settings. Go ahead and delete all the graphic cache files, aka all the files that begin with sga_. So, once again for the cheap seats in the back: go to Documents\Rockstar Games\Red Dead Redemption 2\Settings\, and get rid of all files that begin with sga_. This seems to work for most people, us included.

If you have a different solution for the ERR_GFX_STATE bug in Red Dead Online, by all means, share with us in the comments. The two methods we mentioned above might not be universal, so there’s a chance you’ll help somebody else out. Just, you know, be civil about it, ‘kay? Cool.

If you end up getting stuck at another point, you might want to check out some of the other guides we have. We've written about mysteries like the missing person Gavin, the Rhodes Gunsmith prisoner, the locked door at Valentine doctor. We also have instructional guides that show how to rob stores without getting bounty or where to sell jewelry and gold bars. If it's collectibles or key items you're after, we've found all the Penny Dreadful comic books, Chick's treasure map location, or that famous pipe for Dutch. Finally, if you don't care to explore the map yourself, you could take a look at our Watson's Cabin and Catfish Jackson's Homestead locations guides. In the latest Red Dead Online Moonshiners Update you'll have a chance to find Navy Revolver and Best Shack Locations.

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  1. D

    Thanks a lot 🙂

  2. M

    This is not a solution. The files will back and one of them called: sga_vulkan_final_init.vkPipelineCacheWindows is growing (in MB) during game(checked on my second screen). So I think the problem is in this file. Maybe it can’t be bigger than some value.

    1. M

      I have no setting folder under Documents for Rdr2
      I can’t launch the game
      I don’t have geforce experience ( uses resources)
      I play many other games (no prob)
      I have gtx590 graphics card which I have seen rdr2 played on and benchmarked
      The game is a pre purchase

  3. B
    Bryan Kelly

    Worked for me, thanks a ton!

  4. H

    Hi there
    since the new Patch 1.15 i had this GFX_STATE_ERROR as well. Onky deleting the files in the Settings Folder didn`t help.
    My solution: Delete the Files in the Settings Folder, Start RDR2, go to Settings (Graphics), switch to Direct X12 in the advanced Settings, restart the game, load save.
    This is what worked for me for now. Maybe costs some fps as vulkan is a bit better but at least it works.
    Let´s see if rockstar can fix it and i switch back to vulkan i guess…
    kind regards, Hannes

    1. J

      This worked for me

    2. T

      This worked for me. Going into settings BEFORE launching the Story mode in Single Player, down to Graphics setttings, UNLOCK the Advanced settings, and changed form Vulkan to DX12.

      Restarted, the game loads.

      IN game, went to Settings, changed back to Vulkan, restarted, game loads..

      1. S

        This worked for me. At main menu in-game, went to advanced settings under graphics and switched from Vulkan -> DX12, restart, and play and the game loaded fine. Running Nvidia 1080 and Intel i5. Not sure why it started bugging though as I played several hours with no issues beforehand.

  5. D

    Neither solution is working for me. I have managed to play for 60Hrs with no problems.., but the moonshiners update has caused it to crash and I can’t seem to find a solution. I have tried to send Rockstar a msg.., but it won’t allow that saying that one of the parameters is missing. (Its not) Any other help would be great.
    Cheers Gary

  6. N

    Or you can just start singleplayer first and go to multiplayer then. Works 100% of the times.

    1. J

      ^winning comment

  7. J

    Clear your local Rockstar Games Launcher profile details

    Start the Rockstar Games Launcher

    Select Settings

    Select Account Information

    Select Delete Local Profile

    Note: This will remove all profile details from your local machine and require you to sign in to the Rockstar Games Launcher again. It will not delete your Social Club account or any saved games. Signing in to Social Club will recreate your local profile.

    5. Select Confirm 6. Sign in to the Rockstar Games Launcher again 7. Launch Red Dead Redemption 2

    1. B

      This didn’t work for me I’m afraid ?

    2. K

      this worked a charm, was trying all the solutions and happened to stumble on your comment. Thank you sir!

  8. R
    Reginald R Walton

    The only thing that worked for me was to go back to the 441.34 driver.

  9. B
    Brett Northrop

    None of these fixes have worked for me. I have wasted hours trying to get this game to work again.

  10. P

    Just wanted to say thank you very much dude, Your method had been the only one that has worked for me so far, thats after hours of other peoples theorys, Be honest didnt think it was gonna work, eve if it crashes again least im one step closer, thanks again partner

    1. J

      Happy we could help, pardner!

    1. S
      Steven Thompson

      Stop linking this. It doesn’t fix the issue and Rockstar’s been to lazy to address it

    2. S
      sinful crash

      is not helping everything they have said to do doesn’t work and i have been playing RDR2 since it was released on PC with out issues until January 20201 on 1080 GTX Geforce with a ryzen 7

  11. J

    Try just updating your graphics card driver as well, that solved the issue for me.

  12. B

    I think this issue resonates from using Vulkan, those cache files suggested to us that we delete all have vulkan in their name.

    1. K

      Not really.

      Was using the Direct X 12 API for a long time after I got that error back when I was in Chapter 2, just got that error again in Chapter 5 and thus am unable to continue the storyline. About to switch over to Vulkan to see if it fixes anything but I highly doubt it.

  13. S

    Change from Vulkan to Direct X 12

  14. H

    Então, pra iniciar tenho que desbilitar a placa integrada Intel HD Graphics, deixando só a AMD R7 M260 habilitada. Após fazer todo o processo, de apagar os aqruivos “sga”, e pôr o Directx 12 nas cofigurações já com o jogo aberto, deu certo! Só que uso 2 monitores, pois jogo no notbook, mas pra funcionar o 2º monitor tenho que habilitar novamente a placa da Intel. ai da o erro, ERR_GFX_STATE. Alguém sabe me dizer como podeira habilitar a Intel HD Graphics sem dar esse erro, ou fazer o 2º monitor funcionar sem habilitar a Intel HD Graphics, deixando só a placa AMD R7 M260 habilitada?

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