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If anyone has any suggestions or solutions to this I would be very appreciative.
My problem began after the Elves dlc release. I didn't play Total War Warhammer until probably 3 weeks after the dlc release, but I noticed my game would crash before reaching the intro video when I ran it using DirectX 11.
Prior to the dlc update I played Warhammer on DirectX 11 just fine. I prefer using DirectX 11 because the game runs better on that versus 12. I have a Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 and performance comparisons have confirmed the game does run better on 11 than 12.
I followed the original Elves dlc hotfix suggestion and nothing changed. I also disabled Razer synapse suggested in a separate thread and no luck. Strangely, after playing Warhammer for am hour or two on DirectX 12, closing the game and then reopening it running on DirectX 11 worked successful a few times, but it hasn't been consistent or successful since.
I may just be very ignorant and oblivious to something anyone else might see or realize, but Id really appreciate anyone's help with this if they've experience a similar problem or have any suggestions in general. It may not seem like a big deal, but I definitely notice a difference in how smooth the game runs on DirectX 11 versus 12, at least for my computer.