How to Fix the f0c19 Error in The Outlast Trials

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The Outlast Trials is the latest spine-tingling horror game from Red Barrels. Set during the Cold War era, players participate in unethical experiments conducted by the evil Murkoff Corporation.

If you encounter the cryptic f0c19 error when trying to launch The Outlast Trials, don‘t panic. This guide will walk you through several fixes to get you back in the game tormenting test subjects in no time.

What Causes the f0c19 Error?

The f0c19 error typically occurs due to outdated or corrupt game files. It can also happen if background apps like overlays or antivirus software conflict with the game.

Fortunately, there are a few easy troubleshooting steps you can try to resolve the f0c19 error:

1. Update Your Graphics Drivers

Outdated graphics drivers often cause issues with games not launching properly. Updating to the latest drivers specifically for your NVIDIA or AMD graphics card can fix many errors.

For NVIDIA cards:

  1. Go to NVIDIA‘s website and download GeForce Experience.

  2. Open GeForce Experience and log into your account.

  3. Click on "Drivers" and then "Download" to get the latest driver.

  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the new driver.

For AMD cards:

  1. Go to AMD‘s website and click on "Download" to get the auto-detect tool.

  2. Run the downloaded file and follow the prompts to update your AMD graphics driver.

  3. Restart your computer after the driver installation completes.

Updating AMD graphics drivers

2. Verify Integrity of Game Files

Corrupt game files can sometimes cause the f0c19 error. Verifying the integrity checks all game files and replaces any that are damaged or missing.

If you have the Steam version:

  1. Open your Steam library and right-click on The Outlast Trials.

  2. Select Properties > Local Files > Verify Integrity of Game Files.

  3. Steam will verify and replace any corrupt files.

If you have the Epic Games version:

  1. Open the Epic Games launcher and go to your Library.

  2. Click the three dots beside The Outlast Trials.

  3. Choose Verify and wait for it to check all game files.

Verifying usually fixes any errors from file corruption.

3. Disable Overlays and Background Apps

Sometimes overlays or background apps that run while gaming can conflict with games and cause crashes or errors.

Try disabling the following:

  • Nvidia GeForce Experience overlay
  • Discord overlay
  • MSI Afterburner
  • Logitech Gaming Software
  • Razer Synapse
  • Avast/AVG/Windows Security antivirus
  • Chrome, Firefox, Opera browsers

You can close or disable anything running in the background that isn‘t essential. This prevents any conflicts while launching The Outlast Trials.

4. Clear the Steam Download Cache

If you downloaded The Outlast Trials through Steam, clearing the download cache can sometimes fix errors.

  1. Open Steam and click Steam > Settings > Downloads.

  2. Click "Clear Download Cache" to delete temporary downloaded files.

  3. Restart Steam and try launching the game again.

Clearing the cache forces Steam to re-download game files, replacing any that were corrupted.

5. Turn Off Antivirus Software

Antivirus programs can occasionally detect false positives and block games from launching. Temporarily turning off your antivirus may fix the issue.

  1. Open your antivirus software settings (e.g. Avast, AVG, Windows Security).

  2. Find the option to disable virus protection or turn off real-time scanning.

  3. Launch The Outlast Trials to see if the error persists.

  4. Re-enable your antivirus after verifying the game launches properly.

I don‘t recommend keeping antivirus disabled permanently. But temporarily turning it off can determine if it‘s causing the error.

6. Update Windows

Keeping Windows updated is important for fixing game errors and bugs. Updating to the latest version can resolve compatibility issues.

  1. Open Windows Update in Settings.

  2. Click "Check for updates" and install any available updates.

  3. Restart your computer after updating.

  4. Try launching The Outlast Trials again to see if the f0c19 error was resolved.

Updating Windows and your graphics drivers are typically the most effective solutions for errors like f0c19. But trying all these fixes improves your chances of getting The Outlast Trials running smoothly.

Additional Troubleshooting Tips

If the f0c19 error still occurs after trying these fixes, here are some additional things to try:

  • Lower your graphics settings and enable VSync in-game
  • Set The Outlast Trials to run as Administrator
  • Reinstall or update DirectX and Visual C++ runtimes
  • Check that your PC meets minimum system requirements
  • Reinstall the game entirely

Persistent errors may require further troubleshooting or contacting Red Barrels‘ technical support. But in most cases, the fixes outlined in this guide should get the f0c19 error resolved quickly.

I hope this helps you get back to enjoying all the horrifying experiments in The Outlast Trials. Don‘t let a pesky f0c19 error dampen your disturbing immersion. Try the fixes step-by-step and you‘ll be all set for traumatic survival horror fun.


Written by Alexis Kestler

A female web designer and programmer - Now is a 36-year IT professional with over 15 years of experience living in NorCal. I enjoy keeping my feet wet in the world of technology through reading, working, and researching topics that pique my interest.