How to Fix MHW ERR12 Graphics Device Crashed Error – 4 Methods

While playing Monster Hunter World, the error “ERR12: Graphics device crashed” suddenly occurred and the game was forced to close. That’s frustrating. Not to worry if you’re in this situation. You can fix the problem with the methods below.

Try these methods

Method 1: Turn off HDR mode
Method 2: Enable Ultra Low Latency Mode
Method 3: Update graphics card drivers
Method 4: Roll back graphics card drivers

Method 1: Turn off HDR mode

Some Monster Hunter World users have reported they resolved this error by turning off HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode on the game. So you can give that a try.

You can refer to these steps to turn off HDR mode.

1) Access Title Screen Menu > Options.

access monster hunter world options

2) Select Display > Screen Mode / HDR Setting.

set HDR as disabled

3) Then change the option to HDR mode (Disabled).

After that, play the game and see if the error resolves.

Method 2: Enable Ultra Low Latency Mode

If you’re using NVIDIA graphics cards, to resolve the problem, you can enable Ultra Low Latency Mode in NVIDIA Control Panel. This can reduce game lag and resolve problems like “ERR12: Graphics device crashed”.

Follow these steps:

1) Open NVIDIA Control Panel.

2) Expand 3D Settings and select Manage 3D settings.

manage 3d settings

3) Under the Global Settings tab, set the Low Latency Mode to Ultra.

enable low latency mode to ultra

4) Play the game and see if the error resolves.

If Method 1 and Method 2 don’t work for you, the problem can be caused by driver issues. Move on and try other methods.

Method 3: Update graphics card drivers

When error “ERR12: Graphics device crashed” occurs, it’s possible that the graphics card doesn’t have the latest drivers.

You can go to the PC manufacturer’s website to download the latest graphics card driver. Before getting started, you need to find out what Windows version you have and what graphics card you have.

Manually updating drivers can take time, and can cause errors if incorrect drivers are installed. So if you don’t have much driver knowledge, you can use a driver update utility to help you.

Many driver update utilities allow you to update drivers with a few clicks. You just need to find a trustworthy one.

If you’re not sure which driver update utility is good to use, you can use Driver Easy. Download and install the latest version of the program, and update the graphics card driver now.

Method 4: Roll back graphics card drivers

If the error occurs after you update the graphics card drivers, the cause can be the new drivers. If that’s your case, you can roll back the graphics card drivers to fix the problem.

Here’s how to do it:

1) On your keyboard, press Win+R (the Windows logo key and the R key) to invoke the Run box.

2) Type ‘devmgmt.msc’ into the Run box and click OK to open Device Manager.

open device manager

3) Expand the category “Display adapters” and double-click on the graphics card to open the Properties window.

 open properties window

4) Select the Driver tab and click on Roll Back driver, then follow the on-screen instructions to roll back the driver.

roll back driver

5) Click OK to save the changes and then close the window.

6) Play the game and check to see if the error persists.

Hopefully you find this article helpful. If you have any questions, ideas or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below.

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