Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

From PCGamingWiki, the wiki about fixing PC games
Dev general icon.svg
Although this game has been released, it remains under active development - information may change frequently and could be outdated or irrelevant.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive cover
Valve Corporation
Hidden Path Entertainment
Release dates
Windows August 21, 2012
OS X August 21, 2012
Linux September 22, 2014
Counter-Strike 1999
Counter-Strike: Condition Zero 2004
Counter-Strike: Source 2004
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive 2012
Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies 2014

Key points

Runs on low-end hardware.
Steam Workshop integration.
Active community.
Receives frequent updates.[1]

General information

Official game blog
Counter-Strike Wiki
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Green Man Gaming
All versions require Steam.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

  1. Find Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in your Steam Library.
  2. Right-click the game name.
  3. Select Properties.
  4. Select Set Launch Options....
  5. Input -novid.
  6. Press OK.
  7. Launch the game.

Increased Stability (32-bit Operating Systems)[edit]

CS:GO can crash when loading the next map if you're on a 32-bit operating system. To address this, you'll need to edit a txt file.


The crash is caused by going over 4GB total memory usage, which isn't possible for a 32-bit OS. To fix it:

  1. Find Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in your Steam library. By default, this is steam\steamapps\common.
  2. Inside the Counter-Strike Global Offensive folder, go to csgo\cfg and find video.txt.
  3. Open video.txt with Notepad, or another word processor that works similarly.
  4. Find setting.mem_level and replace the "1" with "0" Keep the quotes, just change the number.
  5. Launch the game, and load several maps in a row to make sure it worked.
Turning down settings such as shadow or model resolution can also help to prevent CTD's.

Game data[edit]

Configuration files location[edit]

System Location
Steam <path-to-game>/csgo/cfg/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
HUD elements do not scale correctly,[2] and hit indicators are not properly visible.
HUD elements do not scale correctly.[3]
Field of view (FOV)
Default 90°. Screen settings aspect ratios are achieved by expanding the horizontal field of vision, not by cropping top and bottom portions of the image. Thus, the player will see more of the picture when using a widescreen aspect ratio than when using standard 4:3.[4]
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA and up to 8x MSAA. OGSSAA and SGSSAA can be utilized through anti-aliasing compatibility bits 0x000000C1 under NVIDIA Inspector.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
By default, menus are locked to 120 FPS and gameplay is at 300 FPS. This can be changed with the fps_max command in the console.[5]

Input settings[edit]

In-game keyboard/mouse settings.
In-game keyboard/mouse settings.
In-game gamepad settings.
In-game gamepad settings.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Over-all game volume and separate music slider.
Surround sound
5.1 surround sound, 4 speaker surround.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
"Silence the audio while the game window is in the background" check box. Also includes option to only play received mic chat on focus loss.


Language UI Audio CC Notes
Brazilian Portuguese
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese


For more information, see the "Source Dedicated Server" section of the Source engine article.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Use Offline with bots mode and set sv_lan 1 in the console. [6]
Online play

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Direct IP
Open the console (~) and use connect followed by the IP and port.[7]


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 27014-27050
UDP (outbound) 3478, 4379-4380, 27000-27030

Issues fixed[edit]

An issue with your computer is blocking the VAC system. You cannot play on secure servers.[edit]

See the official Steam support page here

Delete appcache

If you get this error message without any 3rd party applications this should solve your issue.

  1. Exit Steam.
  2. Go to <Steam-folder>.
  3. Delete the folder appcache.
  4. Start Steam.

Launching game causes 100% mic gain at launch[edit]

.cfg fix
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open config.cfg with your text editor of choice.
  3. Find the line voice_mixer_volume. It should be near the bottom.
  4. Set the value to whatever you prefer your mic volume to be, I set mine to .5.


Removing the line does not work.
You need to re-set the value everytime you decide to change the value. This might not be a option with people who has mics which Windows automaticly adjusts.

Failed to find and connect to an acceptable dedicated server[edit]

Windows Firewall
  1. Open up the firewall and enable the following:
  • steaminstall
  • steam
  • hl
  • hl2
  • steamTmp
  • csgo
Command might help..
  1. Type mm_dedicated_search_maxping "150" in your game console.


You might want to add the following command to your autoexec.

Error 55[edit]

Opt out of the Steam beta client[8]
  1. Open the Steam menu at the top left in the Steam Client and click on Settings.
  2. Click Account at the left hand of the window.
  3. Navigate to the 'Beta participation' (It will say 'Steam Beta Update' if you are opted in) and click Change....
  4. Open the drop-down menu and change it to None - Opt out of all beta programs.
  5. Click OK.
Re-enable the Steam service[9]
  1. Exit Steam.
  2. Type C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\bin\Steamservice.exe /Install at the Run prompt.
  3. Restart Steam.
Delete ClientRegistry.blob and AppUpdateStats.blob[10]
  1. Navigate to <Steam-folder>.
  2. Delete ClientRegistry.blob and AppUpdateStats.blob.

Purple and black broken textures[edit]

A generic fix for this issue can be found on our Source engine page.

FPS drops and/or stuttering[edit]

Exclude CS:GO folder from MSE
  1. Launch Microsoft Security Essentials.
  2. Click the Settings tab.
  3. Click Excluded files and locations.
  4. Click the Browse button and choose <path-to-game>.
  5. Click the Add button.
  6. Click Save Changes.


If a virus hides in <path-to-game> it may be impossible for the anti-virus software to locate the virus and determinate it, that's why this "fix" is to be used as a last resort.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Surround sound[edit]

Reportedly other issues with surround sound with the Logitech G35.[11]

Broken command[edit]

The command cl_disablehtmlmotd has been broken since the July 2014 update.[12][13]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
OpenGL 2.1 OS X and Linux only.
Shader Model support 3
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok Heavily modified variant.
Audio Miles Sound System
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer Steamworks

Console commands[edit]

Games running on the Source engine can utilize Source Engine Console Commands for various tasks.
Enabling the console in Source games
  1. Launch the game.
  2. From the main menu select Help & Options.
  3. Select the Game Settings menu item.
  4. Click the arrow next to Enable Developer Console (~) so that it says Yes.
  5. Click Back.


Press ~ to open the console. You might need to rebind your console key if not using a US keyboard.
Some commands may first require you enabling sv_cheats. You can do so with sv_cheats 1.
Many servers will not allow you to play with cheats enabled, or will disable them upon entering the server.
You can also have the console open by default on launch by following this guide:
  1. Find the game in your Steam Library.
  2. Right-click the game name.
  3. Select Properties.
  4. Select Set Launch Options....
  5. Input -console.
  6. Press OK.
  7. Launch the game.
Open console with autoexec
  1. Navigate to the configuration file location.
  2. Create or open your autoexec.cfg file with your text file editor of choice.
  3. Make a new line and write toggleconsole.
  4. Save and exit the text editor.

The console will now open when the game launches.


You might need add exec autoexec to your launch parameters if it doesn't get executed automaticly by the game.

Launch options[edit]

View this Steam Support Article regarding launch options as well as the relevant Valve Developer wiki page for further information and a list of useful Source engine launch options.
Example of a advanced autoexec.
Enabling a launch parameter
  1. Find the game in your Steam Library.
  2. Right-click the game name.
  3. Select Properties.
  4. Select Set Launch Options....
  5. Input your selected launch options and separate each command with a space.
  6. Press OK.
  7. Launch the game.
Command Output
-novid Skip intro videos.
-console Launch console at start.
-high Set csgo process to high priority.
-freq 120 Set your refresh/hz.
+exec autoexec.cfg Executes the autoexec.cfg (file containing commands).

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
AMD Phenom X3 8750
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
Operating system (OS) 10.6.6
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon HD 2400
Nvidia GeForce 8600M
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 12.04
Processor (CPU) Intel Dual Core 2.8 GHz
AMD Dual Core 2.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon HD 2600/3600
Nvidia GeForce 8600M/9600GT
OpenGL 2.1 compatible
Sound (audio device) OpenAL compatible
Other (Graphic Drivers: Nvidia 310, AMD 12.11)


  1. Updates - Official Counter-Strike Blog
  2. HUD Scaling in Multimonitor Setups - Steam Users' Forums
  3. Support 21:9 (2560x1080) aspect ratio :: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive General Discussions
  4. Field of View - Valve Developer Community
  5. New 120Hz Games Report
  6. Counter Strike Global Offensive - How to play a LAN game
  7. Steam Users' Forums - View Single Post - Any way to use a server browser?
  8. CS:GO update for late 10/3/12 (10/4/12 UTC, 1.20.1.x) MEGATHREAD - Steam Users' Forums
  9. Incomplete Installation (#) Errors - Specific Error Messages - Knowledge Base - Steam Support
  10. Error 55 yes if have switched beta versions 2 times now. - Steam Users' Forums
  11. Static Sounds (G35 Surround) - Steam Users' Forums