“Normal Termination” Error

Project Zomboid is a popular survival game, but like any other game, it can sometimes experience issues that can be frustrating for players. In this article, we’ll take a look at some common problems that players have encountered in Project Zomboid and how to fix them.

Crashing and “Normal Termination” Message

One issue that some players have reported is that the game crashes and displays the “normal Termination” message. This appears to happen when hosting a server and may be related to insufficient RAM. Players on the public test branch and the regular version of the game have reported this issue.

If you’re experiencing this problem, the first thing you should try is checking for any Java or Project Zomboid processes running in the task manager. If the game was working previously and you’re now encountering this issue, it’s possible that one of these processes may be causing the problem.

“Server Has Stopped Launching” Error

Another common issue that players have encountered is the “Server Has Stopped Launching” error when launching a Project Zomboid server. This error is usually caused by a file being corrupted, and it can be fixed by removing the server’s map_t.bin file (but be sure to make a backup first).

In some cases, this error may also be caused by a power outage. If you’re experiencing this issue and you’ve checked for any corrupted files, it’s worth checking to see if the power went out recently.

Server Going Down

If you’re having trouble with the server going down, there are a few things you can try to troubleshoot the problem. First, go to the %UserProfile%\Zomboid folder and check the coop_console.txt file for any clues. This file may contain information about why the server is going down, such as an error message or other issue.

If you’re still unable to figure out the cause of the problem, try changing the ports. In some cases, a server may go down if the ports it is using are blocked by another process. If changing the ports doesn’t help, try restarting your computer. This may kill any processes that are blocking the ports and allow the server to start up again.

Creating a Backup

If you want to make sure you don’t lose progress in Project Zomboid, it’s a good idea to create a backup of your character and server files. To do this, go to C:\Users\YourUserName\Zomboid\Saves\Multiplayer. There are two folders there – “servertest” and “servertest_player” (where “servertest” is the name of your server). The “servertest” folder contains the server map, while the “servertest_player” folder contains character files.

You can copy and save these files if you want to make sure you don’t lose progress while testing out different settings or making other changes. Just be sure to put the files back in their original locations when you’re done, so that the game can access them.


Project Zomboid can be a lot of fun to play, but like any game, it can sometimes experience issues that can be frustrating. If you’re having trouble with the game crashing, the “Server Has Stopped Launching” error, or the server going down, we hope this article has provided you with some helpful solutions. Remember to check for any Java or Project Zomboid

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