Troubleshooting a server that is stuck on initializing

There are a few things you can try if you’re having trouble hosting a world or starting the game. To begin, ensure that your computer meets the minimum requirements. Second, restart your computer and/or download and install the most recent Project Zomboid updates. If that doesn’t work, try the following suggestions:

  • Ensure that your world is small. If your world is too large, the game may take a while to load.
  • If you receive the “Server has stopped during launch (NormalTermination)” error message, it could be due to a problem with your player data or world. Try resetting your player data or creating a new world. -If you’re using mods, make sure they’re disabled before launching the game. Mods can cause errors when loading up the game client.

-If you are having trouble removing mods from your game, the half method is a quick and easy way to test which mod is causing the issue. Simply disable all the mods and see if the game loads. If it does, add half of the mods back and see if it still loads. If not, remove half of the mods and try again. Continue until you find the mod causing the problem. If you are having trouble reloading LUA, you may need to restart the game.

-If your server is having trouble hosting a world in your game, the first thing to do is check to see if UPnP is enabled on your router. If it is, try disabling it in your server settings. If that doesn’t work, try manually port forwarding the 16261, 8766, and 8767 ports.

-You may need to increase server RAM usage to give it more throughput. This can help if the server is stuck on initializing. Another issue that can occur is that mods may not be working properly. If this is the case, try to identify the problematic mod or mods.

-If you’re having trouble loading your game after updating your graphics card driver or adding mods, try forcing the game to launch in 32-bit mode. This can fix many issues related to incompatibility between the game and other software.

-If everything else fails, you can try hosting a dedicated server instead. Hosting a dedicated server requires more setup than just launching the game client, but it may fix some problems in the game client itself.

-If none of those solutions work, you may need to contact support.

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