0.990 will crash at random times, requiring a hard system reboot because the entire computer is locked up.
When I had crashes on Win7 while going inside a particular nebula, and OS was still responding after SE crashed, but did not update displayed graphics except mouse cursor, I found that to restore normal working desktop I can press Win+L → "Switch User" → log in back. Win+L or Ctrl+Alt+Del worked somehow, but the actual desktop did not fix for me until I tried to "Switch User" and go back, not even needing to choose a different system login.
By the way, crashes stopped after I selected "low" graphics preset instead of "high" default, and I could finally dive into the dust cloud.
If anyone wants to test, the problematic nebula was this:https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/ ... 1769435463
A bit later I stumbled upon some other post on this forum and tweaked SpaceEngine\config\main-user.cfg file a little, but cannot say if it helped at all:
Except that nebula, I only ever had one crash in v0.9.9.0 - on a planet surface while in fullscreen and Alt+Tabbing oftenly out of it. Not sure why, the log states "loading this, saving that", and then just ends. It did not crash while saving a screenshot. Probably while loading terrain textures. The desktop remained fully working at that time too.
Here is that log, just for record:https://pastebin.com/Qz4yBfgT
I must say, the "low" settings are not bad, and certainly look better than I expected. I only turned some checkboxes back on, set aurora to high, and crank up the terrain LOD using hotkeys when I think the landscape is really worth some wait of loading to take a screenshot. I save IDs of places anyway to possibly revisit them with better hardware or updated SE terrain generation some day later.
One thing I don't like is the graphics setting resetting back to "high" after each SE update, but I kinda understand, with Early Acces and updates to engine and such.
I also think, preset gradation can be stretched a bit, so "high" is mapped to a higher level cards than 4 GB. People can always tweak up all the stuff they want, but possibility of crash may become less by default. Another suggestion (I don't know if it's even possible) is to downgrade graphics gracefully on the fly instead of crashing.
I cannot post the se log here because of the character limit and I cannot post it on pastebin because it is larger than 512 KB. Is there an attach file optin here?
You can upload the log (maybe in a zip if it's big) to some file hosting, for example Dropbox, MEGA, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, etc etc.
There are existing filesharing services without registration too.
PC: years old Intel i7-4770, 32 GB RAM, Radeon RX 460, 4 GB VRAM, 2560x1440 (main) + 4k (secondary), Win7x64.