I'm not sure of the how or why, but I showed up today to the May 10 Unity Dev event at Full Sail and my Unity 3D IDE had quit working. When attempting to start Unity 3D, a dialog would pop saying "Unity editor has stopped working" as shown below. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling Unity to no avail.
Create a desktop shortcut for Unity 3D Customize the startup command line to include the "-force-d3d11" command line argument
Alternatively, you can try the "-force-opengl" command line argument instead
I like running desktop apps by typing them in at the command line in the Windows 8 Start Screen. There is no way of hitting the shortcut with the command line from the Start Screen. I must go to desktop mode to launch the app now to launch Unity 3D.
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At this point I have no idea of the cause of my Unity issue.
I do know that I am running Windows 8.1 Update and version Unity 4.3.4f1 (most recent update as of this post) and something aint right. But I can fix it, so good to go.
Things That Did Not Work Fixing This Problem
- Compatibility mode for Windows 8
- Compatibility trouble shooter
- Unity 3D Forums Thread on this topic - http://docs.unity3d.com/Documentation/Manual/CommandLineArguments.html
- Unity 3D Command Line Arguments - http://forum.unity3d.com/threads/206144-Windows-8-1-and-unity-editor-crashes-and-will-not-open
- DevFish's Unity 3D Resources - http://dfwiki.devfish.net/technology.Unity3D.ashx
Hoping this helps out someone stuck in a unity no go situation the road...