DELETE the registry tree HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Facepunch Studios LTD
So… I have had this stupid chat bug for several months.
I have looked through so many forums, channels, and blogs for an answer, so It’s a miracle I am sane!
(I want to give credit to the person that I found this fix from, but I am currently unable to re-locate the thread/board/message.)
When RUST installs, it creates a REGISTRY TREE and a resultant set of keys, that saves if the game is in full-screen mode, the height and width of the screen manager, what monitor to push the game to and something called skin.jacket. They are all are set to a REG_DWORD type value.
I cannot confirm, but I think the only time the game re-writes these values is if the registry call returns that the object is empty. I do not think that this registry object is updated to any extent after the first install of the game. Hence the reason why you can attempt to uninstall the game, or verify the files, and you still have the same problem.
It would be Interesting to see what the values the program is putting into these REG_DWORD Keys to see what is causing the glitch.
This is what I did:
What I did to fix my game was to DELETE the Registry Tree for Facepunch Studios LTD. I then re-ran the game, and BOOM - Chat fixed.
Registry location to delete: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Facepunch Studios LTD
WARNING: Deleting things from your registry, if you are unaware of what NOT to touch, can be a nightmare. Make a restore point, backup your system, or export a good copy of your registry before you go messing around with it.
DO NOT BLAME ME, if you screw things up, because I AM WARNING YOU NOW TO BE CAREFUL.
One can use their favorite registry editor, to do the dirty deed, or you can copy the text below and save it as a .reg file and then run it.
;=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- ;RemoveFacepunch.reg ;=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- ; Small Registry deletion to remove ; HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Facepunch Studios LTD ; Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Facepunch Studios LTD] ;=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- ;END of RemoveFacepunch.reg ;=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-