How To Fix Prey 2017 Crashes, Errors Freezing, Performance Issues, Lagging, Stuck Loading, D3D11

Prey is one of the most anticipated games this to be released in the first half of 2017, which is published by Bethesda who had much success with the very recent Dishonored 2. However, while the developers promised smoother gameplay compared to their recent releases, Prey is bugged with crashes, errors, freezing, lag, and performance issues. To help the community we’ve listed here the best working fixes we’ve tried.

1. How to Fix Random Crashing in Prey 2017

Here are some fast fixes that worked for us:

  1. Try setting your virtual memory fixed to just more than the recommended value. (system settings >advanced system settings > paging file size to custom size).
  2. Verify your Steam game cache
  3. The crashing might be due to a corrupt save file. Try loading and playing from an automatic save from the start of a mission.
  4. Turn anti-aliasing off in your graphics settings. While you’re at it, turn the level of detail down a notch or two.

2. Prey 2017 Constantly Freezing While In-game

If you’re getting freezes in particular, here’s what got us going:

  1. Update your graphics drivers to the latest version
  2. Inversely, try rolling them back as well to an older version
  3. Disable triple buffering
  4. Turn off V-sync
  5. Cap the FPS at 120
  6. Set the game to windowed borderless mode

3. How to Fix Stuttering and Lagging

What worked for us to fix CPU performance issues in Prey 2017 was simple: Go to the Task Manager, find Prey.exe and set its CPU priority from normal to high. This reduced CPU consumption by around 50%.

Another fix that works is to turn V-Sync ‘On’ while in-game, then exit the game, add the following in the file “C:Users{YOUR_USERNAME}Saved GamesArkane StudiosPreygame.cfg”

d3d10_TripleBuffering = 1
d3d11_TripleBuffering = 1
d3d9_TripleBuffering = 1

4. Prey 2017 is Stuck Loading

If you’re using RTSS and Crimson to cap frame rates, those are the culprits. Unlock your frame rate and you’ll immediately see quick load times. Then simply use in-game FPS capping.

5. Updating FOV via Config File

  1. To enable FOV, edit the game.cfg file in notepad. The file is located in the root Prey folder in your Save Games folder (likely c:users\Saved GamesArkane StudiosPrey )
    Look for cl_hfov = 85.5656
  2. 85 is the default horizontal FOV setting, but it can be replaced with values up to 120. (Note – some of the issues we are working on are more noticeable with higher FOV.)

6. Cannot install Prey 2006 at the same time

You might have a problem if you have the original version installed, as the reboot version of Prey uses the same file directory name. Simply change your install path for Prey 2017 and you should be set.

7. Windows 7 Error – D3D11 Create Device and Swap Chain Failed

This is an error from back in Dishonored 2, and it seems some people on Windows 7 are still getting it. Fortunately, the fix is quite simple. Simply install this Microsoft update: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36805

8. Can’t Install Prey 2017 – Missing file privileges

If you’re getting such an error, the only way is to move your installation folder:

  1. Exit the Steam client application.
  2. Browse to the Steam installation folder for the Steam installation you would like to move (C:Program FilesSteam by default).
  3. Delete all of the files and folders except the SteamApps & Userdata folders and Steam.exe
  4. Cut and paste the whole Steam folder to the new location, for example: D:GamesSteam
  5. Launch Steam and log into your account.
  6. Steam will briefly update and then you will be logged into your account. For installed games, verify your game cache files and you will be ready to play. All future game content will be downloaded to the new folder (D:GamesSteamSteamApps in this example)

9. Mouse Fix

There’s a glitch in Prey 2017 where your mouse cursor won’t disappear and gets in the way of the whole experience. To fix this, change your resolution while playing. Your mouse cursor will the be hidden.

10. Audio Fix

In relation to #9, changing in-game graphics settings may result in missing audio and no sound. To fix this, simply hit Alt+Tab twice and your audio should be back in no time.

11. Final Troubleshooting Tips for Prey 2017

If you continue to get crashes, errors, performance issues, and lag when playing Prey (2017), we highly suggest you go through this punch list of troubleshooting fixes:

  1. Use this driver update tool to make sure all your software is up to date
  2. Use this DLL fixer tool to ensure there are no corrupted DLL files
  3. Get the Latest Version of DirectX
  4. Verify the files in Steam
  5. Turn off anti-virus software manually
  6. Update Your Graphics Card Drivers
  7. Re-install the game
  8. Re-install the steam.
  9. Try running the game without SLI/Crossfire and 1 monitor, see if that works.
  10. If PC is overclocked in any way, try turning it down a little bit or back to stock to ensure no possible issues.
  11. Check also to see if these programs are running in the backround (ASUS ROG Sonic Studio 2 (v2.2.7), AMD Gaming Evolved / Raptr, Overwolf, Xfire, PunkBuster, Razer Synapse 2.0, ASUS Xonar Control Panel)
  12. Double check your HDMI/Monitor cable and be sure it is correctly plugged into your graphics card and not your motherboard
  13. Reset settings file. To do this go to c:users\Saved GamesArkane StudiosPrey and delete the config file called: game.cfg.
  14. Disabling the optimize option in Geforce Experience.
  15. Re-install your graphics card drivers and remove every single nVidia file on PC including any regedit entries
  16. Disable Any Connected Tablets
  17. Reinstall DirectX, Reinstall Visual C++, Reinstall NET Framework

That’s all we have for you right now. If our motherlode of fixes don’t work for you in troubleshooting Prey 2017 crashes, errors, freezes, and bugs, do let us know in the comments and we’ll do our best to help out!

Dead On Arrival: Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III Barely Makes 70,000 Steam Sales After First Day

Most of the time, the fans are always right. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of Ware III barely made a dent in its first day sales which pale in comparison to its peers, mostly because of a confused revision of the game’s genre. As one fan puts it: “we tried to tell you, we want a Dawn of War game closer to Dawn of War 1, not Halo Wars mixed with a MOBA.”

Dead On Arrival

This is what happens when conventional game publishers listen to yes-men: they end up with a dead on arrival game such as DoW 3. There may be 15,000 people playing right now, but fans of the franchise are doubtful how long it would last if less than 70,000 bought the title from Steam on the first day, according to third-party site SteamSpy.

History Repeats Itself

Fans of the RTS genre may remember a similar incident involving a much bigger title about 7 years ago: StarCraft 2. It took Blizzard a lot of investment to continue forcing changes down fans’ throats, and eventually gave up recently to release a remastered version of the original for a thriving hardcore fan base to play.

Unfortunately for Relic Games, they’re not as wealthy as Blizzard. It remains to be seen how they get out of this one.

How To Fix Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III Crashing, Won’t Play, Multiplayer, No Audio, Connection Error

For the Emperor, baby. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III has been released on Steam, and so far, so good. However, there are tons of bugs and errors that users are reporting such as random crashing, network connection errors, and start up problems. Luckily we found some fast troubleshooting tips for you!

How To Fix Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III Crashing, Won’t Play, Multiplayer, No Audio, Connection Error

1. I pre-loaded the game, but it still says “pre-load” instead of “play”.

Restart Steam!

2. I was kicked from a multiplayer lobby and can’t join another one.

If you encounter this error, restart the client and rejoin the group.

3. I am not hearing any audio from the game.

Check to make sure that any remote desktop applications are not redirecting the game audio elsewhere.

4. There is a network connection issue. What can I do?

  • Make sure your firewall or antivirus program isn’t blocking RelicDoW3.exe
  • Make sure the IP address 52.44.13.74 is whitelisted
  • Make sure the TCP ports 443, 27017-27030 and 50000-50010 are open
  • Install and run this lag fixer tool.

5. My game crashed and I’m getting a low memory error.

Close out other programs that are running.

Then, set your virtual memory settings back to the suggested default for your system. Go to Control Panel -> All Control Panel Items -> System -> Advanced system settings -> Advanced -> Performance -> Settings … -> Advanced -> Virtual memory –> Change… -> and check “Automatically manage paging file size for all drives”.

6. I am experiencing a device driver crash.

The game will run best with the latest drivers and updates for your system. You can use this driver update tool for a fast way to update!

7. My graphics drivers are up to date, but I’m still getting crashes/bad performance.

Some systems have multiple video cards in them and, in some cases, we aren’t properly picking the right one. In the meantime, use your video card control panel to force RelicDOW3.exe to use the dedicated GPU.

8. But I’m still getting device driver crashes with latest drivers

Check if you have screen/video capture software or other utilities that could be injecting their behaviour into the game. Try without them and if that fixes things, please make a post letting us know which program you had a conflict with so we can track down the issue.

How to Fix Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 Crashes, Errors, Freezes, Lagging, and Performance Issues

Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 is a beautiful-looking game, if you get it to run properly. The game runs on CryEngine and the final release has actually been optimized a lot since the open beta. Unfortunately, many fans still experience crashing, freezing, lagging, and errors when playing the game. But fear not, as we’ve compiled the best working fixes. Read on and find your fix!

How to Fix Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 Crashes, Errors, Freezes, Lagging, and Performance Issues

1. Disable Motion Blur and Enable Anti-Aliasing

Go to the install folder, open GameSDK in the SGW folder and open “game” cfg with notepad. You can change ur FOV there and also change Motion Blur.

2. Tweaks to Fix Performance Issues: Solutions for blurry textures, motion blur, DOF and FOV

In the GameSDK folder in the install dir, open up the game.cfg file. At the top you can change your FOV.

Then, to switch of blurry textures, motion blur, and DOF, paste the following on the bottom of the game.cfg file. Make sure you leave one space after the last thing on the list then copy and paste those lines into it.

r_ChromaticAberration=0
r_DepthOfField=0
r_MotionBlur=0
e_ParticlesMotionBlur=0
r_HDRGrainAmount=0

3. How to fix “Invalid paramater detected in CRT function” Error

This seems to be a problem with some CryEngine games, One fix that has helped is removing special characters from your name.

Second option is to go to nVidia control panel and change the power setting to maximum performance.

4. Fix for Error: User has no active profile!

This particularly happens in the Rat Trap mission.

To fix this, please follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to C:UsersYourUserSaved Games
  2. Copy the ‘Sniper Ghost Warrior 3’ folder to any other place, example: Desktop
  3. Delete ‘Sniper Ghost Warrior 3’ folder from the ‘Saved Games’
  4. Now you should be able to run the game, however your save data will be missing
  5. Close the game after it starts
  6. Navigate to C:UsersYourUserSaved Games
  7. Paste the folder you previously copied
  8. Run the game, this time you will be able to continue your Campaign

5. Fix the Error: Game Won’t Start! Unable to start game.

Do the same fix immediately before this. Also, disable Steam Overlay and turn off background programs especially Fraps. Next, Verify your Steam game cache. Finally, use our DLL fixer tool to find and fix potential missing DLLs.

6. Fix Lag, Stuttering and Performance Issues at HD and 4K Resolutions

Put resolution to 3840 x2160p and in-game Hertz to 30. Press Apply. Setting Hertz to 30 allows for smoother gameplay while in 4k.

7. Moving the Mouse Too Fast Freezes the Game

Running the game in Admin mode should quickly fix this.

8. Nvidia Framerate Fix

Download Nvidia Drivers 381.65 to get much better performance. You can use our driver update tool to make updating faster!

9. Green mouse disappearing

Nothing we can do here, but devs are coming up with a fix asap!

 

That’s all the fixes we’ve got for Sniper Ghost Warrior 3. Did we miss any critical game bug that needs fixing? Comment below and we’ll do our best to help out.

Fixes for Civilization 6 Crashes, Errors, Blackscreen, Multiplayer, Disc write, Loading

Sid Meier’s Civilization 6 has been widely received positively by critics and fans alike for how it has executed a refreshed yet familiar sequel through excellent gameplay design, graphics, and musical scoring. However, the Civ 6 isn’t without any bugs, as hundreds of users have reported crashing, freezing, and black screens. Read on for the best fixes we’ve got.

Civ 6 Crashes when Loading

  1. Turn off windows defender
  2. Settings > Update & Security > Windows Defender > Exclusions (add steam common folder to this)
  3. Run Steam as admin

Civ 6 crashes to desktop after capturing a city

It might be a bugged spy causing the problem. Check your espionage menu and see if any of your spies are “stuck”. A sign of a stuck spy is one in “Awaiting” status in some magical place called “$CityName$”. Once you delete him the crashing on city capture stops.

Fixing black screen start up crash in Civ 6

Turn off Share in GeForce Experience.

Civ 6 startup error fixes

  1. Verifying Game Cache
    • Load Steam
    • From the Library section, right-click on the game and select “Properties” from the menu.
    • Select the “Local files” tab and click the “Verify integrity of game cache” button.
    • Steam will match the local files to the cloud files, and fix any errors it encounters.
  2. Reinstalling DirectX
    • In the Steam installation folder of the game you’re having trouble with, there will be typically be a DirectX setup package.
    • Example file path: C:Program Files (x86)SteamsteamappscommonSid Meiers Civilization VI_CommonRedistDirectXJun2010
    • Find and run DXSETUP.exe
    • Reboot the computer (mandatory)
  3. Reinstalling Vcredist
    • Navigate to your game’s Steam folder – there will typically be a Vcredist folder.
    • Example file path: C:Program Files (x86)SteamsteamappscommonSid Meiers Civilization VIvcredist_CommonRedist2012
    • Find and Run vcredist_x86.exe and vcredist_x64.exe
    • Should the files already be installed, you will be prompted to either ‘uninstall’ or ‘repair’. Choose ‘*repair*’.
    • Reboot the computer (mandatory)
    • Afterward, do the same for those located in the 2015 folder. Ex: : C:Program Files (x86)SteamsteamappscommonSid Meiers Civilization VIvcredist_CommonRedist2015

Error joining multiplayer session fix

  1. Start other game, I used CS:GO but any multiplayer capable game should work.
  2. Start Civ 6. So now, both games are running.
  3. Now you will be able to join lobby and play multiplayer.
  4. Close the other game.

Fix for Civ 6 Error 0xc0000005

  1. Deactivate Windows Update
  2. Download https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=49093
  3. Download https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2718841
  4. Disconnect from the Internet and launch both files

Civ 6 Error 2

Steam error 2 seems to be happening to some people who’ve had the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Not everyone, though. It appears to affect all games, from what I can tell.

Two things I’ve heard reports have helped – running the redists that come with the Steam client, or reinstalling the Steam client itself.

Disc write error in Civ 6

Clear some space in your hard drive and this error will go away, allowing you to install Civ 6.

Fixing MSVCP140.dll in Civ 6

Run our DLL tool to fix this issue.

That’s all we’ve got for you right now! If you need more fixes and solutions, comment away below.