Deadlight Fixes for Crashes, LOTDGame.exe has stopped working, Error Code 51, No Sound, Xbox 360 Controller Issues

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Deadlight is actually one of the solid post-apocalyptic titles out there. Great story, atmosphere, sound, and solid platformer gameplay at a good price all make this a game worth your time. Despite all praises however, you may occasionally run in to some very persistent crashes, sound problems, and controller issues. The Crash Wiki team has built a list of fixes you can try should you encounter these.

Deadlight Fixes for Crashes, LOTDGame.exe has stopped working, Error Code 51, No Sound, Xbox 360 Controller Issues


Deadlight Crash: LOTDGame.exe has stopped working

Here’s a quick fix thanks to our readers at the Steam Community forums:

  1. On Windows 7, click the Start button
  2. Click Control Panel
  3. Click Region and Language
  4. Administrative Tab
  5. Click Change System Locale
  6. Change to English (United States)
  7. Restart your PC and try running Deadlight

If that doesn’t work, try using the Windows Compatibility Mode feature:

In Windows 7 right-click the Deadlight exe file, go to the ‘Compatibility Mode’ tab and check ‘Disable Desktop Composition’

Let us know in the comments section if this works for you.

Error: Deadlight failed to start (error code 51)

Please try the first fix posted above. If that doesn’t cut it, try this:

  1. Click Start > All Programs > Airfoil and click the Airfoil application.
  2. Once application launches, click the Airfoil menu and choose Preferences.
  3. On the Extras tab, click Disable Instant Hijack
  4. Then, restart your and re-test the issue.

Alternatively, you can add Steam and any games you wish to play to the Exclude List, also found on the Extras tab in the Airfoil Preferences window. If the issue persists, it may be necessary to fully uninstall Airfoil.

Also if you’re using F-Secure: F-Secure uses a feature called DeepGuard which may interfere with Steam. If you are seeing the above error, disable DeepGuard and re-test the issue. If the issue continues, you may need to *temporarily* uninstall F-Secure to determine the cause of the problem.

No sound in Deadlight during cinematics

If you can’t hear anything during Deadlight cutscenes, try the following solutions:

For Windows 7 and Vista users:

First of all, update your sound card drivers. If doing that doesn’t clear up the problem, make sure you have volume set to max for Deadlight in the volume mixer (click on the little speaker icon in the bottom-right of your screen in the system tray). If you’re in-game, just alt+tab out of the game and check if Deadlight is set to max in the volume mixer.

Another tip you could try is to go to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Sound > Communications Tab then select the “Do Nothing” radio button to permanently fix this issue.

For Windows XP users:

Reduce hardware acceleration, or set your speakers to Stereo.

Alternative Fix:

Another solution that worked for some of our readers was similar to the Skyrim sound fix last year, try it:

  1. In Windows 7, go to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Sound
  2. You will see your default sound device. Click it, then click properties.
  3. Go to the Advanced Tab, make sure the default format is set to 44.1Khz 16-bit.
  4. Hit Apply/OK, then run Deadlight.

Xbox 360 controller not working in Deadlight

If your 360 controller is unresponsive and you cannot use it when playing Deadlight, try the following:

  1. Unplug other all other USB devices that are irrelevant to Deadlight (e.g., web cam, USB hubs, storage devices, other controllers)
  2. Manually download and install any Deadlight game patch from the official source instead rather than automatically updating via Steam or any similar game client.
  3. If you haven’t yet, go to your Windows Control Panel and ensure that the Xbox 360 Controller is enabled. Then, in-game, go to Options > Controls > Customize Controls (or similar menu path) and ensure that the proper controller is selected.


Feedback? Comments?

We encourage you to post below, especially if you’re encountering problems not found in our list. Let’s make this a good resource page for fixing Deadlight crashes, errors, and other problems to help others.

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  • Wahreez

    Turning off Subtitles will also fix the ‘no sound during cutscenes’ issue.

    Tabbing in and out of the game a couple/few times also fixes it. Then it works fine from that point on with or w/o subtitles.

    Easiest fix is to just disable subtitles until they patch it.

    • Overfiend

      Confirmed that disabling subtitles seems to fix audio issuse with cinematics. Thanks Wahreez

    • crashwiki

      Awesome contribution. Thanks Wahreez!!

  • Luke

    Wll it helped when you do only alt + Tab and go back to game when cinematics. BTW strange they din’t fix that when they released the game :/

  • Jason

    i’ve had problem with starting the game.when i try to start it it just say game stopped working.i tryied first solution,going to control panel and changed region and language to english(united states) and it works perfect :)) got no sound in cutscenes but i’ll fix it somehow

  • Hel

    I changed region and compatibility mode, dont have airfoil or f-secure, still not working LOTDGame.exe appcrash