Been playing Wolfenstein (2009) for the past two hours and IMHO it’s a pretty decent PC title. Only concern for many would be graphics, which are not as mind blowing as one would have expected from a Wolfenstein title. On the plus side the game is pretty fun to play – single player campaign is interesting (except maybe for the first 20 mins) and it has everything you’d expect from a shooter. Also,Wolfenstein has a lot of blood and gore and folks who like violent video games (like me) would enjoy this title a lot. The game seems to be fairly well optimized and runs fine on even mid-range hardware. Anyways here is our regular troubleshooting article which addresses several minor issues you might encounter with Wolfenstein 2009.

Note: This is by no means a complete article. It’s still a work in progress. More troubleshooting info will be added (including corrections, if any) as we come across more issues.

How to enable Anti-Aliasing (AA)?

Right now, there does not seem to be a way to enable Anti Aliasing in Wolfenstein. I’ve tried many techniques including forcing it from the video card control panel, manually editing the game config file, etc, but have had no success so far. If I come across anything new, this space will be updated.

How do I change the game settings manually by editing the configuration file?

As always, auto detected game settings are not always the best for your PC. And options presented on the in game menu are not always sufficient to satisfy power users who love to tweak the hell out of their games. You can edit the game configuration files manually and tweak a number of options that are otherwise unavailable from options menu. To do this browse to the directory C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Local\id Software\WolfSP\base\ and open wolf.cfg with a text editor such as notepad. (You might need to have ‘Show hidden files’ enabled in your OS)

Note: Always make a backup of your original cfg file before making any changes.

Where are the saved games located?

Wolfenstein saved games are located in the same directory as the configuration file. See above.

How do i change the menu, text and subtitles language of Wolfenstein to English?

Some players have reported getting non-English languages in their in game menu and audio. There are two methods you can try to get rid of this problem. You may try either one or both these methods:

  1. Open Control Panel, go to Regional and Language Options. In the ‘Formats’ tab selected current format to English (United States). Additionally in the ‘Location’ tab set current location to United States. Press Apply and close the Windows. Re-Launch the game.
  2. Use the in game console and enter the following commands
    seta fontlang English
    seta syslang English

    Note: You can also try entering seta syslanguage English
    (For help on how to open in game console, see below)

Note that these methods may or may not work. I did not get the language issue so I could not test the above solutions to be certain.

How do i enable the console in Wolfenstein 2009?

Create a shortcut on the desktop for the game executable. Edit the shortcut’s target field and append the following command to the end +set com_allowConsole 1. Save shortcut properties and launch the game using the shortcut. While in game press the ~ key to open the console.

How to get rid of the ‘Out of Range’ display error messages, blank or black screens and other display issues

Similar display related problems are known to be caused by the game running at a refresh rate that your monitor cannot handle (but this is not always the cause). For example if the max refresh rate your monitor supports is 60hz and the game defaults at 75hz, you wouldn’t see anything on the screen. Have no fear – you can edit the game configuration file manually and set the refresh rate to 60hz (we do not recommend setting it below 60hz). See above for help in editing the game config file manually.

How to minimize crash to desktop (CTD), crash at startup and other similar issues with Wolfenstein (2009) 

As far as I know, Wolfenstein 2009 does not contain any showstopper bugs. However users may experience random crashes due to various reasons including hardware/software configuration, etc. For these type of cases, no preceise troubleshooting info can be given. However you can minimize overall issues with the game by following the steps mentioned below:

  • Install Wolfenstein Patch 1 – Even though it’s only a day since the game has been released, a patch is already out. It mainly fixes issues with multiplayer component of the game. You can download Patch 1 from here or here.
  • NVIDIA PhysX – Wolfenstein requires NVIDIA PhysX installed in order to run. If your display driver did not install PhysX automatically (some driver versions do not), you can manually download and install the PhysX system software from here. Note that some games require PhysX runtime software components – not having PhysX System Software would cause such titles to crash at startup, even if your video hardware is non NVIDIA.
  • Updated version of DirectX – If you are using Windows XP, please update to the latest DirectX monthly runtime. This will get rid of all the ‘missing dll file’ errors and will reduce the possibility of in game crashes. Latest monthly runtime can be found here.
  • Update Video card drivers – Both NVIDIA and ATI have recent video drivers out – you should always try updating to the latest official driver version available for your hardware for best performance. If anything goes wrong, the option to rollback to previous release is always there.
    ATI Drivers: Download the latest ATI Catalyst drivers from this link: http://game.amd.com/us-en/drivers_catalyst.aspx
    NVIDIA Drivers: Download latest official NVIDIA drivers from this link: http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us
    For Beta ATI/NVIDIA drivers for Windows 7, XP and Vista, check out this page: http://downloads.guru3d.com/. If you are having video issues with official drivers, do not hesitate to give beta drivers a go. They are not always evil as the sound like.
  • Update sound card and motherboard drivers - Click Here to download 3DP Chip for Windows Vista/XP – This program will automatically detect your hardware and search for updated drivers for them.

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35 Comments

  1. Dave // 8/21/2009 01:08:00 AM  

    I can't get anti-aliasing no matter what I do either.

    I cannot believe someone over there would have the balls to completely disable it, including all workarounds ... or that they had the lack of attention to detail to notice it, if it's a bug.

  2. TEAM FILEnetworks // 8/21/2009 01:11:00 AM  

    Dave,
    There is a setting in the configuration file to set AA manually (r_multisamples or something like that).
    However due to game engine changes it has no effect. Don't think it's a bug.

  3. jan // 8/21/2009 02:13:00 AM  

    Everytime i try to run WolfSP.exe i got a critical windows error, before the game even starts to load. any info about how to fix this?

  4. TEAM FILEnetworks // 8/21/2009 02:32:00 AM  

    jan,
    What OS are you running? If its vista try running in XP Sp2 compatibility mode.

  5. jan // 8/21/2009 02:55:00 AM  

    nope i run on XP, and MP works great, i just have problems with SP.

  6. Cormac // 8/21/2009 09:32:00 PM  

    Changing fonts by means of regional settings doesn't work unless you change the locale. But that requires restarting the PC, which is inconvenient.

    Changing fonts by means ot commands doesn't work either - it only changes the codepage, so you just get empty boxes instead of localized letters.

    Does anyone know of other ways to get rid of localization? To rename some files, perhaps, or whatnot.

  7. timmy // 8/22/2009 12:47:00 AM  

    I get the same problem as Jan. New drivers for vid/direct x (with phys) and updated patch. Tried with SLI and phys off and on but can only get MP to work. SP crashes everytime. Let me know if anyone gets a fix for this. Good thread incidentally.

    Cheers

  8. Николай // 8/22/2009 02:58:00 AM  

    Im from Russia and my english not good ! ;)

    Problem with crash Wolf SP is decided !

    If you use some one antivirus program (Kasper, etc.) - turn off, exit from him and RENAME FOLDER your antivirus (ex. "Kaspersky Lab" to "12345Kaspersky Lab")!

    The given way has helped me !

  9. jan // 8/22/2009 04:21:00 AM  

    I have NOD32 and turning it off didnt help me :(

  10. Николай // 8/22/2009 10:02:00 AM  

    Jan

    And you Rename Folder NOD ????

    If you not rename folder NOD - Wolf SP NOT RUN !!!!

  11. Jason // 8/22/2009 11:17:00 AM  

    I can *NOT* get the console to work at all. I tried the +set com_allowConsole 1 in the shortcut, but the console just will not appear. Is there some other line I need to add to the startup?

  12. Lightning_Struck_Tower // 8/22/2009 02:24:00 PM  

    Jason,
    Try pressing Ctrl + Alt + Tilde(~) while in game.

  13. Jason // 8/22/2009 03:53:00 PM  

    Tried CTRL-ALT ~, SHIFT ~, ~, etc. Nothing.

  14. Lightning_Struck_Tower // 8/22/2009 05:24:00 PM  

    Jason,
    That's strange.
    Try starting the game with +disconnect command line parameter. This should take you directly to the console.

    I cannot remember if you could get to the actual game when started with +disconnect command. If you cannot, use 'seta' prefix when entering console commands (instead of 'set') - After that close and load the game normally for the changes to take effect.

    (seta commands permanently saves changes to cfg file while set command applies changes only to current session).

  15. Jason // 8/22/2009 08:05:00 PM  

    No good. For what it's worth, I'm playing in Vista 64-bit. Wonder if that has anything to do with it? I tried starting the game in XP compatibility mode but that didn't make a difference...

  16. jan // 8/23/2009 02:59:00 AM  

    yes i try-ed renaming the folder and everything, still nothing

  17. mmcgrath // 8/23/2009 04:22:00 AM  

    Mine played fine until after the Church machine. You blow up the machine, kill the dude that was exposed to what the machine did. Then go out the door to the next level which is Midtown East. Then I get this big screen image that says:
    Warning: idcollision modeImanagerHavok. I'm running XP Pro.

  18. mmcgrath // 8/23/2009 04:27:00 AM  

    Problem loading level Traveling to Midtown East. After you blow up the church machine and head to Midtown East while loading the level this error screen pops up and says.
    WARNING: iDcollisionmodeImanagerHavok
    Then you can't go any further. I can't believe I'm not finding anyone
    else with this problem. I took a screenshot of it but don't see where you could upload it.

  19. Николай // 8/23/2009 11:11:00 AM  

    jan

    Go here:
    http://www.wolfenstein.com/board/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=1375&start=10#p18202

  20. ArturOWarE // 8/23/2009 12:02:00 PM  

    I don't if it works but...Have you tried reseting the NVIDIA Control Panel or Catalyst Center to default and running the game again?

    I tried to force Antialiasing in the Catalyst Center but the .exe crashed everytime, so I just put the AA and AF back to normal (Application Controlled).

  21. totopower // 8/23/2009 01:09:00 PM  

    Николай said...
    jan
    "Go here:
    http://www.wolfenstein.com/board/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=1375&start=10#p18202"

    la solution fonctionne chez moi .Problème avec kaspersky résolu selon la façon de notre ami russe .

    merci

  22. qazze // 8/23/2009 07:28:00 PM  

    Any idea for a command that would make bodies stay longer? :>

  23. qazze // 8/23/2009 07:29:00 PM  

    hmm, any commands for making bodies stay longer? :)

  24. PAUL // 8/31/2009 05:15:00 AM  

    changing language in-game

    http://www.wolfenstein.com/board/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=1168#p16481

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  26. abdallah // 9/02/2009 12:56:00 AM  

    this is the solution
    i try it and its working
    http://www.gamingnewslink.com/2009/08/22/fixing-wolfenstein-errors-crash-freezing-multiplayer-problems/

  27. DarkDD // 9/06/2009 02:04:00 PM  

    The game starts then whe the train stops, my computer goes off HELP

  28. Drakerland // 9/12/2009 11:18:00 PM  

    Alright my problem is that when I go to the properties of the Wolfenstein shortcut I made, it doesnt allow me too change the target. I dont know what to do, if someone could help direct me the right way that would be great, cuz im lost. I really want to be able to open the console.
    Thanks,
    Drakerland

  29. mikefedkiw // 9/16/2009 08:43:00 AM  

    I am also having trouble accessing the console. Running on XP 32bit. If I try the disconnect command I do get the console but cant seem to get to the game from there

  30. zar // 10/22/2009 08:56:00 AM  

    So I'd like to (i) increase the mouse speed above the max allowed in the 'settings' & (ii) stop the crappy head-bobbing.

    Anyone got info that might help?

    Cheers,

    zar =]

  31. 999q // 11/28/2009 12:16:00 AM  

    I have other problem. Wolf crash everytime when I exit game. Win7x32 Radeon 4850 and C2D 6750 CPU.

  32. roman // 1/25/2010 09:08:00 AM  

    Just got Wolfenstein 2009. Will it run on a Windows 7 system?

  33. Rev. Dangerfield // 5/10/2010 03:36:00 AM  

    Having a lag problem with Wolfenstein.

    I have an HP Pavillion dv9700 laptop running vista.

    Loaded Wolfenstein and it ran incredibly slow.

    Downloaded an NVIDIA update and changed the graphics settings to low on the game.

    Improvement was minimal at best.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    ~ Jesse

  34. Raj // 6/17/2010 11:07:00 PM  

    Hello Guys. I have purchased Wolfenstein Game. I cannot install it because when i click setup.exe it opens and displays and error messge "1155 Flie I:\\Wolfenstein\\Wolfenstein.msi not found"

  35. Bubby // 11/10/2010 10:40:00 PM  

    dunno if this is too late... I just got the game and had the same problems...... so uninstalled zone alarm and it works fine