Judging by the amount of hits we got for our previous NFS : Shift troubleshooting article, it seems a lot of folks were experiencing the dreaded ‘black screen crash’ problem with the game. If you tried the workarounds mentioned in our previous article (thanks to those who posted more possible solutions as comments btw) and still couldn’t get the game to work or got it to play rather sh1ttly, here is something else that you can try. Given below is a custom configuration file for NFS : Shift with settings that could minimize the occurrences of black screens or random CTDs.
Note that the idea behind this workaround was originally posted in EA’s support forums. Credit to whoever figured this out first.
How to apply updated fix
- Make a backup of your current GraphicsConfig.xml file located in My Documents –> NFS Shift folder (in case anything goes wrong, replace edited config with backup copy)
- Download the custom configuration file from this location. UnRAR the archive using WinZip or WinRAR.
- Replace your existing copy of GraphicsConfig.xml (located in My Documents—> NFS Shift folder) with one in downloaded archive.
- Run the game.
Note that the above configuration file will launch the game in 1280x720 resolution. If your monitor/VGA does not support it, please change the resolution by editing this line in configuration file (open GraphicsConfig.xml with a text editor such as notepad) :
<prop name="Mode" adapter="0" width="1280" height="720" antialias="0" refresh="60" />
For example, if you want to run the game in 1024 x 768 resolution, edit the above so that it reads:
<prop name="Mode" adapter="0" width="1024 height="768" antialias="0" refresh="60" />
If you still cannot get it to work, you can try manually editing other settings in the configuration file. However, placing incorrect values might cause the game malfunction – proceed at your own risk.
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