The long drought that plagued our PC games troubleshooting section ends as Dead Space 2 hits the market. Dead Space 2 is a widely anticipated survival horror third person shooter and is the sequel to 2008’s Dead Space 1. I’ve had the opportunity to play the game for a couple of hours and from what I’ve seen so far, this new title seems to do the series justice – it looked great, appeared to run smoothly even on mid range hardware and most importantly I didn’t run into any showstopper bugs. Speaking of bugs, this article aims to provide troubleshooting tips, tweaks and fixes for commonly reported issues with Dead Space 2. Keep in mind that this is a work in progress – we will be updating this post as we receive tip offs about new bugs, glitches, workarounds and solutions.
Slow performance, freezing and stuttering on ATI video cards
If you are playing Dead Space 2 on an ATI video card, you might experience performance issues. From what I have seen, this game clearly has issues with ATI GPUs. It’s not known if a future driver release or a developer patch would sort these out but here’s a temporary solution which you can try – run the game in Windowed mode instead of fullscreen. To do this, go to Visual Options menu in game and turn off the ‘Full Screen’ option.
How to manually edit Dead Space 2 configuration file
If you want to play with advanced settings and tweak the game further by adjusting options that are normally inaccessible from the in game menu, you can do so by editing the game confi file manually.
- Set your computer to show all files, including hidden files.
- Navigate to C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\EAGames\Dead Space 2 folder (Windows 7/Vista)
C:/Documents and Settings/USERNAME/Local Settings/Application Data/EAGames/Dead Space 2/ (Windows XP)
- Open the file settings.exe with a text editor.
Note: Always make a backup of the original settings.txt file before you make any changes. Invalid settings could cause the game not run/malfunction and if this happens, you can restore the original to undo the damage.
How to change Dead Space 2 language
For the language change to work properly, you should own a Multilanguage copy of Dead Space 2.
- Open the settings.txt configuration file by following steps mentioned in the previous section.
- Find the ‘Locale’ string. Modify the value to set desired language. Example values are
ENG – English
DE – German
- Save and close the file. Restart the game.
How to fix black screen at startup
There are many reasons which could cause a black screen at start but here is a quick solution you can try:
- Open the settings.txt file as stated in a previous section (above)
- Find the string values Window.Top and Window.Left
- Modify the values so that they read :
Window.Top = 0
Window.Left = 0
- Save and close the file.
Also, try disabling your Antivirus/Firewall and running the game.
Fix Dead Space 2 Spinning camera issue
The quickest fix for this bug (which was present in Dead Space 1 as well) is to unplug any game controllers plugged into your system and restarting the game. But if you do want to play with your existing controller, try the steps below:
- Navigate to Dead Space 2 save directory which is Documents\EAGames\Dead Space 2
- Rename the file joypad_example.txt to joypad.txt
- Open joypad.txt with a text editor.
- Change the values of the following strings so that they read:
- Save and close the file.
Note: This fix was based on the solution posted by TongueDar on this EA forum thread for Dead Space 1.
Crashes at certain chapters in DS2
Many people seem to be experiencing crashes to desktop (CTD) at some points in the game. One of the most commonly reported crashes appears to materialize in Solar Array in Chapter 7. This issue seems to be occurring mostly with pirated copies of the game. We don’t have a solution for this right now and it’s unlikely a developer patch would solve the issue if it really has to do something with code modifications done by the pirating group.
Run Dead Space 2 crash free - update your graphics drivers and DirectX
Again, this is pretty basic stuff buy many people seem to ignore this – always update your video card drivers to the latest build before running the game. Update your video card’s drivers – if latest drivers do not work, try downloading and installing latest beta drivers (do this at your own risk).
- 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
- Beta Drivers: Check here http://downloads.guru3d.com/
As for DirectX, you may download the latest monthly runtime from this location.
This article is a work in progress – it will be updated as more solutions are found.
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