NfS Shift crashes: Possible solutions for problems - Patch under way?
Last week Need for Speed: Shift has hit the markets and a lot of problems are reported in forums all over the world. In many cases the game crashes for unknown reasons. PC Games Hardware introduces possible solutions.
Need for Speed: Shift is causing some heated arguments lately: The high review scores and the impressive graphics can't make up for the problems some gamers experience. "NFS Shift crashes all the time” or similar titles are used for multiple threads in different forums.
Searching for the reasons seems to be difficult since EA hasn't officially confirmed any of the bugs and problems. A patch hasn't been announced either, but we have already contacted EA and are waiting for a response.
We have nevertheless assembled a list of possible solutions for some of the problems.
1. Graphicscongif.xml (1)
In C:\Users\[YourUserName]\Documents\NFS SHIFT (folder can vary n dependence of the used operating system) you usually can find the graphicsconfig.xml file. Some users report that deleting this file solved all problems. It would be best to rename or transfer the file to another location so that it can be restored easily if necessary.
2. Graphicscongif.xml (2)
Other users report that NfS Shift runs well if windowed. To activate the window mode automatically you have to open the graphicscongif.xml file with Windows Notepad (or a similar tool) and change the line
prop name="Windowed" windowed="0"
prop name="Windowed" windowed="1"
and save the file.
3. Shadow quality
Apparently the shadow quality causes several problems. Users report that the "Medium” settings works best.
4. Compatibility mode
Another option to work around problems is to run the game in the Windows 98/ME compatibility mode. Right click on the exe file, select "Properties” and activate the appropriate compatibility mode.
5. More tips for NfS Shift
Many users reported that doing the flowing has helped:
• Install the latest Service Pack
• Install the latest driver for the graphics card
• Install the latest driver for the sound card
• Deactivate the sidebar
• Delete the folder C:\Users\[YourUserName]\Documents\NFS SHIFT and reboot. Create a new profile and deactivate the automatic saving in the game's options.
Do you know more solutions for problems with Need for Speed: Shift? Then tell us in the comments.
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