This article will discuss multiple problems ranging from error messages to poor fps, freezing and crashes- all of them related to Saints Row IV. If you’re a PC user please follow the instructions in the relevant paragraphs of the article.
Problem 1: Saints Row IV Crashes/ Stops Working
When you try to launch the game it just crashes with an error saying “Saints Row IV has stopped working”. This problem is experienced due to inadequate minimum system requirements, errors in the Registry and conflicts with an antivirus software.
Check System Requirements
Make sure your PC fulfils the following minimum system requirements. It’s a good thing to install the game only after reading the requirements specified in the ReadMe file. If it doesn’t fulfil, you must have to buy additional hardware or software, as the case maybe.
· OS: Windows Vista 32 Bit
· Processor: AMD Athlon II or Intel Pentium Dual Core E5700
· RAM: 4 GB
· Video Card: AMD Radeon HD or NVIDIA GeForce GT
· Video Card Memory: 1024 MB
· Software: Microsoft DirectX Version 10
· Free Disk Space: 10 GB
Disable Conflicting Antivirus Software
The antivirus security program you’re using could be conflicting with the game files. Fix Saints Row IV PC crashes by disabling conflicting antivirus software.
To do so, right click its icon located in the System Tray of your Taskbar, select Disable | Disable until next restart; or some similar option.
Disable Threaded Optimization
Threaded Optimization is a feature in Nvidia Control Panel. You need to disable it in order to fix Saints Row IV PC crashes.
1. Open NVIDIA Control Panel.
2. Click Manage 3D Settings | Program Settings tab.
3. Select Saints Row IV executable file.
4. Turn off Threaded Optimization feature.
5. Click Apply and then exit.
Note: If the computer fails to detect executable file in the Step 3, click the Browse button and locate it manually.
Problem 2: Saints Row IV Displays Errors During Gameplay
Saints Row IV shows error messages due to problems in the Registry, cache file integrity problems, incorrect audio settings and so on. Follow the steps given below:
Disable VSync & Antialiasing Features
These are the two settings in the graphics card control panel. Disable both of them.
Change Sound Settings
Make the following changes in your computer’s audio settings:
1. Click Start | Control Panel.
2. Click Hardware and Sound | Sound.
3. Click the Communications tab.
4. Select the option “Do nothing”.
5. Click Apply | OK.
Verify Integrity of Game Cache
You might have to check the integrity of the game cache. You can do so from the Steam application.
1. Close the game firstly.
2. Open Steam from its desktop shortcut.
3. Sign-in to your player account.
4. Click Library, right click the game icon.
5. Choose Properties from the context menu.
6. Click Local Files tab.
7. Click the link “Verify integrity of game cache”.
Problem 3: Saints Row IV Freezing/ Lagging/ Runs Slow
Set Extreme Gaming Profile
Extreme gaming profile means to set up services profile in such a way that only essential services will run; rest will be disabled. This helps lowering resources used during gameplay and thus Saints Row IV freezing problem is fixed.
Basically there are two ways of setting extreme gaming profile. You may use a PC Optimization software like PC Fresher System Utilities
which is always a better choice. Alternatively, you can manually stop specific services through the steps given below:
1. Click Start, type “Services.msc” in the Search Box.
2. Press ENTER.
3. Right click unnecessary services, select Stop option.
If you want to disable a service permanently, right click it, select Properties. In the “Startup Type” select “Disabled” option and then click OK.
Optimize Disk Drives
Drive optimization refers to disk defragmentation. It is a process of defragmenting files to improve read/ write access speed. The process is carried out through Disk Defragmenter tool.
1. Click Start, type “Disk Defragmenter” and press ENTER.
2. Select all partitions of your hard disk and click “Defragment Disks” button.
Problem 4: Poor FPS
If you’re encountering poor fps problem, there is something wrong with your network settings, process priority and network adapter driver.
Update Network Adapter
Download the latest driver version of your network adapter. Use Device Manager to do so.
1. Click Start.
2. Type “Device Manager”.
3. Press ENTER or locate it from Search Results.
4. Expand top category to display various devices.
5. Right click the Network Adapter device, select “Properties”.
6. In the Properties dialog, click Driver tab and then Update button.
Set High Priority
Using the Task Manager set high priority to the game process. Here’s how to do that:
1. Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete and open Task Manager.
2. Click the Processes tab, right click the game executable file (.exe) and select Set Priority | High.