Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Fallout: New Vegas

Whenever i have attempted to play through Fallout: New Vegas i have been constantly plagued with the persistent freezing and eventual crash to desktop failures.

This has always been followed by a note in the taskbar saying Display Driver nvlddmkm Stopped Responding and Has Successfully Recovered. This has happened regardless of which driver is currently installed on the machine.

For reference i am running a single nvidia GTX 285 SSC card on an EVGA X58 board, and now on Windows 7 64bit (originally Vista 64bit)

When F:NV was first released i completely gave up on trying to get through the game due to constantly having to reload every ten minutes. So put it to one side, with hopes that new drivers would solve the issues.

Sadly this was not to be, and even running the latest (at the time of writing) 280.26 drivers, the problem continues.

However, after much searching around the net reading many others complaints about the same problem, (and attempting suggested solutions) i finally came across something that does seem to have had an impact on the stability of the game.

I run the Steam version of F:NV so I'm not sure if this will directly relate to a boxed retail version...

It involves creating a profile within the nvidia control panel for the F:NV executable (basically specific settings are selected when the game is detected instead of running on generic ones).

I make a point of my version being provided by Steam, as there was no profile standing when i went to check, only one for the Steam.exe itself.

First open the nvidia settings...

Click "Manage 3D Settings"

Click "Add"
*Note* Check the drop-down to the left of the Add button first to see if there is a profile already available. If so, select it and skip the next step.

Navigate to your Fallout: New Vegas install folder and locate the FalloutNV application (.exe)

In the settings do the following...

  • Set Multi-display/mixed-GPU acceleration to Single Display performance mode
  • Set Power management mode to Prefer Maximum Performance
  • Click Apply

You may now close the manager.

Test the game and see if there is any worthwhile improvement? It certainly seems to have helped for me personally. If it does make a difference, please pop back and leave a comment.

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