Dead Rising 2 Errors, Crashes, and GFWL Fixes

By   /   Sep 29, 2010

Dead Rising 2 has come to PC with lot of problems errors, and frustrating issues that one would think; why on earth a publisher would use two DRM softwares at the same time.
Yeah! ask that to Capcom, but now that we have the game with all its crashes, connection problems and other frustrating issues, all we can do is help each other to get this game running. (Community Contributed Post)

You can refer to the workarounds below for the ongoing installation problems, crashes, and connection issues faced by Dead Rising 2.

Dead Rising 2 Troubleshooting Guide

Games For Windows Live Fixes
First manually re-install Games For Windows Live after uninstalling the game version of the software. By manual re-install I mean, install it from the site not the version that comes with the game.

Check the status of Windows Live and Windows Live Services whether they are down or not. You can visit this link to check the status of all Windows live services and be sure they are online.

Or You can refer to this comprehensive Games For Windows Live Troubleshooting Guides.
GFWL Connection Problems
GFWL Technical Errors

1# Dead Rising 2 Crashes on Start Up
You started the game but the game crashes trying to start. What to do ? Change your sound card’s sample rate to 16 bit DVD quality. Verify the game cache and start the game.

Or make sure that your Games For Windows Live client is not corrupted. Try manually installing GFWL client and see if that helps. Also make sure your audio sample rate is set to 24bit, 48000khz.

2# Dead Rising 2 Has Stopped Working
Quite famous error, comes now and then in games. Mostly due to the game loading the system. Running the game on high settings ? try running the game on slightly lower settings.

Also drivers updates are meant to increase the performance of video cards with the games which means, you need to update your graphics and system drivers.

Another thing that may be causing this issue is audio sample rate, anything above 48000 khz won’t work so set your audio to that setting.

3# Game Won’t Start
Re-install the game and then manually install Games for Windows Live.

4# Games For Windows Live Cannot Connect to Internet
Re-install GFWL and forward these ports.

  • TCP port 80.
  • UDP and TCP port 3074.
  • UDP port 88
  • UDP and TCP port 53
  • TCP port 443

5# Dead Rising 2 Random Crashes
Dead Rising 2 is plagued by the Games For Windows Live, which ships with the game so manually installing the GFWL client will resolve most of the crashes.

6# Can’t Join Co Op Game
Make sure you have these ports forwarded before you attempt to play online.

  • TCP port 80.
  • UDP and TCP port 3074.
  • UDP port 88
  • UDP and TCP port 53
  • TCP port 443

7# Dead Rising 2 Stuck at Loading
If your game gets stuck at loading, make sure your installation is not corrupt. If you downloaded the game from Steam, verify the integrity of the cache.

8# Can’t Run The Game Windowed ?
By default the game doesn’t support windowed mode so nothing will happen if you press ALT+Enter. You will have to use a third party program DXWND-MS to force the game in windowed mode.

9# How to Save Progress Offline Games For Windows Live
Dead Rising 2 is a Games For Windows Live (GFWL) based title and you need access to a GFWL account in order to save game progress. You can also create an offline account to save the progress locally on your computer but initially you won’t be presented with this option as it is hidden. You won’t be able to unlock achievements, and won’t be able to play online though.

How to Save Progress Offline

Step 1
Launch the game. Open the Windows Live menu or it will pop-up automatically when you start the game.

Step 2
a)If you are not logged into any GFWL profile continue to step 3.
b) If you are already logged into a profile and unable to save progress then log-out of that profile and now create new profile buttom will become visible.

Step 3
Click on ‘Create new profile’ button.

Step 4
In the dialog box that pops up DO NOT hit continue. Hitting continue will take you to a registration page for an online profile – which you obviously don’t want as you want to create an offline profile.

Step 5
Once in the ‘Create Gamer Profile’ window, scroll down so that you can see the bottom paragraph.

Step 6
Look for the hyperlinked ‘create a local profile’ link in last paragraph. Click it to create a new offline profile to save progress of Dead Rising 2 locally.

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