Alien Breed 3: Descent Errors, Crashes, Freezes and Fixes

By   /   Nov 23, 2010


Alien Breed 3: Descent is a 3rd person shooter game in which players assume the role of a soldier fighting aliens aboard a stranded space station. Players collect weapons on the go as they battle it out to regain the control of the space station.

You can refer to the troubleshooting guide below to fix any errors, crashes, freezes and other game breaking problems you experience while playing the game.

Alien Breed 3: Descent Troubleshooting Guide

1# Alien Breed 3 Save Game Problem – Fix
If you are having trouble saving the game, you can try this:
Reset the location of “My Documents” to the default (no need to move your files), play the game until you’ve got your first save, and then select your chosen location for “My Documents” again (this time moving the files). All you have to do then is to move the contents of “Copy of My Games” to “My Games” and you’re good to go.

2# Alien Breed 3 Sound Problem – Low Sound Fix
If you have Windows 7 and you’re having sound problems with the Windows system sounds (very low volume) after playing or just trying to play co-op, it’s NOT a sound bug.
It’s because of an option in Control Panel>Sound>Manage>Audio Devices>Communications tab, that by default “reduces sound volume by 80%” when Windows detects communications activity. Check “Do Nothing” and sound will get back to normal.

3# Alien Breed 3 Crashes at Launch – StartUp Crash Fix
Make sure your firewall is not blocking the game, or not conflicting with the game executable. Better add this to exception list or disable firewall and antivirus. Most of the crashes are because of the firewall/antivirus conflict with the game.

4# Alien Breed 3 Freezes – Fix
If your game freezes while playing or at the start of any sequence, you need to update your video card drivers.

5# Alien Breed 3 Demo Conflict!
If you have previously installed the demo of Alien Breed 3 before buying the full version of the game. Uninstall the demo before you install the full version of Alien Breed 3, most of the issues have been reported due to full game version conflicting with the installed demo files.

6# Alien Breed 3 Hangs at Start – Start Up Freezes – Crash to Desktop
You can try these:

  • Update your video card drivers.
  • Update DirectX
  • Re-install PhysX *Important*
  • Update Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Libraries
  • Run the game in compatibility mode as admin.
  • Update your Sound Card Drivers. *Important*

7# Alien Breed 3 Doesn’t Start
If you have an external sound card in place, you may also have to update your primary sound card drivers before you be able to start the game. Its black magic, that works.

8# Alien Breed:Impact is Starting – Freeze
Re-install the game.

9# How to Install – Re-install PhysX
1. Use PhysX *version* uninstaller
2. Use Driver Sweeper to clean out remaining dll files.
3. Install PhysX *version* that was bundled with my current video drivers
At this point the game works again, but you can also,
4. Install 9.10.0224 now for compatibility with newer games.

10# Alien Breed 3 Out of Range Error
Right click on ‘Alien Swarm’ in Steam -> Properties -> Set launch options.
Add “-w 1024 -h 768 -refresh 60”. Run the game, and change video settings in game options to this resolution and refresh rate. It happens because your monitor doesn’t support default resolution.Remove this command line after you have changed the video settings.

11# Unable to Load .dll file
Verifty the integrity of the files.

12# Executed Alien Breed 3, and nothing happened ?
Try running the game as admin, or in Windows XP SP2 compatibility.

13# Alien Breed 3 Launcher Problem
1. Restart Steam.
2. Restart Computer.
3. Go the folder and launch the application directly.
4. Validate integrity of game cache.
If that Doesn’t work, try this.
Go the folder in your steam index/common/alien breed 3
delete the Type. file “srcds_run” and then re-validate the integrity of game cache.

14# Alien Breed 3 Stuttering Issues
If your game seizes after few seconds of the gameplay, these freezes make the game highly unplayable. Try disabling multicore rendering and see if it helps.

15# Alien Breed 3 DirectX problem
You have the latest directX 9.0c but still are unable to play the game ? then do this.
1. Open steam, log in (Can’t play with logged out.)
2. Go to C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\Common\alien breed 3
3. Doubleclick on alien breed 3 exe, or make a shortcut of that then open.
4. Now you can play.

16# Alien Breed 3 Black Screen Error
When you launch the game you come across black screen of death, you can hear the sound but can only see black screen. You know what you need to do right ? force the native resolution and refresh rate in the steam command line.

17# Alien Breed 3 Microphone Bug ?
Should be an audio driver issue. Look in the recording options of Steam for something like “Stereo Mix” and turn it off.”

18# Alien Breed: Impact Driver Crash
Roll Back to previous drivers if the game crashes on the new new drivers.

19# Alien Breed: Impact Crashes, Freezes, and Fixes
If the game doesn’t launch, try these:

  • Update DirectX
  • Update Sound Card Drivers.
  • Update PhsyX – Reinstall.
  • Update C++ Runtime Libraries.
  • Try different video card drivers.

Got anything else that can help ? tell.

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