Shift 2: Unleashed Errors, Crashes, Freezes and Fixes

Shift 2: Unleashed has received mixed responses from the hardcore racing simulation fans after its release. Apart from the usual Not-Better-Than drama, the game appears to be solid but needs some technical fixes.

Before the developer releases a patch to fix everything that’s in your way to enjoy the visceral racing experience Shift 2 has to offer, you can refer to our troubleshooting guide to get the game running.

Shift 2: Unleashed Errors, Crashes, Freezes and Fixes

Possible solutions to all the problems you may come across while playing Shift 2: Unleashed.

How to Manually Uninstall Shift 2: Unleashed From Your PC
Follow these steps to manually uninstall Shift 2 from your system, in case needed.
Step 1 – Backup the save data:
1. Click the Start button and select Documents
2. Right-click the SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED folder and select Cut
3. Right-click on your desktop and select Paste
4. To restore your Shift 2 save games, move this folder back into the Documents folder

Step 2 – Delete the game files (in the default location):
1. Click the Start button and select Computer
2. Select the Local Disk (C:) drive folder
3. Select the Program Files folder
4. Select the Electronic Arts folder
5. Right-click the SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED folder and select Delete

Warning: Changes to the registry can cause your computer to operate improperly, so please follow these instructions exactly as they are written.

Step 3 – Backing up the registry:
Perform the steps listed below to back-up the registry so that should something go wrong, you can restore your system back to a working state:
1. Click the Start button (Windows button on Windows Vista) on the Windows Taskbar.
2. Click Run.
3. Type regedit into the available text field, and click OK.
Note: If you are using Windows 2000/XP/Vista, click File, and select Export.
Note: If you are using Windows 95/98/ME, click Registry, then select Export Registry.
4. Select All under Export Range.
5. Type backup into the File name field, and click Save.

Step 4 – Delete the registry keys:
1. Expand the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE folder
2. Expand the SOFTWARE folder
3. Expand the Electronic Arts folder
4. Right-click the SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED folder and select Delete
5. Collapse the Electronic Arts folder
6. Expand the Microsoft folder
7. Expand the Windows folder
8. Expand the CurrentVersion folder
9. Expand the Uninstall folder
10. Delete the following folder if it appears:

  • {E8C37E27-5205-4C8A-BECB-B00533045AAE}

Step 5 – Delete the uninstall files:
1. Click the Start button and select Computer
2. Select the Local Disk (C:) drive folder
3. Select the Program Files folder
4. Select Tools, then Folder Options, then View, then select “Show hidden files and folders”
5. Select the InstallShield Installation Information folder
6. Delete the following folder if it appears:

  • {E8C37E27-5205-4C8A-BECB-B00533045AAE}

Shift 2 Unleashed is now completely removed from your system.

2# Supported Steering Wheels For Shift 2: Unleashed
You can check the supported steering wheels and controllers for Shift 2: Unleashed here.

3# How to De-Authorize Your System For Shift 2: Unleashed
Follow these steps to use the in-game deauthorization tool for Shift 2 Unleashed:

Windows Vista/Windows 7

  • Click on the Windows button on the Windows Taskbar.
  • Select All Programs.
  • Click on Games.
  • Click on Games Explorer.
  • Right-click on the Shift 2 Unleashed icon.
  • Click on Shift 2 Unleashed – Deauthorize this machine.

Windows XP

  • Click on the Start Menu on the Windows Taskbar.
  • Select All Programs
  • Find the Electronic Arts folder.
  • Roll over the Shift 2 Unleashed directory.
  • Click on the Shift 2 Unleashed – Deauthorize this machine option.

You will receive a message when the computer is successfully deauthorized. It doesn’t uninstall the game, but if you want authorize your system again, just relaunch the game while connected to internet. You can learn more about deauthorization tool from here.

4# Shift 2: Unleashed Stuttering Fix – FPS Drops
If you are experiencing stuttering issues while playing the game. Easy fix, just installed the latest video card drivers and the game would run smooth. If the problem still persists, make sure you have latest PhysX installed on your system.

5# Shift 2 unleashed PS3 G25 Steering Wheel Problems
Turn off your wireless controller and try again. It will fix any issue you are experiencing in getting your steering wheel to be recognized by the game.

6# Can’t Activate Shift 2: Unleashed
Few of the things you can try:

  • At the activation screen simply click “cancel” and the game may install without activating.
  • Install the EA download manager, and in the upper right click the gear and click >redeem game code. Here you can enter your code, and download the game rather than install it from disc.

7# Shift 2: Unleashed – No Motion Blur, Depth of Field, or Smoke
Even with all the settings set to high, you don’t see the visual effects present in the game.

8# Shift 2: Unleashed Limited Edition Cars Missing
You just have to go to the Car Lot and select the cars that were rewarded to you. Once the code is entered the VIP (Limited Edition) cars cost $0, so you just have to load them into your Garage from the Car Lot.

9# Shift 2: Unleashed Autolog Error
If you are experiencing connection problems when trying to connect to autolog in Shift 2: Unleashed, be patient, it may just be a server overload issue.

10# Shift 2: Unleashed Slow – FPS Drops, and Stuttering
Update your video card drivers if you are experiencing slow menu, resolution issues, and stuttering all round while playing Shift 2: Unleashed.

11# Shift 2: Unleashed Fails on Start Up Process
You can follow the procedure below to resolve this issue:

  1. Make a note of the name of the subfolder under “C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Solidshield” (copy the folder name into the clipboard).
  2. Rename “C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Solidshield” ) – e.g. rename to “C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Solidshield.1″.
  3. Create folder “C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Solidshield”.
  4. Create a new subfolder under “C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Solidshield” and rename it with the directory name noted at step 1 (paste the folder name from the clipboard).
  5. Launch Shift 2 and proceed through the activation process. The process should now be able to create files under “C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Solidshield”, complete the activation process successfully and launch the game.

10# Shift 2: Unleashed Crashes
If the game is frequently crashing, you may need to update graphics card drivers, DirectX and PhysX drivers so it works properly. If the problem still persists, upgrade the graphics driver firmware version to resolve the issue.

11# Shift 2: Unleashed Freezes
a) Shift 2 Freezes When In – Garage
You may experience random freezes with the console version of the game especially when in-garage. Install the game on your HD; the number of freezes will minimize if the issue is not totally resolved.

12# Shift 2: Unleashed Errors

13# How to Reduce Steering Wheel Lag
Try forcing Vsync in your nVidia or ATI Catalyst control panel, also try dropping pre-rendered frames to – 0. If you are on ATI use Radeon Pro to do the job for you.

14# How to Skip Intro Videos
[game dir]\Movies\BootFlow_in.bik & BootFlow_out.bik –> simply rename these two files.

If you face any other issue while playing the game, share with us and we will try to help you out.

By Zawad Iftikhar

Zawad is the lead editor here and it's him who manages what gets published on the site. When not working on SegmentNext, he likes to relax with a few PC games.

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    • prab

      why i have to wait for?

    • ozzy

      Shift 2 Unleashed PC version freezes at initial loading screen too…
      i tried patchs and everythin… and nothing work :(

    • kappa

      if you have problem with crash before career or normal race and you have ati graphics copy and paste these file.dll
      - PhysXLoader
      - physxcudart_20
      - cudart32_30_9
      download these file from google. or here but you must wait a few days from today

      • ozzy

        these dlls didnt work :(
        my game crash in the load of the first race too =/

        • kappa

          when I use this Dll file in the directory of game it works. 1)try this: click right on Shift2.exe/property/compatibility and as this picture

          My problem was a crash in the load of career or normal race like you!

    • Numpty

      Read all of the above but still CTD. i get it after the login even when i skip it. I run win 7 64bit with a GTX275. i manually updated directx and physx and graphics drivers. tried as starting as administrator and unpluging my wheel but no difference. i looked at trying prob 11# but can not find that file anywhere. yes i am set to – no hidden folders. anyone have any idea’s or solutions?

    • Speed bump

      Just buy an i7 it runs the game perfectly even with 2 ATI 4890′s in XFire mode.
      Graphics are smick with everything set to Max.

      Best arcade racer game I have ever played. Works great with G27 wheel here & definitely no lag. Just turn off steering dead-zone until they bring out the patch.

      I also use an original modded Xbox controller with a USB Connection & it kicks but as well ( the analog is better on it than on my XBox 360 controller.

      The driver is signed too & is actually for the Tiger Game XBox Controller. Works with Vista or 7 64x or 32 bit.
      It Works a treat.
      There is a glitch in the Game steering dead zone so Kill it & get used to driving that way until they bring out the patch & stop you whinging.

    • Bruce

      Here’s a new one: If I try to race, sometime during the first lap a large black box blocks out a portion of the screen, followed by more, blocking all sight of the game, though I can hear it racing in the background and see the pavement moving in the gaps between the blackouts. This does not happen in the two qualifying races at the start of the game. I am playing on a new Dell XPS17, and have tried playing with and without the cd in the drive. The game is totally unplayable, but looks like it might be fun if I ever get to try it.

    • dani el

      My shift 2 PC crash many times! i have ati 4870 1gb, q6600 3ghz oc, 2gb ddr2, asus maximus formula motherbord. win 7 ultimate x64.

      how to resolve!?

    • W!SS

      this is a “Maybe” low fps fix for Shift 2 only on Nvidia Cards
      Uninstall your current video card drivers, then reinstall (whatever version, I use 260.99) but skip the Nview, do not install it
      it seems Shift 2 and Nview does not go well together
      It should fix the fps issue, and it won’t harm to try it
      Good luck :)

    • Robert

      Shift 2 Unleashed PC version freezes at initial loading screen. Downloaded from STEAM. I’ve removed the game and reinstalled twice. I’ve tried catalyst drivers (10.7, 11.2, 11.3 and currently running preview 11.4 drivers), removed and updated nvidia physx, validated the install with steam and I finally had success when I removed my logitech G25 drivers and unplugged the wheel. Once I updated the logitech drivers and plugged the wheel back in; it freezes again. Only way to make the game load is if I do a fresh catalyst driver install and load game without plugging in the logitech wheel. Then once the wheel is plugged in to run the game, if I exit the game and try to restart it, it freezes again. VERY Dissapointed with this. Please help. Thank you.

      • Zawad Iftikhar

        The game was freezing at loading screens on my Xbox 360 too. I don’t if this is problem with the game itself, anyway I look into and see what I can find.