Fable 3 Crashes, Errors, FPS, GFWL, Save Bug, Freezes, and Fixes

By   /   May 21, 2011

Fable 3 has been released for PC and you might be among one of those who are having some issues in running the game properly. Refer to the following troubleshooting guide to find the solution of common issues associated with the game.

1# Fable 3 Sound Issues
If you are facing hear the sound properly or sounds are shuttering, try changing your speakers (5.1 or similar) to stereo in sound options. This should fix the issue. If you are still facing the problem, try updating your sound card drivers.

2# Fable 3 – Save Files Corruption Fix
You might end up corrupting your save files as game can crash while it is being autosaved or loading a map. To fix the problem:

  1. C:\Users\[Username]\Saved Games\Lionhead Studios\Fable 3\
  2. In there you will find a folder labeled with random numbers or letters. The save files are inside this folder.
  3. Delete every file beginning with “hero1autosave”.

This should enable you to load the game. You might loose some progress but it is better to have something than nothing.

3# Can’t log into Game For Windows Live (GFWL) Marketplace
This issue can be due to a number of reasons. You can try following solutions to fix the problem so that you can download the DLC.

  • Try running the client as administrator
  • Uninstall GFWL and then re-install it.
  • Uninstall the kb977377 update from windows.
  • You can also try installing windows live sign in assistant to solve the issue.

4# Fable 3 – Can’t launch the “.exe” file
You can try the same workarounds mention in #3. Re-installing the game may also fix the problem.

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5# Fable 3 – Runtime Error
The error can be due to some software or driver conflict. Update the drivers (sound and graphics) and also do a clean Directx install.
If this doesn’t help, you should go to Fable 3 folder, and find SupportFiles/ MSVCRT and run the executable in there. You can also try re-installing Windows Redistributable.

7# Fable 3 – 30 FPS Fix
Since Fable 3 is a console game ported to PC, FPS can be fixed to 30 specially when V-sync option is turned on. Without V-sync, you might feel some screen tearing which is annoying specially when your PC is well capable of running the game with V-sync turned on. Here is what you have to do:

Go to your graphic card options interface (catalyst or nVidia control panel) and force V-sync on from the options. Turn off the in game V-sync and you will have at least up to 60 fps with least screen tearing.

7# Fable 3 – No Menu and Screen Flickering Issue
You need to turn off the V-sync and lower the graphics to fix the problem. At the main screen before starting the game, press “3” and using windowed mode, lower your graphics. Also turn off the AA to see if it helps.

8# Fable 3 – Slow Performance/Motion
If you can’t run the game smoothly at recommended settings and meet the minimum system requirements to run the game, restart the game at recommended settings. The game should work find, if it does, you can increase the resolution and graphics according to your hardware capacity.

9# Fable 3 – Pre Load Error
Fable 3 does not support pre-load functionality. You won’t get to know that you got the game on the store page. The game will be displayed in your game library though.

10# Fable 3 Doesn’t Start/Black Screen
The issue can be solved by re-installing/repairing GFWL from the control panel. If you haven’t tried it yet, first login Window Live Marketplace and then try running the game. If you are facing black screen on launch, then you should try changing the resolution by switching to windowed mode first.

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11# How to Enable Xfire With Fable 3
To have Xfire work with Fable 3, do the following:
1. Go to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ on Windows XP or C:\ProgramData\ on Windows 7.
2. Enter the Xfire folder.
3. Open xfire_games.ini.
4. Create a text document called xfire_games.ini.log.
5. Under sections [6592_1] and [6592_2], change “InGameFlags=USE_PRESENT|ENABLE_MOUSE|USE_DINPUT_M OUSE” to “InGameFlags=USE_PRESENT|ENABLE_MOUSE”
6. Enter something like this to the xfire_games.ini.log:



Every Xfire game update will rewrite your xfire_games.ini, so it is important to log the changes you make.

12# Games for Windows Live must verify the realse date of your game. please make sure that your computer is connected to the internet.

If you get the “games for windows live must verify the realse date of your game. please make sure that your computer is connected to the internet” message, there is a bug which seems to make the ‘enter’ button not appear onscreen, so just press the enter key.

Secondly, if you then come up against the Windows-Live login page, you don’t have to login. Just click out of the box (by using the ‘back’ button if I recall) and that will allow you to click the ‘enter’ button and launch your game.

Fable 3 60 FPS Fix

Step 1
Download GeForce Driver v275.27 BETA.

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Step 2
Download and install the latest rivatuner, when installed run D3DOverrider, it comes inside the rivatuner installed folder , select the + icon to add a new profile, browse for the fable3.exe to add it, select the fable 3 profile and select the “force triple buffering” to “ON” and “force Vsync” to “ON”.

Step 3
Check FPS using Fraps.

Step 4
Play Fable 3 and in the options “game setting – Display” screen leave vertical sync set to “ON”.

Step 5
Enter the “detail settings” and tweak these settings with respect to your gaming rig:

  • Model Detail
  • Landscape Detail
  • Effects Detail
  • Tree Detail
  • Texture Quality
  • Shadows OFF (In any case whether you have high end rig or an average gaming PC)
  • Water Quality
  • Draw Distance (Low or Reasonable in any case)

14# Fable 3 Eyefinity Fix
Fable 3 does supports eyefinity. Go into the Fable 3 folder and launch “PCVideoOptionsApplet.exe”, and then change the resolution to your desired eyefinity resolution.

You can find this executable here: Fable 3 > PCVideoOptionsApplet > PCVideoOptionsApplet.exe

15# Fable 3 Crashes – Fix
Right click on Fable 3 shortcut, go to properties, click on the Compatibility tab, and check the box that says “Run this program in compatibility mode for:” and then choose what you have…for me it’s Windows XP (Service Pack 3).

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If that doesn’t work, update your graphics driver to the latest version and make sure to update Direct X and NVIDIA. If you have an integrated graphics chip and experiencing crashes then follow the setups below to get the game to run atleast.

Right click the shortcut and set the following under the Compatibility tab:

  • Run this program in compatibility mode for Windows XP Service Pack 2
  • Disable visual themes
  • Disable desktop composition
  • Run this program as administrator

Apply all changes, close that window, then run the game from that shortcut. Once the game has loaded, click “Options” in the bottom right corner. Set the graphics properties to all “Very Low” or “Off” and make sure to turn off “Vertical Sync”.

If you come across any other issue, let me know and I will try to help you out.