FIFA 12 has been released in North America and though stunning in many ways, it still fails on several technical grounds for PC gamers. Starting with messy keyboard controls that will limit your ability to execute several skills and moves set.
If that wasn’t enough, the unbearable lag and poor overall performance and stuttering will ruin your day. Add to that random crashes and freezes and it becomes your first experience with FIFA 12 on PC.
EA has already released patches and updates that address few of these issues but sadly everything is not fixed.
So if you are experiencing any of these issues, you may want to look at the workarounds in our troubleshooting guide to temporarily resolve these issues till EA fixes everything with future patches and updates.
1# FIFA 12 Installation Problems
You have the disc version but you are asked to download it again from Origin ? Yes, sometimes you may end up doing that. Some of you may also not be able to play the game because of the release check, since FIFA 12 hasn’t been released in some regions.
Or You have downloaded the game, and when you click the executable, nothing happens, it just sits there and creates a crashdump file when you try to run it. If that’s the case, you may want to run it as admin in compatibility mode.
2# Update Broke FIFA 12
When you install FIFA 12, it prompts you to install an update – you install the update but still can’t play the game. Well, you may have to wait a bit more to play this game because obviously something is wrong at EA’s end, and when it is fixed, you will be able to play the game.
3# How To Change Arena Ball
A sweet trick if you don’t like the default Arena Ball. Just put one of the following codes in your rna.ini file – create one if you can’t find it. Don’t forget to remove the ball name that is in brackets. If you want to play with Seitiro EPL ball, put FREE_ROAM_BALL_ID=5 in your rna.ini file.
4# FIFA 12 Crashes and Shuts Down PC
You start your first match and in second half, FIFA 12 crashes to desktop and shuts down your PC.
5# FIFA 12 Lag Fix
If you are experience lag and poor performance with FIFA 12, download and Install This App.
ADD FIFA 12.EXE (+) to the list.
Application detection level (HIGH)
Force triple buffering (ON)
Force Vsync (ON)
Now Run game with D3D Application open. It’s a perfect lag fix for ATI users. For Nvidia users it does improve performance and fixes lag but not to that extent.
6# FIFA 12 Lag, Stuttering and Performance Fix
If you are experiencing low performance, lag, or stuttering while playing FIFA 12, disable AA and Vsync and run the game again. You can also try running the game in windowed mode to resolve the issue temporarily. You can follow the steps below to resolve this issue:
Disable in game Vsync
Disable in game Anti Aliasing
Force Vsync with D3DOverrider (You can find the link above).
Force Anti Aliasing on *ATI Catalyst Control Panel or Nvidia Control Panel.
7# FIFA 12 Freezes With Xbox 360 Controllers
FIFA 12 seems to have issues with default Xbox 360 controller drivers and if you are experiencing freezing issues and stuttering with the game while playing with your Xbox 360 controller on PC.
Uninstall Xbox 360 controller drivers and re-connect them. Let Windows configure the controller and start the game. You will definitely see improvement. FIFA 12 will run smoothly and won’t freeze.
8# FIFA 12 PC Controls Issue
You can follow the instructions here to resolve it, if you can’t configure the controls through FIFA 12 Setup settings.
9# How to Manually Map Keyboard Keys in FIFA 12
If you want to manually set keyboard controls in FIFA 12, you have to edit the buttonDataSetup.ini. Search the file with “keyboard” keyword and edit the button mapping as you want.
10# FIFA 12 Audio – Commentary Fix
Run the game in stereo. You can set the sound to stereo by going into the settings of your audio control panel.
11# Nvidia Performance Fix
Make sure you don’t download the newly release Battlefield 3 Beta drivers since they mess up FIFA 12. Keep earlier version of Nvidia drivers and things will be much smoother.
12# FIFA 12 Crashes To Desktop
For some people are experience random crashes to desktop, unplugging the controller has fixed the issue. Try your luck!
13# Origin Update Freezes – FIFA 12
Try to run the game as admin and then update the game.
14# How To Run FIFA 12 Windowed ?
I want you to not bash EA when you can’t find how to run the game Windowed. Just put FULLSCREEN = 0 in the fifasetup.ini file in your documents folder and you will be able to run the game in Windowed mode.
15# Game Face Freezes FIFA 12
When you go to download your Game Face, it freezes at every 5%. To fix this issue, erase your game face at My FIFA 12 – where it says profile – load/save/delete. Hit delete and delete the game face file. After that quit the game and restart. You should be able to download your game face again without any problems.
Let us know if you face any other issues, and we will try to help you out.