Football Manager 2012 Crashes, Slow, Save, Connection, Freezes, Errors, and Fixes


Football Manager 2012 is arguably the best Football Management simulation game and if you are die-hard Football fanatic, you wouldn’t want to miss a chance to manage your dream football club.

You can either manage your favorite club or attempt to a become footballing god, by winning all the national and international championships. Upload your save file to show off what you have achieved.

Bored ? See how your team performs in the field in 3D Match Mode. Change tactics on the go and even take control of the certain aspect on the field.

If technical hurdle comes in your way to experience all this, refer to our troubleshooting guide that follows.

1# FM 2012 Won’t Install
You may need to change the language in-game settings to English to resolve this. It may only occur if you have bought it off retailers outside Europe/NA.

2# Football Manager 2012 – Serious Error Encountered
Verify the game cache in Steam to resolve this error. To do this, right-click on the game, select properties, select the local files tab, click verify integrity of game cache. If it doesn’t resolve, Delete Local Content and re-install.

3# How To Download Database Editor in Football Manager 2012
You can download the editor in Steam, in your library select Tools from the drop down menu.

4# Football Manager 2012 Crashes – Crash To Desktop
FM 2012 crashes when you start the match in 3D. If it happens, make sure you have updated your video card drivers and your video card is supported by the game.

Another issue for the random crashes can be your internet security, so try running the game with all the antivirus, internet security softwares disabled. Or you can add Football Manager in the their exceptions list.

If you still can’t fix the problem, rename your ClientRegistry.blob, and restart Steam – c:\program files\steam by default.

5# FM 2012 Freezes – Stuttering, Lag, Slow

6# Football Manager 2012 Slow Loading
Most of times slow loading can be attributed to the lack of physical memory available for the game. If you want smooth gameplay without hiccups, close all the applications and run the game solo. Make sure you meet the minimum system requirements.

7# FM 2012 Save File Corruption
Football Manager 2012 has a huge database of teams and assets. If you won’t save your progress appropriately you may end up with the short end of the stick – corrupting the database which cannot be repaired.

So, be careful before hand and always cautious when you save the game. Try to create a new save and save your progress every now and then instead of overwriting an old save. It’s just a cautious approach, you will also be fine with overwriting the save files.

9# Can’t Load The Game ? FM 2012

10# Football Manager 2012 Connection Issues
Bypass your router or make sure it is not running in DMZ mode. Add following files to your exceptions list:

  • steaminstall.exe
  • steam.exe
  • hl.exe
  • hl2.exe
  • steamTmp.exe

Make sure you have these ports forwarded:

  • UDP 27000 to 27015
  • UDP 27015 to 27030
  • TCP 27020 to 27050
  • TCP 27015

11# How To Get Offline Mode Working

  • Start Steam online – make sure the Remember my password box on the login window is checked.
  • Verify that all game files are completely updated – you can see the update status for a game under the Library section (when the game shows as 100% – Ready it is ready to be played in Offline Mode).
  • Launch the game you would like to play offline to verify that there are no further updates to download – shut down the game and return to Steam once you have confirmed that the game can be played.
  • Go to Steam > Settings to ensure the ‘Don’t save account credentials on this computer’ option is not selected.
  • From the main Steam window, go to the Steam menu and select Go Offline.
  • Click Restart in Offline Mode to restart Steam in Offline Mode.

12# How To Block colour at the bottom of the screen
I installed through Steam and now I get an annoying block of colour on my screen (bottom right hand corner)? In Steam click the icon “Settings”, click the tab “in-game” and untick the “enable steam community”.

If you face any other issues, let us know and we will try to help you out.

By Zawad Iftikhar

Zawad is the lead editor of SegmentNext. He primarily manages what gets published on the site. He is a finance student and PC games enthusiast.


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    • audun

      hi, i`am on my 5 season on this save and was hoping to go up to premier divisjon when the game all of the sudden freezes and when i try to mowe forward the game closes. :(

      my others save`s works just fine! and there has been no other proobs so far!

      what can i do to fix this!!

      frustrated!!!

    • Alexander

      What about #9 ??? it happened to me two times now. Started a game with burton, saved the game- day after, tried to load the game and this came up: Couldn’t load this game. And then something about error cod 41…….

    • Asbjørn Dam

      What should the clienregestry.blob be changed to? I have tried with the firewall stuff and so on, but it still doesnt work.. :/

    • David

      Hi, i can’t load my save. When i try to load it, it just stops while loading, and stands still for 5-10min before i get message saying that the game is currently unavailable. I then tried to make a new save, and when tried to load this new game again, the same thing happened..
      Is there anything i can do?

      • Alexander

        I’ve got the same problem! Plz tell me if you find out how to fix it! Because i’ve tried alot of things that didn’t help me at all! So confusing, 2 times it happened to me aswell, and i cant find the motivation to start all over again when i know it’s not gonna be able to load ”the day after”! add me on steam if u like: ghoggeng

    • Bill

      I run windows 7 ultimate X86 yet when trying to install FM2012 it tells me that my system is incompatible and I should check if I need 32-bit or 64-bit?

    • tyrone

      Hi my game will download, but will not start up. Its due to a serious problem encounted. I cant do what you have stated above, because when i right click the icon on my desktop, go properties, etc. I dont have a local tab, where the cache process is. Can u help? I have xp and fm 2011 worked fine for me.