Max Payne 3 PC Tweaks, Errors, Crashes, Freezes and Fixes

By   /   Jun 1, 2012


Console gamers had the chance to play the game earlier and now, its PC gamers’ turn to enjoy the high flying shooting action of Max Payne 3.

Technical issues can sometimes be a curse for a PC gamer specially when one cannot pin-point the problem. To avoid such desperate situations, you can refer to the following troubleshooting guide that will cover the common problems that you may face while running Max Payne 3 on your PC.

For more help, read our Multiplayer, Arcade and Weapons Guide.

#1 Max Payne 3 – Install a Windows Service Pack Error
If you have the required Service Pack and still can’t run the game, then you should try running the game as administrator. This may fix the issue for you.

#2 Nothing Happens on Pressing the Launch Button
When the game does not start without giving any error then the problem is may be related to .NET, C++ and DirectX tools. If you have a retail version, these tools are present on the discs so that you can run the setups manually.

#3 Max Payne 3 Tweaks – List of Command Line Parameters
Since it’s a PC game, players do have the freedom to use some command lines for small customization. The list is as follows:

-adapter
Force specific DirectX adapter starting from 0.

-cpucount
Force cpu count if query is not successful.

-d3dmt
Force multi-threaded DirectX runtime.

-dx10
Force DirectX 10 if available.

-dx10_1
Force DirectX 10.1 if available.

-dx11
Force DirectX 11 if available.

-dx9
Force DirectX 9.

-frameLimit
Force VSYNC [0, 1, 2]; (0 equals Vsync Off)

-fullscreen
Force fullscreen mode.

-fxaa
Force FXAA quality [0..3].

-gpucount
Force gpu count if query is not successful.

-height
Force vertical resolution.

-language english
Force English language.

-language french
Force French language.

-language italian
Force Italian language.

-language german
Force German language.

-language spanish
Force Spanish language.

-language russian
Force Russian language.

-language portuguese
Force Portugese language.

-language polish
Force Polish language.

-MSAA
Force MSAA [0..5].

-MSAAQuality
Force MSAA quality level.

-outputMonitor
Force specific monitor starting from 0.

-reflectionquality
Force reflection quality [0..3].

-refreshrate
Force refresh rate.

-safemode
Force game to load with safest settings.

-shadowquality
Force shadow quality [0..3].

-ssao
Force SSAO [0..1].

-stereo
Force 3D stereo support [0..1] (1 is on)

-tessellation
Force tessellation quality [0..3].

-texturefilterquality
Force the Anisotropic texture filter quality [0..4].

-texturequality
Force the texture quality [0..2].

-useHighQualityShaders
Force usage of high quality shaders [0..1].

-waterquality
Force water quality [0..2].

-width
Force horizontal resolution

-windowed
Force windowed mode.

#4 Max Payne 3 Crashes After Changing the Graphics Settings To High
This happens sometimes that you increase the resolution to very high and get a black screen as a result. After force quitting and re-launching the game, the black screen doesn’t go away or the game gets crashed. In such scenario, you need to delete the graphics settings file manually to set the settings to default.

In case of Max Payne 3, delete the graphics.xml file from \Documents\Rockstar Games\Max Payne 3\

#5 Max Payne 3 – Error Code 1641 on the Launch
The problem is related to .NET 3.5. Even if it has been installed properly, your system may need a reboot for the proper functioning. So if you are getting this error, you should restart your PC and launch the game again.

#6 Max Payne 3 Crashes with Error “StackHash_XXXX” on Launch
The issue is mostly faced by the Windows Vista users on Data Execution Failure. You should try to run the game as administrator that my fix the issue. Alternatively, you can try out the following procedure.

  • Open your Start menu and click Control Panel
  • Browse to “System Maintenance” then “System”
  • In the left panel, select “Advanced System Settings” from the available links
  • You should now see the System Properties Window, which will have three sections. The top section is labeled “Performance” and has a “Settings” button. Click this button.
  • Select the “Data Execution Prevention” tab.
  • Select the option which reads “Turn on DEP for all programs and services except those I select”
  • Use the “Browse” button to locate the executable file for the application you were trying to start when you received the StackHash error, and click Open to add it to your exceptions list.
  • Click Apply or OK to commit your changes.

#7 Max Payne 3 – Stuck at Long Initialization
This issue can be due to different reasons, but this workaround may help:
Max Payne 3.exe properties, set the compatibility to Windows 7 and click run as Administrator. For other operating systems, same method can be used.

#8 Max Payne 3 – ERR_OS_VISTA
Follow the link to find a fix for this problem.

If you come across any other issue while playing Max Payne 3, comment, and we will try to help you out.

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