Super Meat Boy Errors, Crashes, Freezes and Fixes

Super Meat Boy gets to be the best indie game released on PC this year. But, it doesn’t come without issues. There is a whole list of game breaking issues, errors, crashes, freezes and install problems. If you face any of these, you can refer to the guide below for workarounds.

Super Meat Boy Troubleshooting Guide

1# Random Crashing on Windows 7

  • Locate SuperMeatBoy.exe in C:\Program_files\Steam\steamapps\common\super_meat _boy
  • Right click on it and go to properties.
  • Click on the “Compatibility” tab.
  • Check “Run this program in compatibility mode for” and select in the drop box “Windows XP (Service Pack 3)”
  • Also check “Run this program as an administrator.”
  • Press “OK”


In the Steam client, right click “Super Meat Boy” and go to “Properties”
Un-Check “Enable Steam Community In-Game.”
Click “Close”.

2# Runs too fast or too slow in “Full Screen” mode
Use in-game settings to turn it to “Windowed” mode.
Update video drivers and ensure that they allow application to decide graphical settings.


Turn VSync on in video drivers.

3# Third-party game controller doesn’t work
Use a program such as Xpadder or JoyToKey to map keyboard controls to your controller.

4# Super Meat Boy Crashes on ALT-Tab
Launch the game windowed or disable steam cloud.

5# Black Screen at Start Up
Make sure you are running the game in your native desktop resolution and have updated your video card drivers.
Add “-w 1024 -h 768 -refresh 60”. Run the game, and change video settings in game options to this resolution and refresh rate. It happens because your monitor doesn’t support default resolution.Remove this command line after you have changed the video settings in game.

6# Input not Supported Error Message ‘Super Meat Boy’
Force your desktop resolution and launch the game by following the instructions in #5.

7# Super Meat Boy ‘Boss Level Not Working’
Update the game, it has been fixed by the developer.

8# Game Overlay Crashes
Check the integrity of the game files. Right click on the game in Steam Library, go to properties, local files and verify cache files.

9# How to Enable Vsync
You can force vertical synchronization from your Display control panel. nVidia Control Panel or ATI Catalyst Control Center.

10# Error Closing the Game
Update your game to the latest patch. Though, it has been widely reported to make the game worse on forums but, you may get lucky.
If update doesn’t fix this issue, refer to #1 to resolve it.

11# xinput9_1_0.dll Error
Update your DirectX to 9.0c. Install the DirectX that comes with the game and you will be fine.

12# “Preparing to launch Super Meat Boy” Game Doesn’t Start
Start the game as admin, and in compatibility mode. Also if you come across black screen, follow the instructions in #5 to fix it.

13# Game Crashes at Start
Install updated DirectX 9.0c.

14# Preferences Not Saved
If your game crashes on closing the game, it won’t save preferences.

15# Other Weird Graphical Issues
If you come across weird graphic bugs and performance issues, play with game in low graphics (steam parameter -lowdetail).

16# Long Load Times Fix
If you are facing long load times, run the game windowed and it will improve the loading times.

17# How to fix issues with third party controllers
1. Download JoyToKey and set it to whatever controls you want (I like D-pad as move, Button 1 as Jump, and right trigger as run)
2. Unplug your controller
3. Run Super Meat Boy
4. Plug controller back in
5. Play and Enjoy the game.

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

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After many hours of testing. Following these steps, your problem should become history.

#1. Update your video card drivers, ATI website, or nVidia website depending on your graphics card type.

#2. Install the Microsoft DirectX Update found here.

#3. On some computers there is no sound card installed. This will cause Super Meat Boy to crash, because, despite your sound card drivers installed, Super Meat Boy will not run if you have no sound card. You must install a sound card if you don’t have one. In my case, I don’t know the sound card on this computer, so I simply installed VIA Audio (Wave) device generic sound card through Device Manager. Even though my PC doesn’t play sound, the crashes stopped after the fake sound card was installed.

Try these steps. In most cases your Super Meat Boy will run stable now.

Performance Tip: If you find the game is lagging a bit, especially after playing for a few hours or running programs in the background, simply set the game to run in Window Mode and open your Task Manager. Find the process called SuperMeatBoy.exe and set its priority to ‘Above Normal’. This should give your game a good performance boost. Leave the game in Windowed mode.