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Dead Space 3 PC Crashes, Errors, Freezes and Fixes


The third installment of the famous horror action series Dead Space has been released, and it will really be surprising for a series fan to not buy this gem. Like many other EA games, Dead Space 3 too has high-quality graphics requiring a lot of resources of your machine.

It’s all good if you haven’t faced any problems with the PC version of the game, but if you have come across any game breaking issues like errors/crashes or any other problem, you can refer to the following workarounds to find the possible solution to the issue you are facing.

#1 Dead Space 3 Not Showing up in My Games
If you are facing this issue, first thing you should do is restart game client. If the problem persists, you need to open your Origin client, go to “My Games” and under the tab “Show:” select “Hidden Games”.

#2 Dead Space 3 Crashes To Desktop
There can be multiple reasons behind a CTD so you can try out the following to fix the issue:

  • Make sure that your firewall is not blocking the game.
  • The crash can occur due to the extra peripherals like joypad etc attached to the system and the softwares used by them. Disable/uninstall any controller utility you might have installed to fix the issue.
  • Make sure that you are using the latest version of the drivers for your sound card and gfx.

#3 Dead Space 3 Error – Stuck on Scanning DLC
Some of the users have reported the issue and restarting the Origin client seems to have fixed the problem. You can also give it a shot. Reinstalling Origin in the same directory where your games are being downloaded can also fix it.

If the problem persists, you should contact EA advisor for further assistance.

#4 Dead Space 3 Autosave Problem
Dead Space 3 does not save some of the optional missions. If you are on a side quest, make sure you finish it before quitting out of the game. Seems like a bug and I hope that the issue will be addressed soon by the developer.

#5 Dead Space 3 – Can’t Play Co-op Due to Connection Restriction
If you are unable to host or join in a game, you should forward the following ports:

3659 UDP (if unsure do BOTH UDP and TCP)
9999 UDP (if unsure do BOTH UDP and TCP)

#6 Dead Space 3 Headphone Sound Issue
If you haven’t been unable to listen any sounds via your headphone, you should do the following:

Right click on sound icon in the lower right corner-> click “Playback Devices” -> Right click on “Communications Headphones” in the new pane -> and press disable.

#7 Dead Space 3 – Error: 262149:-3 While downloading
If you are receiving this error while downloading, you should do the following:
Make sure that you have the latest version of the Origin client running on your PC. You can download and install the latest version from here.

Try forwarding the following ports:

  • TCP: 80, 443, 9988, 20000-20100, 22990, 17502, 42127
  • UDP: 3659, 14000-14016, 22990-23006, 25200-25300

If you come across any other issues, let us know by commenting below!