F1 2011 Crashes and Fixes

If the memory has not got stale then you would remember that there were many users who faced some major issues in running F1 2010. Now, F1 2011 has been released and your PC may not like the game again. In this guide, we will provide details about F1 2011 crashes and fixes.

F1 2011 Crashes and Fixes

It’s not always that the game is the problem but there are smaller conflicts that can be sorted out to make things work. So, if you are facing any issue in launching the game, playing it smoothly, something related to performance or any other problem, read on to find the solution.

#1 The Game Won’t Launch in Directx 11
If you are facing this problem then you should try to disable crossfire using CCC. You need to do following steps:

  • Delete your hardwaresettings folder in Documents>My Games>FormulaOne2011
  • Disable Crossfire in the CCC, not RadeonPro
  • Launch the game

Also update your NVIDIA drivers to 285.27.

#2 F1 2011 Crashes/ F1 2010 Also Not Working Since Install
If your F1 2011 installation has also messed up with F1 2020 then you need run windows updates to check any outdated files. The problem is more likely in Windows 7. You can also try following workarounds:

  • If you have Rapture application installed, uninstall it.
  • If you are using NVIDIA card then update your video drivers to 285.27.

#3 Poor Performance/Low Fps
The problem seems to be related with crossfire. So if you are using dual cards, disable the crossfire and it can improve the performance.


If you are using AMD graphics card, you should download and install the latest Catalyst and CAP drivers to improve the performance.

#4 Game Crashes To Desktop While Loading
Try to verify integrity of your game cache. And if you are running the game on directx 11, change it to dx9 from options.

#5 Crashes In China/Black Screen
People are having this problem on high-end machine where they like to play in highest settings. Turning off the Vsync can solve the problem.

#6 The Game Crashes on Directx 11 and Long Loading Time on Directx 11
I know multiple people facing this issue. You can try following workarounds to fix it:

  • Turn off the Vsync from the graphics settings
  • Verify the integrity of the game cache files
  • Check that your graphics card is not getting overheated

Or you can create a shortcut (game’s .exe file) on desktop and then launch the game from there instead of running it from steam interface.

#7 Starts Stuttering After Some Time
You should first verify the game files to solve the issue. Or if you are using ATI graphics card, you can should try these drivers

#8 The Game Starts in Windowed Mode
All you need to do is press Alt+Enter and you will be switched to full screen. Codemasters’ other games has this issue too.

#9 Games For Windows Live (GFWL) Text Is Corrupted/Jagged
If you are using the SLi or Crossfire then disable them to fix the issue. If your fps are dropped to an unplayable extent, you can try changing Rupture to software audio in settings to get the boost. It didn’t affect the sound quality to a noticeable degree.

#10 Wheel Configuration Reverts Back Every time i Start F1 2011
There is a simple trick. When the screen says press any button to continue, don’t press any button from keyboard rather press it from your wheel pad. Your settings will be saved.

#11 F1 2011 Connection Lag/Connection Timed Out Issue
Make sure that you have the following things checked:

Port Forward TCP port 80.
Port Forward UDP and TCP port 3074.
Port Forward UDP port 88
Port Forward UDP and TCP port 53
Port Forward TCP port 443

Also try lowering your video settings.

#12 Crashes With An Application Error
If your game is being crashed then you should try changing directx 11 to directx 9 in the video options.

#13 Crashes Randomly
You need to verify the game cache. If it doesn’t help then you should use directx 9 instead of directx 11. This change seems to solve many issue related to F1 2011.

#14 Racing Wheel Not Recognized by the Game
You need to use the custom control settings to make it working even the force feedback.

#15 F1_2011.exe Detected as Virus Before Launch
If you owe a legit copy then it’s definitely a false positive. The problem is mostly faced by Avira users. So you can add an exception (in firewall settings) to run the game.

#16 Crashes To Desktop – Executable Crash on Startup
You can try following solutions:

Delete your save game folder form documents and then relaunch the game.

If you GFWL then make sure that Windows Live sign-in assistant is installed. It’s better that you uninstall GFWL first and then do a clean install with sign-in assistant.

#17 Can’t Get Out of Instant Replay
The issue is most probably related to your wheel/controller. Here is a quick solution for this one:

Go to \F1 2011\actionmap\.xml
Add this to the file before:  “</ActionMap>”:

<Action actionName=”Replay Exit”>
<Axis axisName=”win_key_escape” deviceName=”Keyboard” baseCalibration=”uniDirectionalPositive” />

#18 The Game Does not Start (performing first time setup, process 1 of 4)
You need to install OpenAL form C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\f1 2011\OpenAL.

#19 The Game Crashes Only With the Wheel
If you find out that your game crashes only when the wheel is attached to your PC then you should follow these steps:

  • Load the game without the wheel
  • Set the controls to keyboard
  • Save your settings and restart
  • Connect the wheel and start the game again

You can also try deleting replay.pbf file in C:\ProgramData\Codemasters\FormulaOne2011\DataCache\YourName\replay.

Now if you have any other issues related to the game, let us know in comments and we will try to help you out.

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