Guild Wars 2 Errors and Fixes Guide

Considering the massive nature of Guild Wars 2, it won’t be surprising if you come across small problems, spoiling all the fun. However, we are here to help with this Guild Wars 2 Errors and Fixes guide.

Guild Wars 2 Errors and Fixes

The game like the most other RPGs, had a long beta run and just got released a few days back. Now, if you have been unable to run the game or facing some other minor issues, you can refer to the following Guild Wars 2 troubleshooting guide for assistance.

Minimum System Requirements
The first thing you should check even before buying the game is that whether your PC meets the minimum system requirements or not. To play Guild Wars 2, you need to have the following specs:

  • Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or better
  • Intel® Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz, Core i3 OR AMD Athlon 64 X2, or better
  • 2 GB RAM
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® 7800, ATI X1800, Intel HD 3000, or better (256 MB of video RAM and shader model 3.0 or better)
  • 25 GB available HDD space
  • Broadband Internet connection
  • Keyboard and mouse

#1 Installation Instructions
You can save yourself from different problems if you get the installation right. Here is what you need to do step-by-step:

  • Log in to your Guild Wars 2 account management page
  • Head to the Download Client page by clicking the link on the left side of the page. Click the related tab to download the link.
  • When the download is complete, navigate to the location on your computer where you downloaded the Gw2Setup.exe file.
  • Double-click the Gw2Setup.exe icon to launch the installer.
  • Click the red Install Guild Wars 2 button to choose the installation location and then begin the install.
  • Click the appropriate region flag icon in the top-right corner of the Launcher to choose your language.
  • When the log-in fields appear, enter your account name and password and click LOG IN.
  • Once the installation has finished, click Play to start the game.

#2 How to Update the Guild Wars 2 Client Manually
To update the client manually, follow these simple steps:

  • Locate your Gw2.exe file.
  • Right-click the file and select Create shortcut.
  • Rename this new shortcut to Guild Wars 2 Update Only.
  • Right-click on the created shortcut and select Properties.
  • Locate the Target line and add -image to the end. For example: “C:\Games\Guild Wars 2\gw2.exe” -image

#3 Display Driver Has Stopped Working
If you are using Nvidia, you can try out the following to fix the problem:

  • Right-click your desktop and select the Control Panel.
  • Under the 3D Settings section, select Manage 3D Settings and then the Program Settings tab.
  • In the drop-down list, select Guild Wars 2 (gw2.exe).
  • In the feature list, navigate to Power management mode and change the setting to Prefer maximum performance.
  • Save the changes and try launching the game again.

#4 Guild Wars 2 Hotfix for AMD FX/Bulldozer-series Users
If you are using a card from AMD FX/Bulldozer- series, then you may face the performance issues. In that situation, you can download and install this and this to fix the problem. Don’t forget to restart your PC after you have installed each package.

#5 Guild Wars 2 file “repairs” Itself After Every Time Game Crashes
It may well be due to a corrupted “Gw2.dat”. You can rename the file to something like “GW2.old”. Run the launcher again, and it will download a new file that can fix your problem.

#6 Client Gets Stuck Updating At “Connecting to ArenaNet”
The problem is most probably related to your firewall. Make sure that your firewall/antivirus is not blocking the Guild Wars 2 client.

#7 Error Code 7xxxx
If you get any error code starting with digit seven then it’s related to network settings. Make sure that your firewall or antivirus is not blocking the game launcher. If it’s allowed, try uninstalling the program temporarily so see whether it’s interfering or not.

Furthermore, you need to open TCP ports 80, 443, 6112 and port 6600 to make it work properly and avoid connection problems.

#8 Error Code 21xxxx – The server was unable to authenticate your gameplay privileges
To avoid this error, you can do the following:

  • In your Guild Wars 2 installation folder. Create a shortcut of GW2.exe. Rename it to something like GW2 port test etc.
  • Right-click on this shortcut and select Properties.
  • Edit the Target line to include /clientport 80 at the end. Example: “C:\Games\Guild Wars 2\GW2.exe” /clientport 80.
  • Click Ok to save your changes.
  • Double click Guild Wars 2 Port Test and try connecting again.

#9 Error Code 1032xxxx
Error 1032 means that your world transfer hasn’t been completed. Try logging later.

#10 Error Code 48xxxx
The error is associated with password conflict. Try writing the password manually, and if you have the ‘password remember’ box checked, un-check it and enter the password again.

#11 Decreasing texture shimmering for Nvidia GPUs

  • Download Nvidia Profile Inspector and run it.
  • Select Guild Wars 2 under ‘Profiles’.
  • Enter the flag 0x084012C0 under ‘Antialiasing Compatibility’.
  • Select ‘On’ for ‘Antialiasing Fix’.
  • Select ‘None’ for ‘Antialiasing – Behavior Flags’.
  • Select ‘Override any application setting’ for ‘Antialiasing – Mode’.
  • Select ‘2x Multisampling’ for ‘Antialiasing – Setting’.
  • Select ‘ 2x Sparse Grid Supersampling’ for ‘Antialiasing – Transparency Supersampling’.
  • Apply changes.

Do note that you are free to choose a higher antaliasing value if your hardware can support it; but remember to put the same value for both the antialiasing setting and the antialiasing transparency supersampling.

#12 White artifacts in-game

This error is very easy to fix. All you need to do is:

Open Catalyst Control Center and go to ‘3D Application Settings’.

Select ‘Use Application Settings’ under anti-aliasing and anisotopic filtering.

#13 Unable to connect to the Internet

Open your PC’s firewall settings and create an exception for Gw2.exe.

#14 Startup crashing

This crash is due to RivaTuner Statistic Server having trouble with d3d9.dll. What you need to do is create a profile for Gw2.exe and change RivaTuner to Stealth Mode for Gw2.exe.

#15 How to turn on HBAO+ for Nvidia GPUs

  • Download Nvidia Profile Inspector and run it.
  • Choose Guild Wars 2 under ‘Profiles’.
  • Enter 0x0000002E under ‘Ambient Occlusion Compatibility’.
  • Choose Enabled under ‘Ambient Occlusion Usage’.
  • Now, look under ‘Ambient Occlusion Setting’ and choose ‘Quality’ or ‘High Quality’ to use HBAO+.
  • Apply Changes.

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