Max Payne 3 PC Errors and Fixes Guide

Fix Max Payne 3 blackscreen, errors, crashes, freezes with alternate workarounds and fixes.

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. However, before you do be sure to check out this Max Payne 3 PC Errors and Fixes Guide.

Max Payne 3 PC Errors and Fixes

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 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 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:

Force specific DirectX adapter starting from 0.

Force cpu count if query is not successful.

Force multi-threaded DirectX runtime.

Force DirectX 10 if available.

Force DirectX 10.1 if available.

Force DirectX 11 if available.

Force DirectX 9.

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

Force fullscreen mode.

Force FXAA quality [0..3].

Force gpu count if query is not successful.

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.

Force MSAA [0..5].

Force MSAA quality level.

Force specific monitor starting from 0.

Force reflection quality [0..3].

Force refresh rate.

Force game to load with safest settings.

Force shadow quality [0..3].

Force SSAO [0..1].

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

Force tessellation quality [0..3].

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

Force the texture quality [0..2].

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

Force water quality [0..2].

Force horizontal resolution

Force windowed mode.

#4 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 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 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 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.

Follow the link to find a fix for this problem.

#9 Nothing Happening at “Initializing” screen
The game must be installed under C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steamapps\Common\Max Payne 3  to get the Social Club to load. This is required to start the game.

If the game is saved in a custom folder, the issue can be resolved using a symlink. It is possible to create a symlink to the folder. Otherwise, follow the steps:

If you have the game in a custom folder, copy it (not move) to C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steamapps\Common\Max Payne 3 then uninstall and reinstall the game to the default location. Steam will detect the existing file and fix the installation, making the game work again.

  • Ensure the MaxPayne3.exe does not have compatibility or Admin right setting.
  • Use the -scdetectproxy steam launch option.
  • Delete, not uninstall, the Social Club installation folder. Now, install and earlier version amd update it.

#10 Unable to Sign-in to Social Club.
In installation folder, delete “maxpayne3_steam-ini”, “steam-api.dll” and “steam_appid.txt”. Now verify the integrity of game cache

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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