Can't run Witcher 2 decently, please help?

#1 Posted by hardcorebunni93 (31 posts) -

Hi all, I'm not much of a PC gamer but I bought and played the Witcher 1 for my PC and loved it. It ran smoothly on medium settings and even on high settings it wouldn't run as smoothly but it ran ok. Now I bought the Witcher 2 and I'm having trouble playing it on low settings, any recommendations to solve my problem? So far I've managed to run it decently on the lowest of low settings but it looks nowhere near as good as the Witcher 1 on medium settings ran, can anyone help me?

#2 Posted by Humanity (9193 posts) -

It is a pretty system intensive game. Unless people have some crazy INI fixes or whatnot to turn off higher DX support then I'm not sure much can be done beyond upgrading your PC.

#3 Posted by believer258 (11894 posts) -

Specs, brother.

#4 Posted by hardcorebunni93 (31 posts) -

@believer258: My bad. Intel Core i3 3,10 ghz; 4gb of RAM; ATI Radeon 5450 HD running on Windows 7.

#5 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

@hardcorebunni93 said:

@believer258: My bad. Intel Core i3 3,10 ghz; 4gb of RAM; ATI Radeon 5450 HD running on Windows 7.

You've got better specs than me and I ran it just fine on medium-low settings.

Just to get the stupid stuff out of the way, are your video drivers up-to-date and have you restarted your computer recently?

#6 Posted by hardcorebunni93 (31 posts) -

Can't remember the last time I restarted my computer and I have no idea what a video driver is. Again, I'm a pretty big PC noob when it doesn't come to downloading torrents, reading news, social medias or other basic shit like that.

#7 Posted by evanomeara (80 posts) -

Buy a 360

#8 Posted by hardcorebunni93 (31 posts) -

@evanomeara: Sold it off the day ME 2 and 3 were confirmed for the PS3. Haven't really regretted it since although I do miss the cozy controller design.

#9 Posted by Impossibilium (684 posts) -

@hardcorebunni93 said:

Can't remember the last time I restarted my computer and I have no idea what a video driver is. Again, I'm a pretty big PC noob when it doesn't come to downloading torrents, reading news, social medias or other basic shit like that.

If you don't know what a video driver is then you should switch to consoles. The performance game on a PC is a continuous battle of it's own and W2 is not a low maintenance experience.

#10 Posted by BraveToaster (12590 posts) -

@hardcorebunni93 said:

Can't remember the last time I restarted my computer and I have no idea what a video driver is. Again, I'm a pretty big PC noob when it doesn't come to downloading torrents, reading news, social medias or other basic shit like that.

http://www.ehow.com/how_5572_upgrade-drivers-video.html

#11 Posted by mosdl (3228 posts) -

Use the ATI Autodetect tool (link)

#12 Posted by PrivateIronTFU (3874 posts) -

Yeah, update your drivers. Every time I've ever had a problem running a game, it's always because my drivers were out of date.

@Impossibilium said:

@hardcorebunni93 said:

Can't remember the last time I restarted my computer and I have no idea what a video driver is. Again, I'm a pretty big PC noob when it doesn't come to downloading torrents, reading news, social medias or other basic shit like that.

If you don't know what a video driver is then you should switch to consoles. The performance game on a PC is a continuous battle of it's own and W2 is not a low maintenance experience.

I think it's kind of rude to suggest he switch to consoles, when it's not really that hard to learn about and update your drivers. It doesn't take that much knowledge to understand and play PC games, and I'm sure there was a time when you didn't know what a driver was.

#13 Posted by MadMagyar92 (66 posts) -

@Impossibilium said:

@hardcorebunni93 said:

Can't remember the last time I restarted my computer and I have no idea what a video driver is. Again, I'm a pretty big PC noob when it doesn't come to downloading torrents, reading news, social medias or other basic shit like that.

If you don't know what a video driver is then you should switch to consoles. The performance game on a PC is a continuous battle of it's own and W2 is not a low maintenance experience.

I was about to say: with all due respect, PC gaming doesn't seem right for you. Video drivers are basic for most PC gamers.

I'm not trying to be an elitist asshole about it, cause this shit can get complex at certain points, but sometimes consoles are a better solution for people. Otherwise, use BraveToaster's link and good luck with getting it running! Your system is capable.

#14 Posted by Zelyre (1193 posts) -

@hardcorebunni93: Do you have Steam? If so, open Steam. Go to the Steam menu. Update AMD Video Drivers. It'll essentially do it for you.

#15 Posted by Sonti (17 posts) -

- Also go to systemrequirementslab.com and type Witcher 2. It will scan your pc to see if it is good enough to run it.

- Search for the latest drivers for ATI Radeon 5450 HD on ATI's official website.

- Make sure your Windows is up to date as well.

- Restart your pc every now and then to get rid of stuff running in the background so they don't hog the memory and cpu.

- Make sure your directx 10 and 11 are all up to date.

- Clean your pc with a can of compressed air (dust slows your pc down)

- Clean your pc on the software side as well. Run defrag, delete temp files etc. Make sure you don't have too many programs using too much memory and processing, running in the background.

You should be able to play witcher 2 at medium/high just fine with those specs so if simple driver update doesn't work, we'll need to dig deeper (you'll need to provide more info).

#16 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8698 posts) -

My tip: Turn of shadows. Those things suck.

#17 Posted by believer258 (11894 posts) -

@MadMagyar92 said:

@Impossibilium said:

@hardcorebunni93 said:

Can't remember the last time I restarted my computer and I have no idea what a video driver is. Again, I'm a pretty big PC noob when it doesn't come to downloading torrents, reading news, social medias or other basic shit like that.

If you don't know what a video driver is then you should switch to consoles. The performance game on a PC is a continuous battle of it's own and W2 is not a low maintenance experience.

I was about to say: with all due respect, PC gaming doesn't seem right for you. Video drivers are basic for most PC gamers.

I'm not trying to be an elitist asshole about it, cause this shit can get complex at certain points, but sometimes consoles are a better solution for people. Otherwise, use BraveToaster's link and good luck with getting it running! Your system is capable.

At the same time, he could probably learn how to update drivers since it's only a matter of a few clicks. It really isn't hard.

#18 Posted by Korwin (2864 posts) -

Steam should be able to handle an AMD driver upgrade, failing that you should be able to download the latest from amd.com (for that you will need to know if your running 32-bit or 64-bit Win7). I would also suggest maybe restricting your resolution to 1280x720 in the graphics options. The 5450 isn't a particularly powerful card (never was) so you will need to cut back a fair bit.

#19 Posted by MordeaniisChaos (5730 posts) -

@hardcorebunni93: Run your resolution at either 1280x720 or 1280x800, depending on your monitor.

#20 Posted by hardcorebunni93 (31 posts) -

@believer258 said:

@MadMagyar92 said:

@Impossibilium said:

@hardcorebunni93 said:

Can't remember the last time I restarted my computer and I have no idea what a video driver is. Again, I'm a pretty big PC noob when it doesn't come to downloading torrents, reading news, social medias or other basic shit like that.

If you don't know what a video driver is then you should switch to consoles. The performance game on a PC is a continuous battle of it's own and W2 is not a low maintenance experience.

I was about to say: with all due respect, PC gaming doesn't seem right for you. Video drivers are basic for most PC gamers.

I'm not trying to be an elitist asshole about it, cause this shit can get complex at certain points, but sometimes consoles are a better solution for people. Otherwise, use BraveToaster's link and good luck with getting it running! Your system is capable.

At the same time, he could probably learn how to update drivers since it's only a matter of a few clicks. It really isn't hard.

Yeah, as I stated I really am not a PC gamer. However, I did love the Witcher 1 and I'm willing to do what is in my power to play the sequel. If learning how to upgrade video drivers is what it takes I will, with the help of the Internet and those on it who are willing to help. As for other hardcore PC gamers, I'll play my occasional RPG's quick and dirty, be done with it and get back to my PS3, don't you worry. I know how much you value your hardcore-ness, your pristine pool of PC gaming genes and the towers you have built that shall stand as your legacy.

@Sonti said:

- Also go to systemrequirementslab.com and type Witcher 2. It will scan your pc to see if it is good enough to run it.

- Search for the latest drivers for ATI Radeon 5450 HD on ATI's official website.

- Make sure your Windows is up to date as well.

- Restart your pc every now and then to get rid of stuff running in the background so they don't hog the memory and cpu.

- Make sure your directx 10 and 11 are all up to date.

- Clean your pc with a can of compressed air (dust slows your pc down)

- Clean your pc on the software side as well. Run defrag, delete temp files etc. Make sure you don't have too many programs using too much memory and processing, running in the background.

You should be able to play witcher 2 at medium/high just fine with those specs so if simple driver update doesn't work, we'll need to dig deeper (you'll need to provide more info).

Thanks a lot, man, to you and all others who have posted helpful feedback on this thread! You've been a tremendous help. I'll do all of the above suggestions and try to play it again after I'm done. Oh and yeah I bought it on Steam during the Summer Sale, I'll do that. I'll reply later when I've done everything and given the witcher2 another try.

#21 Posted by Demoskinos (14820 posts) -

I would think his Catalyst Control Center would prompt him for a download. I know mine harasses me to update everytime there is a new driver. For the record I have a 5570 and have issues running it even with everything turned to minimum. But I can play Skyrim and Saints Row I at high settings and get ay least 30 FPS. I think there is something about the RED engine my system just doesn't like.

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#22 Posted by CJduke (788 posts) -

Turn of shadows and update your drivers and turn off anti-aliasing

#23 Posted by mosdl (3228 posts) -

@Demoskinos said:

I would think his Catalyst Control Center would prompt him for a download. I know mine harasses me to update everytime there is a new driver. For the record I have a 5570 and have issues running it even with everything turned to minimum. But I can play Skyrim and Saints Row I at high settings and get ay least 30 FPS. I think there is something about the RED engine my system just doesn't like.

Saints Row and Skyrim aren't very graphically taxing as they use engines that support consoles. RED is a pc engine first and spits out a lot of polygons/etc. Skyrim with some of the graphics mods will slow down powerful PCs as well.

#24 Posted by hardcorebunni93 (31 posts) -

So I followed all of the suggestions posted by you guys and it runs much better on medium but still not as smoothly as I would like. Still, it's much better than it was before so a huge thank you all for your help :D

#25 Posted by Wampa1 (658 posts) -
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#26 Posted by Wampa1 (658 posts) -

Forgot, If I need to get a new card to run the game at any kind of stable frame rate, what are the best deals at the moment up to about £250

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