How to fix errors, crashes, low FPS, audio bags and screen flickering in Middle-earth: Shadow of War?

Developed by the studio Monolith Productions, Middle-earth: Shadow of War from today it became available on PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One. According to feedback on the PC version of the game, Skylake i5 in conjunction with the GTX 1080 should allow you to run the game in ultra settings and in 1440p without any friezes.

Playing a new part of Middle-earth: Shadow of War in 4K, on ​​the other hand, can already be somewhat problematic. However, many different problems and errors were encountered by PC users during the game in Middle-earth: Shadow of War, and in our today’s article we will negotiate them.


Solutions for various problems in Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Before we begin to dig into problems with Middle-earth: Shadow of War and look for solutions on them, it is recommended that you check your PC with the stated system requirements from Monolith Productions.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War system requirements

Minimum system requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 SP1 with platform update
  • Processor: AMD FX-4350, 4.2 GHz / Intel Core i5-2300, 2.80 GHz
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Graphics Card: AMD HD 7870, 2 GB / NVIDIA GTX 660, 2 GB
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Disk space: 70 GB
  • Optional: x64 required

Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 with Creative update
  • Processor: AMD FX-8350, 4.0 GHz / Intel Core i7-3770, 3.4 GHz
  • Memory: 12 GB RAM
  • Video card: AMD RX 480, 4 GB or RX580, 4GB / NVIDIA GTX 970 4, GB or GTX1060, 6GB
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Disk space: 70 GB
  • Optional: x64 required

As you can see, the game is pretty democratically costing the players on the PC. The only thing that was a little surprised, is the requirement of 12 gigabytes in the recommended requirements. But, given that now it’s 2017, soon such amount of RAM for games will become the norm.

So, with the formalities figured out, you were convinced that your PC will “run” the game and are ready to go to the main part of the article – solving problems with Middle-earth: Shadow of War.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War – Error Direct3D 11.1 API Is Not Available

A lot of PC players indicated that they encountered an error in Middle-earth: Shadow of War while trying to play. This problem most often appears on Windows 7 and it asks users to update the system, although the latest updates are already installed in it.

However, as it turned out, the solution of the Direct3D 11.1 API Is Not Available error in Middle-earth: Shadow of War is quite simple and was always right in front of the nose. All you need to do is download and install Internet Explorer 11, and then restart the computer. Yes, that’s how it’s simple.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War – does not load HD Textures Pack

This is one of those problems in Middle-earth: Shadow of War, which faced players who wanted to play a game with textures in 4K resolution. Despite the fact that this texture pack is completely free, many users simply could not download it for themselves.

This problem in most cases occurs in those players who pre-generated the load Middle-earth: Shadow of War without HD Textures Pack. Currently, this problem can be solved only by completely removing the game, and then re-downloading and installing it. If you do this, then the HD Textures Pack will be included in your game.

You can also try one more thing: go to the Steam game page and click the add button next to the HD Textures Pack item. It still will not start loading the enlarged textures, but if you constantly press this button, Steam will put the pack in the queue for download.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War – a bug with audio / high-frequency squeak

Some players, having launched Middle-earth: Shadow of War, instead of normal sound heard on their computers some squeaks or sound from the game, but incredibly low quality. It was not long before a solution for this problem was found.

It is in too high a quality format sounding sound on users’ computers. To correct the sound in Middle-earth: Shadow of War, you need to right-click the speaker icon in the Start taskbar and select “Playback Devices”.

Then double click on your sound device, for example, speakers or speakers. Now go to the “Advanced” tab. Click on the drop-down menu of the default format and select “16-bit, 48000 Hz”. Save the changes in the sound settings, enter Middle-earth: Shadow of War and enjoy the game.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War – soap graphics / textures

Having downloaded and entered Middle-earth: Shadow of War, a lot of players were not satisfied with the quality of the picture: it’s completely fuzzy, one might even say – soapy. The same can be said about textures. However, this is not a problem at all, but a special setting in Middle-earth: Shadow of War, which lowers the picture quality.

Go to the graphical settings of the game and find there the item “Dynamic Resolution”. Completely disable it and the graphics in the game will become crystal clear. This option is needed to maintain a stable frame rate. If the FPS in the game begins to behave unstably, then Dynamic resolution automatically reduces the resolution of the game rendering.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War – the game is not displayed on the main monitor

It turns out that Middle-earth: Shadow of War also has problems when working on multiple monitors. Some users note that the game starts only on the second monitor, but not on the main monitor. However, the solution already exists. All you need to do is go to the game’s graphics settings and Fullscreen

Once you set this mode, press Alt + Enter to transfer Middle-earth: Shadow of War to windowed mode. Then take and drag the window with the game to your main monitor. Now press Alt + Enter again. Middle-earth: Shadow of War will now be continuously run on the main monitor.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War – the game freezes on the screen saver

Some users are notified that their copy of the game can hang right on the screensaver. This problem, as it was already explained, is somehow connected with the connection of several controllers via the USB interface. If you have several gamepads connected to the computer, then disable one for the duration of the game in Middle-earth: Shadow of War and the problem will be solved. If the hang still occurs, try updating the driver for the video card to the latest version.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War – low FPS / jerk / low performance

Most players, faced with poor performance or jerks in Middle-earth: Shadow of War, were able to solve the problem in two simple steps: update the drivers for their video card and run the game on a discrete graphics accelerator.

The second step concerns users who have both discrete and integrated graphics in their system. If you have a discrete graphics card, you should never even try to run some heavy applications or video games on it – it’s not for that!

Middle-earth: Shadow of War – screen flicker

If you are faced with some kind of flicker of the screen, then the problem can be solved simply by going to Window mode without a frame. Unfortunately, at the moment – this is the only solution to the problem with flickering in Middle-earth: Shadow of War.

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