the like. Also try a lower polling rate, sometimes this is switchable on the bottom-side of the gaming mouse.
Problem #18 DiRT Showdown FPS Fix – DiRT Showdown Lags, freezes, or has poor FPS performance
Try these possible solutions:
- Usually you can prevent DiRT Showdown from lagging or freezing by disabling vsync and antialiasing on the DiRT Showdown’s exe file via the AMD Vision Engine Control Center (AMD/ATI) or Nvidia Control Panel (nVidia)
- Alternatively you can stop DiRT Showdown from lagging via your PC task manager. In Windows 7, press CTRL + ALT + DELETE and click on Task Manager, go to Processes, then right-click on DiRT Showdown’s respective exe file and set priority above normal or higher. You must do this every time you play the game.
- In addition, your anti-virus may be the problem here. There are certain anti-virus software that are not ideal for gaming so, check our Technical References page for some suggestions.
- If you’re still using Windows XP, upgrade to Windows 7. Honestly, a lot of users have attested this to be the fastest solution they’ve tried.
- For more advanced users, try enabling/forcing tripple buffering and V-sync using the D3DOverrider software. Check our Technical References page to download D3DOverrirder / RivaTuner.
- Finally make sure that your Internet connection is stable. This is a commonly overlooked problem especially for online modes / multiplayer games.
Problem #19 DiRT Showdown Crash Fix – Other possible causes of crashing
- Make sure you GPU is cool enough and not overheating. DiRT Showdown may at times use heavy GPU, so make sure you have good airflow, and that your card is running quietly. Try lowering the resolution or changing quality settings. Symptoms of an overheated card include the following: random crashes, random ‘glitches’ , FPS drastically drops down to 2 or 3 FPS, freezing, and locking up during graphically intensive moments.
- Make sure you have a decent power supply. If you have a decent graphics card, you need a power supply that can run it. 350 watts may not be enough to consistently run DiRT Showdown. A recommended power supply should have a minimum of 600 watts, with a direct connection to the GPU (no splitting and ‘sharing’ connections with other devices). Many times random crashes are due only to insufficient power supply.
Problem #20 DiRT Showdown – Cannot Install DiRT Showdown
Reinstall the game, but please ensure that you’ve fully uninstalled DiRT Showdown from your PC, before trying to install again. In some cases, you may have to manually delete the DiRT Showdown installation folder from the PC in case files remain after uninstalling.
Problem #21 DiRT Showdown – Profile Creation Failed
The following message is received when first logging into the game: “Profile Creation Failed – You must be signed into Live to create a new save for your profile”.
Whenever you create a new profile in the game – which will allow you to save your progress – you must be logged into Windows Live. It is not possible to create a new profile in the game if using an offline profile. The first time you create a profile you will be asked for the Windows Live Key that comes with your game.
Problem #22 How to Setup a Controller in DiRT Showdown
Firstly make sure that your controller is plugged in and functioning correctly in Windows and that you have downloaded and installed the latest drivers for the device from the manufacturer’s website.
You should also ensure that no schemes or profiles are running for your controller. If you are using a steering wheel, we recommend that you set the pedal axes to “separate” rather than combined. This can be done using the software for the wheel itself (e.g. Logitech’s Wingman software).
- From the game’s main menu, select options – controls.
- Here you can choose between automatic and manual transmission and choose your Advanced Wheel Settings if using a wheel.
- If you have one of the officially supported controllers (see notes below) you can choose to load a preset configuration for this device, or for the keyboard, or
- If you wish to create your own custom settings or setup an un-recognized controller, scroll down to each function you want to re-define and press enter, then move your controller or press the button you wish to use. The new function should now appear in the list.
- Do this for all of the functions you wish to change and, when you are happy with the settings, press escape.
- If you wish to adjust your force or vibration settings, you can do this from the Vibration and Feedback menu.
In the Advanced Wheel