An equally fun expansion to Magicka, Magicka: Vietnam lives up to the original’s engaging and intuitive gameplay. Magicka: Vietnam continues the trademark spell combining system that has proven to be really fun for both solo play or co-op. However, despite the really addicting gameplay, it is heavily cursed with bugs and errors. I’ve collated crash fixes from various web sources for you guys having trouble with this expansion.
If you encounter issues not included below, please post them in the comments and I’ll do my best to help!
First things first! Update the game to the latest patch.
Problem 1# Authentication Failed Fix
The “Authentication failed” message is related to a Steam error message and indicates one of the following.
- Steam has banned you from VAC play.
- Your Steam client isn’t running.
- The connection (to the steams server browser) timed out.
Since the two first are pretty unlike/unusual you can assume that it’s because the connection timed out. Steam Servers Loaded ?
Problem 2# Magicka: Vietnam Save Games Deleted (Bug) – Fix
If you have your game progress wiped out after the latest patch of the game, grab the save game files from here for Chapter 1 to Chapter 12.
Note. Your existing save games will be wiped if you do this.
- Unzip the file
- Choose the chapter you want to load and copy that save file and put it in the folder ….Steam\steamapps\common\magicka vietnam\SaveData
- Start the game and voila – the saved game should appear in the 3rd slot. Temporary fix until the developers fix this issue.
Problem 3# nVidia, ATI, Intel HD Crash to Desktop Issues
The following instructions are for nVidia, however many users claim the similar process works for ATI and Intel HD:
If you’re using a newer laptop that you know has an NVidia graphics card, try checking your Optimus settings. Open the “NVIDIA Control Panel” from your start menu. On the lefthand side, under “Select a task…”, open the “3D Settings” tree, and select “Manage 3D Settings”. Now on the righthand panel, click the “Program Settings” tab. Under “1. Select a program…”, click “Add”, navigate to your \Steam\steamapps\common\magicka vietnam directory and select “Magicka.exe”. Under “2. Select the preferred graphics…”, choose “High-performance NVIDIA processor”, then (VERY IMPORTANT) click “Apply” in the bottom right.
Problem 4# Can’t Launch the Game – Magicka: Vietnam Crashes
If you have been unsuccessful in launching the game till now. Know that it may be due to several reasons. Try to minimize the possibilities, update graphic card drivers, start the game as admin, install Direct X update, XNA redistributable, and update .net framework. If you hear any sound when you execute the executable – Set your speakers to Digital Sound Interface.
Problem 5# Black/White Flickering Screen
After you start MagickaL Vietnam, you get this screen flickering in black and white. You can hear music and but can’t do anything else. Update your graphic card drivers and the game will start fine.
Problem 6# Mouse Wheel Not Working ?
Update the game to the latest patch and it will start working. If its Logitech mouse then try the following workaround.
- Install / Reinstall the latest version of SetPoint to be sure
- Click the “Mouse” icon in SetPoint, set the Middle Mouse Button to “Middle Mouse Button”. By Default the Middle Mouse Button is set to “Nothing”.
Problem #7 Magicka: Vietnam Multiplayer Crash
Magicka: Vietnam crashes without any warning when you try to play the game online with your friends ? I don’t have anything on that especially when I myself faced this issue and after countless attempts to get it to work, I couldn’t. May be few more patches and we will be all playing together.
Problem 8# Magicka: Vietnam Stuttering – Low Frame Rates/Performance
Game works fine but in certain areas like forest, their is a sudden dip in performance and poor frame rates. Be Patient wait for the developers to fix this issue.
Problem 9# How to Launch the Magicka: Vietnam Windowed
Go to Steam Library, Magicka -> properties -> set launch options -> and add -windowed.
Problem 10# Duplicating Weapons Bug – Exploit
- Get to end of a level.
- Kill your buddy.
- Take his weapon.
- End the level.
At the beginning of the next level, you will have whatever equipment you picked up and your buddy will have whatever weapon he dropped.
Problem 11# Can’t Launch Magicka: Vietnam (Generic) – Crash to Desktop
Update your .Net Framework to latest. If that doesn’t resolve this issue then try the workarounds listed here. Make sure you are experience this problem before going for that workaround – You launch the game, you get the white screen, no cursor and then it crashes back to desktop without giving any error.
Problem 12# Xbox 360 Controller Issue – Magicka: Vietnam
If your controller is not working in-game. You must use the controller to select your character and press “join”. My solution in general is at the character creation screen, press escape on the keyboard so that no characters are selected, then press “A” on the Xbox controller to join. Then navigate everything with the Xbox controller.
Problem 13# Poor Framerates – Graphics Issue
If you are experience poor performance/frame rates on a high end graphic card, try running the game windowed. Or disabling Vsync.
Problem 14# Magicka: Vietnam Multiplayer Port Forwarding
TCP and UDP – 7331 and all the steam ports which can be found here.
Problem 15# Crash on Multiplayer
Install/Update XNA Redistributable 3.1. Update Direct X also update .Net Framework to 3.5 and hope it is resolved.
Problem 16# Tips to Successfully Connect to Multiplayer
Problem : The game graphics seem to go to VGA mode when you attempt to join an online game. Or the screen just goes dark
Fix: Try to run the game in windowed mode for the first couple of times. This has helped some of my friends actually connect to multi player games. Once the game has started, you can ALT+ENTER to go back to full screen.
Problem: Magicka: Vietnam has crashed once and you are now trying to host another game, but no one can join (even thought they could before).
Fix: Even though the game has crashed, there is still an old magicka.exe process running in your task manager. Close down magicka, hit CTRL+ALT+DEL, go to your task manager. Click on the process TAB and find themagicka.exe process. Kill this process and restart the game. Your friends should be able to connect to you again.
Tips by sberends.
Problem 17# Camera Lock Bug
If game camera locks up while playing the game and you can’t move and are stuck. You are unlucky! Though it has something to do with Goblin archer. Whenever you face them, they seem to get stuck while trying to shoot at you. Sweep a beam in their direction and you will start moving again.