Fix all Syndicate crash errors, freezing, lagging, CTD, FPS issues, black screen, no sound, and more with this list of compiled user-tested solutions. Syndicate boasts of great FPS juice such as ammo counters on every weapon, one hit kill choreographic melee, great AI, and cool breach sequences. Syndicate, however, like any PC release these days comes with crash errors, and some lag issues. We’ve listed here some ways you could these problems. Let us know in the comments if you’re encountering crashes or errors not listed below.
Fixing Syndicate Crashes, Errors, Freezing, No Sound, Black screen, Lagging, CTD, Poor FPS
First things first, make sure your PC system meets the minimum requirements for Syndicate. If you’re not sure of your PC specs, check this guide on how to check your PC specs.
Syndicate System Requirements:
- OS: Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7
- CPU: Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz or Athlon Dual Core
- RAM: 2 GB
- HDD: 8 GB free disk space
- Graphics: 512 MB Graphics Memory
- Sound Card: DirectX 9 Compatible
- DirectX: Version 9
Supported Graphics Cards for Syndicate:
- nVidia GeForce GT 240
- ATI Radeon HD 5570
Syndicate Crash Fix and Fixes to Errors, Freezing, Lagging, CTD, Poor FPS, Black screen, No Sound
Problem #1 Syndicate Crash Fix – Possible Crash Fix for nVidia users only
Go to Nvidia control panel by right clicking the icon in the taskbar, then manage 3d settings and set ‘Threaded Optimization’ to on.
Problem #2 Syndicate Crash Fix – Possible Crash Fix for ATI/AMD users only
Uninstall Catalyst Control Center (CCC) and try running Syndicate again. For some reason, CCC may at times interfere with the performance of Radeon cards.
Problem #3 Syndicate Graphics Fix – Cannot see main menu, Menu crashes, Dual monitor problems
A common problem when playing on multiple screens. For now, the solution is to unplug other monitors and play on single screen. If that doesn’t work, try playing in windowed mode.
Problem #4 Syndicate Crash Fix – nVidia Optimus Crashes the Game
If you’re using a newer laptop that’s using an nVidia Optimus 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”
- On the righthand panel, click the “Program Settings” tab.
- Under “1. Select a program…”, click “Add”, navigate to your installation folder and navigate to the application / exe file.
- Under “2. Select the preferred graphics…”, choose “High-performance NVIDIA processor”
- Then (VERY IMPORTANT!) click “Apply” in the bottom right.
- Launch the game.
Problem #5 Syndicate Launch Fix – Cannot launch the Game
A common fix is clicking on the Syndicate exe file straight from the installation folder rather than from any launcher/client.
Problem #6 Syndicate Sound / Audio Fix – No sound or weak sound
For Windows 7 and Vista users:
First of all, update your sound card drivers. If doing that doesn’t clear up the problem, make sure you have volume set to max for Syndicate in the volume mixer (click on the little speaker icon in the bottom-right of your screen in the system tray). If you’re in-game, just alt+tab out of the game and check if Syndicate is set to max in the volume mixer.
Another tip you could try is to go to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Sound > Communications Tab then select the “Do Nothing” radio button to permanently fix this issue.
For Windows XP users:
Reduce hardware acceleration, or set your speakers to Stereo.
Problem #7 Syndicate Crash Fix – Crash to Desktop upon Launch / Startup
If you’re game randomly crashes upon launching the game, ensure or try the following:
- Update your nVidia / ATI graphics drivers. Check our Technical References page for proper and official download links.
- Turn off SLI / Crossfire then start the game. See if it stabilizes Syndicate performance.
- Turn off your anti-virus software before launching the Syndicate, but make sure you turn it back on after playing. Make sure Windows Defender is also disabled.
- Try using only one GPU first (turn the other one off via your nVidia / ATI graphics control