Saints Row 4 Not Working? Here’s How to Fix It

Although Saints Row 4 is one of the best open world games out there, it can have its issues and cause a lot of headaches. But what game doesn’t, right? Developed by Volition and published by Deep Silver in 2013, Saints Row 4 embarks the player into a challenging world of crimes, fighting, and more.

The game doesn’t require high capabilities of the hardware, but even so, some things can stop it from running properly or even entirely, and below we’ll cover some of those problems.

The game is freezing

This thing happening is not rare at all among the Saints Row 4 players. Whether it happens during gameplay or before the game even starts, you should try the following simple operations:

  1. Clear the cache
  2. Update the graphics card drivers
  3. Reinstall the DirectX software
  4. Clean your Registry, and start the game

Black screen

This is another common issue, but pretty simple to fix. No-one wants to get his game interrupted by a black screen covering the whole screen, right? To fix this, try these operations one by one:

  • Update drivers for the graphics card
  • Update drivers for the motherboard
  • Head for the game’s settings and disable the VSync, anti-aliasing, filtering, and also the multi-sampling
  • Disable the antivirus program for a limited time
  • If you are playing the game on Steam, disable the Firewall or allow SR4 through it
  • Make sure no programs are getting in conflict with the game – open Task manager > Process Tab > and stop the unwanted processes

Lagging

To fix the lagging, you have to make sure that your machine has what it takes to run the game properly. Saints Row 4 doesn’t require high configuration at all, but you should check just in case.

Second, open the control panel for your graphics card and disable the Vsync and Antialiasing to lower the settings. These measures will get you rid of that nasty lagging in no time!

Unable to save game on Steam

This is a bit more complicated to fix, but surely not impossible if you follow the following steps:

  • Exit the game and restart your system
  • Run Steam and validate your Game files.
  • Login to your account, click Library section, and then choose Saints Row 4
  • Right-click on it, and choose Properties.
  • Go to Local Files tab, and click ‘Verify Integrity of game cache’
  • Start the game and save some progress

Unable to install

One of the reasons that you are unable to install Saints Row 4 is that your antivirus is stopping it. Antiviruses are blocking the installation of programs they don’t recognize, and therefore a game can fall into that category as well. Simply disabling your antivirus while you install Saints Row 4 can fix the issue.

Also, a faulty DVD can prevent the game from being installed. Therefore, you should try cleaning the DVD and try the installation again afterwards.

System requirements

Minimum:

  • Operating system: Windows Vista (x86 or x64) equipped with SP2
  • Processor: Any Quad Core Processor (Intel Core i5 or AMD Phenom II X4) or 3.0+ Dual Core CPU
  • Memory: 4 GB of RAM
  • Hard Disk Space: 10 GB
  • Video Card: 1GB w/ Shader
  • DirectX: 11
  • Sound: 100% DirectX 9.0C compliant sound card or equivalent onboard sound

Recommended:

  • Operating system: Windows Vista (x86 or x64) equipped with SP2
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 (4 * 2500 MHz) / AMD Phenom 9850 (4 * 2500 MHz)
  • Memory: 4 GB of RAM
  • Hard Disk Space: 10 GB
  • Video Card: Radeon HD 5850 of 1 GB or GeForce GTX 260 GTS of 1 GB
  • DirectX: the 11 version
  • Sound: 100% DirectX 9.0C compliant sound card, but an equivalent onboard sound also will do

But the biggest demand you need in order to play Saints Row 4 is to have what it takes to join the action and those exciting adventures that are waiting for you.

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