Overview: Rage 2 is a singleplayer first-person shooter game developed by Avalanche Studios in conjunction with id Software and published by Bethesda Softworks. Today in this article we will troubleshoot Rage 2 Loading, Crashing, Freezing, FPS Drop, Stuttering and Graphics Issue on PC to get the best gameplay experience.

Check the System Requirement to Play Rage 2

Most of the issues occur when your computer does not meet the minimum system requirement to play the game. You may experience significant problems while playing the game, so please make sure your PC meets the minimum configuration to play Rage 2. Both Minimum and recommended PC requirement is mentioned below. For best gaming experience recommended configuration is preferred.

Minimum System Requirement to Play Rage 2

Operating System: Windows 7/8.1/10

Architecture: 64 bit

System Memory: 8GB

Processor: Intel Core i5-3570 or AMD Ryzen 3 1300X

Graphics Card: Nvidia GTX 780 3GB or AMD R9 280 3GB

Hard Drive Space: 50GB

Recommended

Operating System: Windows 7/8.1/10

Architecture: 64 bit

System Memory: 8GB

Processor: Intel Core i7-4770 or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X

Graphics Card: Nvidia GTX 1070 8GB or AMD Vega 56 8GB

Hard Drive Space: 50GB

Nothing Happens When Clicked Play/Can’t Play Rage 2

Update Graphics Driver Before Playing Rage 2

Visit your system manufacturer’s website to update system BIOS and all the necessary driver especially the graphics card driver.

NVIDIA Users: GeForce Experience can be used to check and update the drivers automatically, visit the below link to auto update or update it manually.

Update Nvidia Card

AMD Users: Visit the below link to autodetect or manually select your driver.

Update AMD Card

Perform Hard Reset

Most of the time hard reset fixes the issue. Unplug all external devices from your computer. The only devices you should leave connected to your computer are your monitor, mouse, and keyboard if the computer is a desktop. Now Shut down your desktop and unplug the power cable from the desktop.

In case of laptop unplug the charger and remove the battery if applicable.

Now press and hold the power button down for approximately 15-20 seconds then plug in the power cable back to the desktop. Plug in the battery and charger back in case of the laptop and start the system. Now launch Rage 2. In case the issue still persists move on to the next step.

Rage 2 Download or Installation Issue

Exit out of steam and restart the PC. Start the installation.

Bethesda.net Launcher users can do the same thing.

Make sure you are logged in to Bethesda Launcher, you can download Bethesda Launcher from here, create an account in case you don’t have one.

Activation through Steam/Bethesda Launcher

Rage 2 is using Steam or the Bethesda Launcher to verify installation, players need a Steam account or Bethesda account. Enter the game key if prompted to finish the installation.

Rage 2.exe Missing or Exe File Not Working

  • Exit Steam and restart the PC.
  • If not resolved verify the integrity of game files.

Also, add Rage 2 exe file through Controlled folder access. If you have any other antivirus, make sure to add Rage 2 to allow list and also try running the game as an administrator.

Type in Windows Defender in the windows search box to open Windows Security.

Click on Virus & threat protection

Virus and threat protection

On the next screen under Ransomware protection click on Manage ransomware protection.

Manage ransom protection

Under Controlled folder access, click on allow an app through Controlled folder access

Allow an app through controlled folder access

and then click on Add an Allowed app and select Browse all apps to add Rage 2 exe.

Browse all aps

An Error Occurred While Updating Rage 2

  • Exit Steam and restart the PC.
  • If not resolved verify the integrity of game files.

Error 40901 THIS BETHESDA.NET ACCOUNT IS ALREADY LINKED RAGE 2

Restart the game.

If not resolved do the following:

  • Visit Bethesda page  and click the Log In / Sign Up box
  • Now click the link that says Help find my account
  • Enter the email address used when you created the account and click Send Email.
  • Check your email from Bethesda.net. In case, your account has already been verified, you’ll get an email with the subject “Your Bethesda.net Username”.
  • In case, your account has not been verified you’ll get an email with the subject “Welcome to Bethesda.net.” Click the Verify Account link in that email and follow the steps to complete the creation of your account.

Fix “A Fatal Error Has Occurred with Your Graphics Driver”

Do not overclock GPU, and try disabling VSync

Error Code BA001 Rage 2

Log out and log in Bethesda launcher, if the issue still persists, restart Bethesda launcher after restarting the PC.

Save Game Location Rage 2

C:\Users\<username>\Saved Games\id Software\Rage 2\Saves

When I reloading a save in free roam is not Starting the Game From Where I Left

When on main story mission the game will save their exact spot in case you make a manual save. But in free roam the game will save to the last location, even in case of manual save. Every pickups or loot is saved to the profile.

Cannot Start Minigame Rage 2

It’s required to finish the main MBTV location first.

Wasteland Wizard Not Available After Restarting the Game

Wasteland Wizard changes location when you restart the game

Japanese Language Support PC

Japanese is currently not available, it will be added later when the game is released in Japan

Fix Flickering Color Issue or Fog Shifting in Wetlands Area

Seems to be a known issue, may be fixed in next update, minimize the flickering making some changes in video settings.

Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire Rage 2

SLI and Crossfire are not supported in this game.

The Game Starts in the English Language Even if The Default Language is English in Bethesda.net Launcher

Change the game language in settings.

Friends and Statistics Greyed out in main menu Steam Users

Restart the game, make sure to link to Bethesda.net account.

Game Crashing While Selecting Character Error Code 35 Driver Crash

Update the AMD Graphics card.

Fix Stuttering Issue Nvidia Users

Turn off Vsync

The game launches in 1920×1080 on Higher Resolution Monitor

Change the resolution after launching the game via video settings and save it.

Unable to Update Bethesda.net friends on Steam

Seems to be a known issue. You can try refreshing the Menu and restarting the game

ALT+TAB Resulting in Blue Screen

Avoid using ALT+TAB, Visit this link to fix BSOD

Fix Missing d3dcompiler_47.dll Error Steam Users

Step 1

Copy d3dcompiler_47.dll file from any other game folder installed on your system and paste it to the Rage 2 game folder where exe of Rage 2 is present.

Verify game in Steam, if not resolved move to next step

Step 2

  • Launch Command Prompt by typing cmd in the windows search box and type the regsvr32 /u D3DCompiler_47.dll command and hit Enter.
  • Now type the regsvr32 /i D3DCompiler_47.dll and hit Enter. Close the Command Prompt and try to launch Rage 2.

Step 3

Update Windows

Step 4

Update Video card.

Step 5

Find another computer which works fine and navigate to C:\Windows\System32. You will find a D3DCompiler_47.dll file in that location. Copy D3DCompiler_47.dll file to the exact same location C:\Windows\System32 in your own computer.

Error Could not allocate memory System out of memory /Out Of Memory Rage 2

Fix Virtual memory for Out of Memory Error.

  • Press Windows + R and type in Control Panel in the run box to open the control panel.
  • Select System and Security and then click on System.
  • Now click on Advanced System Settings on the left side.
  • On System Properties Window under the Advanced tab click on Settings 
  • On Performance Option Window under advanced click on Change
  • On Virtual Memory window, uncheck Automatically manage paging file size for all drives.
  • From the list, select the drive on which Windows 10 is installed. (C: in most cases is already selected) click to select the Custom size radio button. Now type the minimum and maximum size of the Pagefile in megabytes (MB) according to the physical memory present in your computer.

Now how to calculate Windows 10 Virtual Memory: Initial size is one and a half (1.5) x the amount of total system memory. Maximum size is three (3) x the initial size. So, in this system we have 8 GB (1 GB = 1,024 MB x 8 = 8192 MB) of memory. The initial size would be 1.5 x 8192 = 12288 MB and the maximum size would be 3 x 12288= 36864 MB.

Now click on Set and restart your PC and launch Rage 2.

Loading or Launching Issue Rage 2

Verify integrity of game files

Steps to repair the game in Steam.

  • Launch Steam
  • From the Library section, right-click on Rage 2 game and click on Properties from the menu.
  • Select the Local files tab and click on the Verify integrity of game files…

Bethesda.net Launcher users can repair the game in Bethesda.net Launcher.

Also, Add Rage 2 exe file through Controlled folder access.

Type in Windows Defender in the windows search box to open Windows Security.

Click on Virus & threat protection

Virus and threat protection

On the next screen under Ransomware protection click on Manage ransomware protection.

Manage ransom protection

Under Controlled folder access, click on allow an app through Controlled folder access

Allow an app through controlled folder access

and then click on Add an Allowed app and select Browse all apps to add Rage 2 exe.

Browse all aps

If you have any other antivirus, make sure to add Rage 2 to allow list and also try running the game as an administrator.

Low FPS Rage 2

Close all the background apps running.

Turn off V-sync and G-sync.

You can also try the following workarounds:

Step 1

  • Open Nvidia Control Panel by making a right click on the desktop
  • Select Manage 3D Settings and select Rage 2 from the Program Settings and set the Power Management to Prefer Maximum Power

AMD users

  • Open Radeon Settings. Make a right click on an empty space on the desktop and select AMD Radeon Settings from the menu.
  • Select System 
  • Select Switchable Graphics, under Switchable Graphics, select the game (if it is not in the list you can add it by using the Browse option and select the .exe-file of the game) Select High Performance for the game from the drop down option.
  • Click Apply
  • Close Radeon Settings and launch the game.

Step 2

  • Type Graphics Settings in the Windows search box and open Graphics Settings.
    Classic App should be selected by default. Click on Browse and select the .exe file of Rage 2 game.
  • Now click on Options after it has been added and Select High Performance option when it prompts the new window and click on Save.
  • Now go to the installation directory and launch the .exe file of Rage 2 as an administrator. Avoid using the desktop shortcut.

Unable to Launch Rage 2 AMD & Nvidia Users

  • Launch NVIDIA control panel
  • Go to Manage 3D settings  and then Program Settings
  • Add Rage 2 from the list and select High-performance NVIDIA processor from the drop-down box  and hit Apply

AMD users

  • Open Radeon Settings. Make a right click on an empty space on the desktop and select AMD Radeon Settings from the menu.
  • Select System 
  • Select Switchable Graphics, under Switchable Graphics, select the game (if it is not in the list you can add it by using the Browse option and select the .exe-file of the game) Select High Performance for the game from the drop down option.
  • Click Apply
  • Close Radeon Settings and launch the game.

Also, try opening the game as an administrator.

Game Does Not Start or Crash on Windows 7 Rage 2

Install Windows 7 sp1 platform update. Windows 7 Users use this link to update.

Install DirectX

Also, try running the game as an administrator.

Game Crashing on Startup or Crash to Desktop

Try these workarounds:

Step 1

  • Open Nvidia Control Panel by making a right click on the desktop
  • Select Manage 3D Settings and select Rage 2 from the Program Settings and set the Power Management to Prefer Maximum Power

AMD users

  • Open Radeon Settings. Make a right click on an empty space on the desktop and select AMD Radeon Settings from the menu.
  • Select System 
  • Select Switchable Graphics, under Switchable Graphics, select the game (if it is not in the list you can add it by using the Browse option and select the .exe-file of the game) Select High Performance for the game from the drop down option.
  • Click Apply
  • Close Radeon Settings and launch the game.

Step 2

  • Type Graphics Settings in the Windows search box and open Graphics Settings.
    Classic App should be selected by default. Click on Browse and select the .exe file of Rage 2 game.
  • Now click on Options after it has been added and Select High Performance option when it prompts the new window and click on Save.
  • Now go to the installation directory and launch the .exe file of Rage 2 as an administrator. Avoid using the desktop shortcut.

Step 3

Make a right click on Rage 2 exe and click on properties and run the game in Windows Compatibility Mode.

Fix Audio Issue Rage 2

Make sure Windows sound is not on mute. Make a right click on the speaker icon on the bottom right of your screen and click on Sounds and go to Playback tab and disable all the sound devices except the internal speaker or the speaker which you want to use.

Also, try changing audio from surround sound to stereo.

If you face low sound or any issue with the audio, make sure to update audio driver and run Troubleshoot Sound problems by making a right click on Windows speaker icon.

Fix Black Screen Issue Rage 2

Use ALT + ENTER key on the keyboard to go to Windows mode in case you can hear the sound in the background. If not fixed, Verify or Repair Rage 2in Steam, also, try running the game in Windowed mode, in case issue is not resolved, uninstall and reinstall the game.

Fix Bluescreen Error with Rage 2

Please visit this link to fix bluescreen or BSOD error.

Fix High CPU Usage with Rage 2

Please visit this link to fix High CPU Usage with Rage 2.

Fix High Disk Usage with Rage 2

Please visit this link to fix High disk Usage with Rage 2.

Fix Rage 2 Executable has  Stopped Working/Steps to Verify or Repair Rage 2 in Steam

In case, the game won’t launch or you receive the error “Rage 2 has stopped working” try repairing the game files in steam.

Steps to repair the game in Steam.

  • Launch Steam
  • From the Library section, right-click on Rage 2 game and click on Properties from the menu.
  • Select the Local files tab and click on the Verify integrity of game files…

Steam will verify the game’s files and download again any missing or corrupted files.

Run Steam/Bethesda.net Launcher and Rage 2 as an Administrator

Steps to run Bethesda.net launcher as an Administrator

  • Go to the path C:\Program Files (x86)\Bethesda.net Launcher
  • Find the Bethesda.net exe file called BethesdaNetLauncher
  • Make a right-click on it and go to Properties.
  • Select the Compatibility tab.
  • Check the Run this program as an administrator box at the bottom and click OK

Steps to run Rage 2 as an Administrator

  • Navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Bethesda.net Launcher\games\Rage 2
  • Locate the game executable.
  • Make a Right-click on it and go to Properties.
  • Click the Compatibility
  • Check the Run this program as an administrator box at the bottom and click OK

Once complete, relaunch the Bethesda.net launcher and try launching the game again.

Use Recommended Settings to Play Rage 2

Please keep in mind that higher settings maximize the workload for the system hardware overall, even if your system exceeds the minimum system requirement for the game.

Opting for reduced graphical features in the game is recommended if you are experiencing an issue with performance and stability.

Do Not Overclock or Turbo Boost a Processor or GPU

In case you are opting for Overclocking or Turbo Boosting hardware in your computer, then we suggest resetting the processor or GPU to the manufacturer specifications, as doing so may prevent any crashing and freezing.

Also, disable Intel Turbo Booster from BIOS settings and in case you are not able to figure out contact your system manufacturer

Repair Rage 2 from the Bethesda.net Launcher

Steps to repair Rage 2 from the Bethesda.net Launcher

  • Open the Bethesda.net Launcher and click on the game icon to select Rage 2
  • Click on Game Options on the top right of the net launcher
  • Select Scan and Repair.

Bad or Wrong DirectX installation

Update Direct X by installing the most current version. Direct X is the software which the game uses to communicate with your PC. If it’s outdated or bad it can cause crashing and freezing. Visit the below link to update the Direct X to the latest version from Microsoft website.

Update DirectX

Update Windows 10

Open Windows 10 setting by pressing Windows + I key on the keyboard, then click on Update & Security, now click on Check for updates to update Windows 10.

Perform Clean Boot

Type in msconfig in Windows search box and click on System Configuration.

Click the Services tab and check the box to Hide all Microsoft Services, then click the Disable All button.

Now click on the Startup tab, then click on Open Task Manager.

Task Manager

It can take a few seconds for the Task Manager list to load.

Click each of the Startup programs in the list then click the Disable button. Disable all.

Disable-startup-services

Close the Task Manager window.

Click OK on the System Configuration window to save your changes.

Restart the system and try launching Rage 2 game again.

Stop the Windows 10 Apps From Running in the Background

Open Windows 10 setting by pressing Windows + I key on the keyboard, then click on Privacy and then scroll down and select Background apps and disable all the apps which you do not need.

Background-Apps

In this way, it will run Rage 2 smoothly.

Add Exception to Antivirus and Firewall/Disable Windows Firewall and Multiple Antivirus

In case you are facing Rage 2 loading or launching issue then it might be antivirus or firewall which does not allow the game to load because it recognizes game files as potentially harmful and blocks it from running. Add exceptions for Rage 2Call your Antivirus company if you need help in adding an exception for Rage 2.

Most of the time Antivirus causes your game to crash or freeze so if you have multiple security running on the system then disable all the antivirus except one or try switching to another antivirus if one particular antivirus is causing the issue.

Perform Disk Cleanup

Run Disk Cleanup, open disk cleanup by typing Disk Cleanup in Windows 10 search box as shown below:

Disk-Cleanup

Once Disk Cleanup is open put a check mark in front of the all the list and then click on Clean up system files

Clean-Disk

Once you click on Clean up system Files it will pop up a window with C drive selected, hit ok. It will again bring up disk cleanup windows again, put a check in front of all the list and then hit OK to clean the disk.

Disk-Cleanup

This will get rid of all the unnecessary files on the system. Restart your PC and launch Rage 2.

Correct Windows 10 Virtual Memory/Pagefile

If the Windows 10 virtual memory is not set right, there is a chance of crashing and freezing issue with Rage 2.

In Windows search box type in System and click on System as shown below.

system

Now click on Advanced System Settings

advanced-system

On System Properties Window under the Advanced tab click on Settings as shown below

system-settings

On Performance Option Window under advanced click on Change

Change

On Virtual Memory window, uncheck Automatically manage paging file size for all drives.

From the list, select the drive on which Windows 10 is installed. (C: in most cases is already selected) click to select the Custom size radio button. Now type the minimum and maximum size of the Pagefile in megabytes (MB) according to the physical memory present in your computer.

Change-Virtual-memory

Now how to calculate Windows 10 Virtual Memory: Initial size is one and a half (1.5) x the amount of total system memory. Maximum size is three (3) x the initial size. So, in this system we have 8 GB (1 GB = 1,024 MB x 8 = 8192 MB) of memory. The initial size would be 1.5 x 8192 = 12288 MB and the maximum size would be 3 x 12288= 36864 MB.

Now click on Set and hit OK. Restart your PC and launch Rage 2.

Uninstall and Reinstall Rage 2

If somehow game files have gone corrupt then uninstalling and reinstalling Rage 2 may fix the issue.

  • In order to uninstall Rage 2, log into the Bethesda.net Launcher
  • Select Rage 2 from the sidebar
  • Click on Options in the game’s window, and select UNINSTALL.

After uninstall restart the system and then reinstall the Rage 2 and launch the game.

Reinstall the Windows 10

Sometimes corrupt OS does not allow you to play the game properly. Reinstalling Windows 10 may fix the issue.

Please note that you will lose all the data on your computer when you reinstall the OS.

Please visit this link to learn how to reinstall Windows 10 using USB flash drive 

How To Fix Crashing And Game Not Loading/ Starting In Rage 2

Check for latest GPU

The first things you can do is to check whether you have the latest GPU drivers or not. if you are running an old version of graphics driver then update and run the game.

If you have been using the new version of the driver and the game still does not load. then try installing the older version of the graphics driver and running the game again.

Turn Off Overlay Programs

The second method you can use to utilize is to close all the overlay Programs. this is one of the common reason for the game not starting.

  • Update your Graphics Card driver.
  • If you have an overlay, for example, MSI Afterburner, Geforce recording and more then close them too.
  • Try running the game in borderless window mode which can be changed from the video settings.
  • Try changing Vsync to Adaptive from video settings.
Force Windowed Launch

The third step you can use is to launch steam, then right click on Rage 2 in the steam library. then open the properties tab and select the Launch Options present in the general tab.

In the new window, you will find a dialogue box. here you will need to type -windowed and apply.

This will force the game to start in windowed mode. so just start the game again and see if it is starting or not.

Modifying files

The final method should be your last resort. if the above-mentioned method does not work then you can try this method. but this a risky step so it is recommended that you maintain a backup.

So if you are ready to follow this step follow the steps listed below.

First go to C:\WINDOWS\System32\amdvlk64.dlll and delete the amdvlk64.dll file then try launching the game again.

Conclusion

I hope this article helped you to Fix Rage 2 Loading, Crashing, Freezing, FPS Drop, Stuttering and Graphics Issue on PC.

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