Rage 2 Common Technical Issues and Solutions
As it was with any other title, the release of PC-version of Rage 2 was not a perfect one. Many players faced different difficulties including the black screen, problems with sound and a cursor, etc.
First of all regardless of an error you've faced, update your video card's driver to the latest version. Nvidia released a new version of drivers especially for Rage 2.
It is very simple for Nvidia users. Open GeForce Experience tool and go to "Drivers". You can download this program from the official website if you don't have it. AMD users should download AMD Driver Autodetect.
If you don't know the name of your video card, find "Device Manager" in the lower part of the screen and open it, then go to "display adapter" and find the name of your graphics processor. Update the driver, reboot your PC and run the game.
If AMD tool can't detect your video card properly, use a search bar to find amdvlk64.dll. If you found this file, delete it and reboot your PC.
If this file can't be displayed because of search settings, you can find it manually here: C:\WINDOWS\System32\amdvlk64.dll. Despite this file contains "AMD", you should try to find and delete it even if you use a relevant video card.
Launcher errors fixing
Here you need to make sure that the launcher is not the root of the problem. If you use software by Bethesda, reinstall the launch tool to update it to the latest version (you will need to enter your username and password).
If you use Steam, do standard actions. RMB on Rage 2 in the library, open "Properties" and go to the "Local files". Here you can run "Verify integrity of game files...". Making these steps, you will download important files from a server if you miss some of them.
Fixing other potential failures
In some cases, anti-virus software can delete or quarantine some files of the game. Shut down your anti-virus to figure it out and try to launch the game. You can also add Rage2.exe to the list of exclusions in the settings menu of your anti-virus software.
If you use several screens or the game doesn't work in the full-screen mode (or in the borderless mode), launch it forcefully in the windowed mode. You couldn't do that in the game, so RMB on Rage 2 in Steam library, go to "Properties" and choose "Set launch options..." in the tab "General". Enter "-windowed" in the text box and click on "Apply". Restart the game.
Crashes on starts (the game doesn't work)
One of the most common issues of Rage 2. It could be connected with an antivirus or Windows Defender, that could identify files of the game as viruses. You can shut down an antivirus or add Rage2.exe to the exclusion list to solve this problem. Use administrative permission if it doesn't work. RMB on the exe-file and select "properties". Go to the tab "compatibility", in the section "Compatibility Mode" put a tick on "Run this program in compatibility mode for:" and select "Windows 7". Put a tick on "Run this program as an administrator".
Check the version of drivers installed on your PC and update them to the latest version. You can face other errors when starting the game:
- Faulting application name: RAGE2.exe, version: 0.0.0.0, time stamp: 0x5cd49c81
- Faulting module name: amdvlk64.dll, version: 18.104.22.168, time stamp: 0x58fea4bf
- Exception code: 0xc0000005
To fix them you should delete amdvlk64.dll regardless of your graphics processor. The path to this file is specified in the paragraphs above.
Problems with sound can vary from the full absence of sound to the absence of some sound files in dialogues with NPCs or stuttering. The problem of NPC sounds can be caused by wrong audio channels of your audio devices. To fix it go to the "Sounds" tab, open "Playback" and select an active device. Click on "Configure" and choose an appropriate channel for it. Click on "Next", and the problem will be solved.
The problem of audio delay can be caused by audio drivers. Delete (in most of the cases it is Realtek) and reinstall it. Set "0" for Sound FX to solve this problem.
If it didn't help, go to "Playback devices" and select an active device. Click on "Properties", go to the "Enhancements" tab, and delete all ticks. Try to launch the game and make sure that problems are solved.
Instead of the tab "Enhancements", you can open "Advanced". Choose every option from the list and check results every time. Probably you will manage to fix problems through trial and error.
After start press ALT+Enter to switch to the windowed mode. You certainly could see a clean image. Go to the video settings menu and set the resolution of your screen. Activate the full-screen mode, the problem must be solved.If it doesn't help, try to update your video card drivers.
This error appears if you try to connect your account in Bethesda.net. Reboot your PC to fix it.
Other issues and fixes
In the case of darkening of a screen during the game, or if the game shuts down because of a fatal error there are several solutions, that you can try. Overclocking of a graphics card can be a cause of failures. Set the default settings for the GPU clock to fix it. If your graphics card was overclocked in factory conditions, reduce the clock rate by 100MHz using MSI Afterburner or other tools.If you don't want to change the clockrate of your graphics card, you can try to avoid crashes locking Rage 2 on 30 FPS. Open Nvidia Control Panel, go to ‘’Manage 3D settings’’ and choose ‘’Program Settings’’. Select a game to customize from the list and set ‘’Adaptive (half refresh rate)’’ for ‘’Vertical sync’’.
Run the game, enter full-screen mode, and disable VSync in the full-screen mode.