Mafia 2 issues in Windows 10 [ULTIMATE GUIDE]

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Mafia 2 issues Windows 10

Mafia series is probably one of the most popular third-person action games, alongside Grand Theft Auto V. Mafia 2 was a worthy successor to the original game, but according to users, it seems Mafia 2 has certain issues on Windows 10.

How can I fix Mafia 2 problems on Windows 10?

Table of contents:

Fix – Mafia 2 crashes / not starting

Solution 1 – Uninstall PhysX

Mafia 2 heavily utilizes PhysX, and in certain cases, PhysX can cause your game to crash. If you’re experiencing a similar problem, you’re advised to uninstall PhysX. After uninstalling PhysX do the following:

  1. Go to Program Files/Steam/steamapps/Common/mafia ii/3rd.
  2. Locate PhysX_9.10.0513_SystemSoftware.msi and run it. Choose to uninstall option.
  3. After the process is completed, restart your computer and try running the game again.

Few users reported that reinstalling PhysX has fixed the issue for them, so if you want to use PhysX, try reinstalling it.

Solution 2 – Run Mafia 2 in compatibility mode/use compatibility troubleshooter

If Mafia 2 isn’t starting on your computer, you can try running the game in compatibility mode. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Locate Mafia 2 shortcut, or Mafia 2 .exe file and right click it. Choose Properties from the menu.
  2. Navigate to Compatibility tab, and check Run this program in compatibility mode for and choose one of the previous versions of Windows, for example, Windows 7.
  3. Click Apply and OK.
  4. Try running the game again.

To run compatibility troubleshooter, follow these steps:

  1. Find Mafia 2 shortcut and right click it. Choose Properties and go to Compatibility tab.
  2. Click Run compatibility troubleshooter button.
  3. Wait for the process to finish.
  4. Click on Try recommended settings.
  5. Click Test the program button.

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Solution 3 – Remove overclock settings

Overclocking your hardware can improve your performance, but at the same time, it can cause certain games, such as Mafia 2 to crash. If any of your hardware is overclocked, make sure to remove any existing clock settings and try to run the game again.

Solution 4 – Disable Steam Overlay

It has been reported that Mafia 2 has issues with Steam Overlay, and these issues can sometimes cause your game to crash. In order to fix this problem, it’s advised to disable Steam Overlay for Mafia 2. To do that, just follow these steps:

  1. Start Steam and go to your game Library.
  2. Locate Mafia 2 and right click it. Choose Properties.
  3. In General, tab makes sure that Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game is not checked.
  4. Save changes and start the game.

After disabling Steam Overlay you won’t be able to see any Steam notifications, such as messages and achievements, but crashing issues should be resolved.

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Solution 5 – Turn off anti-aliasing

In some cases, the cause for Mafia 2 crashes can be anti-aliasing option. If Mafia 2 is crashing on your computer, make sure that you disable anti-aliasing option from the settings menu.

Solution 6 – Turn off problematic apps

Users reported that Mafia 2 crashes can be caused by third-party applications running in the background.

Certain applications, such as Gigabyte OC Guru, Fraps, Mumble and Xfire can cause Mafia 2 to crash, so if you’re using any of these applications, make sure to disable them before running Mafia 2.

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Solution 7 – Make sure drivers and additional software is up to date

Sometimes Mafia 2 can crash if certain components are out of date. To avoid any potential issues, make sure your drivers, PhysX and Visual C++ Redistributables are up to date before running Mafia 2.

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Solution 8 – Delete videoconfig.cfg

According to users, Mafia 2 crashes are caused by videoconfig.cfg file, and in order to fix this issue, it’s advised that you remove this file. To delete this file, follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + R and enter %localappdata%. Press Enter or click OK.
  2. When the AppdataLocal folder opens, navigate to 2K GamesMafia IISaves.
  3. Locate videoconfig.cfg and delete it.
  4. After you’ve deleted videoconfig.cfg, run the game again.

We have to point out that you’ll need to repeat this solution every time before you start the game if the problem returns.

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Solution 9 – Run the game as administrator

If you’re having Mafia 2 crashes, you might want to try running the game as administrator. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Find Mafia 2 shortcut or .exe file and right click it.
  2. Choose Run as administrator from the menu.

Few users reported that their problem was resolved after running Steam as administrator, so make sure that you try that as well.

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Solution 10 – Verify the game cache

Sometimes Mafia 2 can crash if certain game files are corrupted, and if that’s the case, it’s advised you verify game cache. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Start Steam and go to your game Library.
  2. Locate Mafia 2, right-click it and choose Properties.
  3. Navigate to Local Files tab and click Verify Integrity of Game Cache button.
  4. Wait for the process to complete.
  5. When verification process ends, try running the game again.

Solution 11 – Make sure that Mafia 2 is added to the list of exceptions

Mafia 2 can sometimes crash if it’s not added to the list of exclusions in your firewall or antivirus software. Before starting Mafia 2, make sure that the following folders are added to list of exceptions in your antivirus software:

  • C:Program Files (x86)Steamsteamappscommonmafia ii
  • C:Users*Username*AppDataLocal2K GamesMafia II

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Solution 12 – Disable PhysX

If you’re having crashes in Mafia 2, it’s advised that you disable PhysX. To disable PhysX just start the game, go to Video options and turn off PhysX from the menu.

Solution 13 – Reinstall the game

If Mafia 2 won’t start your last solution is to completely uninstall the game and install it again. In addition to reinstalling the game, it’s also advised to update your graphics card drivers to the latest version.

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Solution 14 – Reset BIOS

Resetting BIOS will break your computer’s warranty, so keep that in mind before you perform this step. In order to reset BIOS, you need to unplug your computer, open it, remove the battery from the motherboard and leave it for 5-10 minutes to drain completely.

After your battery has drained, put it back to your motherboard, connect your PC and try starting Mafia 2 again.

Solution 15 – Change videoconfig values

In some cases, Mafia 2 can’t launch due to the configuration of the videoconfig file. To fix this problem, you need to do the following:

  1. Go to C:UsersyourAccountUserNameAppDataLocal2K GamesMafia IISaves.
  2. Locate the videoconfig file and open it with Notepad.
  3. Change all 1’s to 0’s. For example, when you open videoconfig you might see something like this (keep in mind that you’ll probably get different values):
    0 0 1680 1051 1 0 0 0
  4. Now just change 1’s to 0’s like this:
    0 0 0680 0050 0 0 0 0
  5. Save changes and start the game again.

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Fix – Mafia 2 black screen

Solution 1 – Edit videoconfig file

If you’re getting a black screen every time you start Mafia 2, it’s advised you change the videoconfig file. To do that, navigate to C:UsersyourAccountUserNameAppDataLocal2K GamesMafia IISaves and open videoconfig with Notepad.

Change video resolution setting to your native desktop resolution, save changes and try running the game again.

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Solution 2 – Connect your PC to another monitor or TV

Sometimes you’ll experience black screen issues while starting Mafia 2 if your display doesn’t support the set resolution, so you’ll have to connect your PC to a different monitor or a TV.

After you’ve connected a different monitor or a TV, start Mafia 2, change game resolution to 1024×768 or something similar. Save changes and turn off your computer. Connect your old monitor once again, and try to start the game.

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Fix – Mafia 2 low fps

Solution 1 – Delete certain files from Cloth folder

Mafia 2 uses PhysX feature that can be quite demanding on your hardware thus causing low fps. In order to fix this problem, it’s advised that your delete certain files from Cloth folder. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Open Mafia 2 installation directory.
  2. Locate Edit/APEX/CLOTH folder.
  3. Create a backup of Cloth folder on your Desktop.
  4. Open CLOTH folder and delete all files except those starting with VITO. In addition, don’t delete m2skeleton and ClothRemapTable files.

After you’ve deleted these files, dynamic clothing effect will only work on your character thus increasing your fps.

Solution 2 – Delete the Effects directory

As we mentioned in the previous solution, PhysX effects look great but sometimes cause fps drops in Mafia 2. If you’re having low fps while playing Mafia 2, try removing the Effects directory by following these steps:

  1. Open Mafia 2 installation directory.
  2. Go to Edit/APEX/Effects directory.
  3. Make a copy of Effects folder and save it on your Desktop.
  4. Delete Effects folder from Edit/APEX directory.

By removing this folder you’ll disable most of the particle effects in the game and drastically improve performance.

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Fix – Mafia 2 freezing

Solution 1 – Run the game in windowed mode

If Mafia 2 is freezing on your PC, try to run the game in windowed mode. To do that just run the game, go to options menu, open graphics settings and set the game to run in windowed mode.

Solution 2 – Reinstall the game

Also, it’s well advised to reinstall the game if the occurring issues keep reappearing, just like the freezing. Reinstalling the game includes clearing all the remaining files and registry inputs, so it’s advised to run IObit Uninstaller or any third-party cleaner/uninstaller.

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Here’s how to reinstall Mafia 2 in a few simple steps:

  1. Open Steam.
  2. Choose Library.
  3. Locate Mafia 2, right-click on it and choose ”Uninstall”.
  4. Use IOBit Uninstaller or similar third-party tool to remove the remaining files and registry entries.
  5. Open Steam again and navigate to Library.
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Solution 3 – Meet the system requirements

Another thing worth paying attention to are the imposed system requirements. This game is quite demanding, and, in order for it to work, you’ll need to have a capable configuration in order to run it. Here are minimum and recommended system requirements:

Minimum Requirements

  • CPU: Pentium D 3GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ (Dual core) or higher
  • RAM: 1.5 GB
  • OS: Microsoft Windows XP (SP2 or later) / Windows Vista / Windows 7
  • VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 / ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro or better

Recommended configuration

  • CPU SPEED: 2.4 GHz Quad Core processor
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • OS: Microsoft Windows XP (SP2 or later) / Windows Vista / Windows 7
  • VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX / ATI Radeon HD 3870 or better

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Fix – Mafia 2 graphics problem

Solution 1 – Update 3D Vision drivers

Sometimes you might get unreadable text and black textures if you’re playing Mafia 2 using 3D vision. To fix this issue we strongly advise you to download and install the latest 3D vision drivers.

Solution 2 – Check your graphics card temperature

In certain cases, you might see black lines while playing Mafia 2, and if that’s the case, you should check your graphics card temperature. If your graphics card is overheating, you might want to install additional cooling or switch your graphics card.

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These are some of the most common issues that many PC gamers had with Mafia 2. If you’re having any of these issues, feel free to try any of our solutions.

If you have any more questions, drop them in the comments sections below.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2016 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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