How I’ve fixed Fall Guys (Steam version) not running anymore (files missing in-game error) after updating Windows 11 to latest build

Since I have thousands of other programs and games running fine in my Windows 11 installation, I would generally rule out a damaged OS, and repair just because of one game not working would be a bit too much.

Anyway, my assumption that it is related to the Epic Online Services was correct.

So here is what I have done:

I did uninstall Epic Online Services as Epic Player Support suggested.

Then iObit Software Updater 2 reported that my Epic Games Launcher is outdated and there is an update:

Done that while verifiying the Fall Guys files in Steam again so it would reset the install script so it would reinstall Epic Online Services as you suggested.

The update installation of Epic Games Launcher halted at 56 % at the last step during “waiting for Epic Games Launcher to initialize its settings”.

I then force killed the setup via Task Manager and restarted Windows.

Upon restart, I did start Epic Games Launcher which completed the update installation successfully.

Then I start Fall Guys via Steam again, it did execute the install script but I would get an error message in Fall Guys colour screen (so cyan blue and purple) saying “program exception”, it would black out my 2nd Monitor and halt WIndows. Had to power circle my PC.

Upon Windows 11 having been booted up again, I did start Fall Guys via Steam again, the Epic Online Services install script was executed a second time and I saw a new task in task manager that has been missing previously called “Epic Online Services local application”:

Now the game runs successfully!

So somehow the outdated Epic Games Launcher caused the issue, despite everywhere it is said it is not connected tho the Epic Online Services at all!

System requirements nowadays are not what they used to be (for the better, I guess)

Being a PC gamer since the 90s, my 386 from 1993 outgrew my gaming needs quick, so by 1995, I did have a Pentium 100 and 16 MB of RAM, by 1997 a Pentium MMX 2000 and by year 2000, a Pentium III/866 Mhz.

The last computer I built together myself is from 2012, the same machine I am currently using to this day.

Granted, a BIOS update in 2013 made it possible to turn the AM3 socket into a AM3+ socket and double the supported DDR3 RAM amount from 16 to 32 GB.

The Pilediver architecture is known to be very inefficient when it comes to power consumption and produced heat. But an AMD FX-8370 is the max it can handle, and with its 8 Cores, 8 Threads @ 4Ghz, 2K Gaming is slowing pushing the limits.

While, in the 90s and early 00s, if your PC didn’t match the system requirements, the game simply wouldn’t run, nowadays, you sometimes squint your eyes and bend the truth a bit 😀

The disadvantage of using an AMD platform from 2010 as a base, is the incredible power consumption, also given I still use a midi tower case 4 x 5.25″ & 2 x 3.5″ drive bays on the front, and this includes a whopping 8 x HDDs/SSDs in this machine, as well as using all the PCI and PCIe slots the motherboard can offer, the range of 700 watts PSUs I can use is very limited, as many do not offer enough juice on the combined 3.3v + 5v rails.

According to the outervision PSU Calculator, recommended is a PSU with 209 W on the combined 3.3V/5V rails, i.e. 13.6 A on the 3.3V and 32.7 A on the 5V rail.

32.7 is utopic! 20-23 A is the max I can find, and even those are an exception of the rue.

This means, this rail typically has combined wattage of the range of 100 to 130 watts – sounds edgy yes, but it works. One way to find out, is running Discord, being in a voice or video call with a person while playing PUBG. It causes enough load on this rail, that if there is not enough juice, the other party will report loss of hearing you clearly, and you will get constant ping spikes as well as “network lag” warnings.

Another topic we shall tap into is cooling. As mentioned earlier, Pilediver is a piece of sh* when it comes to this regard.

when upgrading from 6 core to octa core, I had to get an ARTIC Freezer A32, and add a 2nd fan to it for more efficient cooling.

I’ve found a screenshot I made in November 2017 when I freshly installed the cooler and 2 fans:

by installing the 2nd CPU inverted by accident (sucking warm air from one side of the heatsink rather than blowing on it), not only is the CPU 4°C cooler (74°C now vs 78°C then) than back in 2017 with stock installation, but also the HDDs and SSDs are cooler now.

(taken May 2024)

Both temps screenshots were taken under normal operating conditions, not under heavy load.

Now let’s talk about, what I mean by saying “System requirements today are not what they used to be”.

Back in August 2020 when Project Cars 3 was released, I barely could run the game. there would be framerate dips and after that, the game would speed up uncontrollably for seconds afterwards, to catch up – hence constant crashes into the wall, and as a consequence losing the race and ranks.

The game was poorly optimized on release, I even emailed with AMD asking what can be done.

Here is an excerpt of their reply to me:

If I have understood you correctly, Project Cars 3 is the only game that stutters on your PC. So let’s compare the minimum requirements of the game with your hardware configuration.

Your processor is a FX-8370, minimum requirement is a FX-8350, so your processor is just above the minimum requirement
Your graphics card is a GTX 1050ti, the minimum requirement is a GTX 680. Since the GTX 680 is about 20% more powerful than the 1050ti according to independent comparison tests, the minimum requirement is not met here.

It is quite possible that the game stutters due to the CPU, as the FX-8370 is only slightly faster than the FX-8350, which is the minimum requirement to be able to play the game at all.

In the long term, many new games will probably run better if you install a newer processor, not just Project Cars 3.

A few updates down the road, the game no longer had those issues on my then GTX 1050ti although still 20% below the minimum system requirements.

When Bethesda invited me to the presentation of “Starfield” to the press (thanks Bethesda!), I knew I had to get the game once released.

What I didn’t pay attention to were the system requirements once again.
A Ryzen 5 2600 which has 18% more effective speed than an FX-8370
And a GTX 1070 Ti which has 119% more effective speed than my GTX 1650 at that time.
I’ve managed to play the game in HD resolution just fine though. Not the highest details setting of course, but it was not having frame drops or other issues that made it unplayable.

Nowadays with the same CPU but a GTX 1070 Katana, it plays nicely on 2K res, despite still being 17% slower than the system requirements.

Surprisingly, Robocop Rogue City plays better in HD on my setup, than many players with their Ryzen CPUS and their 4090s! 🙂

Where the age of my CPU clearly showed was FIFA23, which requires an AMD Ryzen 5 1600 which is 13% more effective in speed than my FX-8370.
I had to put all the graphic settings to the lowest (which isn’t easy as they aren’t many to fiddle with), and to a HD resolution as max to make the frame dips bearable and the game playable.

Latest example is Star Trek Resurgence, where a GTX 1080 is required, which is has 18% more effective speed than my GTX 1070.
I did suffer from stutters and as this fellow here calls it – “teething problems”, but I have managed that by moving the game files from a HDD to a SSD.
The GPU is pretty permanently on 100% load, though.
(While for Robocop Rogue city, the GPU is on 90% load but the temps in their 90s°C, as well).

Once again: System requirements today are not what they used to be.

Question is, how much can I still push the envelope, until it no longer is sufficient?

My RMA warranty experiences with Western Digital and Toshiba

I once had the issue of buying a warehouse deal Western Digital HDD to put into my NAS. Turns out the electronics of the drive were damaged and ended up short circuiting my NAS case, Amazon refusing to cover the full costs, but only a small amount which they claimed equals the “2nd hand market value” of my NAS, I got a refund for the my ordered HDD and they didn’t demand the drive back.

I explained the whole case to the RMA department of Western Digital, they got me covered, I sent in the damaged drive, they sent me a new one, I flipped the RMA replacement as such on eBay and this way had enough money to buy a new NAS case.

Another case was when our Postal Service was on strike and an OCZ SSD from Amazon was considered lost in the post, I was refunded, but received it weeks later anyway. However they sent me a different drive than what I ordered, at the item bar code was confused with another model. After a year in my cupboard, I found the drive was dead.

Meanwhile Toshiba took over OCZ and when I explained the whole situation to Toshiba’s RMA department, they allowed me to send it in for a replacement. In both cases, the stories and circumstances were so wild, I was surprised by the outstanding support from both Western Digital and Toshiba! 🙂

How to install Need For Speed ProStreet on Windows 11 23H2

For a best rate of success, there are some dos and don’ts on this one.

Don’ts:
– don’t use the patch for upgrading to version 1.1, it will cause the game to crash when you try to run it.
– the controller compatibility patch for XBOX and Playstation controllers has been removed from the general patch for this version of Need For Speed, stay away from it at it will also cause the game to crash.
The game will run fine without, but simply not displaying the PS/XBOX buttons to press.

Dos:
1) download the Need For Speed ProStreet Generic Fix, you can enable all options on this one as your heart desires. – even including resolutions past FullHD and above 60 Hz refresh rate 🙂

2) Apply a no DVD Patch for version 1.0 of the game

Enjoy playing it 🙂

How to install Need For Speed Porsche (Unleashed) on Windows 11 23H2

First of all, follow these instructions, however if you have a multi-monitor setup like myself, you might run into the problem that the game will open on the wrong monitor and hence also use a wrong resolution. Solution here is, too choose “Windowed Mode” in config.exe and install the tool Borderless Gaming, which will force opening the game in full screen on the correct monitor 🙂

How to install Need For Speed Undercover on Windows 11 23H2

In my case, I bought a key for Origin / EA App , which brings in some things to take care about, I will mention them here.

  1. Download the Generic fix by selecting \/ -> Developer Build (untested). The final release (aka “Direct Link”) did not work for me. The Developer Build was from early 2024, which would be executed under Win11 just fine, while the final release would simply not activate, so no changes were made to the game: https://thirteenag.github.io/wfp#nfs
  2. . Activating all re-sizing options (1) as by default was however worth It, the FMVs were not in a wrong aspect, at least not on an Nvidia GTX 1070 in FHD. I also activated XBOX Controller Support
  • When using an optical media, you may need a no CD Fix, for EA App download, just had to decline the PunkBuster installation at the end of the setup process. Unfortunately the progress for the EA App will freeze at 72%. I had to force close EA App via Task Manager, then re-open the EA App.

Enjoy playing this 16 years of jewel in gaming history in Full HD  😊 – it’s one of the rare games even supporting higher resolutions than that! 😊

If you have however a 2K or higher res monitor with G-Sync functionality, then do this:

1) use the final release of the Generic Fix.

2) Make sure G-Sync is on for your graphics card and in the monitor

3) Set the following settings in NFSUndercover.GenericFix.ini:


[MultiFix]
ResDetect = 0                            ; Adds resolution auto-detection for the in-game options menu.

[MAIN]
Scaling = 0                              ; Adjusts FOV aspect ratio to be mathematically correct. Requires FixFOV to be enabled.

[MISC]
SkipIntro = 1                            ; Skips FMVs that play when you launch the game.

WindowedMode = 5                         ; Enables windowed mode. (1 = Borderless | 2 = Border | 3 = Resizable Border | 4 = Borderless Fullscreen | 5 = Borderless Fullscreen Stretched)

[GRAPHICS]
SimRate = 0                             ; Controls the refresh rate of the gameplay engine. Match your monitor’s refresh rate or your target frame rate. (0 = Disabled | -1 = Monitor Refresh Rate | -2 = Double Monitor Refresh Rate)

4) Rename the file “dinput8.dll” to “dinput8.dll.disable”

How to install Need For Speed Carbon on Windows 11 23H2

This installation manual is based off the YouTube video by 77Vids about installation on Windows 10 (This installation manual is based off the YouTube video by 77Vids about installation on Windows 10 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFWGGR97w3Y) , however there are some differences, which I will mention here.

Differences:

  1. Download the Widescreen fix by selecting \/ -> Developer Build (untested). The final release (aka “Direct Link”) did not work for me. The Developer Build was from early 2024, which would be executed under Win11 just fine, while the final release would simply not activate, so no changes were made to the game.
  2. The options of the .ini file slightly differ from the suggestions in the video, but nothing too major that one would be confused. Activating all re-sizing options (1) as by default was however worth It, the FMVs were not in a wrong aspect ratio as claimed in the video, at least not on an Nvidia GTX 1070 in FHD.
  3. A No CD Patch was required, so you can forget about putting it into compatibility mode.
  4. The download for the patch to the latest version of the game can be found at: https://community.pcgamingwiki.com/files/file/1067-need-for-speed-carbon-patches/
  5. If you have a version that supports multiple languages, you can set that in the Windows registry as described here: https://www.pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/Need_for_Speed:_Carbon

Even though I kept mine to German, I had to enable to skip intro FMVs in the widescreen fix.

Enjoy playing this 18 years of jewel in gaming history in Full HD (any higher res will crash)  😊

How to install Need For Speed Most Wanted (2005) on Windows 11 23H2

This installation manual is based off the YouTube video by 77Vids about installation on Windows 10 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFWGGR97w3Y) , however there are some differences, which I will mention here.

Differences:

  1. Download the Widescreen fix by selecting \/ -> Developer Build (untested). The final release (aka “Direct Link”) did not work for me. The Developer Build was from early 2024, which would be executed under Win11 just fine, while the final release would simply not activate, so no changes were made to the game.
  2. The options of the .ini file slightly differ from the suggestions in the video, but nothing too major that one would be confused. Activating all re-sizing options (1) as by default was however worth It, the FMVs were not in a wrong aspect ratio as claimed in the video, at least not on an Nvidia GTX 1070 in FHD.
  3. A No CD Patch was not required if you use the Black Edition release of the game (US Markets only)
  4. The normal release of the game can be upgraded to the Black Edition by adding these files to the game directory: https://www.nfsplanet.com/download_sel.php?file=http://ftp.gamesweb.com/pub/nfs5/nfsmw/files/be_patch.zip&key=b012e4bf975d86c07688b280ca8836a7&lang=eng


Enjoy playing this 19 years of jewel in gaming history in Full HD, (any higher res will crash) 😊

Toshiba 24WA2063DAX keeps turning off despite sleep timer and power saving are both off.

After fighting for 2 years to hav e my Toshiba TV not automatically turn off on me despite sleep timer and power saving are both off. (see suggestion 1, 8 and 11), it keeps giving me a warning after a while that the TV is powering off if I am not pressing a key on the remote. This is especially annoying as I connected it to my PC as a 3rd monitor.

The solution is found in the developer mode of the TV as described here.

It is perhaps done to avoid burn-ins (which isn’t just a CRT thing as Linus Tech Tips describes here)

Still this sucks if you don’t know about it and usually nothing much happens on your 3rd screen if ever.

Android Developer Mode for the win!

How to get Street Fighter IV working again in Windows 11

Street Fighter IV is a game that really connects certain events and memories in live, so when I found a way to get a Steam key, I went for it, and then the challenge of getting it to work in the latest Windows 11 was on.

There are basically 2 ways:

Solution 1: with GFWL (“Games For Windows – Live”) already installed
Requirements: You already have GFWL installed from a time back then (e.g. when Windows 8.x was still around, and then updated your installation to Windows 10 and then to Windows 11).

Steps:
– Block StreetFighterIV.exe’s accesss to the internet in your local firewall
– When the game starts GFWL overlay will try to connect but fail and ask you to enter the game’s serial key.
– Hit Escape to exit the prompt and overlay and enjoy playing the game!

Solution 2: Replace the GFWL files and add a dummy

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