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Game Fixes for Homefront: Crashing, Lag, Freezing, No Sound, Black Screen, Steam / Launch Error

Homefront PC Game FixesThis recent THQ first person shooter (FPS) was released recently on Steam. For this particular game, many of the same fixes used for an unrelated problem that you are not experiencing might fix the one that you happen to be experiencing. Most of the game problems exist only on the PC — not with the console versions (Xbox 360, Playstation 3 / PS3).

Try troubleshooting through the guide to help get rid of things like game freezing, blue screen of death (BSOD), etc. Good luck!


Common Directories

These two INI — GCEngine.ini and GCInput.ini — are referenced occasionally in this Homefront Bug Fixes Guide is located below. Be sure to alter the beginning that’s in bold to correspond with your operating system, hard drive, and username:

C:\\Documents\\My Games\\HOMEFRONT\\GCGame\\Config\\GCEngine.ini

The location of the game .exe file is generally the below. Just make sure to alter as necessary to point to the correct Steam folder:


You may also need to edit the DefaultEngine.ini file:

C:\\Program Files\\Steam\\steamapps\\common\\homefront\\GCGame\\Config\\DefaultEngine.ini




Fix Homefront Lagging / Stuttering

If your Homefront game has a lot of lag or the frames seem to be skipping, then try changing the launch parameters for it by:
— Right click your shortcut to the game -> properties — and add the launch parameter “-compatscale=4”
This will make use of hardware optimization. If your PC is terrible, then try lowering the 4 to 3 or lower.


No Game Music / Audio / Sound for Homefront

This can happen if you’re using a normal stereo headset or even just with normal speakers (including PC and Laptop speakers such as the Apple Macintosh / Mac Book Pro). Other users seem to be experiencing low volume level that’s near silent. There are a couple of things you can do to try to fix this for the game:
— Reboot the PC
— Reinstall the game (not the ideal game solution of course)
— Update your audio / sound card drivers
— Disable your HDMI / High End sound ports in the Master Volume Control Panel or via your soundcard driver software
— Download and Install the DirectX 9.0 Runtime


You can…
1) Go to Start -> Run — type in DXDIAG
2) Click the “Sound” tab and drag the “Hardware Sound Acceleration Level” slider to “No acceleration” for DirectSound


Or try…
1) Go to My Computer -> Control Panel -> Sounds and Audio Devices
2) Under the “Volume” tab in the “Speaker settings” area, click “Advanced”, then go to the “Performance” tab
3) Slide “Hardware Acceleration” from “Full” to “None”
4) Slide “Sample rate conversion quality” from “Best” to “Good”, then hit “OK”


Another Homefront bug fix…
— Open DefaultEngine.ini with notepad, then make the following change:

MaxChannels=128 to 64

A newer game fix for Homefront sound not working is below.
Note that this example uses an AC’97 Onboard audio configuration and as such you will need to modify as needed to match your particular hardware settings.
1) Set your audio / speakers to use Stereo by loading the Volume Control Panel
2) Go to the “Playback Devices” area and for your device hit “configure” and use a “Stereo” setup
3) Load DefaultEngine.ini in Notepad and make the add the following line under [ALAudio.ALAudioDevice] (modify the “RealTek” part as needed)

NoHALSupport0=RealTek AC97

Alternatively, you can add:

NoHALSupport0=RealTek AC97
NoHALSupport1=SigmaTel Audio
NoHALSupport2=Realtek HD Audio output
NoHALSupport3=Sound Blaster Audigy
NoHALSupport4=SB Audigy

You might also use NoHALSupport0=IDT High Definition Audio CODEC


Homefront Game Does Not / Fails to Launch / Open, homefront.exe Crashes at Startup With No Error, Black Screen

This seems to be a very common game problem for Homefront. Your screen might flash or show a black screen, then the process / exe crashes as seen in Windows Task Manager. Hopefully a patch will provide a game fix for this Crash to Desktop (CTD) (C2D) game problem. Also, some people seem to be getting the Windows game error “Homefront has stopped working”. Keep in mind that this game requires PhysX. Anyway, try these game fixes for it:
— Try setting the game to Windows XP compatibility mode by right clicking the EXE -> Properties -> Compatibility — and setting Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3). This game fix will only help out Windows 7 / Vista users though.
— Make sure your GCEngine.ini exists, isn’t blank, and isn’t set to Read Only (right click the file -> properties — uncheck read-only)
— Get & Install the Microsoft DirectX 9.0 Runtime
— Try launching the game through its EXE instead of through Steam
— Some people suggest downloading the cracked version from links using RapidShare (RS), MegaShares (MS), MegaUpload (MU), MediaFire (MF), etc…but there’s no sense in doing that seeing as how you bought it and want to play multiplayer!


You can also try:
— Try changing your computer’s resolution to something more common
— Updating your video card / graphics card drivers, as they generally not only contain improvements that help with game lag or stuttering, but also graphics glitches such as pixilation, artifacts on the screen, or odd texture problems. They can fix game glitches too, as well as general incompatibility that can cause black screens on launch. Upgrade your drivers to the latest NVIDIA, ATI, etc. version.
— Try running your game with admin / administrative privileges or under an admin account (especially if on Vista)


Or the following Homefront Crash to Desktop fix…
— Locate your GCEngine.ini file and find the following two lines and change them like so:

AllowD3D10=True to AllowD3D10=False
CompatLevelGPU=0 to CompatLevelGPU=1

Another Homefront Crash to Desktop Fix / Black Screen On Launch Fix:
1) Set your Steam server to a different country, which should trigger Steam to download
2) Launch the newly downloaded EXE

Note that if this does not work, then try turning off Steam Cloud and using this method in conjunction with the below method (alter the INI before launch).


And yet Another Homefront game fix that has worked for some is to do the following:
1) Open GCEngine.ini and make the following changes:

Fullscreen=True to Fullscreen=False
AllowD3D10=True to AllowD3D10=False

2) Launch the game, pick your game resolution, enable full screen (if desired), and modify your gaming presets for your PC, then apply the changes
3) Quit Homefront and open the GCEngine.ini again to make the following change:

AllowD3D10=True to AllowD3D10=False

Courtesy of SteamPowered


Freezes During Decryption Process / Steam Game Cache Validation

Usually it will freeze / get stuck at 74% percent. I recommend:
— Simply waiting. Why? Because it may not really be frozen or stuck at all. It may just be taking a long time. Give it A LOT of time to perform this task and eventually it gets passed 74% in many cases.
— Delete the game entirely (including parts in your Steam folder) and then redownload it from Steam.


Multiple / Two Homefront Completing Installation Messages

If you keep getting this game installation message, then generally that means that Homefront did not preload well. The downloading or install portion must have had a problem. Try re-downloading the game after deleting it.


Game Settings Keep Reverting

If you find that after altering your settings they change back, then try:
— Making sure your INI files are NOT Read Only or that they even exist / have text in them
— Disabling Steam Cloud


Fix Mouse Movements or Controls / Disable Hardware Acceleration

If your mouse is acting weird or is too overly sensitive / slow, then try the following:
1) Open baseinput.ini with notepad, locate the line “[Engine.PlayerInput]” and under it add:


2) Make the following edit to the file:

bEnableMouseSmoothing=true to bEnableMouseSmoothing=false

Source: SteamPowered


“Your Connection to the Host has been Lost” or Steam Keeps Disconnecting Game Error

This unfortunately seems to be Steam related. Note that things like firewalls and internet connection stability also affect this.


“The Steam servers are currently too busy to handle your request. Please try again in a few minutes.” Steam Error

Just wait patiently. This is generally a message that pops up when the Steam server is crowded. Try again later! Perhaps during off or weird hours.


Enable / Disable / Turn Off Movies

1) If you want to prevent the movies at the start of the game, then alter the following lines in the DefaultEngine.ini:


2) Now backup -> delete GCEngine.ini & GCInput.ini


Game Hardware Specification Requirements

Minimum Spec
Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7
Intel Pentium Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 2.8GHz
Shader Model 3.0 graphics card with 256MB of memory
NVIDIA GeForce 7900GS or ATI Radeon 1900XT
10GB of free hard drive space

Recommended Spec
Windows Vista or Windows 7
Intel or AMD Quad Core 2 GHz+ CPU
NVIDIA GeForce 260 or ATI Radeon 4850
10 GB of free hard drive space

NVIDIA 3D Vision Recommended Spec
3D Compatible NVIDIA GeForce 480/570 Series GPU
NVIDIA 3D Vision Kit
3D Vision-Ready Display
Intel Core i7 processor
Windows Vista or Windows 7
10GB of free hard drive space


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  3. Comments  Tim Skijwalker   |  Saturday, 19 March 2011 at 7:20 AM

    Some people cant play 1680 x 1050

    go to GCEngine.ini
    search: ResX
    change it to

    it worked for me!
    BTW> thx for these fixes ;D

  4. Comments  kelly   |  Sunday, 20 March 2011 at 5:46 AM

    where do you get the GCEngine.ini if it dose not exist?

  5. Comments  DarkKnightH20   |  Sunday, 20 March 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Hi Kelly. What operating system are you on?

    The easiest way when in doubt is to just perform a file search for that title.

  6. Comments  NEED HELP   |  Friday, 25 March 2011 at 7:12 PM

    Can u send me ur CGEngine.ini someone please? i really just dont have it, ive reinstalled but still…

  7. Comments  jone   |  Saturday, 26 March 2011 at 11:38 PM

    hi my game keep crashing eaxcly when im opening the door in the begging of the campaing i tried all the guides for fixes it just keep frezzing then crashing back to windows.

  8. Comments  Rufio   |  Monday, 28 March 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Same as above for me…game crashes at the beginning of the labor camp, help!

  9. Comments  steve   |  Monday, 28 March 2011 at 9:30 PM

    mine doesnt crash but i cant find the gun in the bus. its there in the movie dialog, but when game starts it is dissapeared in the blood. Major Pissed Off…
    Any suggestions?

  10. Comments  SteveB   |  Friday, 01 April 2011 at 5:51 AM

    Whats with the steam is already running error and failure to launch the game?

  11. Comments  Phuong   |  Monday, 04 April 2011 at 1:47 AM

    oh men. I have a good way to have sound. U go to GCEngine file and open it. U use Ctrl+F and type sound. the first sound with boolean false u change it to True. than u can enjoy it.

  12. Comments  elie   |  Friday, 29 April 2011 at 9:22 AM

    i did not understand what should i do for “Common Directories” should i delete them or what?? plzzz helpp i really want to play this game

  13. Comments  niall   |  Saturday, 14 May 2011 at 11:47 PM

    erm ive got the steam version
    i played this game last week and finished it… when i went to play it again this week i started it up. and the whole thing seemed to be at a screen resolution of like 100 its right up in my face and looks like im playing in DOS i cant even read the buttons because they look all hebraic at that resolution! did this do it itself and how do i fix… if anyone says change the resolution i cant because i dont know where it is!

  14. Comments  Anthony   |  Sunday, 26 June 2011 at 8:02 AM

    hi can plz send me the GCEngine.ini cant find it any where plz guys my email is plz send it i cant find it /=

  15. Comments  Yamakaziku   |  Sunday, 11 September 2011 at 9:30 PM

    game is laggy and the suggestion on this guide is no help(-compatscale=4). plus, the game freezes at the part where you’re on the bus and the other bus rams your bus. the bus doesn’t even explode or anything! the people in the bus freeze and does the outside of the bus. but you can still look around the bus. PLEASE HELP

  16. Comments  josh   |  Monday, 12 September 2011 at 2:55 PM

    i have home front for ps3, i can’t talk to anyone with my blue tooth headset. i hear everyone fine, but no one can hear me. it shows to be connected and i can mute and unmute it. had no trouble with COD, and no changes have been made that i know of. it’s a playstation brand head set also.

  17. Comments  Catayllst   |  Sunday, 13 November 2011 at 3:49 PM

    I don’t know what, first time when i wanted to play game it stoped, or hanged in the bus, so i restart the game and now i m not having any objactive to open the door, in the start of the game, please help!…

  18. Comments  Thomas   |  Tuesday, 15 November 2011 at 1:42 AM

    Actually that is not true, Homefront has wrecked five of my friends Playstation 3’s and freezes on the menu screen on my PS3, the only thing that seemed to work was downloading the patch onto my other friends PS3 before playing, I tried downloading the patch for my PS3, but it doesnt work, once its frozen and crashed, its frozen and crashed, I can never play the game again, not unless tehy make a second patch, which will probably never happen considering nobody cares about it or plays it anymore and it got horrible ratings, thanks alot THQ.

  19. Comments  hitmaneidos   |  Thursday, 26 January 2012 at 11:23 PM

    For those having the missing gun issue in the bus after the truck crash, this is how I got it fixed for me.

    Re-install the game.
    Do NOT update it.
    Change all settings to the very minimum. Disable all graphical effects in Options.
    Disable full screen mode and changed resolution to 800×600.
    Restart the game and started a new campaign.
    This time the gun was there after the cut scene. I was able to pick it up and exit the bus. Yippee!!

  20. Comments  rama   |  Saturday, 19 May 2012 at 10:58 AM

    when i start the game it says to you must be logged into Steam, and own this game if you wish to play it .im not able to play what should i do

  21. Comments  gama   |  Saturday, 10 November 2012 at 7:53 AM

    why in my homefront,when iam play in mission 1 iwant to open the door… then blank and out question like this :
    send report and dont send
    why ?

  22. Comments  atk   |  Saturday, 20 June 2015 at 1:34 PM

    when bus crashed by truck the i can move but game stops

  23. Comments  Quartermaster   |  Wednesday, 25 May 2016 at 4:09 AM

    I have been playing home front for quite a few days now. And suddenly now when I run it. it says”Homefront Game has stopped working. “. Plz help me out

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