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Prototype 2 Crashes, Freezes, Lags, BSOD, Sound Glitches, Screen Tearing

Prototype 2 Crashes Freezes BSOD Tearing

Wait a minute, you aren’t Alex Mercer! Hey! That is right. Prototype 2 is a based on a whole different character! You play as… *game crashes*. Ah.. f**k!!!

So many of you might experience some crashing and errors with this game. A lot of these problems on the PC should be similar to the original Prototype as well. Let’s see if we can go ahead and help you out. This serves as a guide till the PC official comes out. Also any lingering console problems will be added here as discovered as well.

Last Updated: April 20rd, 2012

— Added Initial Game Fixes

Prototype 2 stops loading and will not start

This may sound counter-productive, but try playing off the disk. If you are playing off the disk try installing it.

Prototype 2 will not start

This may sound counter-productive, but try playing off the disk. If you are playing off the disk try installing it.

Prototype 2 has Screen Tearing, and Artifacts

Option 1: Update to the latest NVIDIA and ATI Video Card Drivers. You can find links to the latest drivers here.
Option 2: Try disabling SLI or Crossfire if you have this set up.
Option 3: Disable V-Sync.
Option 4: Try to disable AA and lower game settings.
Option 5: Wait for new patches.

Prototype 2 has Black Screen

Step 1.Try setting your affinity to 1 core, or 2 cores. You can do this by hitting control+alt+delete and choosing a process and hitting “set affinity” after right clicking.
Step 2. Another way to fix this error is to download the Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable Package (x64) and Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable Package (x86).
Step 2. Now reboot and then try launching the game.

Prototype 2 Freezes

These problems can be the same as the, “Never Stops Loading” problems. Go with those fixes.
Option 1: Try disabling SLI or Crossfire if you have this set up.
Option 2: Disable V-Sync.
Note: If this only happens after an extended period of time, please go and check your temperatures.

Prototype 2 Never Stops Loading

There can be a few reasons for this. This happened on the first game too.
Option 1: Reboot your computer and try playing the game after loading back up. Yes I know this is generic but try it. It actually fixed the problem for a ton of people on the first game.
Option 2: Update to the latest NVIDIA and ATI Video Card Drivers. You can find links to the latest drivers here.
Option 3: If you purchased this game through Steam, verify all your Steam files are in-tact. There are plenty of times where you will have corrupted files and may have to re-install.
Option 4: Lower all your settings and try again. (Your computer is weak yo!)
Option 5.: Try running the game in combabitibility mode.
Option 6: Disable V-Sync.


Prototype 2 Lags, Sound Stutters, Wont Start, and Black Screen

1. Navigate to your control panel.
2. Open “Hardware and Sound” and then choose Sound.
3. On the playback tab, select your “speakers” and then click “properties”.
4. In properties, click the “Advanced” tab.
5. For “Default Format” choose “24 bit, 48000 Hz (Studio Quality)”
Note: Those of you who are getting lag can try “16 bit 144100 HZ” but this may not always work.
6. Press okay.
7. Run the game. You may want to reboot first though.

Prototype 2 System Requirements

You’ll see that these are very similar to the original Prototype. There really isn’t anything new here.

OS: Windows XP (with Service Pack 3) or Windows Vista
Processor: Intel® Core 2 Duo 1.86 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ or better
Memory: Vista 2 GB RAM / XP 1 GB RAM
Graphics: All NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT 256 MB and better chipsets. All ATI Radeon™ X1800 256 MB and better chipsets
DirectX®: Microsoft DirectX 9.0c or Above
Hard Drive: 8GB of free hard drive space
Sound: DirectX® 9.0c compliant sound card


  1. Comments  Prototype 2 Crashes, Freezes, Lags, BSOD, Sound Glitches, Screen Taring | Geek Montage   |  Tuesday, 24 April 2012 at 11:19 PM

    […] Prototype 2 suffers some of the same errors that were experienced in Prototype 2. In just a few minutes you will be able to view our Prototype 2 Game Fixes. […]

  2. Comments  Myx   |  Wednesday, 25 April 2012 at 7:19 AM

    LOL.. what more proof do you need that this game is a ultra-low-effort. they did not even bother with any quality assurance… why? because they got the indifferent gamer-community who is going to buy anything that is marketed well enough. i said it before and i’ll say it again: BOYCOT ANY SEQUEL. the gaming-industry would be a MUCH better place if gamers started to give signals to such low-efforts like prototype 2 and all the other halfhearted sequels that get squeezed out for the quick buck.

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  4. Comments  Steven Dorsey   |  Saturday, 28 July 2012 at 12:33 AM

    My issue is it runs fine but after about an hour and a half I get some pretty annoying lagging which inevitably leads to freezing, and if I task manager and force it to close, it “stopped working correctly” and I have to sit through three messages that take forever where it asks if I’m SURE I want it to close or wait for some shiny solution to fall from the sky. P.S. This is on a lovely quad-core that doesn’t do hyperthreading but only has issues with AC Brotherhood and Skyrim, and hardly that much at that. -_-

  5. Comments  Steven Dorsey   |  Sunday, 29 July 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Okay I’ve been on steam forums, there is a pc issue with memory leakage that isn’t just a gradual thing. One fix for this on mainly 64 bit operating systems that should work, I’ve yet to verify yet myself can be found here. “”Possible fix for the “memory leak”
    I think i found the memory leak problem , it isnt a memory leak
    its a setting on 64 bits windows, if thats changed a time then the problems start to happen.
    it has to do with Data Execution Prevention (DEP) and Physical Address Extension (PAE)
    IF you are having the “memory problem”
    chances are PAE is not forceenabled
    To set dep off and pae on use these commands in a “command window”

    bcdedit /set nx AlwaysOff
    bcdedit /set pae ForceEnable

    But first do a check about how your settings are by typing


    and look if this 2 lines show
    nx AlwaysOff
    pae ForceEnable

    In my case the memory use stays now at 1.0 / 1.2 gig

    Test these commands out to see if it helps with the crashing of the game.

    The info about the how to i got from this site:

    BTW: i am using windows 7 ultimate 64 bits ” ~jackbig~

  6. Comments  Steven Dorsey   |  Monday, 30 July 2012 at 7:21 AM

    Okay, it barely decreased the issue, another way to fix this issue for ATI Vid Driver kiddies is to download the 12.7 beta drivers and try those, thats what i’ll be testing now to hopefully get results. Peace.

  7. Comments  lord13   |  Saturday, 15 September 2012 at 7:17 PM

    hi everyone
    i have a problem with the game
    when im enter the game there is no sound nothing at all
    could you help me?
    is there any file missing
    please help

  8. Comments  ???   |  Thursday, 04 October 2012 at 3:19 AM

    my problem: no sound i dialouges O_o
    but my brother’s pc has all sounds

  9. Comments  milad   |  Thursday, 22 November 2012 at 4:43 PM

    i’ve got problem with my audio play. when i play there is no audio, do u have any idea what should i do?

    i’d appreciate that very much.

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