How to Increase Performance for "Saints Row 2" for PC


"Saint's Row 2" is the sequel to the open world, third-person shooter from Volition software. The game was ported from the console versions to the PC, and even players with high end hardware, running the game at the lowest detail settings, reported serious performance issues. Many users reported a frame rate of only 15 frames per second. The issue was deemed by Volition to be a result of the graphics optimization for the PC version, and a patch was released that replaced that code. The acceleration hardware was able to properly render the graphics, greatly improving the smoothness of the animation.

  • Click on the Start button in the lower corner of the desktop and select "Run." In the box that appears type "msconfig" minus the quotes. The subsequent window displays all of the background processes running on the PC. Work through the list and disable any that are not essential by right-clicking them and selecting "Disable." Look specifically for non-critical applications that will not be used during the game, such as; iTunes, Office applications or Instant Messaging programs. Always ensure that your firewall or security software continues to run.

  • Uninstall "Saint's Row 2" by clicking the "Uninstall" icon in the game directory. Create a Steam account by visiting the Steam Marketplace home page, and clicking the green "Install Steam" button in the upper-right corner. An automatic installer will download, install and update the Steam application. It doesn't matter if you didn't buy your copy of "Saint's Row 2" from Steam, the same product key can be used, and you will not have to pay again.

  • Double-click the gray Steam shortcut that appears on the desktop. A window appears asking you to log in or create an account. Click the button at the bottom of the screen to create a new account. You will be asked to choose a user-name and password, and to provide a valid email address. Once the information is transmitted, a Steam account will have been created for you. You will then be able to access the Steam application by right-clicking the black and white icon in the system tray.

  • Click "+ Add a Game" in the lower left corner of the Steam window, and select "Activate a Product on Steam." Enter the Product Key from the "Saint's Row 2" box, and allow the software to register. Click "Library" at the top of the screen and a "Saint's Row 2" icon should have appeared. Double-click the icon and you will be prompted to re-download and install the game via Steam. Allow the game to install and launch it by clicking on the "Saint's Row 2" icon in the Steam Library screen. A download of the v2 patch will commence, resolving the poor optimization issues.

Tips & Warnings

  • Users who purchased "Saint's Row 2" via the "Games For Windows" marketplace may have issues with their product code not being recognized by Steam. As of April 2011, this issue is being investigated.
  • If you still experience performance issues after downloading the patch, enter the graphics options screen from the main menu and reduce all the settings to their minimum level until smooth animation and stable frame-rate is achieved, Then gradually increase them until you find the optimum settings.

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