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Tomb Raider PC Issues: Not So Optimized But Wait! We Can Help!

Chris Collazo March 6, 2013 Games, Graphics Cards, PC No Comments

Tomb Raider PC Issues? 

As we all may know being the Master Race isn’t easy being a PC gamer’s has its ups and downs. In the case of the new Tomb Raider game there has been a few hiccups that have been giving others including myself some problems. The first problem for me was launching the dam game, you would think it would be pretty cut and dry but many users have experienced the error code: failed to initialize direct3d. This is a pretty simple fix simply turn off exclusive fullscreen mode in the basic graphics options.


Another problem I encountered was running SLI for the game the driver 314.07 will work for Tomb Raider but you will not be able to run it in SLI. This is a very demanding game and if you plan on running it at max settings above 1080p you’re going to need SLI unless you have a monster of a single GPU card.

For those of you who run high resolution and or multi monitor setups I strongly suggest you download the latest beta drivers from Nvidia Here. 314.14 beta driver is optimized for Tomb Raider even though it may not be listed in the update details. This driver will allow you to run SLI. Please be sure to check for your specific driver as 314.14 does not work for every card but it covers a majority of the newer lines.

Something you you also may encounter is problems with the setting TressFX it can be found in the advanced graphics tab under the hair quality option I myself was not able to get TressFX working without completely bogging down my computer most everyone is reporting that the option is not setting well with even high end gaming PC’s chalk this up too poor optimization. Be sure to check normal instead for hair quality. For those of you who are wondering TressFX is basically a fancy option to enhance the realism of Lara Croft’s hair. When enabled she will have free flowing hair with individual strands that will react to physics in the game.

On normal hair quality her hair is more so one piece that also reacts accordingly but not as accurately as it does on TressFX. Lastly if you are running PhysX in the game I would strongly recommend you right click your desktop go to the Nvidia control panel. Click on the left column “configure SLI, Surround, PhysX. Under PhysX settings on the right Choose CPU, the auto mode seems to use the first GPU as opposed to the second. This is a problem because when you’re in SLI the first card will most likely always be maxed out in usage and sometimes even your second card.

If you’re not running SLI feel free to dedicate physX primarily to your second GPU. You will notice when you don’t have your PhysX settings correct that in game you will see noticeable slowdowns in framerates when PhysX are involved. Some situations I ran into was when you break open crates for Salvage the PhysX would kick in and slow down the game. This was all fixed by changing the settings as instructed before.
This all may seem like a lot of trouble just to have PhysX run properly but I will say the PhysX in this game are actually quite impressive and worth the extra time it takes to get it running correctly.

Now some of you may be asking how do I know if SLI is enabled? Check the walk through below for a step by step showing you how to make sure it is enabled on your computer.

**Note that the Green SLI bar indicating that it is enabled will not go away unless you end the game and uncheck the option that indicated SLI in action.**

How to tell if SLI is Enabled:

I. Check if SLI is enabled and working in your game(s)
The first thing you’ll want to do is to check if SLI is enabled properly and running in your 3D Application/Game. To do this, follow the following steps:
1. Make sure you have SLI enabled, by going to the Nvidia control panel by right clicking on the Desktop and selecting NVIDIA Control Panel.
If you don’t have the Nvidia control panel installed, you are likely using drivers provided by Windows Update. In this case, skip forward to Section II.A. of this guide to install the latest drivers.
2. In the Nvidia Control Panel, click on Set SLI and PhysX configuration in the Task menu on the left side.
3. Make sure the radial button next to Enable SLI (recommended) is marked. If not, mark it, click Apply and follow the on-screen instructions.
4. When that’s in Order, click on Adjust image settings with preview. Make sure to Use the advanced 3D image settings is marked. If not, mark it and click Apply.
5. When that’s in Order, click on Manage 3D Settings in the task menu on the left.
6. On the right side, look for an entry called SLI Performance Mode. Make sure this is set to NVIDIA recommended.
7. To check whether SLI is working in your game or not, go to the 3D Settings in the horizontal menu bar (not Manage 3D Settings in the task menu!) and make sure Show SLI Visual Indicators has a checkmark next to it. This will enable the SLI visual indicator in 3D Applications like games, which will show up as a green bar on the left side/middle of the screen and SLi written next to it if SLI is working in a 3D Application/game.
8. Close the Nvidia Control Panel.
9. Start the 3D Application/game you wish to check SLI on. If the green SLI visual indicator overlay appears on screen that says SLI, SLI is working in your game and all is good. If no indicator appears, it’s not working (unless it’s the PhysX indicator that comes with newer PhysX revisions, but that one says PhysX > GPU or PhysX > CPU).
10. If it’s not working, try some other games/3D Applications and see if the SLI visual indicator shows up there. If it does, your driver likely doesn’t include a proper SLI profile for the game you’ve tried before yet. In this case, move on to section II. of this guide.
II. Add/Update an SLI Profile for your game
This section describes how to update your Nvidia driver’s SLI profile to support your game. There are several ways to do this, one is by updating the drivers to the latest version, another with the latest Nvidia SLI Profile Update, using thenHancer Nvidia profiling Utility or a combination of the aforementioned. These will be described in the following subsections.
II.A. Update your Nvidia driver to the latest version
SLI support is provided to games via Nvidia Driver profiles. The newer your game, the more likely it is that there is no profile included in older drivers. Therefore you should update your video card drivers to the latest version.
Warning: Not all Nvidia drivers are fully compatible with all hardware. This is often the case especially with various Notebook video card combinations, especially ones that feature Hybrid SLI. These usually need special drivers to work correctly. These are usually based on older driver versions. Make sure to install the proper drivers for your hardware. If you don’t feel comfortable with updating your video card drivers or don’t wish to update your driver to the latest version for whatever other reason, skip on to section II.B. and/or II.C. of this guide to get a working SLI profile for your application/game added to your current Nvidia video card driver.
Otherwise, continue with the following steps:
1. Download the latest Nvidia driver for your video card (in case the official Nvidia drivers don’t work properly with your video card/system, download the drivers from your hardware manufacturer or give the modified drivers over at LaptopVideo2Go a try).
2. Install the driver.
3. Follow the Instructions from section I. of this guide.
4. If it didn’t help, continue with section II.B..
II.B. Nvidia SLI Profile Update
Nvidia has been providing periodical SLI Profile Updates when new games have been released for a while now. These updates add SLI profiles for many newer games to older drivers, which should allow these games to fully utilize SLI.
1. If your new driver doesn’t feature a proper SLI profile for the game, you will need to add/Update a SLI profile.
You can Nvidia.com’s driver page.
2. Scroll down if needed and click on Nvidia SLI Profile Updates.
3. Check if the game you need SLI support for is mentioned in the Release Highlights of the SLI Update.
4. Download and Install the latest SLI Update.
3. Follow the Instructions from section I. of this guide.
4. If it didn’t help, continue with section II.C..
II.C. Create a custom SLI Profile using nHancer
nHancer is an advanced profiling utility for Nvidia video cards. It allows you to tweak many (often hidden) Nvidia driver features which can’t be done with the Nvidia control panel on a game-to-game basis, including setting SLI compatibility, getting Anti-Aliasing to work in games that don’t normally support it with compatibility flags and much more. It will also allow you to see all driver profiles that are available for your games and which settings they are set at.
1. Download and install the Nvidia driver profiling utility nHancer fromhttp://nhancer.com.
2. Go to the nHancer Forum and check if somebody has posted a SLI profile for your game and/or enter something like [game name] nHancer SLI profile in your favorite web search engine.
3. If you find a profile, download it and double-click on it or open nHancer, click on Profile->Import and select the profile you have just downloaded.
4. Make sure to check override settings.
5. If you couldn’t find a proper profile online, you will have to create one yourself.
2. Start nHancer.
3. Once it’s done, enter the Application/game name in the dropdown box to see if there is a driver profile for it in existence.
4. If it is, proceed with step 10..
5. If it isn’t, click on the Create a new profile Button.
6. Enter the name of the game/application for the profile.
8. Next to the Executables field, click on Add an executable to the profile(…).
9. Browse the folder you have installed your game in and select the game’s .exefile.
10. Click on the profile for your game.
11. On the right hand side, click on the SLI Mode tab (if it’s a DirectX9 game) orSLI DX10 tab (if it’s a DirectX10 game).
12. Tick the checkbox marked SLI Mode (or SLI DirectX10 Mode for a DirectX10 game).
13. Experiment with the various options in the dropdown menu and the checkboxes in the Compatibility flags tab. It’s a trial and error at this point, start the game and see how your settings affect it. It’s generally wise to check which game engine a game uses and
14. I won’t go into more detail about creating and tweaking profiles via nHancer here. If you have any questions or need further advice or assistance, I suggest to visit nHancer.com, sign up to the nHancer Forum and ask for help there.


I hope this Guide helps you all be sure to let us know in the comments if you have any problems. And if you spot anything in the game that seems to be a culprit of poor optimization be sure to let us know! Now I won’t flat out say this game has been optimized poorly because believe me I’ve dealt with much worse ports than this. Be thankful that we have amazing graphical options which is a rarity among shitty PC ports. These are just a few hiccups which i’m sure will be ironed out in the coming months.
I’m personally looking forward to when I can Run that TressFX and see Lara’s amazingly exquisite hair ha-ha! Enjoy the game everyone its pretty awesome so far and boy does it look pretty…


Sources: Nvidia Drivers, Driver 314.07, Driver 314.14 Beta,NotebookReview.com,

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