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Mafia III- PC crashes, errors, bugs, black screen, stuttering, fps drops, lags and other performance fixes




After a wait of six long years, Mafia III is finally released as the third installment in the celebrated Mafia franchise for PCs and Consoles. Following the story style and environment setting of its predecessors, Mafia III is set in the 1968 city of New Bordeaux, a fictional recreation of New Orleans, and the story revolves around Lincoln Clay, an orphan and a Vietnam War veteran. It’s an open world adventure game similar to GTA, with the story setting belonging to 1960’s era. Till now it has been a patient wait for the fans who would not want to waste any more time before trying out this game. But there are few unlucky PC users who may get stuck with frustrating bugs. For them, here we have listed out few workarounds for the common bugs and glitches that can help you to get going with the game as quickly as possible. Before moving on, have a good look at the PC requirements below. Important to note is that the game requires a minimum of 6 gigs and recommended 8 gigs of RAM for a smooth play.

Minimum Specifications:

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel I5-2500K, AMD FX-8120
  • RAM: 6GB RAM
  • Graphics: 2GB of Video Memory & NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660, AMD Radeon HD7870
  • Storage: 50 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compliant Sound card

Recommended Specifications:

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel I7-3770, AMD FX 8350 4.0 Ghz
  • RAM: 8GB RAM
  • Graphics: 4GB of Video Memory & NVIDIA Gefore GTX 780 or GeForce GTX 1060, AMD Radeon R9 290X
  • Storage: 50 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compliant Sound card


1. Mafia III PC- Crash at startup/ CTD/ Game not responding/ APPCRASH/ Black screen fix:-

  • Update your Nvidia and AMD drivers to the latest versions.
  • Disable antivirus/firewall or add game to the exception list of the antivirus software.
  • ‘Verify Integrity of Game Cache on Steam’ which may fix any errors due to game files corruption.
  • Disable all recording softwares like Fraps, MSI AfterBurner, D3DGear etc. They may conflict with your DirectX Direct3D settings resulting in a crash.
  • If your game is crashing while going full screen, try playing in windowed mode.
  • Black screen issue- Well this issue can be due to lot of reasons. First of all, you should check that the in-game resolution matches the resolution supported by your display device so that there should not be any conflict. If you are using HDMI, try unplugging the HDMI cable from TV and launch the game. Wait a few mins before replugging the HDMI cable back into the TV.
  • Registry clean using CCleaner can also fix some of the crashes. You can download CCleaner from here.
  • For any DLL error or APPCRASH issue, it is recommended to do a clean install of Directx. Or, you can download the missing DLLs from here and paste them in the game directory.

2. Mafia III PC- Low FPS/ Stuttering/ freezes/ lags fixes:-

  • Updating your Nvidia and AMD GPU drivers is a must.
  • If you are facing optimization issues, severe lags or stutters; you can try turning down shadows, MSAA and adjust other graphics settings. Updated GPU drivers is mandatory.
  • For AMD users, disable Raptr from task manager. Disable any other intensive applications that may be running in background. Also try setting ‘Tessellation mode’ to 8x/16x and 'Texture Filtering Quality' to Performance from your latest Crimson edition Radeon software to fix frame rate drops.
  • For Nvidia users, go into your control panel 3d settings. Make sure that ‘Power Management Mode’ option should be set to ‘Prefer Maximum Performance’.
  • If you are experiencing screen flickering or frame-pacing issues, disable Crossfire/SLI and run the game using a single GPU. Also, disable Steam Overlay by right clicking the game in Steam Library and then go to Game Properties.
  • Turn off all overlaying softwares and disable any recording softwares like Fraps, D3DGear, MSI Afterburner etc.
  • Disable third party background apps and set High Priority for the game in Task Manager. Disable any kind of overclocking.


Heads Up: Mafia III is available on Steam for $59.99.

Contact the author at amit@forceclaw.com

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