nfs shift list of errors and solutions!!!

Posted: November 1, 2009 in Games section

I am currently playing nfs shift my pc specs:core 2 duo 2.3ghz,nvidia 8400 gs 512 mb,2 gb ram.

it runs great with my lame specs.but i had a lot of problems with the game.

This article is not mine!!!it is helpful so i thought ill post it here!!

Problem #1. Need for Speed Shift freezes randomly every x seconds.
Solution #1: (posted by dashadowpl) If you have Bitdefender installed, disable or uninstall it completely. It is known to cause Need for Speed Shift to freeze at random intervals.
Solution #2: Disable your internet firewall or add EA Nation and Need for Speed Shift to the list of exceptions. EA Nation can trigger false positives from your Firewall and can cause the game to freeze because EA Nation’s connection gets interrupted.
Solution #3 : (posted by kevlahnota ) Graphic Corruption usually occurs when using incompatible drivers or overheating issues. Update Your Video Card Drivers may fix the problem. Another common fixes are lower your resolution and turn off all eye candy in the game like motion blur, etc. and set all settings to low. If it runs fine then you may increase your setting gradually and find your optimal settings. Make sure to check also your controller/gamepad drivers if you have any, it might be conflicting on the game.

Problem #2. Need for Speed Shift Graphics is corrupted / Need for Speed Shift textures are corrupted / Artifacting
Solution #1: Make sure that you are not running the game with an overclocked video card
Solution #2: Make sure that your video card is not overheating.

Problem #3. Triangles,colored bars appear or random flashing (especially on tracks), most notably when Need for Speed Shift switches from menu to the actual game.
Solution : See solution posted for #2

Problem #4. NFS Shift crashes on ATI cards
Solution #1 : Install the Catalyst 9.9 drivers for ATi
Solution #2: (as posted by cem_ea_id)
I surprised and curious as to why newer games don’t automatically disable both Visual Themes and Desktop Composition. However, this is what some of you will need to do. You can do this by Right Clicking on:
-Click on the Compatibility Tab
-Place check marks on both Disable visual theme and Disable desktop composition
-Hit the Apply Button
-Hit the OK button
-Double left click on shift.exe

Problem #5. NFS Shift crashes on the first test lap
Solution : (as posted by pangwi on the NFS forums)
Install the game, if you’re facing this problem then the
Known possible work-around thus far. (These are not step by step, but just try either one, or a combinations of them)
1) After installation, reinstall PhysX, removed your old drivers profile from My Documents
2) Run everything on DEFAULT, no change and no touching on graphic settings.
3) You could possibly “test-out” a similar aspect ratio to your native monitor resolution. However, after setting it, save the driver’s profile (in-game), Quit the game and re-run, hit Career and DO NOT TOUCH graphic settings.
4) Change the CONTROLLERS, choose the preset number that suit the CONTROLLER DEVICE that you’re using.
5) Turning off SLI and Xfire is said to give better FPS.
6) Cut and copy the driver’s profile and configuration file to your desktop. Technically it means delete and reset. Re-run and re-config until u can run it.
7) Graphic settings that known to be working – Medium or MAX on all settings. For some, selecting the suitable V-Sync seems to do the trick.

Problem #6. Need for speed shift runs slow on Ati Cards
Solution : Follow the steps outlined in Step #5 of this NFS Shift fix guide

Problem #7. Game loads screen and gets to the driver safety page and this error message pops out : “shift.exe has encountered a problem”
Solution :

The one thing I can reproduce is that the game crashes when going to cockpit every time I start it unless I:
a) remove graphicsconfig.xml from my NFS SHIFT directory
b) start the game and reconfigure the graphics
c) quit and restart the game again
Problem #8. Need for speed Shift Stuttering audio / cracking audio / no sound problem
Solution : Turn down/off Directsound Acceleration.

Problem #9. Black screen problem Need for speed shift startup
Solution #1 : Try running NFS Shift on windows 98 compatibility mode, this should make the game work. If you feel like you’ve lost some frames/sec with this method then try to update your graphics card drivers and if that doesnt boost the game performance, post your system specs on the comment box below along with w/e drivers or service packs your OS is using to run the game.
Solution #2 : use the anti-Blackscreen NFS Shift config file and methods here

Problem #10. Shift.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close

Solution #1 : Uninstall Nvidia Physx and install it from SHIFT DVD

Solution #2 :

Edit the graphicsconfig.xml with notepad.
[My Documents -> NFS Shift]
Make a backup copy of it.


This way, the game runs at 1024*768 res., but fullscreen.

Set “Shift.exe” to compatibility mode for “Windows98/ME”.

Run the game, go to Options -> Graphics. Set:

V-Sync -> ON
Texture Filtering -> Bilinear
Shadow -> Off [Thats sad, but it works]
Texture Detail -> High

Turn almost all to Off or Low

-> Don’t Change Resolution in Options menu.

Use the Mouse/Keyboard for car control.

Race through your career/quick race.
If works well without crashing, change the graphics options for much more details, but one setting at a time.

Try another career race/quick race to test.

Can change the controls to use gamepad/wheel afterwards.

For my system, sadly the shadow detail was the problem.
All settings are now to medium/high, except shadow.
Using also a custom gamepad.

Game hasn’t crashed since then.

-> IF you don’t need EA Nation Online, disable it.
[Options -> Online -> AutoLogin – OFF].

I disabled it because I don’t use it, and it annoys me every time the game starts.

Also allow your Firewall, full acess to Shift.exe.
[Control Panel -> Windows Firewall]

Problem #11. [Report an error/fix on the comment box below]
Solution :


—- end of Need for speed Shift list of errors —-


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  1. Cristi says:

    Hy, I installed the game on a laptop. The game starts but at the language menu I can’t use the enter button. After a ffew seconds, the presentation of the game starts, after it ends I can’t continue to the menu because i have to press enter and the button doesn’t work. The laptop is new and the keyboard works fine. What is the problem? i instaled the patch v1.02, but I can’t see the mouse on my screen. Please help me. And sorry for my bad english. :))

    • pcbarn says:

      hi,your english is fine(better than mine atleast).
      ok first of all ,i stopped playing the game long time ago and i didnt like it so much.i never tried the solution but by researching it i found a allegged solution here it is

      HERE IS A FIX (that worked for me) FOR THOSE THAT CANNOT USE THE KEYBOARD TO SELECT LANGUAGE OR SKIP THE INTRO VIDEO CAUSING 1.0-not being able to press enter after the loading screen and 1.02 crash at loading screen after intro video.

      This fix is for Windows 7 x64, I am running SHIFT without any compatibility options, with an ATI HD4870, Intel E8500.

      My keyboard layout is usually a self-made DVORAC based one, so while trying to trouble shoot I tried changing my “Default input language” in the “Text Services and Input Languages” back to “English (****) – US” and now have been playing the game successfully for 3hrs without any hiccups.

      Hope this helps!

      if you want the link to the page where i found it is here

      if it works reply!!

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  4. Kevan says:

    I have stuttering sound but I cannot turn down/off direct sound acceleration because I am using direct x 11. My drivers are all updated but I am still having this problem. Also my game still crashes at the beginning of the first test lap

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  16. Madan says:

    hi dude,
    actually my problem is nfs shift crashes after intro video
    reports the problem stated below
    Problem signature:
    Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
    Application Name: shift.exe
    Application Version:
    Application Timestamp: 4a953d01
    Fault Module Name: shift.exe
    Fault Module Version:
    Fault Module Timestamp: 4a953d01
    Exception Code: c0000005
    Exception Offset: 0034b2b5
    OS Version: 6.1.7600.
    Locale ID: 1097
    Additional Information 1: 0a9e
    Additional Information 2: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789
    Additional Information 3: 0a9e
    Additional Information 4: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789

  17. Anonymous says:

    not resolved issue

  18. Geiokami says:

    I have been having a problem with it, sometimes when I try to take a picture it will freeze up but I can move the camera around, when the camera moves it has like a 10 second lag. I can’t do anything else except slowly move the camera. And when it’s loading a race it will load for an hour and not actually start.

  19. Geiokami says:

    Oh I’m using an Alienware x51 if it helps, windows 7, nvidia GeForce gtx 555.

  20. HeadhunterCrakk says:

    Has anyone had a problem with multiplayer in shift where you create or try to join a game and after a moment it comes back and tells you the game no longer exists?? Keep having this problem…

  21. latha says:

    nfs shift game: after introduction of the game getting black screen, how to resolve this problem any one help me.

  22. egan says:

    thx installing new physx again worked

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  26. Nsa Neo says:

    im still stuck on entering carrer mode

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