Update Notes: Nvidia releases 331.58 "Game Ready" WHQL drivers and AMD releases 13.11 Beta drviers.
The Nvidia 331.58 drivers mainly target Batman: Arkham Origins and Battlefield 4, however you may see performance increases by up to 13% for GeForce 400/500/600/700 series GPUs in several PC games vs. GeForce 327.23 WHQL-certified drivers. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration.
The AMD 13.11 Beta drivers mainly target the new R7 and R9 series of cards, but will also benefit their 7000 series counterparts.
Special Notes: Windows XP and Vista are still on AMD Catalyst™ 13.4. The 13.11 beta updates only apply to Windows 7/8. The Nvidia 331.58 WHQL driver targets the 400, 500, 600, and 700 series and does not apply to Windows XP or 32-bit.
AMD 13.9 WHQL and 13.11 Beta 1 Driver System Requirements:
- Windows® 8.1 (32 & 64-bit versions)
- Windows 8/8.1 (32 & 64-bit versions)
- Windows 7 (32 & 64-bit versions with SP1 or higher)
Nvidia 331.58 WHQL Driver System Requirements:
- Windows 7 64-bit
- Windows 8.1 64-bit
- Windows 8 64-bit
- Windows Vista 64-bit
The thread tags include the latest video driver versions for AMD and Nvidia. This way people can quickly reference that without having to enter the thread just to see if the are new drivers available. Just to make it a bit easier. If it's a beta driver, there will be a lower case "b" at the end, if it's an official driver, there will be no suffix.
I always see posts about people having issues running Infestation, not only on newer hardware, but older. Graphic issues, low framerates. Things of that nature. So I decided to throw together a comprehensive list of ideas that MIGHT help get some people up to a playable. I know some people may know most or all of this stuff already, but this is here for those that may not.
First off, do you meet the games current requirements? These requirements were lower at launch, and you may be able to run Infestation on lower requirements, but you very well may run into performance issues. You have to remember that the game is constantly being updated, new content and features added, graphically enhanced, and so on.
As this happens, the system requirements are going to fluctuate, and this is normal. If you are playing the game near or below the minimum, then there is a good chance you MIGHT have performance issues. So as a general rule of thumb for all games, including Infestation, you should always try and meet the recommended requirements or higher.
- OS: Windows Vista/Windows 7 (enhanced for 64-bit OS)
- Processor: 2.4 GHZ Quad Core or better
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Graphics: Nvidia GTX 460/ATI Radeon HD 5850
- DirectX®: 9.0
- Hard Drive: 3 GB HD space
- Sound: Windows Compatible Sound Card
- Other Requirements: Broadband Internet connection
- OS: Windows 7 (enhanced for 64-bit OS)
- Processor: 2.4 GHZ Quad Core or better
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- DirectX®: 9.0b
- Hard Drive: 3 GB HD space
- Sound: Windows Compatible Sound Card
- Other Requirements: Broadband Internet connection
CPU: I would personally add to these requirements to say that a 2.4GHz quad-core processor would be at the bottom end of the performance spectrum. I would highly recommend at least a 3.0GHz or better quad-core, or even a high end dual-core of similar speeds or better, for this, and all gaming in general. Those being an AMD Phenom II / Intel i3 Sandy Bridge or higher if possible. Though I suspect the older Intel Core 2's with higher clock speeds will likely work well.
Memory: 4GB of RAM is also pretty much a standard. However, 8GB is fast becoming the new norm for PC gaming, so if you can make the upgrade, trust me, it makes a difference.
Video: The Nvidia GTX 460 and Radeon 5850 minimum's for the GPU seem very reasonable for this game. Especially the Radeon 5850 since the previous 4xxxx and earlier GPU's that were listed are no longer supported by AMD, and that became all too clear with the black box issue.
I have tested this game on a Radeon 5770 and it is playable on lower settings, but you do take FPS hits in the cities and other such areas. However it still remained playable. Note that I did this testing on a test bed PC (Phenom II 965 Quad and 8GB DDR3 1600), meaning it has a fresh OS install and little to no software installations. So it's going to perform better than a PC that's being used on a daily basis.
Nvidia 550Ti's or better seem to run the game pretty well too. As do Radeon 6770's and higher.
Remember, these are MY own recommendations, base on my own experience. They are not official.
Now, I am not going to get into overclocking very much at all. I am an IT professional, but many people are not. So I am not going to recommend something that can cause physical harm to your hardware since I have no way of knowing the "tech level" of most of the community. Yes, it can help, but this is something you need to have some level of understanding as a user before you start messing around with it. There are good resources out there to get you started. Such as ...
So if its something you may feel comfortable doing, your best bet is to head to a trusted site/forum, such as the ones listed, and ask about your specific hardware there.
Does overclocking help? Yes, to a point, this is why so many "power users" do it, and many more want to know how. With all overclocking there is risk, but if done properly you will almost always see a system performance increase.
How much should I overclock? That is going to be completely dependant on your specific hardware, and why you should check out some of the sites I listed above if you're serious about it. I can give a general example using some CPU's I run here at home.
The AMD Phenom II X6 1090T I run at 4.0GHz, and mine peaks at 4.1GHz before becoming unstable. The same goes for my AMD Phenom II X4 965. However there is no noticable benifit from running them at 4.1 over 4.0, or even 3.8/3.9 for that matter. So even though they can run a bit faster and stable than I am running them at, there is not point, so I back them down and thus reduce my overall risk.
I can push my i5-2500K to 4.5GHz before hitting stability issues, but I only run it at 4.0GHz, for the same reason as above. You really stop seeing a huge performance jump at about 4.0 to 4.1GHz, so why run it at it's max for no good reason? For the i7-3820 I am running, it tops out at about 4.2GHz, but in this case I only OC it to 3.8GHz.
The point I am getting at is that real world overclocking does not have to be about who can hit the highest clock speed, but more about performance gain vs risk. Just becaue you can run at 4.5GHz, does not mean there is a practical reason to do so, since most games see less and less improvement once you start getting past 3.8 to 4.0GHz, depending on the game. So unless you are simply going for bragging rights, or running very CPU intensive tasks that benift from much higer clock speeds far more than gaming, then there really is no point in pushing your hardware to it's limit.
Overclocking can be a chore, and it can be fun, but it's also never guarenteed and is hardware specific. Meaning, just becasue I can hit a specific OC speed, does not mean you can even if you have the exact same hardware, and vise verse. So again, please take the time to learn before attempting.
So whats the catch? The catch is you can damage your hardware or otherwise shorten it's useful lifespan. This is very rare if you know what you're doing, and obviously more common among novice overclockers. I know I am repeating myself, but I simply want to stress the fact that you relly need to know what you're doing before jumping into it.
This is the easiest thing you can try to improve game performance. Most PC gamers know this, but I am going to toss it in here anyway, just in case. You can set all the game settings to low. You can also lower the games resolution and see if that helps.
Lastly, you can try playing the game in a window. Just lower the resolution to something below that of your desktop, then set "Full Screen" to "No". Some people report that it helps them, other report the game runs worse. On my system, I seem to net about 5 more FPS running the game in a window at 1440x900 than I do at that same resolution full screen. Others see no difference at all, and one friend even saw the loss of a few frames. Only way to know how any of this will work for you, is to try it yourself.
We all hear the "are you running the latest drivers?" line, but it is a good one, sometimes. Not everyone knows or checks this. Here are the latest drivers from both Nvidia and AMD that are available at the time of this post. Simply navigate to the link and select your operating system and video hardware.
Nvidia: (Latest: 331.58 - WHQL): http://www.geforce.com/drivers
AMD Win 7/8: (Latest: 13.9 WHQL): http://support.amd.c...ages/index.aspx
AMD Win XP/Vista: (Latest: 13.4): http://support.amd.c...ages/index.aspx
You can also use beta drivers from both AMD and Nvidia to possibly help boost performance and address issues, even if Infestation is not listed as a target game.
Nvidia: (Latest: None): http://www.geforce.c...ers/beta-legacy
AMD: (Latest: 13.11 Beta 1 for Win 7/8): http://support.amd.c...BetaDriver.aspx
If you happen to be on older legacy hardware, these are your driver choices. Remember, legacy hardware is no longer supported, and as a result, you will see little to no driver updates. You will also likely have performance problems.
AMD GPU List: Radeon 2k, 3k, and 4k series, and their AGP versions. Versions prior to the HD 2k series will not run Infestation.
AMD/ATI Full: (Catalyst 13.1 Legacy - 1/12/13) http://support.amd.c...iw-vista64.aspx
AMD/ATI Beta: (Catalyst 13.4 Legcay Beta - 4/23/13) http://support.amd.c...iw-vista64.aspx
Note 1: Nvidia legacy drivers go from the GeForce MX 4 series and back, if you are running one of these cards, it will not play Infestation properly anyway so I have not listed them. From the GeForce 5 series on up to the current generation, the standard WHQL driver will work just fine for your card.
Note 2: If you have driver or grapihc problems after an update, always try and fully uninstall your drivers, then do a clean install of the most recent driver.
Again, I know that video drivers are always asked about when looking at gaming performance, but it's for good reason. Especailly if you are running current generation hardware. Drivers are everything, and if you are running a current generation video card, then its even more important. Every update increases performance, fixes bugs, ect.
The further away from the current hardware generation you are, the less chance you are going to see a performance improvemnt from updated drivers, unless the update is targeting a specific game or generation. However, it's still a good idea to keep your drivers up-to-date. Just in case.
From within your video driver, you can also make adjustments to your graphic settings to help improve performance. Now, I am a hardcore AMD user, so I can give specifics on what you can adjust from within the AMD Vision Engine Control Center, however off the top of my head I am not 100% sure whats available in the latest Nvidia Control Panel, but you will still get the idea. Perhaps others who are avid Nvidia users can post the options and I will add them here.
From within the AMD Vision Engine Control Center. Click on the "Gaming" tab on the left. Then "3D Application Settings". You can adjust the following.
Anti-Aliasing: Set mode to "Use Application Settings". Filter: "Standard". Morphological Filtering has little to no impact on performance.
Special note for AMD users:
*** Do NOT use the "override application settings" option under Anti-Aliasing. Or you may get a geometry error, where all you see is sky and a few other textures (http://i49.tinypic.com/14vs3kk.png). ***
*** If this happens, simply set your Anti-Aliasing back to "Use Application Setting". ***
Anisotropic Filtering: You can again "Use Application Settings", or un-check the box and drop it to "2x"
Tessellation: You can leave it on "AMD Optimized", or again, select "Use Application Settings" and drop it to "Off" via the slider. As of now, it has no effect on Infestation.
Catalyst AI: Drop the "Texture Filtering Quality" to "Performance" via the slider. You can also enable, or disable, "Enable Surface Format Optimization" to see what effects it will have for you.
Wait For Vertical Refresh: Slide to "Off, Unless Application specifies".
Anti-Aliasing Mode: Move the slider to "Performance". "Multi-sample AA".
For Nvidia uses, you can see what options are available and do the same adjustments, lowering them to their lowest or "performance" settings.
Making these adjustments may or may not have any effect on your games performance. On my system, there is little to no performance difference between setting everything to maximum "quality" settings. However my son, who runs a less powerful system, does see a performance increase running with everything set to low "performance" settings. It's not much, 5-7 FPS on average, but that can mean a lot when you are only getting 20 FPS. You can make the adjustments for yourself and see if they have any impact on you game performance.
Note: These are NOT for more "modern" GPU's. They are designed for older hardware, early 2008 or sooner. Take note of the supported GPU's and other information on the site to be sure your hardware is compatible!
This is something I am throwing out there for more "advanced" users that may still be running older GPU hardware, yet still may be trying to play Infestation, Omega Drivers have been around for a very long time, and I have used them many times to help people address performance issues. Basically, they are "tweaked" versions of the standard drivers you would from AMD/ATI or Nvidia. The tweaks can improve overall performance, and give the user more control over the drivers to make their own tweaks.
Now, even though these drivers were the exact same ones you get from the manufacturer, simply tweaked to boost performance and allow for more end user tweaks, some uses many not feel comfortable using them. That's not a problem. The only reason I am throwing them out there is becasue I have used them for many years, for many different situations, and more often than not, they helped improve gaming performance.
It is also always a good idea to make sure you check your motherboard chipset drivers as well to ensure they are up-to-date. Outdated drivers can sometimes lead to performance and stability problems in your system.
For most all hardware drivers, you can normally find them at the hardware manufacturers website. Here is a list of common hardware manufacturers and links to their support pages for driver downloads.
(Note: If your native language is not English, many of these sites have the ability to change location/language at the top of the linked page. Often in the upper left or right corner.)
General Hardware Manufacturers (motherboards and chipsets)
General Consumer PC Manufacturers
If your manufacturer is not listed, then all you need to do is Google it and you will find what you're looking for.
From within the task manager, you can adjust the both the process priority and affinity of a running application, including Infestation. Priority is pretty much what it sounds like, it determines the priority a task has when it comes to processing on the CPU. Affinity on the other hand physically assigns a task or process to a specific processor(s) or core(s).
In some games, you can boost performance by setting the process priority to "above normal" (though rare), or assigning its affinity to a specific core, or cores, of your processor. However, I have tried this on six different machines, both Intel and AMD, and it had no positive impact on game performance in Infestation. The only thing I did learn was that setting the affinity for Infestation to a single core, almost always resulted in a loss of performance, even though the game appears to only use a single thread. With its affinity assigned to two cores, it runs exactly the same as it does on 3 or more. There is no change. All the processors tested were quad or hexa core. Changing it's priority also had no beneficial effect on any of the systems tested.
Current Version: 3.6 (May 16 2013)
Razer Game Booster (Formerly just Game Booster) is a very popular free tool that has been used by many gamers who need to get the most out of their system when gaming. First created by Iobit, now in partnership with Razer, has been modified and enhanced to try and provide an even easier, yet more powerful, system performance enhancing tool. As well as adding new features such a video recording and screenshots.
It's a piece of software that shuts down background tasks and processes in Windows that frees up system resources that can in turn be used to run the game. The tasks it shuts down are not necessary for gaming, and it restarts them for you when you are done with your gaming session. This new version can not only do this easier and more efficiently, it can also ensure you're running the latest drivers for your hardware as well as organize game files for the best possible operation of your game, and more.
It's trusted and proven software that has gotten even better. So no malware worries and it's a fantastic tool, even for high-end system users.
If you do not desire to run Razer Game Booster, you can still shutdown background software to try and free up system resources to help the game run better. Such as ...
Messengers (MSN, X-Fire, Skype, ect)
VoIP software (TeamSpeak 3, Ventrilo)
iTunes (Or any other sync software or service, such as those used by media or backup devices)
Steam (or other services such as Origin or Games for Windows Live)
Or basically any software that is not necessary for the game to run, or you do not use or need to play the game. You can restart them once you are done playing. However using a tool like Razor Game Booster is easier and more effective in most cases.
I know some people are not comfortable shutting down their security software, such as their anti-virus. However it should be noted that the chances of contracting an infection while playing a video game is virtually non-existent, unless you already have the malware on your system or you're running a task in the background that could infect your system, such as a download, torrent, website with untrusted ads, email client, or things of that nature. Things that, if your having trouble running the game due to resource limitations, you should really not have running to begin with. Still, some people are just not comfortable with disabling their security software for any reason.
If that is the case, I highly suggest choosing an anti-virus utility that has a small "footprint". Meaning, it uses very little system resource to do it's job. Many people use Norton or McAfee, and both of these are very ... very ... demanding on a system for the level of protection they offer. They are a gamers nightmare and can hinder the performance of a system a great deal, especially older or lower-end systems. There are other options you can look into, that are free, and will still offer you reliable virus protection with a much smaller footprint. Such as ...
Microsoft Security Essentials: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/products/security-essentials
These are all tried, true, and trusted anti-virus utilities that work great, and use much less system resources than Norton or McAfee. AVG has long been a popular AV tool as well, however it has also grown to use a much larger footprint than the above mentioned tools, and it's notorious for false positives with many games. Again, just suggestions based on many years of experience.
It's also a good idea to keep your system "clean". By this, I am not talking about "cleaner" software that says it can keep your system running like new. Though some of them are trusted by many users, I personally do not like to recommend them since all of them can cause problems. I can not begin to tell you how many service calls I get from people who were using popular "cleaners" where it was directly at fault for both software and boot failures.
What I mean is uninstall software you don't use...
* Make sure you defragment your system on a regular basis, about once a month is good practice.
* Uninstall old drivers before you install new ones.
* If your system in running low on space on the hard drive, see if you can free some up. Delete old or unnecessary files, move them to a backup drive if applicable.
Simple things like these can, especailly over time, help maintain your systems performance and operational condition.
Steam users note: If you are having issues with the game, such as not launching, stability after a patch, or you otherwise suspect corruption. You can use Steam to verify the integrity of the game files before doing any other troubleshooting. Just right click on the game from within Steam, select "Properties", then click the "Local Files" tab, then click "verify integrity of game cache". This will casue Steam to comapre your install to the current files on the server, if there are corrupted, missing, our out-of-date files it will re-download them. Without having to go through a full game re-install.
Still having problems? Here are some known issues and fixes or workarounds, both past and present, that may help you out. I imported this information from a separate thread I was maintaining. I will archive it here for now.
(Originally posted by: Kewk - Updated and expanded by me.)
1. Try rebooting your PC.
2. Try running the launcher/game in administrator mode. *
3. Try disabling your anti-virus for troubleshooting sake.
4. Try disabling W7 UAC http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...trol-on-or-off
5. Try running the game in windows xp compatibility mode. **
6. Try completely uninstalling the game and reinstalling. (Steam users refer to the "Steam users note" above)
7. Ensure you have the latest drivers for your system. ****
8. Make sure you have the latest windows updates. ***
* How to run a program in administrator mode: http://www.7tutorials.com/how-run-programs-administrator-windows-7
** How to run a program in compatibility mode: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/316-compatibility-mode.html
*** How to use Windows update: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/help/windows-update
**** The latest drivers for your hardware can be found higher up in this post.
"Decompress Failed" error
(Originally posted by: Kewk)
1. Completely uninstall the game and delete any remaining Infestation files
2. Download WarZ_WebSetup.exe from http://www.thewarz.com/download
3. Create a new folder (Name it something like Infestation) in Program Files [Program Files (x86) if using a 64-bit operating system] and change its security permissions to include "Everyone" with "Full control"
4. Run the setup program and install the game into the newly created folder
5. Right-click the launcher and set it to launch in compatibility mode for Windows XP
6. Run the launcher as Administrator and allow the game to update
Patcher not working? Try this.
(Originally posted by: Rezoken)
2: Click on Download Now (See http://i.imgur.com/XpcRv.jpg)
3: Install the Program
4: Run the Program and wait until it says Connected.
5: Run The Infestation Updater/Launcher.
6: Once successfully updated, right click on the Hotspot Shield icon in the bottom right and click on Disconnect.
7: Get killed by Campers in Infestation
(Originally posted by: Kewk)
Restart your router before troubleshooting any connection issues. (do so by turning off it's power supply, waiting 5 minutes, turning it back on, waiting 2 minutes, then re-connecting to the internet)
Unblock the following ports 33000-34000
Reset your router.
Add an exception for the launcher and the game for your virus scanner and firewall. WarZlauncher.exe WarZ.exe
Enable DMZ on your router. (Consult your router manual)
VPN Software Issues
(Originally posted by: AirRhino)
Some VPN (Virtual Private Networking) software, such as Hamachi, are known to cause disconnections and other connection issues with Infestation. If you are running any such software, and you are having connection issues, you should disable the software while playing or updating Infestation.
I hope this helps someone, I will add more to it if people make other good suggestions. These ideas are an "overall" set of ideas that may, or may not, help Infestation (and other games) run better on your system.