8 Issues Plaguing Battlefield 4 And How To Fix Them
It’s been a little over a week since Battlefield 4 has been released to the general masses after its month-long beta phase, and there are still plenty of players having issues with the game. While it’s a pity that there are still that many problems with the game despite the beta, there was simply not enough time to fix everything. Apparently EA wanted to beat Call of Duty: Ghosts to the market, which is why the quality was subpar at launch. Until the developers get around to solving the issues that you have, a good number of them already have workarounds. Of course, this list isn’t going to cover every issue because each system reacts differently to the game, but it should hit a majority of the common ones.
Issues With 32-bit Windows
If you’re running a 32-bit operating system, you may have issues with getting the game to run. Thankfully, the developers have already developed the “Day One Patch”, which fixes this 32-bit issue. Just make sure to install all available updates before starting the game. If you’re playing the game via Origin , it’s important to keep the Origin client up-to-date as well (which it should be doing automatically). By the way, you should reconsider running a 32-bit operating system if you have 4GB or more of RAM and/or want to run Battlefield 4 with great performance as it already requires a minimum of 3GB of RAM. Battlefield 4 is definitely meant for modern machines, all of which come with a 64-bit operating system today.
“An error was reported by EA Online”
If you receive a message saying “An error was reported by EA Online”, there is an issue on your computer where there are multiple IDs on your account. To fix this, you’ll need to:
- Go to Battlelog and click the Profile in the top-right corner.
- Click Change Soldier and choose your active soldier.
- Click the active button next to one of your non-active soldiers to set it as your primary.
This isn’t guaranteed to work, but it can make a difference for some people, so it’s worth a try.
Getting Stuck or Crashing On Loading Screen
If Battlefield 4 gets stuck or crashes on a loading screen, there are various things you can do to attempt to resolve this issue. Items include:
- Updating your graphics drivers
- Disabling “extra options” in your graphics card control center and set antialiasing and anisotropic to “use application settings”
- Disabling NVidia SLI or AMD CrossFire
- Turning off “cloud storage” option in Origin
- Disable your antivirus and firewall
- Update PunkBuster
Speaking of the anti cheat software, if you run into PunkBuster problems, it’s best to check for updates for it as well. You can do with the following steps:
- Make sure you have a folder called “PB” in the Battlefield 4 installation directory. If not, you need to reinstall Battlefield.
- Download PunkBuster, the PB Client, and PBSetup.exe and save them into the Battlefield 4\PB folder.
- Run PBSetup.exe, add the game, and “check for updates”.
General Sluggish Performance
If you’re experiencing sluggish performance in general, you can follow the usual steps to increase your performance, such as:
- Play on low or medium graphics settings
- Switch to a lower resolution, and enable windowed mode if you don’t want the game to look blurry due to the lower resolution
- Update your graphics card drivers
- Update DirectX on your system
- Turn off as many background processes as possible (such as antivirus)
- On some systems, it is possible to disable the hyperthreading technology that a lot of Intel chips use. This could theoretically improve performance as there’s less stress due to the second virtual thread.
Crashes During Online Play
If you experience occasional crashes during online gameplay:
- Open up the command prompt by right-clicking on it and choosing “run as administrator”
- Type bcdedit /set increaseuserva 2500 and press Enter
- Restart your computer
Error Messages For Missing DLL
If you come across an error saying “Missing DLL : dxgi.dll”, this can be easily fixed.
- Go to C:\Windows\System32, and find the dxgi.dll file
- Copy it and paste it into the Battlefield 4 installation directory
Finally, if you’re receiving errors about Msvcr100.dll, Msvcr110.dll, or Msvcr120.dll missing,
- Go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\Battlefield 4\_Installer\VC\vc2012Update3\redist
- Install both the x86 and x64 versions of VCredist.exe
BF4 Crashes When Pressing Caps Lock
A weird issue some people may have is that Battlefield 4 gets minimized whenever you accidentally press the Caps Lock button. If this happens to you,
- Open the Task Manager
- Kill the BTTray.exe process
You shouldn’t have this issue anymore (until potentially the next time you launch the game).
Hopefully you’re one of the luckier people who haven’t really been facing any issues, but if you’re not then these tips might be of assistance to you. Just remember to keep updating your game and related software, and over time you should start seeing far few issues. Additionally, don’t forget to check out various hardware upgrades which can improve your gaming experience!
What other Battlefield 4 issues have you unfortunately come across? Did you find a solution to the problem? Let us know in the comments!