Hitman is one of the mainstream franchises have kept users entertained for years. In the Hitman game series, you play as Agent 47 who is an assassin on the hunt for the agency that employed him. The agency betrayed him, and now he is out to seek revenge. This franchise is produced by Square Enix, and their games are noted for their smooth running.
In this article, we are going to be talking about how to troubleshoot Hitman 2 problems on Windows 10. Players may encounter issues like low FPS, lagging, and other problems. We will try to fix all of them in here.
How to fix audio problems in Hitman 2
If you cannot hear sound or music when you are playing Hitman 2, there are a few things that could have gone wrong. Either the problem is related to software issues, or it has something to do with incorrect settings. If you are using a headset, make sure that it is functioning correctly.
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- Make sure that your audio device is set as default
- Make sure that all your audio drivers are installed and updated
Solution 1. Make sure that your audio device is set as default
Most often, if you have multiple audio devices connected to your computer, it will select any of them and set as your default device. This is often the case, and many users do not know about it. Also, you need to make sure that the default device is functioning properly. The audio devices could be speakers, headsets, mixers, etc. The aim here is to set the audio device you want to use as your default. This means that all the sound that comes out of your PC will be through that device unless you decide otherwise. Here is how to set your default audio device:
- Right-click on the volume icon on the taskbar and select Sounds.
- Navigate to the Playback tab; there you will see all the audio devices connected to your PC.
- Right-click on the one you want to use and select Set as default.
- Now, click Apply and OK to save the changes you made.
Solution 2. Make sure that all your audio drivers are installed and updated
This is one of the most important steps to take when having issues with sound or any of your system devices. Drivers are very important for the normal functioning of your device. As a matter of fact, they bridge the connection between your hardware and the operating system. If this link is broken, you will experience errors and the device will not function properly. To avoid this kind of issue, we recommend that you keep all your drivers up to date.
Most often, users forget to update their drivers, or better yet, they do not even know that the drivers need to be kept up to date. This can be very problematic for the computer, as manufacturers make new versions of the drivers constantly. This will cause new programs or already existing programs to malfunction. That is why we recommend you to always keep your drivers up to date. Here, we are going to show you how to do it:
Method 1. Download and install Auslogics Driver Updater
This is one of the best methods to get all your drivers updated. This tool is very fast and reliable. You will get all your drivers in just one click. It scans your computer for missing, corrupt, or outdated drivers and installs the manufacturer-recommended versions. You will not need to know any additional information about the device whose driver you want to update. This tool will even update drivers you did not know existed. Your computer will perform like never before. All you need is one click; then sit back and let Auslogics Driver Updater work its magic.
Method 2. Download the driver from the manufacturer’s site
Drivers can also be gotten from the manufacturer’s site. This is a reliable way, and you will get the best drivers for your device. Most often, the drivers are located in the support section of the website. For this method, you will need to know the name and version of your device. This is because, without this information, you are likely to download a wrong driver, which may cause more harm to your system. Popular manufacturers have taken note of this flaw and produced clients which help users download the correct drivers.
Method 3. Update the drivers from Device Manager
Device Manager is a built-in tool which manages all the devices connected to your computer, including the state of their drivers. If a driver is out of date, corrupted, or missing, you can see this in the Device Manager panel. A small yellow triangle with an exclamation mark will be beside the device whose driver needs to be updated. To update your drivers, use the following steps:
- Right-click on the Start or Home button and select Device Manager.
- In the Device Manager panel, navigate to the device whose driver you want to update and right-click on it.
- Select Update driver from the drop-down menu.
- In the next window, select the option which prompts you to download and install the driver from the internet.
- Now, Windows will download and install the best driver for your computer.
How to fix lags, low FPS, and other network issues?
We talked about the audio issues above; now, we will be looking at the other issues which you can encounter while playing Hitman 2. These problems can be encountered in any other game that you are playing. We will be talking about lag, ping, low FPS, and other issues.
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- Decrease your game’s resolution
- Switch from fullscreen to windowed mode
- Repair your Registry files
- Make sure that your graphics drivers are updated
- Change power management mode to Prefer maximum performance (Nvidia users)
- Disable shader cache (Nvidia users)
- Set the game’s priority to high in the Task Manager
- Turn off visual effects to increase PC performance
- Connect your laptop to power
- Use a wired connection
- Disable background apps
- Decrease the number of people that are connected to your network
- Disable your antivirus
- Check VPN settings
Solution 1. Decrease your game’s resolution
This solution is good for users who do not have a high-end PC and are experiencing lags or decrease in FPS. To lower your game’s resolution, you need to go to the in-game settings and do it. You will need to get into the Display settings of the game and decrease the resolution of the game. There, you will also find a bunch of settings which you can decrease to make your gameplay smoother. You can set them to either medium or low.
Solution 2. Switch from fullscreen to windowed mode
Switching to windowed mode can also help with the lagging or FPS problem. All you need to do is go into the game’s display settings and switch from fullscreen to windowed mode. You will see a great increase in the performance of your game.
Solution 3. Repair your Registry files
The Windows Registry plays a very important role in storing your system’s settings. Issues with your Registry files can affect your computer in many ways. This may manifest as poor game performance, lagging, and FPS issues. That is why we suggest that you repair your Registry files. Note that manually editing your registry files can be very delicate. Any mistake here can lead to irreversible damage to your system. You will need to take precaution before editing the Registry by backing it up. Here is how to back up your Registry:
- Press the Windows logo key + R on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box.
- Input regedit in the search area and press Enter. This will open the Registry Editor.
- Right-click on Computer and select Export.
- In the next dialog box, choose a location and save the file. It is saved as a .reg file.
- Any time you need to use it, you can just go to the same location and run it.
- Now, you can make changes to your Registry without any fear.
Solution 4. Make sure that your graphics drivers are updated
The graphics card is very important when it comes to gaming. If this device is not functioning well, your game will have FPS and lagging issues. Sometimes, the game will not even run at all. Outdated, missing, or corrupt video drivers are one of the biggest reasons why users experience problems with their games. That is why we recommend you to update your graphics drivers often. You can use the same methods we showed you above.
Solution 5. Change Power management mode to Prefer maximum performance (Nvidia users)
This setting will channel most of your display adapter resources to make your game play smoothly. Here is how to switch to Prefer maximum performance:
- Right-click on your desktop and select Nvidia Control Panel.
- When it opens, click on Manage 3D settings in the left panel.
- Now, scroll down and select Power management mode, then choose Prefer maximum performance from the drop-down menu.
Solution 6. Disable shader cache (Nvidia users)
Many Nvidia users have reported that disabling the shader cache can improve your game’s performance. To do this, you need to go to the Nvidia Control Panel. You will find the option to disable the shader cache under the 3D settings.
Solution 7. Set the game’s priority to high in the Task Manager
As you must have guessed, the Task Manager manages all of the processes that take place on your computer. It is also able to distribute resources to the various tasks that are running on your system at a particular time. The more resources are allocated to the particular task, the better its performance. So, you can go into Task Manager and set your game to High priority. This means that the game will receive more resources and in effect perform better. Here is how to do it:
- Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open the Task Manager.
- Go to the Process tab, click on the Hitman 2 process running and set its priority to high.
- Note that you will have to take this step every time you restart your computer.
Solution 8. Turn off visual effects to increase PC performance
- Click on the Start menu and input Control Panel in the search box.
- Now, select Control Panel from the list of options.
- Select System and Security, then click System.
- Here, select Settings under Performance and choose to Adjust for best performance.
- Click Apply and OK to confirm the changes you have made.
Solution 9. Connect your laptop to power
When your laptop is not connected to power, it automatically changes to a mode which conserves energy. Note that in this mode, your games will not function well because most of your system’s resources have been channeled to another process. That is why it is important to plug your computer to power so that the resources are distributed normally.
Solution 10. Use a wired connection
Wireless internet connections are never good for playing games online. This is because a wireless connection is not stable and can easily get disconnected. Wireless connections will cause lags, a decrease in FPS, and high ping issues. We recommend that your use a wired connection when playing games online. It is more stable, and you won’t experience any lagging.
Solution 11. Disable background apps
Under normal circumstances, there are some apps or processes which are supposed to run in the background because they are vital for your PC to run smoothly. Note that if you disable some of these essential processes, your system may crash. Here, you need to disable the background apps which have no use and are draining your computer’s resources. Most of these apps are gotten when installing third-party programs. Here is how to disable unnecessary background processes:
- Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
- Go to the Processes tab and disable any apps which you are not using.
Solution 12. Decrease the number of people that are connected to your network
Your network has a maximum number of devices which can be connected to it. Once this limit is exceeded, some of the devices will be disconnected. Sometimes, they would take turns to be connected to the network. This can greatly affect the performance of your game. To avoid this problem, you have to limit the number of devices which are connected to the network.
Solution 13. Disable your antivirus
Your antivirus can sometimes prevent your game from running smoothly. This is because it can detect your game files as potential threats and prevent them from running. This can lead to your game not launching or crashing. To fix this problem, you will have to disable your antivirus. If it does not help, you will need to change your antivirus. We recommend that your switch to Auslogics Anti-Malware. This tool will protect your system from invading viruses, and it will not interfere with your game files. You will be able to surf the internet free from viruses. You will also be able to set regular scans of your computer to make sure that no viruses are lurking around.
Solution 14. Check VPN settings
VPNs are great tools when you want to cover your traces on the internet, but they can also affect the performance of your game. VPNs have been noted to decrease your internet speed significantly. This in effect will cause you to start experiencing low FPS, lagging, and high ping. So, if you are using a VPN, it is advisable to turn it off.
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