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Thanks to Colin and other members who have helped create this FAQ!

Technical and Gameplay Issues.


1. I can't get HIGH setting for Textures

Only graphics cards with 512Mb of memory will have the HIGH option enabled. You can however force the high settings by using the xml settings shown here, however it may reduce your games performance.

2. It says CO-OP for LAN - can't I play online?

Yes you can, read the tips here.

3. Game crashes to desktop prior to vendor splash screens.

Installing the latest sound drivers for your soundcard can resolve this issue.

4. Mouse smoothing effect

5. Poor performance, low FPS and choppy play

The "smooth mouse" like issue appears if your framerate is too low.

6. Poor Performance, choppy play, low FPS

a) Update your drivers (graphics and sound). Nvidia owners try the 83.40 beta drivers.

b) Try updating the AGEIA drivers (even though you do not have an AGEIA card installed). If you still have the little AGEIA icon in you lower right taskbar, double click on it and choose the tab "HELP" press check for update and it will take you to a page showing latest AGEIA drivers v2.4.2. Download and install them. (Tip from Dawn).

7. I have no mouse when I alt tab to desktop

Either leave an app running in the background or once at the desktop ctrl-alt-del to recover the mouse cursor.

8. No sound from your own gun.

If you hear all sounds in the game, but not the sound of your own gun, it's probably because the audio output of your sound card doesn't match what you have connected to it. E.g. you may have the output set to 5.1 but you only have two speakers or a pair of headphones connected, meaning that your sound card sends audio signals intended for speakers that are not there.

In other words: Make sure the output of your sound card is set to whatever speaker setup you have connected to your computer. This is a hardware setup and it is done "outside" the game. Thanks to GRIN Desmond!

9. InstallShield Error 6001

This is due to InstallShield not being able to replace an older copy of Installshield with the files provided in the GRAW Setup.

The workaround for this is to delete the problem folder these files are in and allow the GRAW installer to replace the necessary files.

Delete the folder "0701" in the following directory

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Installshield\Professional\Runtime\

10. Crash in application version: grpcrc1.02 Failed setting up render device

Your graphics card may not meet minimum requirements. Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter requires a DirectX 9-compliant video card with 128MB RAM capable of Shader 2.0 (SM 2.0).

NVIDIA 6 and 7 series

ATI Radeon 9600-9800 series and X series

11. Laggy Keyboard Response - Sticky Keys

Well many have run into the laggy keyboard issue, and so far it's been discovered that the some people's game starts in high priority which sucks up all the processing power so that it takes a while even to process the keystrokes. So you can either hit Ctrl+Alt+Delete to the Task Manager and manually change the priority to normal, which fixes it; or you can put command lines in the shortcut to make it start at normal such as the stuff here:

C:WINDOWS\system32\cmd.exe /c start "GRAW" /NORMAL "C:\Program Files\UBIsoft\Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter\GRAW.exe"

Or: Here is a method that works without fiddling with that cmd.exe line:

1. Go to the Ghost Recon folder

2. Create a .txt file.

3. Open the .txt file with the notepad

4. Add the line "start /normal graw.exe" to the text file and save it (without the quotes).

5. Rename the .txt file to "start.bat" or give it another name that you like, as long as you keep the .bat suffix.

6. Point the shortcut to the .bat file and start the game that way.

Many people have used either of these methods and got it to work. I used both of these methods and the graw.exe does in fact start at normal. But as soon as it starts verifying the DVD(in my case), the priority is moved back up to high. So for me, I have to wait a few seconds into the dvd check before I change the priority level.

Special thanks to Ghost9 for this answer!

11. Clicking JOIN in multiplayer does nothing.

This can happen due to ZoneAlarm firewall. Open ZA and in the Firewall section, change the Internet Zone Security to Medium for the duration of your game.


1. Game crashes to desktop before menu but after vendor splash screens.

2. Cannot get Anti Alias enabled. Latest Nvidia drivers, FSAA set via Nvidia panel, no AA displaying in game. Only affecting some users. See this quote here from Nvidia.

3. Cannot aim low when prone. Invisible floor prevents weapon from aiming below eye level. Also, when crouching not able to aim straight up, you have to stand up to aim up to shoot the enemies on the buildings if your right below them.

4. When the team leader dies in a COOP game, the whole mission ends.

5. Motion sickness from the FOV being < 90

6. AGEIA tool installed by default, is this required for non AGEIA Hardware PC's?

7. Mousewheel issues.

8. After reloading, there is a 2 seconds delay before you can run.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the minimum system specs for GRAW PC?

Minimum specs are as follows.

2 GHz Pentium® IV or the equivalent


5 GB of hard drive space

NVIDIA® GeForce�„� 6/7 or ATI® Radeon® 9600-9800/X

for further information and detailed discussion check This discussion and This discussion.

2. How can I tweak settings for better performance?

a) Tweakguides

b) Elite Guide

c) Clean your Windows install prior to installing the game. This means removing spyware, running a virus scan and defragmenting your harddrive. Also make sure to install the recommended Microsoft Updates.

d) Make sure you are using the latest drivers for your Graphics Card and Sound Card. This solves a huge number of issues right away.

3. How to Unlock Campaign Missions.

Change the following values in the profile.xml file

<campaign_last_event value="7361766567616d65" />

<campaign_progress value="21090307140200" />

4. How do you earn points in the Domination mode?

When an enemy is killed, you earn 2 points. If you participate in the suppression of an enemy you earn 1 point. If you kill an enemy with full energy you earn 3 points (or by doing a headshot). If you capture a neutral zone you earn 3 points. If you neutralize an enemy zone, you earn 3 points. If you capture an enemy zone, you earn 7 points. If you suppress an enemy supply line, you earn 2 points per suppressed supply line. If you win the match, you earn 10 points. Scores go back to zero when selected numbers of rounds is over.

22nd May 2006

Minimum Requirements: Update

Processor: Intel P4 or AMD, 2 GHz

Operating System: Windows 2000/XP (only!)

Memory: 512 MB RAM

Disk Space: 4.5 GB

Graphics Card: 128 MB DX9.0c compatible card (GeForce 6200 / Radeon 9600 or higher) *See supported list below

Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible

CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive : X2 Read Speed

DirectX Version: 9.0c

Network: High-speed modem with 64 Kbits of data transfer upload rate for a client, 512Kbits of data transfer upload rate for a server on a full game.

Recommended Requirements:

Processor: Intel P4 or AMD 2.8 GHz

Operating System: Windows 2000/XP (only!)

Memory: 1024 MB RAM

Disk Space: 4.5 GB

Graphics Card: 256 MB DX9.0c compatible card *See supported list below

Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible

CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive : X2 Read Speed

DirectX Version: 9.0c

Network: High-Speed Modem with 128 Kbits of data transfer upload rate for a client, 512Kbits of data transfer upload rate for a server on a full game.

Graphics Cards Supported:

ATI Radeon 9600

ATI Radeon 9700

ATI Radeon 9800

ATI Radeon X300

ATI Radeon X600

ATI Radeon X800

ATI Radeon X1600

ATI Radeon X1800

ATI Radeon X1900

nVidia GeForce 6200

nVidia GeForce 6600

nVidia GeForce 6800

nVidia GeForce 7800

Laptop version of these chipsets may work but are not supported.

These chipsets are the only ones that will run this game. Additional chipsets may be supported after release.

NOTICE: This game contains technology intended to prevent copying that may conflict with some DVD-RW and virtual drives.

Manual Uninstall


The installation crashed part way through and windows now thinks the game is installed. How can i remove the game from the system and do a fresh install.


Open My Computer then open the Local Disk (C:)

Open the program files folder.

Click on the tools menu then choose folder options

Click on the view tab and tick the box labelled "show hidden files and folders". Press OK

Open the installshield installation information folder

Search for a folder named {EFC97089-04D6-42CE-A707-A343B4A7D2CD}

Right click on the folder and choose rename. Press the End key on the keyboard and type the word OLD. Press the enter key

Reinstall the game using the original install disk.

This will replace and overwrite any missing components that were preventing the game from being uninstalled normally

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Video Freeze:

For those who are experiencing this problem...a partial blue sky horizon with a black foreground screen lockup while still hearing audio and being able to access gameplay controls

For geforce users, download...





Double-click your NVidia tray tools icon, and you should see "select coolbits mode" in the first pull-down, select it, and from here you can set up the options to fit your needs...also

make sure that you check "run NVtray at startup" in the settings option. Pull up the Nvidia control panel, select Performance and Quality settings, Additional Direct3D Settings,and change Max frames to render ahead from the default 3 to 1.

This should take care of the video hangup you guys are having and might help with the CTD.

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