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[GUIDE] FIX FOR LOW FPS ON HIGH-END COMPUTERS


DISC USSIO N IN 'IN-GA M E & BILLING SUP P O RT ' ST A RT ED BY SY KES, DEC 9 , 2 0 1 3 .

Sykes
Hard-To-Destroy
Reptile

First off, this is a guide I am using from the Steam community, linked
here: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?
id=201468091 but I've heard many complaints that a few steps are
redundant or confusing, so I'm rewriting it in my own words because I
tried this myself, and it solved all my problems for both my brother and
my friend who had this issue. They both have amazing gaming rigs, and
one of them had 5 FPS at all times, the other had less than 15 even at
zoom x4.
Hopefully this fixes your problem! Be sure to follow each step carefully,
and if you have any issues, just quote me (I sometimes don't check
every reply; sorry! I check all quotes though) and I'll get back to you!

1. Close the game and quit Steam.


2. Go to your Steam folder (example: C:\Program Files (x86)Steam),
right click on steam.exe, go to Properties, and select the
Compatibility tab. Make sure EVERY SINGLE checkbox is
unchecked. This includes the Run as Admin checkbox. Hit OK to
save the settings.
3. Assuming you have Windows 7, click the Start button and type
"regedit" without quotes and hit enter to open RegEdit. If you have
Windows XP, open the start menu and click "Run..." and type
"regedit" and hit enter. If you have Windows 8, I'm sure you can
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figure something similar out, because I'm not exactly sure.


4. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\Curren
tVersion\AppCompatFlags\Layers and delete any entry with a
path related to Steam. If there are none, that's okay, continue to
the next step.
5. Repeat the last step with
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows
NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Layers (which is the exact
same path, only HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINES instead of
CURRENT_USERS).
6. Repeat step 2 to confirm Steam has no compatibility options
enabled.
7. Launch Steam and play Starbound!
If this helped you, please let me know! If it didn't, please include the
specs of your computer below so the developers and I have more
information when we try and help you!
NOTE: This is a fix for a specific issue regarding low FPS. There are
multiple issues out there causing the same thing, and this only fixes
one of them, so if it doesn't help with your computer, I'm very sorry.
There are a lot of people digging around and doing work to try and fix all
of these issues. They'll get around to you, don't worry.
Last edited: Dec 9, 2013
Sykes, Dec 9, 2013

#1

Jexel, Min3CraftDud3, BitHorizon and 7 others like this.

Worked like a charm, cheers!

Bungles
Yeah, you!

Bungles, Dec 9, 2013

#2

Bungles said:

Worked like a charm, cheers!

Sykes
Hard-To-Destroy
Reptile

Glad it worked! If you hear of anyone else with this issue, let them know
about this fix. It's not something Chucklefish can change, because it's
an issue with Steam and Windows, so if they're waiting on a patch to fix
it, I don't think that'll happen. So spread the word!
Sykes, Dec 9, 2013

#3

Sadly, it didn't work. I should be able to run the game smoothly at 60


FPS, if not 30 FPS, right?

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit


AMD Athlon II X4 630 (4 Core) ~2.8GHz
ATI Radeon HD 4350 1G
6GB RAM
1600 x 1900
DirectX 11

nathan00107

nathan00107, Dec 9, 2013

#4

Orbital Explorer

nathan00107 said:

Sadly, it didn't work. I should be able to run the game smoothly at


60 FPS, if not 30 FPS, right?

Sykes
Hard-To-Destroy
Reptile

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit


AMD Athlon II X4 630 (4 Core) ~2.8GHz
ATI Radeon HD 4350 1G
6GB RAM
1600 x 1900
DirectX 11
That's a bummer. Is your FPS okay on the ship? Or is it around 30 FPS
all the time.
Sykes, Dec 9, 2013

#5

You forgot to add whether this is for single player or multiplayer,


because some people seem to mix the two things.

IvoryOwl
Sandwich Man

IvoryOw l, Dec 9, 2013

#6

Sykes said:

That's a bummer. Is your FPS okay on the ship? Or is it around 30


FPS all the time.

nathan00107
Orbital Explorer

FPS is only about 25 on the ship. My PC should be able to run


Starbound though?
nathan00107, Dec 9, 2013

#7

IvoryOwl said:

You forgot to add whether this is for single player or multiplayer,


because some people seem to mix the two things.
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This is for both. The issue is related to compatibility between Steam


and Windows effecting the performance of Starbound. Single or
multiplayer makes no difference, which is why I didn't mention it. This
addresses a very specific low FPS issue, not all of them unfortunately.

Sykes
Hard-To-Destroy
Reptile

nathan00107 said:

FPS is only about 25 on the ship. My PC should be able to run


Starbound though?
Yeah, it definitely should. All we know is that your low FPS isn't caused
by this exact problem. As long as you're confident you followed every
step correctly, you can safely say you're not victim to this particular
issue. On the bright side, that means that the fix for you might be much
easier, and potentially included in an upcoming patch.
Sykes, Dec 9, 2013

#8

Sykes said:

nathan00107

This is for both. The issue is related to compatibility between


Steam and Windows effecting the performance of Starbound.
Single or multiplayer makes no difference, which is why I didn't
mention it. This addresses a very specific low FPS issue, not all of
them unfortunately.

Orbital Explorer

Yeah, it definitely should. All we know is that your low FPS isn't
caused by this exact problem. As long as you're confident you
Well, actually. Does the path have to point to steam.exe? Because I
have bunch of games in the steam folder that are in their as well.
nathan00107, Dec 9, 2013

#9

nathan00107 said:

Well, actually. Does the path have to point to steam.exe? Because I


have bunch of games in the steam folder that are in their as well.

Sykes
Hard-To-Destroy
Reptile

Include all of those. Every path that includes "steam" in some matter,
get rid of. It won't cause any problems. Steam will self-repair anything if
it actually effects one of your other games. Make sure you do it in both
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and HKEY_CURRENT_USER.
Sykes, Dec 9, 2013

#10

Went from unstable 15-30 FPS to constant 60 FPS.


At first I thought I may have been lagging because I'm hosting for 6
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players on the same machine I am playing.


Then saw this and thought I should give it a try.
Fix it all perfectly. I'll redirect a few friends to this Thread.
Thank you.
H4RDC0D3D, Dec 9, 2013

#11

H4RDC0D3D
Tentacle Wrangler

H4RDC0D3D said:

Went from unstable 15-30 FPS to constant 60 FPS.


At first I thought I may have been lagging because I'm hosting for 6
players on the same machine I am playing.
Then saw this and thought I should give it a try.

Sykes
Hard-To-Destroy
Reptile

Fix it all perfectly. I'll redirect a few friends to this Thread.


Thank you.
I'm glad it worked for you, man! It pains me nothing more than seeing
people unable to play because of issues like this. I'm glad you're able to
enjoy it now!
Sykes, Dec 9, 2013

#12

Huh. I was skeptical since I usually want to avoid modifying anything in


the registry, but this worked for me. Went from 15-20 FPS to 50+.
Cheers.

Seltaire
Void-Bound Voyager

Seltaire, Dec 9, 2013

#13

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Okay, I have deleted every single entry relating to Steam.exe and the
game has improved slightly, I now get 28 - 30 FPS when on the planet
and a smooth 60 FPS when on the ship. Unfortunately it drops to about
20 FPS when I get into combat. Thanks anyway.

nathan00107
Orbital Explorer

nathan00107, Dec 9, 2013

#14

Hello!
I'm having the FPS problems too. I'm running an AMD A8-4500M APU
Radeon HD with 4.00 GB of RAM on a HP Pavilion G7 Laptop. Windows
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8, 64-Bit OS.

ArcadeScholar
Industrial Terraformer

I've tried all the fixes scattered across the web and in these forums and
nothing seems to have much of an impact. I've done everything listed.
Downloading Fraps I was able to take a closer look. I enjoy playing at x2
zoom, and In my ship I normally get about 30-35 Frames, the start menu
runs at 60 fps, character select runs about the same. When I hit the
planet surface I drop down to 25-20 frames. When I get to a building
with light sources and various NPCs I drop down to about 10-14 fps. I
expect a fix for this will come in phase two of the beta, so I'm not too
worried about it now. Just getting my specs out there.
Thanks everyone! Have a good day.
ArcadeScholar, Dec 9, 2013

#15

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ArcadeScholar said:

Hello!

Sykes
Hard-To-Destroy
Reptile

I'm having the FPS problems too. I'm running an AMD A8-4500M
APU Radeon HD with 4.00 GB of RAM on a HP Pavilion G7 Laptop.
Windows 8, 64-Bit OS.
I've tried all the fixes scattered across the web and in these forums
and nothing seems to have much of an impact. I've done everything
listed. Downloading Fraps I was able to take a closer look. I enjoy
to expand...
playing at x2 zoom, and In Click
my ship
I normally get about 30-35
Just to be clear, you've tried the proposed fix above and it didn't work?
Sykes, Dec 9, 2013

#16

ArcadeScholar said:

Hello!

nathan00107

I'm having the FPS problems too. I'm running an AMD A8-4500M
APU Radeon HD with 4.00 GB of RAM on a HP Pavilion G7 Laptop.
Windows 8, 64-Bit OS.

Orbital Explorer

I've tried all the fixes scattered across the web and in these forums
and nothing seems to have much of an impact. I've done everything
listed. Downloading Fraps I was able to take a closer look. I enjoy
to expand...
playing at x2 zoom, and In Click
my ship
I normally get about 30-35
There is an issue with Steam at the moment where it interacts weirdly
with Starbound. The developers have stated in their release stream that
this issue is reducing performace by half. They are aware of this issue
and are trying to fix it.
Also, optimization begins in stage 2 of the beta. This should hopefully
clean up any unnecessary code in the game and improve performance
buy a lot on all PC's.
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nathan00107, Dec 9, 2013

#17

Also, @Sykes the game performance has improved with the fix you
stated above but it still lags in combat, rainfall and when I get close to
any generated structures.

nathan00107
Orbital Explorer

nathan00107, Dec 9, 2013

#18

@ArcadeScholar Have you tried disabling the Steam overlay? This gave
me a small boost in FPS.

nathan00107
Orbital Explorer

nathan00107, Dec 9, 2013

#19

I am currently running windows 8 on my MSI GT60 Laptop with a


GTX770m, for reference, I can run the Witcher 2 on High Spec at 60 fps
so Starbound should be no problem. Yet, the registry fix did not help at
all and turning down the individual graphics settings in my Nvidia
control panel did nothing at all. I get 40 fps on the ship and 20-30 while
on land in the starting area. That is unacceptable. Are there really no
other fixes? After paying money for this game, despite the fact it is in
beta, such a common issue as with fps should have been fixed already.

MrHeartless
Space Hobo

MrHeartless, Dec 9, 2013

#20

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