How to Improve Saints Row 2 Performance

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How to Improve Saints Row 2 Performance
Update your video card drivers to improve performance. (video card image by TEA from

Released in January 2009, "Saints Row 2" is the second sandbox-style game in a series created by Volition Inc. In "Saints Row 2," the player takes on the role of an anti-hero, playing a thug aiming to rebuild his gang after a betrayal in the first "Saints Row" game. Originally conceived for the Xbox 360, THQ, the publisher, pursued and released PlayStation 3 and PC ports of the game. The PC port suffers frame-rate issues, choppiness and other performance issues out-of-the-box.

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    Check the system requirements for "Saints Row 2" to ensure your computer's specifications meet or exceed the requirements. Your computer should have at least a 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon X2 or equivalent, 1 GB RAM and 128MB 3D graphics card with Shader Model 3.0 support (NVIDIA 7600 or ATI X1300 or better).

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    Download the latest updates for "Saints Row 2" by opening Steam. Steam will automatically update your version of "Saints Row 2." The update increases the maximum FPS (frames per second) and boosts general game performance by 20%.

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    Close all unnecessary programs by right-clicking on an empty section of your taskbar and left-clicking on "Task Manager." Terminate all active programs you don't need. Click on the "Processes" tab and end any unneeded processes to play "Saints Row 2."

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    Disable the active shield or persistent scanning feature of your antivirus software. Right-click on the antivirus' icon in the system tray or notification area, and left-click on "Enable Active Shield" or a similarly named option to disable the feature if it is already checked. (You may have to modify your options within the antivirus' interface itself.) Remember to enable your active scanner after "Saints Row 2" sessions.

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    Update your display device's drivers by clicking on "Start," then "Control Panel." Select "Classic View" in the left column if available, then double-click "System." Click on "Device Manager" in the left column if using Windows Vista or Windows 7, or click on the "Hardware" tab, then the "Device Manager" if using Windows XP. Double-click the "Display adapters" category to expand it, then double-click your graphics card. Click on the "Drivers" tab, then click on "Update," and follow the on-screen prompts.

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