F1 2012

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F1 2012
F1 2012 cover
Codemasters Birmingham
OS X Feral Interactive
OS X Feral Interactive
EGO 2.0
Release dates
Windows September 18, 2012
OS X December 20, 2012
Formula 1
F1 2010 2010
F1 2011 2011
F1 2012 2012
F1 2013 2013
F1 2014 2014
F1 2015 2015

Key points

Steam Cloud has been suggested as a cause of two major bugs - it is recommended this is disabled before play.
Well optimised for PC with few graphical issues reported.
Features numerous bugs that remain unresolved for many through official patches.

General information

Codemasters Forums
Steam Community Discussions


All Windows versions require Steam.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location

Save game data location[edit]

System Location

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

You can modify the field of view for individual cars by following the steps detailed here.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


RaceNet online features require a Codemasters Account.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Split-screen.
LAN play
Online play

Issues unresolved[edit]

'Cannot initialise graphics' Error[edit]

An error whereby the message 'Cannot initialise graphics. DirectX 10 or 11 Support required' is displayed upon startup.
This may be due to your graphics card not supporting DirectX 10/11.[1]
Windows Vista users experiencing the problem using DirectX 10+ compatible graphics cards may need to install the latest Windows Updates.
In addition it is important all Service Packs are installed, especially SP2.
This fix doesn't resolve the issue for everyone.[2]

Corrupt Save Game[edit]

Although officially resolved with the release of developer patch 12,[3] a number of users are still reporting issues with save game corruption.
Some have reported that disabling Steam Cloud can help.
Disabling Steam Cloud
  1. Enter the Steam Library, and right click on F1 2012.
  2. Go to the Updates tab.
  3. Uncheck 'Enable Steam Cloud synchronisation for F1 2012' and Close.
Your computer will no longer attempt to sync your saves with the Steam Cloud.

DirectX Version Error[edit]

Many users still report issues with the DirectX version installed by Steam upon download.[4]
Unfortunately, there is no known fix to this issue.
This can make the game unplayable for some, especially those running the game on a laptop. It is therefore recommended that the demo version is first installed to ensure that the game functions correctly on the user's laptop.

Issues fixed[edit]

Crash to Desktop ('nvlddmkm' stops responding)[edit]

A number of users have reported an issue whereby the game crashes a few minutes in, along with the display driver. The message 'nvlddmkm has stopped responding' is displayed.[5]
This can be resolved by simply enabling Vsync in the game's options menu.

Steam 'Error 41'[edit]

The game crashes to desktop mid-race and Steam displays an 'error 41' window.
Despite numerous patches, the error still persists for many.
For laptop users, the error often results from an incompatibility with multi-GPU setups such as those using NVIDIA Optimus or ATI Hybrid Graphics.[6]
For desktop users, the error is usually related to the Steam Cloud or multisampling.[7]
Although there is no fix that works for everyone, there are a number of suggested fixes that users can try.
Important: Before trying any of the following fixes, your first port of call should be visiting your GPU manufacturer's website (NVIDIA/AMD) and downloading the latest drivers for your graphics card from them. This can sometimes resolve the issue. Drivers downloaded through Windows Update are often outdated and are not posted as frequently.

Laptop users[edit]

Disabling Switchable Graphics in the BIOS
This fix is only relevant if you have a computer with multiple switchable graphics cards (e.g. NVIDIA Optimus or AMD Hybrid Graphics).[8]
  1. At PC boot, enter the system BIOS
The key combination required varies by computer, but it is usually one of the following: F8/F10/Esc/Insert.
  1. Go to the System Configuration tab.
  2. Select Switchable Graphics, press F6 and select FIXED.


Your computer will now run using the dedicated NVIDIA or AMD graphics card only, as the integrated card has been disabled.

Desktop users[edit]

The following fixes should be applied together.
Disabling Steam Cloud
  1. Enter the Steam Library, and right click on F1 2012.
  2. Go to the Updates tab.
  3. Uncheck 'Enable Steam Cloud synchronisation for F1 2012' and Close.
Your computer will no longer attempt to sync your saves with the Steam Cloud. This can sometimes resolve the issue.[9]
Disabling Multisampling
This fix is often most relevant for older graphics cards.[10]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\FormulaOne2012\hardwaresettings
  2. Edit hardware_settings_config.xml using Notepad.
  3. Locate the multisampling="XXX" line, and replace it with multisampling="off"
  4. Save the file and run the game.

Both users[edit]

As a last resort, the following fix can be applied.
Unfortunately, the fix often results in vehicles having green reflections, but it resolves the issue for many.[11]
Removing SH_Lighting
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Go into the System folder, and then open the workermap_CORE2, workermap_CORE4, workermap_CORE6 and workermap_CORE8 files in Notepad.
  3. Locate SH_Lighting in each file, and remove it.
  4. Save each file and run.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista 7 64-bit
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz
AMD Athlon X2 5400+
Intel Core i7
AMD Bulldozer
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 15 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon HD 2600
Nvidia GeForce 8600
AMD Radeon HD 6000
Nvidia GeForce GTX 500
1 GB of VRAM
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.7.5 10.8.2
Processor (CPU) Intel 2.0 GHz Intel 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 12 GB
Video card (GPU) 512 MB of VRAM 1 GB of VRAM


  1. http://community.codemasters.com/t5/F1-2012-Technical-Assistance/quot-Cannot-initialise-graphics-DirectX-10-or-11-Support/m-p/72222/highlight/true#M114
  2. http://community.codemasters.com/t5/F1-2012-Technical-Assistance/quot-Cannot-initialise-graphics-DirectX-10-or-11-Support/td-p/72222/highlight/true/page/2
  3. http://community.codemasters.com/t5/F1-2012-Technical-Assistance/pc-F1-2012-Bugs-List/td-p/72284/page/4
  4. http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B0081XNT9W/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_pop_hist_1?ie=UTF8&filterBy=addOneStar&showViewpoints=0
  5. http://community.codemasters.com/t5/F1-2012-Technical-Assistance/F1-2012-Crashes-To-Desktop-nvlddmkm-stopped-responding/m-p/74390#U74390
  6. http://community.codemasters.com/t5/F1-2012-Technical-Assistance/To-those-that-are-receiving-the-Error-41-on-Steam/td-p/92930/page/17
  7. http://community.codemasters.com/t5/F1-2012-Technical-Assistance/To-those-that-are-receiving-the-Error-41-on-Steam/td-p/92930/page/15
  8. http://community.codemasters.com/t5/F1-2012-Technical-Assistance/To-those-that-are-receiving-the-Error-41-on-Steam/td-p/92930/page/17
  9. http://community.codemasters.com/t5/F1-2012-Technical-Assistance/To-those-that-are-receiving-the-Error-41-on-Steam/td-p/92930/page/17
  10. http://community.codemasters.com/t5/F1-2012-Technical-Assistance/To-those-that-are-receiving-the-Error-41-on-Steam/td-p/92930/page/15
  11. http://community.codemasters.com/t5/F1-2012-Technical-Assistance/To-those-that-are-receiving-the-Error-41-on-Steam/td-p/92930/page/17