Saints Row 2

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Saints Row 2
Release dates
January 5, 2009
Saints Row 2 at WineHQ
Saints Row 2 at Steam Charts
Saints Row 2 at SteamDB
 Saints Row 2 at Wikipedia
Saints Row
Saints Row 2 2009
Saints Row: The Third 2011
Saints Row IV 2013
Saints Row: Gat out of Hell 2015

Key points

Information Recommended to install the Gentlemen of the Row Super Mod, the mod offers various (optional) tweaks and bug fixes alongside bonus content.
Disadvantage German version is heavily censored and can't be used with tools and mods.[1]
Disadvantage Low sound quality on PC.
Disadvantage GameSpy online server browser has stopped working on May 31, 2014 due to GameSpy services being shut down.[2]
Disadvantage Reports indicate this title is a poor port.[3][4]

General information

More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums


Source DRM Notes Keys
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Information All versions require Steam.[5]
Disadvantage No DLC was released for PC. Volition dropped support for the platform and never patched the game further.
Disadvantage The German version of the game is heavily censored and will not work with mods and tools.


Gentlemen of the Row Super Mod[edit]

Alongside offering bonus content with over a hundred new items, music and customization options in-game, the Gentlemen of the Row collection of mods offers many tweaks and bug fixes.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file and save game data location[edit]

Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\THQ\Saints Row 2

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

Display settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF Incomplete.svg Changing widescreen mode requires restart.
Multi-monitor Hackable Grading incomplete Position Affects Gameplay
Field of view (FOV) Hackable Fix included in the Gentlemen of the Row Super Mod
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Impossible
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Impossible Frame rate is capped at 100 FPS.[6]

Input settings[edit]

Control settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Impossible
Mouse input in menus Impossible However, Mouse can be used on the map to place waypoints.
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native
Controller support Native Only the 360 controller is officially supported.
Full controller support Native Button prompts still show keyboard buttons though. Can be changed permanently in Gentlemen of the Row mod.
Controller remapping Native Z-Axis labelled as "Button 11" and "Button 12".
Controller Y-axis inversion Native

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native SFX, music and voice.
Surround sound Impossible Outputs to 5.1 speakers but is simply stereo spanned across surround speakers. Not true positional surround.[7]
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Native Music begins when a new song starts.


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Native Native
Czech Native Impossible Unknown
Danish Native Impossible Impossible
Dutch Native Impossible Impossible
French Native Impossible Native
German Native Impossible Native
Italian Native Impossible Native
Japanese Native Impossible Native
Polish Native Impossible Unknown
Russian Native Impossible Unknown
Spanish Native Impossible Native
Swedish Native Impossible Impossible


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play Impossible
LAN play Native
Online play Native Recommended to use EvolveHq.[8]
Local co-op Impossible
LAN co-op Native 2
Online co-op Native 2 Recommended to use EvolveHq.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Multiplayer lobby for Gangsta Brawl and Strong Arm modes boot people out when others join[edit]

The network code for Saints Row 2 is extremely sensitive and when coupled with the speed and timing issues of the game it results in many people not being able to play together since it forcibly disconnects certain users when others join. It is almost impossible to get a full game going with friends because of this and SR2 PC multiplayer is considered inherently broken (except coop which works great).

Issues fixed[edit]

Information The Unofficial FAQ hosted on the game's Steam Users' Forum may be helpful in finding fixes for any issues you may be having.

Crashing on startup[edit]

Fix crashing on startup


Information The settings.dat file is often the cause and can be found in your saves folder:

%LOCALAPPDATA%\THQ\Saints Row 2\settings.dat

  • Add the following parameter to startup to force the game to start with default settings:


  • Delete the existing settings.dat and the game will recreate a fresh one when you next run it. This file only contains your video and audio settings like resolution, draw distance, volume, etc.
  • download a windowed 800x600 settings.dat, link

Other possible fixes

  • Verify intergrity of the game cache on Steam. You can get to this option by right clicking Saints Row 2 in your game library, and selecting Properties -> Local Files -> Verify integrity of game cache
  • Remove or disable all non-essential usb devices. Sometimes the game mistakenly identifies a usb device as a controller which can cause a crash.
  • Temporarily disable your 2nd monitor
  • Change the way the game launches:
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Right-click on SR2_pc.exe and choose Properties. On the Compatibility tab, run the program in compatibility mode for Windows XP.
  3. Also, "disable visual themes", and "disable desktop composition" options.
  • Unchecking the Disable all enhancements option in the speaker properties fixed for some users the crashing:

Control Panel -> Sound -> Speakers -> Properties -> Enhancements -> Disable all

  • Some users have reported that changing the language fixes a bug where the loading screen gets to 60% and then crashes.

Crashing when loading a save[edit]

Fix Crashing when loading a save


Information Crashing on save load is an indication of save corruption, or as a result adding or removing mods.
Information Vanilla and savegames with where mods are installed are not compatible.
  • The best way to avoid this is to save manually in a new slot after every mission so you can go back to a previous save in the event that it corrupts. This is important to do even with the original vanilla game.

Crashing when starting a new game[edit]

Fix Crashing when starting a new game

  • Update DirectX.
  • Start a new game start in windowed mode.


Information Unplugging any controllers might also work.

Scroll Issue when navigating menus[edit]

Fix Scroll Issue when navigating menus


Information Saints Row 2 has this issue with certain USB devices which it mistakenly thinks are game controllers.first thing to try is to unplug all USB devices except your keyboard and mouse and see if that fixes it.
Information Certain Saitek keyboards install their own HID-Compliant Game Controller entry in Device Manager to enable extra functionality like keystroke macros.
  • First thing to try is to unplug all USB devices except your keyboard and mouse.
  • Saitek keyboards: Temporarily disabling this device in device manager could also fix the issue.

The Ronin Mission at the airport (Orange Threat Level) crashes after the middle cutscene[edit]

Fix Crash Fix


Information Known problem with the PC Port

The Samedi mission loading the van with drugs (Riot Control) is bugged in co-op[edit]

Fix Crash Fix

Information This is a known issue with all versions of the game and cannot be beaten in coop unless you get very lucky and the mission initializes correctly at that point.
  • Keep trying over and over restarting the mission until it finally works.
  • Complete it solo instead of coop, and then continue on with your friend afterward.
  • Use the Gentlemen of the Row mod which fixes this and other mission scripting issues.

Saints Row 2 running too fast at 1.5x speed[edit]

Fix Running too fast


Information The speedup bug is something that is an inherent problem with Windows 7, also happens in rare cases on Vista. The speedup happens with CPUs that do not run at exactly 3.2Ghz frequency (the Xbox 360 cpu speed.) The further your cpu is away from 3.2Ghz (both higher and lower) the faster it will run.
  1. Download the archive from:
  2. Extract the contents into your Saints Row 2 install folder where the SR2_PC.exe resides
  3. Right click on install.cmd and choose to Run as Administrator to install it.
  4. Edit the Powertools.ini and set your speed value at the end of the file
  • percentage = 1.0 is the default and results in no change
  • percentage = 0.78 would be running the game at 78% the speed
Information Powertools will only work correctly with the encrypted Steam exe.

Determine the right slowdown value to use for Powertools.

  • Every CPU is different, and is influenced by many factors like overclocking, speed-step, etc, so there is no easy answer regarding a value to use. There is a stopwatch test to tweak the value though which will let you get as close as possible archive link
Information Follow the instructions in the read me file
Information The closer you can get the game running to the correct speed, the smoother it will run.

Text in the top left of my screen[edit]

Fix Text in the top left of my screen.

Information It is likely that the OSD (On Screen Display) for Powertools was accidentally activated which contains game info helpful to modders. This OSD can be toggled on and off with the Scroll Lock key.

Can't see other's co-op games[edit]

Fix Can't see others coop games

Different Saints Row 2 patch levels cannot see each other's games in GameSpy and cannot play together. For example, if you have the Steam release patched to the final 1.2, you will not be able to play with a user of the Games for Windows Live release which is still at 1.1.

Timeout when trying connect to a co-op game[edit]

Fix Timeout when trying connect to a co-op game

Information Saints Row 2 needs to have the following port open/forwarded for both the host and client: 4200 TCP and UDP

Just opening port 4200 works for most people. If it still time's out try disabling your Hamachi virtual network adapter and/or opening the following ports both TCP and UDP:

  • 27900 (Master Server UDP Heartbeat)
  • 28900 (Master Server List Request)
  • 29900 (GP Connection Manager)
  • 29901 (GP Search Manager)
  • 13139 (Custom UDP Pings)
  • 6500 (Query Port)
  • 4200 (Game)
Information If it still doesn't work, try hosting a non-password protected game.

In-game sound is in mono or only coming out one speaker[edit]

Fix In-game sound is in mono or only coming out one speaker

Information Possible fixes:
  • Solution 1:
  1. Navigate to Control Panel -> Sounds and Audio Devices -> Audio tab -> "Advanced..." button in Sound playback section -> Performance tab.
  2. Lower your Hardware Acceleration to "Basic acceleration" and sound should come out of both speakers
  • Solution 2:
  1. Navigate to sound/playback/Dolby
  2. Make sure the checkbox is ticked.
  • Solution 3:
  1. Navigate to the audio manager
  2. Change the "default format" from 24-bit, 44kHz (studio quality) to 16-bit, 44kHz (cd quality)
    • both L and R analog channels play back.

Objects held by characters in cutscenes are misaligned[edit]

Fix Limit framerate to 60 per second or below

Using a tool such as nVidia Inspector (for GeForce cards) or RadeonPro (for Radeon cards), limit the game's framerate to 60. If the problem persists, try limiting it to 59, 58 or 30 frames instead.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 3
64-bit executable Impossible

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) AMD Dual-Core Athlon XP
2.0 GHz Intel Dual-Core Pentium 4
AMD Dual-Core Athlon XP
3.2 GHz Intel Dual-Core Pentium 4
System memory (RAM) 1 GB 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
15 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X1300
nVidia GeForce 7600
128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
ATI Radeon HD3850
nVidia GeForce 8800
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
Sound (audio device)
DirectX 9.0c compatible


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