SOLVED! Sonic Generations “Configuration Does Not Match”

Released in 2011 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Sonic the Hedgehog series, Sonic Generations is a fantastic platform game by all accounts. However, it’s worth pointing out that the game may give people a hard time on occasions. For instance, those that play the Windows version of Sonic Generations sometimes come across an error about “configuration does not match”. Read to the end if you don’t know what must be done once it comes to Sonic Generations “configuration does not match”.

A List Of Suspects

HDMI Connection To TV 

Nowadays, many people connect their computers to their TV via HDMI cables to take advantage of the resolution, size, … as they play games. However, while the setup works well in most of the cases, errors may pop up out of the blue.  Hence, regarding Sonic Generations “configuration does not match”, you should give HDMI connection some thought if you use TV to play the game. On the bright side, if the HDMI connection is responsible, there is no need to do much. 

Configuration File 

As the name suggests, the configuration file stores information about your setup and launches the game accordingly. If the file performs as expected, you should have no trouble playing the game to your heart’s content. On the other hand, if the file experiences issues,  “configuration does not match” is the consequence.

Graphics Card Driver

In case you don’t know, computers cannot directly manage graphics cards and have to rely on graphics card drivers. Needless to say, the drivers of graphics cards influence quite a few aspects of gaming. You keep running into the “configuration does not match” error while launching Sonic Generations? In that case, you may want to take graphics card driver into account.

Sonic Generations Configuration “Does Not Match”: Fixes 

Reconfigure The Game After The HDMI Connection

If the “configuration does not match” error only surfaces when you play using TV, reconfigure the game soon after connecting your PC to your TV. Match the game settings to the TV’s visual settings then see how things turn out. If you’ve already done so and the error persists, cycle through the available resolution settings till you find one that works perfectly. Over time, other resolutions should become available as well.

Delete The Config File

  • Step 1: Launch Steam and log in to your account.
  • Step 2: Click Library and navigate to Sonic Generations.
  • Step 3: Right-click it and select Properties from the options available. 
  • Step 4: Click the Local Files tab and select Browse Local Files.
  • Step 5: Go to Search, type in Config, and run the search.
  • Step 6: Delete the GraphicsConfig.cfg file. You may actually want to delete all config files you find to be on the safe side. The config files usually have the “.cfg” extension.
  • Step 7: Rerun the config tool.

Note: if you constantly switch between PC monitor and TV to play Sonic Generations, you likely need to repeat the process every time. Also, if you don’t want to use the config tool, relaunch your Sonic Generations game after deleting the config files. The game should ask you to reset your configurations so you can do it from there.

Update Graphics Card Driver

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type Device Manager and hit Enter.
  • Step 2: Expand Display Adapters.
  • Step 3: Locate your graphics card. right-click it and pick Update Driver.
  • Step 4: Click Search automatically for updated driver software.
  • Step 5: The moment the update completes, restart your computer. 

Fix Using Demo Game

  • Step 1: Uninstall and reinstall Sonic Generations.
  • Step 2: Download the Sonic Generations demo then run it once to make sure that it’s working.
  • Step 3: Copy all the files of the demo.
  • Step 4 Launch Steam and log in to your account. 
  • Step 5: Select Library and navigate to your Sonic Generations game. Right-click it and select Properties.
  • Step 6: Click the Local Files tab and select Browse Local Files.
  • Step 7: Right-click any area in this folder and select Paste. Choose “Let me choose which files…”.
  • Step 8: Replace everything except for the main game’s executable file and the cpk files. 

Tips And Tricks

  • Stick to Classic Sonic if you want to gather rings. Compared to other Sonic versions, Classic Sonic is able to pick up more rings while requiring less attention. 
  • One way to mess up a Boss’ aim as it’s about to attack is to switch Sonics. The attacks would miss their mark every time.
  • Be careful if you aim for S ranks. The number of  “lives” you have is way more important than your speed. Furthermore, if possible, don’t go after the S rank and collect red coins in the same run. Red coin routes tend to be dangerous which means going for them while aiming for S rank may result in less than ideal outcomes.

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