How to Fix the Fraps not Showing FPS on Windows?

Fraps is a tool you can use for benchmarking, screen capture, and screen recording. It’s developed by Beepa for the Windows operating system. Its benchmarking utility can run while you are playing a video game and it can display useful information, including FPS (frames-per-second).

However, many users have reported that the Fraps overlay simply won’t show in games and that pretty much removes its main purpose. This problem often appears only in specific games and it’s difficult to generalize. Still, users have reported various methods they used to successfully resolve this problem so make sure you check them out below!

What Causes Fraps not to Show up on Windows?

Pinpointing a direct cause is difficult as the methods used often don’t point out what is the cause. However, users should know that Fraps doesn’t work with games which use DirectX 12. This is something which can only be fixed if an update for Fraps is released by the developers.

Also, if you are playing an Origin game, the Origin In-Game overlay needs to be turned on for the Fraps overlay to work as well. Good luck in resolving the problem!

Solution 1: Monitor Aero Desktop (DWM)

Checking this box inside the Fraps user interface managed to easily resolve the problem for many users. The reason why this method is listed first is that it’s very easy to try it out, there is absolutely nothing that can go wrong, and, most importantly, it has a high chance of resolving the problem!

  1. Open Fraps by double-clicking its icon from Desktop or by searching for it after opening the Start menu and left-clicking the top result.
  1. From the home screen, click the General button at the top of the window and check out the options below. Check the box next to the Monitor Aero Desktop (DWM) option and make sure you restart Fraps.
Fraps – Monitor Aero Desktop
  1. Check to see if the Fraps overlay now appears in the game after you open it!

Solution 2: Don’t Use DirectX 12

Fraps developers have confirmed that the current version of Fraps won’t work with DirectX 12. They are currently working on an update which will make Fraps and DX 12 compatible. Until then, you can run the games using Direct X 11. For Steam games, you can follow the steps below!

  1. Open up Steam on your PC by double-clicking its entry on the Desktop or by searching for it in the Start menu. There are other ways to locate it as well.
    Opening Steam from Start menu
  2. Navigate to the Library section in the Steam window by locating the Library tab at the top of the window, and locate the problematic game in the list of games you have in your library.
  3. Right-click on the game’s entry in the list and choose the Properties option from the context menu which will show up. Click the Set launch options button.
    Steam – Set launch options
  4. Type “-dx11” in the bar. If there were some other launch options located there from before, make sure you separate this one with a single space. Click the OK button to confirm the changes.
  5. Try launching the game from the Library tab and see if Fraps FPS appears while playing the game.

Battlefield 1:

Since numerous users experienced this problem while playing Battlefield 1, we have decided to include the steps required to run Battlefield 1 using DirectX 11 since it’s not available on Steam.

  1. Navigate to the folder’s location in the File Explorer simply by opening a folder and clicking Documents from the left navigation pane or by searching for this entry in the Start menu. Anyway, in Documents, navigate to Battlefield 1 >> settings.
    PROFSAVE_profile file in the Battlefield 1 >> settings folder
  2. Right-click the file called named ‘PROFSAVE_profile’ and choose to open it with Notepad.
  3. Use the Ctrl + F key combination or click Edit at the top menu and select the Find option from the dropdown menu to open the Search box.
  4. Type “GstRender.Dx12Enabled” in the box and change the value next to it from 1 to 0. Use the Ctrl + S key combination to save the changes or click File >> Save and exit Notepad.
  5. Try launching the game from the Library tab and see if Fraps FPS appears while playing the game.

Solution 3: Enable Origin In-Game

A player has reported that the Fraps overlay simply won’t work unless the Origin In-Game overlay is turned on as well. Usually, there are issues which appear when trying to use two overlays at the same time but here we have the exact opposite. This method can be applied to all Origin games!

  1. Open up Origin on your PC by double-clicking its entry on the Desktop or by searching for it in the Start menu. There are other ways to locate it as well.
  2. Click the Origin option from the menu bar at the top of the window and choose Application Settings from the menu which will appear.
Enable Origin In-Game
  1. Navigate to the Origin In-Game tab and change the slider under it to Off. Reopen the game with Fraps running and check to see if its overlay appears showing FPS.

Solution 4: Perform a Clean Reinstall

If all methods above fail to work, reinstalling Fraps is the last method which can help you resolve the problem on your computer. It should be fast and painless if you follow all the steps properly! You will also install the latest version which contains the patch to the specific issue you are having!

  1. Click the Start menu and open Control Panel by searching for it simply by typing with the Start menu window open. Alternatively, you can click the cog icon in the lower-left part of the Start menu to open the Settings app if you are using Windows 10.
    Opening Settings from Start menu
  2. In Control Panel, select the View as: Category option at the top right corner of the Control Panel window and click on Uninstall a Program under the Programs section.
  3. If you are using the Settings app, clicking on Apps should immediately open a list of all installed programs on your PC so wait for a while for it to load
  4. Locate Fraps in Control Panel or Settings and click on Uninstall/Repair. Follow any instructions which appear afterward to uninstall it completely.
    Uninstalling FRAPS
  5. Since you are going to edit a registry key, we recommend you check out this article we have published for you to safely backup your registry to prevent other problems. Still, nothing wrong will occur if you follow the steps carefully and correctly.
  6. Open the Registry Editor window by typing “regedit” in the search bar, the Start menu, or the Run dialog box which can be accessed with the Windows Key + R key combination. Click the Edit button at the menu bar at the top of the window and click Find. You can also use the Ctrl + F key combination.
    Running the Registry Editor
  7. In the Find window which will appear, make sure you type Fraps in the Find what box and click the Find Next button afterward. A result value or key will appear. Make sure you right-click it and choose the Delete option from the context menu which will appear.
    Finding FRAPS entries in the registry
  8. Click Edit >> Find Next or use the F3 button to search for other entries and make sure you delete them all. Make sure you search for Beepa as well!
    Find next in Registry Editor
  9. Download the latest version of Fraps by visiting this link. Download its setup file, run it from the Downloads folder, follow the instructions on screen, and check to see if the problem persists after reinstalling Fraps!

Also, try to right-click on the executable and select “Run as Administrator” and check if that fixes the issue.


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