When troubleshooting graphical display problems, you may find the game to be much more stable by lowering the demands Max Payne 2 makes on your system. A simple way to do this is to change the audio and visual settings to "Low." To do this, select "Options" on the Max Payne 2 startup screen (the small window with the portrait of Max and Mona on the left hand side--not the main game screen).
Near the bottom left corner of the options menu, in the section labeled "Reset All Settings To:," click on the button labeled "Low." Then click "OK," and start the game.
You should change all your individual graphics card's 3D settings to the default, or "baseline," settings. This will prevent any conflicts between what you have selected in Max Payne 2 and what you have set your graphics card to automatically adopt in all applications.
You can access your graphics card's 3D settings by right-clicking on any open area of your Windows Desktop, then left-clicking on "Properties." On the new window that appears, select the "Settings" tab, then left-click on the "Advanced" button in the bottom-right-hand corner of that window.
We recommend that you change all applicable 3D settings to the custom options of "Application," "Default," or "High Performance." Save your changes, restart your computer, then try to play Max Payne 2.
Below are some more specific issues, and fixes related to them.
SCREEN TURNS BLACK, BROWN, OR ALTERNATES BETWEEN THE TWO WHILE THE SOUND PLAYS FINE.
Update your graphics drivers to solve this issue, or lower game settings to "Medium" to solve this problem.
CHAIN LINK FENCES, SOME BUILDING WALLS, OR SCENERY OBJECTS DO NOT DISPLAY PROPERLY.
Lowering your in-game settings, including Anti-Aliasing, will help correct these display issues. Choose "Medium" or lower to compensate.
"YELLOW DOTS" APPEAR IN VARIOUS AREAS OF THE GAME.
This is most often caused by Anti-Aliasing effects being enabled. Disable them to fix this display corruption.
SCREEN TURNS GRAY OR OBSCURES DISPLAY WHILE IN BULLET TIME.
Updating drivers will often solve this issue. If not, lower your in-game settings to "Medium" or lower.
GAME PLAYS EXTREMELY SLOW, OR IT WILL NOT EVEN START.
If you have not already, disable the "Mirrors" feature in the Max Payne 2 settings. This feature, along with several other "post-process" visual effects consume tremendous amounts of video memory. Disable these features before starting the game for more stability.
A "FAILED TO VALIDATE MATERIAL" ERROR MESSAGE IS DISPLAYED A SHORT TIME AFTER PLAYING.
Disabling or decreasing some of the visual effects, such as "character shadows," can help solve this issue. Change your in-game settings to "Medium" or less to grant more stability.