How To Get GTAIV Running - Get It Working On Your PC Now!

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#1 Posted by Egyptman786 (1152 posts) -
REMEMBER: DEFRAG YOUR HARD DRIVE!

You might have noticed that GTAIV, in its current state, has a lot of issues.

So in this thread, I will attempt to list all of the known issues and solutions. Please feel free to suggest your own fixes for known issues.

If you have a problem you can't solve, I suggest you create a new thread and trouble shoot it there. If you manage to fix it, let everyone know in this thread.

It's very easy to solve a problem then simply go off and play the game without ever letting anyone else know how you fixed it.

If you manage to fix a problem, let us know how you fixed it. Help the community out!


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The "GET YOUR GTAIV WORKING" Checklist!

Self extracting archive which comes with the following software:
System Diagnostics
- CPUz
- GPUz
- Riva Tuner

Maintenance
- CCleaner
- Defraggler

Updates
- DirectX Auto Updater
- Games for Windows Live
- Adobe Flash
- C++ Redist
- Dot Net Framework + SP1

Click here to download.

OR, you can download each update the manual way:

1. Update your drivers to the latest stable version:
- nVidia Users
- ATi Users

2. Update DirectX with the automated web installer.
- Official Microsoft Link
- Secondary Link (skip annoying genuine checks)

3. Update Games for Windows Live.
Click here.

4. Update Adobe Flash. (Install both of these)
- First uninstall Adobe Flash with this program

- Adobe Flash Download #1
- Adobe Flash Download #2

5. Update Visual C++.
- 32bit Version
- 64bit Version

6. Update .NET Framework to v3.5 + SP1.
- .NET Framework v3.5
- .NET Framework v3.5 SP1

7. Registry clean. (Optional -- Very safe -- Recommended For Everyone)
Click here.

- Install
- Open CCleaner
- Registry tab
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- Scan
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- Fix
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- Finalize
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#2 Posted by Egyptman786 (1152 posts) -
General Graphics Issues
Drivers:
As of December 11th, the best drivers to use with GTAIV:
- nVidia: 180.48
- ATi: 8.12

nVidia have also released the 180.84's for high end cards (7900 - 8 - 9 - GTX2x series). This is a *BETA* driver, so use at your own risk. There are reports that these drivers significantly increase performance in GTAIV.

New! 180.84 Beta 3.
Credit: savov

Windows XP 32bit
Windows XP 64bit

Windows Vista 32bit
Windows Vista 64bit

DirectX:
Ensure your update your DirectX!
Note: These links will take you to the web installer. A 300KB program which downloads the latest DirectX release from Microsoft.
- Official download link.
- Secondary link (skip annoying genuine checks)

Clip Capture
This feature records the last ~30 seconds of gameplay, as you run around in GTAIV, and has been attributed to a lot of different loading and FPS issues. Go into your options menu, move to the "Game" tab, then disable "Clip Capture".

Error Code RMN40
Cause: Windows XP SP3 required.
Solution: Please click here.
Instructions: Simply download and install.
Warning: The download is over 300MB and the installation can take up to an hour. Be careful!
This issue can also occur in Vista if you are running Steam in XP compatibility mode.

Error Code RMN40 (Windows Vista)
Cause: Rockstar.
Solution: Set GTAIV to Windows 2K compatibility mode.
Instructions:

1. Locate the GTAIV directory.
X:Steamsteamappscommongrand theft auto ivGTAIV
2. Right click "LaunchGTAIV.exe"
3. Select "properties"
4. Select the "compatibility" tab
5. Tick "Run this program in compatibility mode for:"
6. Select "Windows 2000"
7. press "OK"
8. Run the game from the "LaunchGTAIV" exe

Error Code MMA10
Cause: Rockstar Social Club
Note: Also try the "Social Club Fatal Error" solution (below).
Solution: Simply log out of the Social Club before playing GTAIV. To sign out, click the "Log Out" button below your username int he Social Club window:

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Notes: If you wish to play multiplayer, simply minimize GTAIV, log into the the Social Club, then maximize GTAIV once more. Multiplayer will work just fine.

Error Code RMN20
Cause: Windows Vista SP1 required.
Solution:
- Windows Vista 32bit SP1
- Windows Vista 64bit SP1
Instructions: Simply download and install the correct version (either 32bit or 64bit)
Warning: The downloads are over 400MB and the installation can take up to an hour or more. Be careful!


Black / Missing Textures
Cause: Corrupt graphics drivers.
Solution: Please click here.
Alternate solution: Please click here.
Notes: Some users have reported that reducing their game resolution fixed the "no texture" issue.

Games for Windows Live Issues
Cause: -
Solution: Update your GFWL redist.
Instructions:

1) Click here
2) Click "Download the Latest Update"
3) Install

Graphics Restrictions
Cause: Rockstar attempting to protect us from ourselves.
Solution: Please click here.

Buggy Sound / White Noise
Cause: Old sound card drivers.
Notes: Only seems to affect Realtek Onboard Audio.
Solution:

1. Click here
2. Download and update

"Router Too Strict / NAT"
Cause: Firewall.
Solution: Add GTA to your Firewall exclusions list (Win XP/ Win Vista), and forward the following ports:

TCP/UDP 88
TCP/UDP 3074

If you don't know how to forward ports with your modem/router, see here:
http://www.portforward.com/english/r...outerindex.htm

Find your modem/router, then locate "XBOX LIVE 360" in the next menu.

Social Club Fatal Error

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Cause: Outdated .NET Framework.
Credit: dawnclover
Solution: Install .NET Framework v3.5 w/ Service Pack 1.

- .NET Framework v3.5
- .NET Framework v3.5 SP1

This Game is Currently Unavailable...
Cause: Obselete version of Visual C++.
Solution: Download either the 32bit Version, or the 64bit Version of Visual C++ redist.
Notes: If that fails to help, please click here. And if you don't know what Windows version you have, head on over to Control Panel, then System. Look for either "32 bit" or "64 bit" in your operating system information.

GFWL Asking For CDKEY
Cause: Registry bug.
Solution: BE VERY CAREFUL IN YOUR REGISTRY

1) Click Start
2) Click Run / Vista users simply need to type into the "Search" box
3) Type: regedit
4) Expand HKEY_CURRENT_USER
5) Scroll down and locate "SOFTWARE" then expand it
6) Scroll down and locate "Rockstar Games" then expand it
7) Click on "Grand Theft Auto IV"
8) Locate your key in the right quadrant

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Error At Main Menu
Cause: Outdated Adobe Flash.
Reported By: nsscandyman
- First uninstall Adobe Flash with this program

Solution: Download and install both of the following:

- Adobe Flash Download #1
- Adobe Flash Download #2


"The Application Has Failed To Launch"
Cause: Bug when downloading GTAIV through Steam.
Credit: SmileSkill
Solution:

1) Manually navigate to the Steam folder
2) Open "SteamApps"
3) Open "Common"
4) Open "Grand Theft Auto IV"
5) Open the "RGSC" folder
6) Double click "RGSCLauncher"
7) Click back
8) Open "GTAIV"
9) Double click "LaunchGTAIV.exe"

After completing these steps, GTAIV should launch successfully whether you open through Steam or "LaunchGTAIV.exe"

Game Pad Not Working
Cause: Rockstar.
Notes: Rockstar is currently working on adding support for a larger variety of game pads. Here is the current list of supported game pads:
  • XBOX 360 for Windows (Controller)
  • Wireless XBOX 360 Controller
  • Joytech 360 pad (Controller)
  • Pelican TSZ360 Pad (Controller)
  • MadCatz 360 (Controller)
  • MadCatz 360 Pro (Controller)
  • MadCatz 360 MicroCon (Controller)
  • Bigben Controller BB7201 (Controller)
  • MadCatz Arcade GameStick 360
  • Logitech Chillstream
However there is also another way to "emulate" the XBOX360 controller using the following method:

1) Click here to download
2) Navigate to your SYSTEM32 directory (C:WindowsSystem32)
3) BACK UP THE FOLLOWING FILES
- xinput1_3.dll
- xinput1_2.dll
- xinput1_1.dll
- xinput9_1_0.dll

3) Extract the contents of the archive to your SYSTEM32 directory (C:WindowsSystem32)
4) Start playing GTAIV with your controller

SecuROM Launcher Has Stopped Working
Cause: You are running the D3DOverrider application that comes with RivaTuner.
Solution: Disable/Uninstall the D3DOverrider application.

Lack of Motion Blur
Cause: The depth of field / motion blur filter is disabled by default.
Solution: Press the "P" button on your keyboard while in game to enable and disable the filter.

"RGSC.exe has encountered a problem..."
Cause: .NET Framework v3
Credit: Sapiens
Note: This fix is not confirmed, however if you are completely out of ideas at this point, this fix might be the ticket.
Solution:
Quote: I recently ran into this issue in Vista Ultimate x64 and after a bit of troubleshooting managed to resolve it.

When I first install Vista I open up the "Turn Windows features on or off" window in the Control Panel and uncheck everything, mainly because I don't want or need any of the extra features listed there.

One of those features is "Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0".

After my last reinstall I disabled it, installed .NET 3.5 SP1, and everything worked fine... until GTA4. Apparently even with .NET 3.5 SP1 installed, RGSC will die if you've unchecked this feature. There are three components listed under it:

- Windows Communication Foundation HTTP Activation
- Windows Communication Foundation Non-HTTP Activation
- XPS Viewer

Initially, checking the "Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0" box will only select the XPS Viewer, which won't fix this problem. I enabled the WCF HTTP and Non-HTTP Activation entries (which subsequently enable the .NET Extensibility and Request Filtering features under Internet Information Services) and presto, RGSC stopped crashing. Games for Windows Live Crash - Non English Users
Cause: Language settings.
Credit: MrBim
Solution: Quote: Finaly got GTA running!

My problem was that GFWL would crash on start up.

This had to do due to wrong language and country settings in the control panel of Vista (regional and language settings)

I live in the Netherlands, but had everything set to US. Since I changed everything to Dutch, GFWL started to run.

The stupid thing however is that GFWL worked BEFORE I installed Steam & GTA IV. After the install it did not, unless I would change the country settings.

Thanks for all the effort!
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#3 Posted by Egyptman786 (1152 posts) -
Unknown / Unresolved Issues
  • Fatal Error WS10
  • RGSC.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close
  • Grand Theft Auto IV has encountered a problem and needs to close
  • Extremely bad FPS (5 or Lower) on machines that surpass all requirements
  • Fatal ZLIB20 Error
  • Error Code RESC10 on machines that surpass video requirements
  • Error Code DD3D30
  • Game speed faster than normal
  • Memory leak after prolonged play (physical RAM error)
  • Multiplayer errors such as "you have been removed from the game"
  • Crash to desktop while loading single player campaign

Error Codes
Credit: Remos
Note: Press CTRL+F and locate your error code!


  • Code:
    BH10
    Unrecoverable fault - Please restart the game

    DD3D50
    D3D Error - DirectX 9 video card required

    TEXP100
    D3D Error - Failed to copy surface - Please restart the game

    TEXP90
    D3D Error - Failed to copy surface - Please restart the game

    TEXP110
    D3D Error - Failed to create texture - Please restart the game

    DWIN20
    D3D Error - Failed to query memory. Please re-start the game.

    DD3D10
    D3D Error - Please re-boot your system

    DD3D30
    D3D Error - Please re-boot your system

    DWIN30
    D3D Error - Please re-boot your system

    DD3D20
    D3D Error - Please re-install the game and/or re-install DirectX

    DWIN10
    D3D Error - Please restart the game

    DD3D60
    D3D Error - Shader Model 3.0 or higher is required

    DD3D70
    D3D Error - Unable to retrieve D3D Device. Please re-boot your system

    GPUP10
    D3D Error - Unable to retrieve D3D Device. Please re-boot your system

    TEXP20
    D3D Error - Unable to retrieve D3D Device. Please re-boot your system

    TEXP30
    D3D Error - Unable to retrieve D3D Device. Please re-boot your system

    TEXP80
    D3D Error - Unable to retrieve D3D Device. Please re-boot your system

    DD3D40
    D3D Error - Unable to retrieve device capabilities. Please install latest video card driver and/or re-install DirectX

    TEXP10
    D3D Error - Unable to retrieve device capabilities. Please install latest video card driver and/or re-install DirectX

    DD3D80
    D3D reset failed - Please restart the game.

    STRB10
    Failed to delete file - Please re-boot your system

    RMN10
    Failed to read file - Please re-boot your system

    STRM10
    Failed to read file - Please re-boot your system

    STRM20
    Failed to read file - Please re-boot your system

    BNDL10
    Failed to write file – Please re-boot your system

    STBF10
    Failed to write file – Please re-boot your system

    VOIC10
    Fatal voice chat error - Please restart the game

    ZLIB10
    Initialization failed - Please re-boot your system

    WS20
    InitWinSock failed - Please re-boot your system and/or re-install the game

    WS30
    InitWinSock failed - Please re-boot your system and/or re-install the game

    TMR10
    Invalid instruction - CPU not supported.

    ARCH10
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    BDTR10
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    BDTR20
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    BLDB10
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    BNDG10
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    BNKM10
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    BNKM30
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    EBDB10
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    EFC10
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    EFC20
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    FVF10
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    MA10
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    MA20
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    MM10
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    MOTC10
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    MOTC20
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    MS10
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    MV10
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    PLYT10
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    RC10
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    RC20
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    SCRP20
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    SCRP60
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    SCRP70
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    SCRT10
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    SCRT20
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    SCRT30
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    SCRT40
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    SCRT50
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    SHDR10
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    SHDR20
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    SHFC10
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    SHFX10
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    SHFX20
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    SHFX30
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    SHVR10
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    SRCP10
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    SRCP40
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    SRCP50
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    STRC10
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    STRM30
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    TEXP120
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    TOK10
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    VI10
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    VI20
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    VI30
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    VT10
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    VT20
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    VX10
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    WAVS10
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    CURV10
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    SHGR10
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game

    ZLIB20
    Invalid resource detected - Please re-install the game.

    WS40
    Network error - Please restart the game

    WS50
    Network error - Please restart the game

    ANM10
    Out of memory - Please re-boot your system

    ANM20
    Out of memory - Please re-boot your system

    ANM30
    Out of memory - Please re-boot your system

    ANM40
    Out of memory - Please re-boot your system

    BNKM20
    Out of memory - Please re-boot your system

    MHA10
    Out of memory - Please re-boot your system

    MMA10
    Out of memory - Please re-boot your system

    SMPA10
    Out of memory - Please re-boot your system

    SMPA20
    Out of memory - Please re-boot your system

    TMRT10
    Out of memory - Please re-boot your system

    RESC10
    Out of video memory - Please re-boot your system

    BA10
    Out of virtual memory - Please re-boot your system

    EA10
    Out of virtual memory - Please re-boot your system

    TEXP40
    Unable to create color multisampled render target - Please re-install DirectX and/or install the latest video card driver.

    TEXP50
    Unable to create color multisampled render target - Please re-install DirectX and/or install the latest video card driver.

    TEXP60
    Unable to create color render target - Please re-install DirectX and/or install the latest video card driver.

    TEXP70
    Unable to create depth render target - Please re-install DirectX and/or install the latest video card driver.

    TF10
    Unable to write to disk - Please restart the game

    BSP10
    Unrecoverable fault - Please restart the game

    CLTH10
    Unrecoverable fault - Please restart the game

    CURC10
    Unrecoverable fault - Please restart the game

    CURN10
    Unrecoverable fault - Please restart the game

    DD3D90
    Unrecoverable fault - Please restart the game

    IMC10
    Unrecoverable fault - Please restart the game

    INPT10
    Unrecoverable fault - Please restart the game

    MNFD10
    Unrecoverable fault - Please restart the game

    MNFD20
    Unrecoverable fault - Please restart the game

    POLY10
    Unrecoverable fault - Please restart the game

    RMN50
    Unrecoverable fault - Please restart the game

    SMPA100
    Unrecoverable fault - Please restart the game

    SMPA110
    Unrecoverable fault - Please restart the game

    SMPA120
    Unrecoverable fault - Please restart the game

    SMPA130
    Unrecoverable fault - Please restart the game

    SMPA140
    Unrecoverable fault - Please restart the game

    SMPA150
    Unrecoverable fault - Please restart the game

    SMPA160
    Unrecoverable fault - Please restart the game

    SMPA170
    Unrecoverable fault - Please restart the game

    SMPA180
    Unrecoverable fault - Please restart the game

    SMPA30
    Unrecoverable fault - Please restart the game

    SMPA40
    Unrecoverable fault - Please restart the game

    SMPA50
    Unrecoverable fault - Please restart the game

    SMPA60
    Unrecoverable fault - Please restart the game

    SMPA70
    Unrecoverable fault - Please restart the game

    SMPA80
    Unrecoverable fault - Please restart the game

    SMPA90
    Unrecoverable fault - Please restart the game

    STR10
    Unrecoverable fault - Please restart the game

    TXTR10
    Unrecoverable fault - Please restart the game

    RMN20
    Windows Vista: Need to have Service Pack 1 or higher to proceed.

    RMN30
    Windows XP 64 / Server 2003: Need to have Service Pack 2 or higher to proceed.

    RMN40
    Windows XP: Need to have Service Pack 3 or higher to proceed.

    WS10
    XNetStartup failed - Please re-boot your system and/or re-install the game

    AE10
    Insufficient Memory to Start Game - Please close some applications and restart the game

    RP10
    CReplayMgr::StartWorkerThread: Could not create the replay-save thread - Please close some applications and restart the game

    RT10
    Could not create the render thread - Please shut down some applications and restart the game

    SI10
    Code is expecting version %d but file %s has version %d! - Please reinstall GTA IV

    PC10
    Unable to retrieve D3D Device - Please reboot your machine or reinstall your display driver

    WTV10
    Failed to load kernel32.dll - Please reboot your machine

    WTV20
    Failed to load ntdll.dll - Please reboot your machine

    WTV30
    Failed to load winmm.dll - Please reboot your machine

    WTV40
    Failed to access kernel function - Please reboot your machine

    WTV50
    Failed to access kernel function - Please reboot your machine

    WTV60
    Failed to access kernel function - Please reboot your machine

    WTV70
    Failed to access kernel function - Please reboot your machine

    WTV80
    Failed to access WINMM.DLL function - Please reboot your machine

    WTV90
    Failed to access WINMM.DLL function - Please reboot your machine

    WTV100
    Failed to access WINMM.DLL function - Please reboot your machine

    WTV110
    WindowsTimerFunctionsValidator::InitializeDelayedObjects( ) - XLivePBufferAllocate( ) FAILED! - Either reboot or reinstall Game For Windows LIVE

    WTV120
    WindowsTimerFunctionsValidator::InitializeDelayedObjects( ) - WriteToProtectedBuffer: QPCtFAILED! - Either reboot or reinstall Game For Windows LIVE

    WTV130
    WindowsTimerFunctionsValidator::InitializeDelayedObjects( ) - WriteToProtectedBuffer: QPFtFAILED! - Either reboot or reinstall Game For Windows LIVE

    WTV140
    WindowsTimerFunctionsValidator::InitializeDelayedObjects( ) - WriteToProtectedBuffer: NtQPCtFAILED! - Either reboot or reinstall Game For Windows LIVE

    WTV150
    WindowsTimerFunctionsValidator::InitializeDelayedObjects( ) - WriteToProtectedBuffer: GTCtFAILED! - Either reboot or reinstall Game For Windows LIVE

    WTV160
    WindowsTimerFunctionsValidator::InitializeDelayedObjects( ) - WriteToProtectedBuffer: GTtFAILED! - Either reboot or reinstall Game For Windows LIVE

    WTV170
    WindowsTimerFunctionsValidator::InitializeDelayedObjects( ) - WriteToProtectedBuffer: BPtFAILED! - Either reboot or reinstall Game For Windows LIVE

    WTV180
    WindowsTimerFunctionsValidator::InitializeDelayedObjects( ) - WriteToProtectedBuffer: EPtFAILED! - Either reboot or reinstall Game For Windows LIVE

    WTV190
    WindowsTimerFunctionsValidator::Check( ) - ReadFromProtectedBuffer: QPCtFAILED! - Either reboot or reinstall Game For Windows LIVE

    WTV200
    WindowsTimerFunctionsValidator::Check( ) - ReadFromProtectedBuffer: QPFtFAILED! - Either reboot or reinstall Game For Windows LIVE

    WTV210
    WindowsTimerFunctionsValidator::Check( ) - ReadFromProtectedBuffer: NtQPCtFAILED! - Either reboot or reinstall Game For Windows LIVE

    WTV220
    WindowsTimerFunctionsValidator::Check( ) - ReadFromProtectedBuffer: GTCtFAILED! - Either reboot or reinstall Game For Windows LIVE

    WTV230
    WindowsTimerFunctionsValidator::Check( ) - ReadFromProtectedBuffer: GTtFAILED! - Either reboot or reinstall Game For Windows LIVE

    WTV240
    WindowsTimerFunctionsValidator::Check( ) - ReadFromProtectedBuffer: BPtFAILED! - Either reboot or reinstall Game For Windows LIVE

    WTV250
    WindowsTimerFunctionsValidator::Check( ) - ReadFromProtectedBuffer: EPtFAILED! - Either reboot or reinstall Game For Windows LIVE

    NEM10
    Network event manager ran out of event ids - Please restart GTA IV
    The Graphics Settings of GTAIV

    Most users using current PC hardware as of December 2008 are advised to use medium graphics settings. Higher settings are provided for future generations of PCs with higher specifications than are currently widely available.

    Graphics settings are limited by system resources by default. 256MB video cards force minimum settings by default. If a user bypasses these safety measures using command line arguments and exceeds their system resources, the users gaming experience may be compromised.

    Video Mode
    Resolution scaling effects water, reflections, shadows, mirrors and the visible viewable distance. The resolution settings relate to the amount of available video memory. At 2560*1600 the game will require 320MB of video memory in addition to all the memory required for content. At 800*600 the game will require 32MB of video memory in addition to the content. Medium resolution settings are recommended for most users as higher settings are only usable if there is available video memory.

    Texture Quality
    Texture quality affects the visual quality of the content of the game. High setting for textures will require 600MB of video memory at a setting of 21 View Distance in addition to the memory taken by the Video Mode. A medium texture setting is recommended for most users.

    Render Quality
    Render quality is the texture filter quality used on most things in the world rendering. Most people would know this as anisotropic filtering. Medium settings are recommended for most users and will provide filtering beyond what the console versions can execute.

    View Distance
    View distance scales the distance in which different objects in the world such as building and cars are seen. Raising this option increases the distance in which high quality objects must be loaded and will increase the memory it requires. Restrictions are established to ensure the game runs optimally for most users. A setting of 22 or more will provide PC users an enhanced experience over the console versions.

    Detail Distance

    Detail distance scales aspects of the environment that the View Distance setting does not including vegetation, trash and other moveable objects. A setting of 10 would be the equivalent to the performance on a console. This setting has little effect on memory.

    Vehicle Density
    Vehicle density scales the traffic density of the traffic in the game. It has no effect on the mission vehicles or difficultly of the game, but can have a significant impact on CPU performance

    Shadow Density
    Shadow Density controls the number of shadows generated for positional lights in exterior environments. These shadows are exclusive to the PC version and can have a major impact on CPU and GPU performance.

    Crossfire/SLI
    With the latest ATI driver (8-11 series) the game supports crossfire modes (ie. 4870x2)
    SLI is currently unsupported. Support will be added through a future game patch as well as an updated Nvidia driver.

    Background Processes
    Certain background processes can have a detrimental effect on system performance when playing GTA IV, especially on systems with minimum required system memory. Users should ensure they disable their Virus scans when running the game to maximize performance.

    =====================================

    I would like to thank the following people for their help with this thread:

    - NIPSEN (broken link)
    - Stern (deleting Flash player)
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#4 Posted by Egyptman786 (1152 posts) -

This should be able to solve most of your problems

Edit:

I did not type all of this, I copy pasted from the steam forms for the people who dont post in the steam forms, I do not take the credit for all this. Here is the link.

http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=762088

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#6 Posted by Egyptman786 (1152 posts) -
specs on PC?
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#8 Posted by Drosa (3136 posts) -
That's an impressive amount of information you've gathered. And I'm sure that the game is a good one. However, why bother? This is way too much work to get a game to work right. Do yourself a favor and trash the piece of junk. Go get something that actually works without the user needing the equivalent of a degree in software engineering.
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#9 Posted by BigGhostrider12 (725 posts) -
you must really love rockstar games to do all this for just a single game
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#10 Posted by sniper20071986 (25 posts) -

Hey Egyptman786, guys,

I have a problem, i get that error that saying SecuROM Launcher has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience. I have read your post, but i still can't fix it. Or maybe i am too idiot to figured out. And by the way, how do i can uninstall that D3DOverrider? From run-> Dxdiag then disable the Direct 3D Acceleration?

Please Help me or give me any advice.

Cheer!

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#11 Posted by Macutchi (5660 posts) -

^ advice for that problem:

http://www.gtaforums.com/index.php?showtopic=378910&hl=

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#12 Posted by osan0 (14909 posts) -
great thread tc. should be very helpful to many. it sounds like ive been fortunate with gta4. it seems pretty happy on my pc in terms of stability. however its performance dropped after i restarted my PC for some reason and i had to reduce the texture and render settings from high to medium to get a respectable framerate at 1280X1024. however the change allowed me to get my draw distance from 32 to 100 without too much of a hit. i have shadows at about 8 and detail draw distance at 50. hopefully future drivers and patches will also clear the performance and bugs up a bit. i wasnt expecting to max it out but i thought i would be able to have textures on high. maybe im overestimating my PCs grunt a bit though :P.
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#13 Posted by Egyptman786 (1152 posts) -
this should be stikyed instead of the PC forums getting flood with "GTA 4 PC SUCKS" and "Will GTA 4 Work On My PC?"
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#14 Posted by mhofever (3960 posts) -

i bought my retail version today, installed it and loaded it up, havent encountered a single problem, and its addicting as hell for me.

maybe graphics drivers cause problems coz after nvidias newest one recommended for gta 4, my other games like crysis got a 5-10fps boost

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#15 Posted by tkemory (2191 posts) -
I bought this once Steam released it and I had drastic slow down issues playing the game. I have my resoultion set to the 1600x1200 setting (I cant get it to take and hold the high def resolution), and I have graphics set to very high. Things got so bad I had to drop to 1280x720 to play, but the jaggies were horrible. Last week there was a patch released by Rockstar and new drivers for my video card, now Im back at 1600 and very high and it's very smooth again.
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#16 Posted by SuperBeast (13227 posts) -
you must really love rockstar games to do all this for just a single gameBigGhostrider12
No he just C&P a topic in the Steam GTA boards. He should have least credited the original poster for the work they put into it.
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#17 Posted by tkemory (2191 posts) -
HA, looks like I spoke to soon. This morning Steam patched my game, now the frame rates are so low I can barely play again. *sigh*
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#18 Posted by sniper20071986 (25 posts) -

Hello again guys, sorry if i am so annoying but what can i do if i can't see the menu from the game? I mean after i start playing the game, in the middle of playing i want to press escape for menu` but i can't see any options there and the details in the game are so poor. The details of the Video card has been put on very low. Sorry for my bad english.

Please Help Me :(

Cheer, Thank You and Good Luck!

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#19 Posted by DarKre (9529 posts) -
Thats sad when the community fixes a staggering amount of problems like that before the DEVs.
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#20 Posted by HaloEleven (250 posts) -
Why are the shadows all weird in this game? Any solution for it? (If you know what i'm talking about)
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#21 Posted by sniper20071986 (25 posts) -

OMG this is so Censor Bypass Removed annoying!!! I made the game to work, i made the details to work (that details when i press escape, now i see them) but now the problem is that i can't see the in game details. I can't see nothing in front of me. I mean, i can't see what is on front of me far then 5 meters.

Here are 3 pictures made by me.

This one is the picture from the game (when i start the game) http://img206.imageshack.us/img206/8922/pic1qm6.jpg

This one, is the picture that after pressing Alt+Tab (to put the game on the taskbar) and then go to the game again http://img381.imageshack.us/img381/753/pic2nv9.jpg

And this one is the last pic that i made after few min of playing. I can's see the subtitles, i can't see the streets on minimap, i can't see the menu (when i press escape) and i can't see the stars of wanted level (if you can see, on the minimap, the cops are on me) http://img520.imageshack.us/img520/6543/pic3ec7.jpg

Please guys, can someone give me a link or any advices. Please.

Thnx!

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#22 Posted by mhofever (3960 posts) -

OMG this is so fu*king annoying!!! I made the game to work, i made the details to work (that details when i press escape, now i see them) but now the problem is that i can't see the in game details. I can't see nothing in front of me. I mean, i can't see what is on front of me far then 5 meters.

Here are 3 pictures made by me.

This one is the picture from the game (when i start the game) http://img206.imageshack.us/img206/8922/pic1qm6.jpg

This one, is the picture that after pressing Alt+Tab (to put the game on the taskbar) and then go to the game again http://img381.imageshack.us/img381/753/pic2nv9.jpg

And this one is the last pic that i made after few min of playing. I can's see the subtitles, i can't see the streets on minimap, i can't see the menu (when i press escape) and i can't see the stars of wanted level (if you can see, on the minimap, the cops are on me) http://img520.imageshack.us/img520/6543/pic3ec7.jpg

Please guys, can someone give me a link or any advices. Please.

Thnx!

sniper20071986

Looked over your case and it may seem you have outdated graphics card drivers. If that's not the problem, then maybe you need Microsoft Framework 3.5. Try install all the required things like Flash, etc. Im just throwin a suggestion here, so reply if it works, and reply back with your system specs if it doesnt

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#23 Posted by Egyptman786 (1152 posts) -
[QUOTE="BigGhostrider12"]you must really love rockstar games to do all this for just a single gameSuperBeast
No he just C&P a topic in the Steam GTA boards. He should have least credited the original poster for the work they put into it.

i did you idiot [QUOTE="Egyptman786"] This should be able to solve most of your problems Edit: I did not type all of this, I copy pasted from the steam forms for the people who dont post in the steam forms, I do not take the credit for all this. Here is the link. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=762088

god damn, read the 2nd post before you talk like a smart ass
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#24 Posted by mhofever (3960 posts) -
lol
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#25 Posted by Berserker1_5 (1967 posts) -
Nice thread TC. However, I have a problem. My game shut down sometimes. The screen becomes blue and it restarts my computer, but no error code. Does anyone else get this problem?
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#26 Posted by remmbermytitans (7214 posts) -
Hey cool! Let's see if it makes a difference.
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#27 Posted by HondaSnake (502 posts) -

OMG this is so fu*king annoying!!! I made the game to work, i made the details to work (that details when i press escape, now i see them) but now the problem is that i can't see the in game details. I can't see nothing in front of me. I mean, i can't see what is on front of me far then 5 meters.

Here are 3 pictures made by me.

This one is the picture from the game (when i start the game) http://img206.imageshack.us/img206/8922/pic1qm6.jpg

This one, is the picture that after pressing Alt+Tab (to put the game on the taskbar) and then go to the game again http://img381.imageshack.us/img381/753/pic2nv9.jpg

And this one is the last pic that i made after few min of playing. I can's see the subtitles, i can't see the streets on minimap, i can't see the menu (when i press escape) and i can't see the stars of wanted level (if you can see, on the minimap, the cops are on me) http://img520.imageshack.us/img520/6543/pic3ec7.jpg

Please guys, can someone give me a link or any advices. Please.

Thnx!

sniper20071986
Same thing was happening to me. I needed to download the beta drivers for my graphics card and now it works like a charm.
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#28 Posted by dinjo_jo (691 posts) -
I hope somebody has tested this at it does not damages the game further.
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#29 Posted by Johnny_Rock (40170 posts) -

I hope somebody has tested this at it does not damages the game further.dinjo_jo

Nothing he has here is damaging in the least.

I second the idea of a sticky for this thread. Could help those in need.

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#30 Posted by zerosaber456 (1363 posts) -
what about a fix for multiplayer. I keep getting kicked for having a slow computer or something like that
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#31 Posted by mhofever (3960 posts) -
what about a fix for multiplayer. I keep getting kicked for having a slow computer or something like thatzerosaber456
I get that too sometimes, but mostly happens when i spectate on Cops n Crooks
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#32 Posted by Egyptman786 (1152 posts) -
:) thanks, i wana try to get this to be a sticky
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#33 Posted by XanderKage (8956 posts) -

I know, I know, resurrecting a year old thread and everything, but this is an extremely helpful thread, and starting a brand new one just for what I've got to add seems pointless...

But I just wanted to give some info on the "RGSC encountered a problem and needs to close" issue (it has no real solution). Well, it seems to be a NET Framework issue. After I encountered this issue, I uninstalled and tried to reinstall the NET, but couldn't - I encountered a similar error while trying to install NET 3.5. I couldn't "update" it (through Windows Update), couldn't do anything.
I eventually suceeded by downloading the update and installing it through "Shut Down" option in Windows. It installed fine, updated (to 3.5 SP1) fine and Social Club started working.

So I hope this helps people who still play GTA IV.

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#34 Posted by Dante2710 (63161 posts) -

I only wanted to get rid of the restrictions. Sadly neither of the versions helped.

edit: crap, this a very old thread

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#35 Posted by OoSuperMarioO (6539 posts) -

This is a great thread. I wanted to add a miraculous configuration I came across that I highly recommend to give a try:

If you haven't already made a commandline.txt then open up notepad. Inside notepad paste this in there.

-refreshrate 30
-framelimit 1

Next, save the file as commandline.txt

Drag and drop the commandline.txt file into /Program Files/Rockstar Games/Grand Theft Auto IV folder. Credits go to slamscaper on the Nvidia forums; these are by far the best tweaks I've experienced with GTA IV. At first my game was smooth, now it's butter smooth.

Can visit the original thread here: http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=156685&mode=threaded

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#36 Posted by vaguzits (25 posts) -
I have problem with wtv190 : either reboot or reinstall game for windows live! Im steam user but i cant play game longer than 5 seconds! Can any one help?
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#37 Posted by Am_Confucius (3229 posts) -

What black sorcery is this?

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#38 Posted by Grey_Eyed_Elf (5230 posts) -
Yeah... I'm a customer I shouldn't have to do anything more than update drivers and the game to get it working, if it doesn't the developers clearly didn't give a c*** about the customer and his platform. Honestly though lets face it this generation PC gamers really got shafted and I don't see it changing for next gen... in fact the moment next generation consoles roll out we will seen the same thing... people struggling to play a game made for the Xbox 720 on a GTX 680. Developers will keep porting games and to the absolute minimum to get it stable and running well.
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#39 Posted by Kevz0 (550 posts) -

What black sorcery is this?

Am_Confucius

The work of a very powerful necromancer. Revives threads that are over a year old, that´s some magic.

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#40 Posted by kris9031998 (7554 posts) -
[QUOTE="vaguzits"]I have problem with wtv190 : either reboot or reinstall game for windows live! Im steam user but i cant play game longer than 5 seconds! Can any one help?

Old thread.
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#41 Posted by ChiliDragon (8444 posts) -

What black sorcery is this?

Am_Confucius
It is thread necromancy! :shock: