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Loosha

SOLVED! How to overcome ALL technical trouble!

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Loosha

user posted image

 

FINALLY! I WAS ABOUT TO GO NUTS! BUT I MADE IT!!!

IT WORKS IT WORKS 100 f*ckING PERCENT!!! 100% WORKING AND STABLE!

 

GUYS all your worries have an end. Well at least for all guys with NVIDIA cards since I wasnt able to test this approach on ATI or something. Just when i was about to throw that damn ugly looking default-set-motherf*cking-ressource-hungry-piece-of-sh*t-game of GTA4 away... I FOUND THE SOLUTION!!! BASICALLY BY TOTAL ACCIDENT! BUT IT WORKS!!!

 

PROBLEMS SOLVED/FEATURES:

 

- SHOWING ALL TEXTURES!!!

- STARTS UP PERFECTLY! NO CRASHES!

- NO GLITCHES!

- SHADOWS LOOK O.K. NOW (STILL NOT NICE BUT O.K.)

- RESOURCE-HUNGER STILLED!!!! EVERYBODY CAN RUN IT!!

- FULL DETAILS! FULL VIEWING DISTANCE!

- HIGH QUALITY RENDERING & TEXTURES!!

- ANY RESOLUTION YOU WANNA HAVE!

 

ADVANTAGES:

 

- YOU DONT NEED NO NEW DRIVERS! NO BETA DRIVERS NOTHING!

- YOU DONT NEED .NET FRAMEWORK 3.5!

- RUNS ON "LOW" - PCs PERFECTLY AND TOTALLY SMOOTHLY +35 FP/S

 

HOW? You ask how? I'll tell you right now!!

 

THE ULTIMATE GET-YOUR-FKN-GTA4-RUNNING-GUIDE!

 

1. INSTALL: Install the game fully & sign up for all the sh*t they want you to sign up for. (You NEED the Rockstargames SocialClub Account!!!)

2. SHORTCUT: Do as described in many of the posts around here... CREATE A SHORTCUT OF YOUR LaunchGTAIV.exe and put it nicely on your desktop.

3. OPENING: Rightclick that motherf*cker and go to properties!

4. CODING: ENTER THE FOLLOWING PART OF THE CODE AFTER THE PATH: -windowed <---------- THIS IS CRUCIAL!!!

5. RESOLUTION: Behind that enter YOUR CHOSEN RESOLUTION like this: -width=1680 -height=1050 (You can chose ANY resolution you want as long as your VGA and Monitor support it.)

6. DETAILS: Behind that CHOSE YOUR DETAILS with the following piece of code: -texturequality=2 -renderquality=4 -detailquality=99 -viewdistance=99

7. SAVE THAT: In the end your commandline should look something like this (with your proper specifications ofc):

"D:\Games\Rockstar Games\Grand Theft Auto IV\LaunchGTAIV.exe" -windowed -texturequality=2 -renderquality=4 -detailquality=99 -viewdistance=99 -width=1680 -height=1050

8. CONNECT: Startup this stupid Rockstargames Social Club and LOG ON! IT's CRUCIAL THAT YOU HAVE AN ACCOUNT AND ARE LOGGED ON!

9. DON'T: Do not start the game through the provided button in the up-popping menu of Rockstargames Social Club. Just minimize it to the tray.

10. PLAY: Start the game through your shortcut of LaunchGTAIV.exe and ENJOY THAT MOTHERf*ckER!!!!

 

NOTICE: You can put in ANY resolution you want, chose ANY detail-level your machine can handle, put in ANY viewdistance you like and the game will run it properly and FAST!

 

RESULT: I really dont have something you would call a High-End-Top-Notch-PC! Just an average AMD 64x2 4000+ with an average if not old NVIDIA Geforce 8800 GT (256MB) and 2 GB of DDR-RAM BUT the game runs PERFECTLY and ABSOLUTELY SMOOTHELY on my machine.

SO THE BEST OF IT: EVERYBODY CAN USE THAT APPROACH AND DOESNT NEED TO BELIEVE THE CRAP ROCKSTAR ' S BEEN TRYIN TO SELL YOU. Game from the future designed for future PC's with uptodate hardware MY ASS! THEY JUST DIDNT PUT IN ANY EFFORT TO CODE THAT GAME PROPERLY!!!!

 

SCREENSHOT: Here is a screenshot from my machine in 1680x1050 with FULL details and FULL viewing distance. You can see the helicopters, the Getalife-sign - EVERYTHING!

 

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Well it does not matter since the COMMUNITY did the work for em and PROVIDED THEMSELVES with the game THEY DESERVE!!! Enjoy this Guide of mine I really hope it works for all of you as well as it does for me.

 

Feel free to ask if you need further help, comment and say tnx if this worked for you.

Hope you enjoy motherf*cking GTA IV!!!

Edited by Loosha

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LordMVD
just wanna let everyone know...

 

this work WONDERFULLY !!!

 

I'm getting FULL SPEED with high texture and highest renders.

Cant believe such a magic solution exists.

 

By the way benchmark shows that i'm getting 9 fps but in game im actually getting 40+ I believe.

On what OS are you running, feedmyspitz?

 

because I tried and it didnt work.. in the begin it worked fine but later it started lagging again suicidal.gif

 

 

Grtz, LordMVD

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Flishli

Changed nothing, made it even worser.

 

I'm having a GeForce 8800 GTS 320 MB, E6600 and 2 GB RAM and using Windows XP. I'm having about 15-20 fps.

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feedmyspitz
just wanna let everyone know...

 

this work WONDERFULLY !!!

 

I'm getting FULL SPEED with high texture and highest renders.

Cant believe such a magic solution exists.

 

By the way benchmark shows that i'm getting 9 fps but in game im actually getting 40+ I believe.

On what OS are you running, feedmyspitz?

 

because I tried and it didnt work.. in the begin it worked fine but later it started lagging again suicidal.gif

 

 

Grtz, LordMVD

windows xp sp3 sleepy.gif

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feedmyspitz

by the way, my game shows car damage too.

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the_gas

Did not work for me. Would not let me put texture on anything higher than medium.

 

1920x1200

3.4ghz Core2Duo

2 Gig DDR2 850Mhz

2x2900xt (512mb) crossfire

XP home

 

This actually slowed it down, probably due to the higher draw distance maybe not sure.

 

When i removed this, and started normally i could run this

 

1920x1200

Texture Medium

Render Highest

Draw 11 (wont let me go higher)

Every thing else is maxed out.

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Boris87

BUT WHEN I CLICK ON EXE ICON(SHORTCUT ICON) I CAN GO IN GAME ONLY FROM SOCIAL LIFE WINDOW.WHEN I MINIMIZE IT THEN AGAIN CLICK ON SHORTCUT EXE AND SOCIAL LIFE WINDOW SHOWS AGAIN.i can go in game only BY socal life window....WHY??

 

 

SRY FOR TERRIBLE ENGLISH

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Cylon

It works great on my end. Guess WHY?

 

Go to your graphic settings in game and you will see that EVERYTHING is set to low, textures and rendering - low, all sliders to the max left. Now I'm getting 35 fps...

 

Getting back to me medium settings and crappy 22-25fps.

 

Thanks for trying, at least I got small hope. Too bad Rockstar won't optimize the game in their upcoming patch.

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waldoribeiro

I swear, this actually works!!!!!! I am running full detail, everything looks beautiful, 1440x900 and I have an 8600GT!

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rshizzle

WHAT I Have no error's biggrin.gif

 

I just shut down the close capturing mode and all works fine now biggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

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SuperAlekZ
BUT WHEN I CLICK ON EXE ICON(SHORTCUT ICON) I CAN GO IN GAME ONLY FROM SOCIAL LIFE WINDOW.WHEN I MINIMIZE IT THEN AGAIN CLICK ON SHORTCUT EXE AND SOCIAL LIFE WINDOW SHOWS AGAIN.i can go in game only BY socal life window....WHY??

 

 

SRY FOR TERRIBLE ENGLISH

Please do this suicidal.gif

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Boris87
BUT WHEN I CLICK ON EXE ICON(SHORTCUT ICON) I CAN GO IN GAME ONLY FROM SOCIAL LIFE WINDOW.WHEN I MINIMIZE IT THEN AGAIN CLICK ON SHORTCUT EXE AND SOCIAL LIFE WINDOW SHOWS AGAIN.i can go in game only BY socal life window....WHY??

 

 

SRY FOR TERRIBLE ENGLISH

Please do this suicidal.gif

 

 

 

PLEASE f*ck OFF

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waldoribeiro
BUT WHEN I CLICK ON EXE ICON(SHORTCUT ICON) I CAN GO IN GAME ONLY FROM SOCIAL LIFE WINDOW.WHEN I MINIMIZE IT THEN AGAIN CLICK ON SHORTCUT EXE AND SOCIAL LIFE WINDOW SHOWS AGAIN.i can go in game only BY socal life window....WHY??

 

 

SRY FOR TERRIBLE ENGLISH

Please do this suicidal.gif

Dude, really. Please speak Japanese for me. I can speak it fluently and I don't like your Japanese. If he can't speak English, give him a break.

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Boris87
BUT WHEN I CLICK ON EXE ICON(SHORTCUT ICON) I CAN GO IN GAME ONLY FROM SOCIAL LIFE WINDOW.WHEN I MINIMIZE IT THEN AGAIN CLICK ON SHORTCUT EXE AND SOCIAL LIFE WINDOW SHOWS AGAIN.i can go in game only BY socal life window....WHY??

 

 

SRY FOR TERRIBLE ENGLISH

Please do this suicidal.gif

Dude, really. Please speak Japanese for me. I can speak it fluently and I don't like your Japanese. If he can't speak English, give him a break.

but i never learn english.....i learn english from movies and games!!!!

ok now i can start game but in windowed mod lags like hell

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TheGamerXxX

If it didnt work launching the game again after you had Social Club running... make sure that your shortcut directs to launchGTAIV and not GTAIV.exe

 

Also I've got a question

 

Using the -windowed parameter is it supposed to launch the game 'windowed'? Cause I run Vista 64Ultimate and for some reason still stays full screen and I dont see any increase in performance.

 

It's weird cause I also use the -norestrict parameter and lets me put everything to HIGH/HIGH everything maxed (using 841/762MB of vid ram) so obviously that parameter works but not the 'windowed' one

 

I migh thave to download SP3 for XP and try compatibility mode or something.

 

Luke

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Loosha

Here's what I know concerning your problem TheGamerXxX:

 

From my experience you can EITHER put in the details and viewdistance settings as described in my post manually before the game OR use -norestrictions. So far BOTH commands together didnt work for me. So you might wanna try out NOT USING -norestrictions.

 

And secondly... if you chose your current WindowsVista resolution in command line (as I said you should do) then NATURALLY it will look like full screen since you CHOSE it to be FULL SCREEN only that its actually windowed and you can fool the game that way to boost your performance. When you do chose a resolution LOWER than your actual current Windows-resolution then you propably WILL see that it really is windowed.

 

P.S. If that also doesnt work I'd consider throwing out that stupid Windows Vista of yours. I mean have you ever wondered why they make Windows 7 so fast? Cause Vista is just a performance-killer de luxe.

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frazor

now i see the hud, but can only see 2 feet whatsthat.gif

What can i do to change the textures?

 

i have a Geforce 7950GT 512MB btw.

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sjaak327

I read the OP, and thought immidiately this cannot be true. And it isn't, you probably make it run everything on low, as my framerate drops a whopping 12 if I do this.

 

 

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Loosha

 

AGAIN: You do not chose the detail - level and texture - level IN the game you chose it FROM THE COMMANDLINE! And usually your fps should increase by running it in windowed mode. There have been NO examples in pc games history when windowed ever DEcreased the fps. And GTA 4 is no exception.

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Tuba3

Doesnt make difference to me.

 

Rain increases lag so much, wonder if theres some easy setting for that?

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BHunterSEAL

This is true. Also, Loosha, you may want to add instructions for Steam users into your guide, command line parameters need to be set through Steam (and according to one poster, through the launcher as well). Rockstar really f*cked us over with this one.

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cntcncr
If it didnt work launching the game again after you had Social Club running... make sure that your shortcut directs to launchGTAIV and not GTAIV.exe

Mine refers correctly to the launch exe but I get the same problem - RGSC just pops up again. If I look in Task Manager whilst it's doing this, it does try. It opens LaunchGTAIV.exe, then briefly GTAIV.exe before both disappear and RGSC returns to focus.

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Apo-TTCC

 

AGAIN: You do not chose the detail - level and texture - level IN the game you chose it FROM THE COMMANDLINE! And usually your fps should increase by running it in windowed mode. There have been NO examples in pc games history when windowed ever DEcreased the fps. And GTA 4 is no exception.

Then why is your provided proofing screenshot not showing maxed out settings like it can be seen on page 2 in my post where i compare yours (said to be max settings) and mine?

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sjaak327
AGAIN: You do not chose the detail - level and texture - level IN the game you chose it FROM THE COMMANDLINE! And usually your fps should increase by running it in windowed mode. There have been NO examples in pc games history when windowed ever DEcreased the fps. And GTA 4 is no exception.

Yeah you can set all you want at the command line, but judging from the pictures you posted, it doens't look any better then what I'm running, and I'm running low, at 1024x768 because I have only 256mb memory with my video card.

 

On my system, according to fraps, my framerate drops by 12, and of course the game runs like sh*t in windowed mode.

 

 

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foxfire29

Question to the OP or to any others who have had success, is this command line correct?

 

"D:\Program Files\Rockstar Games\Grand Theft Auto IV\LaunchGTAIV.exe" -windowed -texturequality=2 -renderquality=4 -detailquality=99 -viewdistance=99 -width=1280 -height=1024

 

I put this in my target field and the path is 100% but just want verification, also if I then goto settings in game , they are all set to low, is it the case that even though they are set to low in game that the command line is forcing them high or have I made a mistake?

 

I tried a slightly differant order of the command line previously as some of the textures and shadows in this game are flat out the worst I have seen to date in any next gen title however after doing this well so far no sh*tty textures but need to test more, however I am wandering if its because using this method I am not confined to 800*600 on a monitor that runs at 1280*1024 , and Im thinking the fact I can force 1280*1024 is helping stiop those remedial shadows and textures?

 

Thoughts?

 

Btw dont knock a guy for trying to get the games performance up for the benefit of us all, thats my view and if people dont mess with things alot of good discoveries will not be made

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Apo-TTCC

 

Yeah you can set all you want at the command line, but judging from the pictures you posted, it doens't look any better then what I'm running, and I'm running low, at 1024x768 because I have only 256mb memory with my video card.

 

On my system, according to fraps, my framerate drops by 12, and of course the game runs like sh*t in windowed mode.

Just check out my screenshot comparison, that can't be maxed settings like the threadopener promises.

 

http://www.gtaforums.com/index.php?showtop...entry1058710762

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Kebab

Gentlemen, all the settings parameters don't work. It's 800x600 with everything set to 1 or zero - lowest settings you can run this game on. Just look at the hairline of Niko with this and restart the game with medium texture settings and you'll notice the diffrence. sad.gif

Well, this makes my multiplayer and social club run, so I'll just manually set the graphics right. cry.gif

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foxfire29

Yeah that was my point as everythings low in the GUI however I would like to know, is it the case that doing it from the command line changes the rez and the GUI options are wrong since I am sure as hell the first time I altered the rez it didnt indeed change the size

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shaunkgb

this is a joke right?

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lf2

too bad it does not work smile.gif

 

when i get to the next street,no textures again

 

btw: XFX 8600GTS

 

i dont want to play anymore icon13.gif

 

and the norestrictions crap does not work also,sometimes i can edit and sometimes not :S

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elian

i did evry thing but it stil gives me the sp3 eror angry.gifmad.gifconfused.gif

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