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Loosha

SOLVED! How to overcome ALL technical trouble!

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Loosha

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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!!!

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omegarox

Hey You forgot to put -norestriction before all over these sh*t!

 

and I try without -windowed... and made it better...

 

my code is: "C:\Arquivos de programas\Rockstar Games\Grand Theft Auto IV\LaunchGTAIV.exe" -norestriction -texturequality=1 -renderquality=2 -width=1024 -height=768

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Lord Illicious

Good lord, what a mess! After reading so much sh*t going on with the PC version ive decided to just wait till an official fix is released.

360/PS3 users should never ever complain again.

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elian

some body help me pls wher do i get sp3 ???????

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Flishli

 

some body help me pls wher do i get sp3 ???????

 

Have you heard of google before?

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DaisukeJP

I've got a XFX 8600GT XXX edition ( zalman Stock cooling )

 

OC'd 740/1650/900

 

works perfect 35+ fps

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lf2
I've got a XFX 8600GT XXX edition ( zalman Stock cooling )

 

OC'd 740/1650/900

 

works perfect 35+ fps

confused.gif i got the same card but i dont have any textures...what kind of software do you use ??

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MorlockGod

This certainly is a strange one. It seems to be more of a positive glitch than an intentional fix!

 

As I mentioned before these commandline parameters make a HUGE difference to my graphical display... however after a closer examination it certainly isn't the "full view distance / full texture" that it first appeared to be. What it does give me is a way to have 1680x1050 with reasonable view distance/detail, a playable frame rate and most significantly no pop-in on a 320MB 8800gts. If I try 1680x1050 by any other method then that eats all my "Recourse Usage" figure and even with zero view distance the entire city has to redraw itself when I look around, i.e. total pop-in.

 

This only works if the commandline parameters are maxed and not if I enter the correct ones that my system can handle. It's almost like the game engine sees the size of the numbers and panics into action, maybe bypassing some internal checks that is artificially restricting my performance. Hence why I called it a positive glitch.

 

So this technique may not be a miracle and it certainly isn't working for everyone, but for those that got lucky with this, just smile and consider yourself lucky. Hopefully the expected Patch can do this and more for everyone.

 

 

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foxfire29

I have a suspicion to whats making it better, you see for many they are stuck with 800*600 because of that sh*tty system where if you resources go over to much you cant change the resolution above a certain amount so by forcing the rez on the command line its making the textures look better.

 

Just a theory and I havent checked FPS but the tequnique mentioned by the OP has made GTA look much better for me, still a minute amount of texture corruption on the shadows but its alot better than it was

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Zen_Warrior

Although I am extremely pissed off, I find the OP to be f*cking hilarious.

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GTAIV-Is-Crap

The OP should really work for RockStar, as they are both really good at sorting out the game suicidal.gif

 

Thak you, I'm here all week.

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legan

Guess we now need to play GTA IV in real life with real weapons =D

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Gutslab

-windowed -texturequality=2 -renderquality=4 -detailquality=99 -viewdistance=99 -width=1680 -height=1050

 

The 99 is the maximum quality and distance you can get right? Or is 1 supposed to mean the highest?

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Psycold

I also have a 8800 GTS 320mb (and Core2Duo @ 2.4 gigz/ 2 gb DDR2 @ 667mhz) and this was the only thread I found that worked for unlocking the high resolution mode. When I turn all the settings up, it runs fine but there's a lot of pop-in even with the view distance all the way up. That is with the resolution at 1024x768, if I crank it up to my monitors limits (1280x1024), I lose the ground textures (sometimes temporarily) and cars appear to be floating a few feet above the pavement. Either way, thank you so much for posting that, it definitely got me one step further to being where I want to be (without any of Cockstar's help)

 

Go community!

 

 

I also wanted to add that the game does indeed run better for me now, not by a lot but it's noticable without counting fps.

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ptferris

Thanks for help, but no luck here.

 

512 GeForce 7900

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foxfire29

Psycold , you know when those textures dissapear and everything is floating , is that because of this fix or higher resolution? Its just SP runs great for me now but in MP I was doing a race and it messed up bad with the exact thing you describe

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Psycold
Psycold , you know when those textures dissapear and everything is floating , is that because of this fix or higher resolution? Its just SP runs great for me now but in MP I was doing a race and it messed up bad with the exact thing you describe

From my perspective, it seems like the game's reaction to turning up the settings higher than it wants you too. I think this probably happens regardless of how low your resolution is, if you have everything else turned up then you will still see unloaded textures. I do however, believe that the resolution causes more problems in that area than the slider's do. Besides that my game seems to be working pretty well minus the ugliest shadows ever.

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[Delta ²k5]
some body help me pls wher do i get sp3 ???????

Well... you don't need SP3 to run GTA IV... I don't know why R* say that it is needed... I'm running XP X64 Edition on my system without SP3 beacause there isn't any available for it biggrin.gif but it runs quiet well colgate.gif

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mortuus

Why doesnt game unlock textures other then medium ? im using -norestriction in shortcut of gta launcher but nothing..

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Matoxic

this is f*ckin b*lloxs all it does is set all your graphics settings to low *EVERYTHING* to low, I have followed your instuctions to a T over and over. And it does f*ck all, same old sh*tty performance I had anyway.

 

If you notice when your in-game and you get to change your graphics settings, when your actually moving the sliders, apart from view distance/detail the rest seem to make little if ANY physical changes at all.

 

I won't give the usual R* is sh*te talk, because at the end of the day they are a company and YES people... THEY WANT YOUR MONEY... but what company doesn't? As long as they fix the issues that people have been experiencing then they are doing their part of the deal. It was all the people who rushed out to buy the game (can't say I didn't myself) and then came back to find it broken, I agree it puts you down and you WILL feel ripped off.

 

But look on the bright side biggrin.gif, tell yourself you have participating in a BETA, Don't reply with we have paid xx amount for a BETA, because once the problems have been ironed out you already have the FULL game.

 

Also you could just go back to the games some of you probably played not even 2 days ago.. And look forward to the upcoming releases until it's smoothed out..

 

So many high rated people

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Mocambo

Hy, Fantastic, that solved my dammed RESC10 Problem, now i got new hope that Rockstar can fix the rest..

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Michael2009gr

i do it but when i press ok it says....the file name:.......specified in the target box is not valid

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Trackah123

Decrease View distance, then you can increase texture from medium to high. (well at least this is how it works for me on my Geforce 8800 GTS 640MB)

 

So first put view distance completely to left side (0) then increase texture to high, then try to put view distance back to the right as much as possible (using arrow keys).

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Creaver

GTA 4 dont start in windowsmode with my PC. It´s starting and i can see the legal screen but than comes nothing its dont crash its do only nothing. I try it with

 

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

 

AND

 

"C:\GAMES\Rockstar Games\Grand Theft Auto IV\LaunchGTAIV.exe" -windowed

 

In fullscreenmodus the game starts normaly.

 

 

INTEL e6750

Geforce 8800GTS 320 MB

Windows XP SP3

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iRocco
GTA 4 dont start in windowsmode with my PC. It´s starting and i can see the legal screen but than comes nothing its dont crash its do only nothing. I try it with

 

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

 

AND

 

"C:\GAMES\Rockstar Games\Grand Theft Auto IV\LaunchGTAIV.exe" -windowed

 

In fullscreenmodus the game starts normaly.

 

 

INTEL e6750

Geforce 8800GTS 320 MB

Windows XP SP3

same here, doesnt work for me but cant figure out why!

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Judazzz

It did make a difference for me, although things are still far from perfect. Before I used the " -norestrictions -nomemrestrict -novblank -DX9 /high" commands, and played with everything maxxed out except texture detail (medium) at 1680x1050, and it ran pretty smoothly. Unfortunately, the textures were a complete mess, so it wasn't that much fun to play (although I realise I should be happy that I at least could get this steaming pile of crap to work in the first place).

The method in this thread fixed those texture issues (for the first time I got a decent glimpse of what Liberty City looks like, instead of seeing traffic that is 20 miles away but not the building I'm standing right in front of), but the textures are reset to low (Vice City textures looked better than that), and more annoyingly, the framerate went down the drain. Besides that, although I used the "-width 1680 -height 1050" parameters (which is the native resolution of my screen), I still had window edges around the playing 'viewport' (which may be the reason why the framerate dropped so badly?)

I have accepted the fact that I won't be able to run GTA IV with everything maxxed out, but I refuse to accept that my PC is classified as a low end system. I know I don't have a the most cutting-edge rig available (Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 @2.67MHz with 2GB OCZ 800MHz RAM and a 320MB XFX Geforce 8800 GTS XXX Edition), but if it can run other recent games (GRID, Fallout3, Far Cry 2, COD 4/5, even Crysis to a certain extent) at 1680x1050 with everything at or near max., I'm sure it's not my system that's at fault here. I mean, no matter how good GTA IV may look (at least potentially), graphically it's no match compared to some of the other titles mentioned.

 

I really hope Rockstar fixes this 'Grand Theft Customer' really quickly (yesterday rather than today), because what's going on now is absolutely unacceptable. I mean, if for my work I'd deliver a product as 'finished' as GTA IV, I'd get the sack, if not have my ass sued so hard it makes my head spin. It's frustrating that this kind of semi-criminal behaviour on behalf of Rockstar will go unpunished, but even worse is the fact that I can hardly play this game for which I've been waiting for years, and which, regardless of all the technical issues, is awesome...

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Judazzz

Ok, I messed around with the command line parameters a bit (added a few additional things so I can change settings in-game, and removed the -windowed parameter), I was able to get rid of the window edges and vastly improved the poor performance by using the following:

-norestrictions -nomemrestrict -novblank -texturequality=1 -renderquality=4 -detailquality=99 -viewdistance=99 -width=1680 -height=1050 -DX9 /high

 

Unfortunately, the texture and object pop-up problems have returned: I guess 320MB just isn't cutting it for medium or high, at least not for this game and this bunch of programmers [never had texture issues with other recent games, even with the highest res textures). Thankfully, it's not as bad as before: objects both close and in the distance seem to render quite a bit faster, so at least I don't see traffic jams in mid air or run into objects anymore that appear only after I slammed into them. And more importantly, the performance is pretty all right again.

I guess finetuning those settings in the command line should be useful for those fortunate enough to be able run the game: for me at least it's sufficient until Rockstar irons out those problems that should be plagueing a so-called finished full-price product in the first place.

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iRocco

ok, i put the launchgtaiv.exe on my desktop and added the parameters described, but my games doesn´t recognize it, no matter what i change, i´m 100% sure, that i´ve put everything in the right place, but it just wont work!

 

 

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wrugoin

Great Post... I hope this advice is helping a lot of people play the game until the patch can fix these issues..

 

Unfortunately I can't even launch the game. I crash right after the legal credits and the yellow/blue rockstar logo. Regardless if I launch the game from the Social Club or your modified shortcut, I always crash after the legal credits and logo splash screens.

 

Has anyone else had this problem and solved it using the OP's fix?

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Loosha

Hey Guys, just wanted to ask if anybody out there knows anything "official" about when Cockstar is supposed to drop that magnificent-infamous-wannabe-solve-it-all Patch of theirs. I mean first everybody was like "by the end of the week". Now the end of the week is here and nothing. So how did you come up with "by the end of the week" in the first place? Was there a press release? Anyhting? ANYBODY?

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mPs

man you save my f*cking game.. i was gettin the same sh*t as you.

now i did what you postin and it work great !!!!

thanks alot man.. really..

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