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chinagreenelvis

Disappearing/Reappearing Shadows

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chinagreenelvis

Been having this problem for as long as I can remember. In certain spots, some shadows will vanish depending on the camera angle. Looking around with the mouse or thumbstick will cause these shadows to instantly disappear and reappear. Resting the camera on the angle that causes them to vanish will keep them gone, only when moving the camera again will they reappear.

Anyone else ever have this problem and fix it?

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chinagreenelvis

Apparently this is only happening with "night shadows". I'd really like to know if this is a game bug or an NVidia thing.

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lol232

Mind telling us your system specifications?

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chinagreenelvis

Windows 7 64-bit

i7 2600K

12 GB RAM

GTX 580, latest drivers

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chinagreenelvis

Well, I guess that doesn't help much, then.

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gremlinkurst

Puzzling. I'm interested if anyone has an answer. Evidently, GTA IV Complete has several intermittent and sometimes severe issues ("Stuttering & Shivering" thread), and in the TLaD DLC/expansion, sometimes the STREET vanishes on me, or gets "flooded" with opacity.

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chinagreenelvis

gremlinkurst: That's regular old texture loading issues. Those can be solved by creating a commandline.txt file in your base directory with the following lines:

-ReservedApp 0
-memrestrict 629145600

(The number you use for memrestrict will vary depending on how much video memory you have. See here: http://gtaforums.com/topic/404147-how-to-use-memrestrict-to-fix-stuttering/)

The shadow problem I'm experiencing seems entirely unrelated to any loading issues.

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RyanBurnsRed

Been having this problem for as long as I can remember. In certain spots, some shadows will vanish depending on the camera angle. Looking around with the mouse or thumbstick will cause these shadows to instantly disappear and reappear. Resting the camera on the angle that causes them to vanish will keep them gone, only when moving the camera again will they reappear.

 

Anyone else ever have this problem and fix it?

 

I've also had this happen to me many times. The most obvious culprits would be streetlamp shadows at night.

I first noticed them when using iCEnhancer 1.2. But then when I ran vanilla IV, the problem would still be there. I'm guessing it's a problem with the game itself because it happens in both IV and EFLC.

I'll just assume since you have it, and others in this thread have it, and I also have it, means that every copy of this game has it. And since this is a Xbox 360 port, I'm gonna guess even that version has it, but I'm not sure as I don't have the console version. But yeah, it's not your computer. It's the game itself.

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BENUDAMAN

I had this exact same problem, with this problem, i also noticed on the 3d map that you see when your like leaving a mission, or when it's zooming in and out from your character, there was a clear x, which was removing shadows in those spots. It had to do with my soft shadows setting. I have an AMD card, and I switched my soft shadows setting from amd CHS to sharp, and it removed the problem.

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MrEWhite

I had this exact same problem, with this problem, i also noticed on the 3d map that you see when your like leaving a mission, or when it's zooming in and out from your character, there was a clear x, which was removing shadows in those spots. It had to do with my soft shadows setting. I have an AMD card, and I switched my soft shadows setting from amd CHS to sharp, and it removed the problem.

This is the GTA IV forum btw

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