Grand Theft Auto IV

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Grand Theft Auto IV
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Release dates
Windows
December 2, 2008
Grand Theft Auto IV at Steam Charts
Grand Theft Auto IV at SteamDB
 Grand Theft Auto IV at Wikipedia
Grand Theft Auto
Grand Theft Auto 1997
London 1969
London 1961
Grand Theft Auto 2 1999
Grand Theft Auto III 2002
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 2003
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2005
Grand Theft Auto IV 2008
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City 2010

Key points

Disadvantage Reports indicate this title is a poor port.[1][2]

General information

More information Rockstar Support
More information Steam Community Discussions

Contents

[edit] Availability

Source(s) Store unlock Notes
Amazon.com Amazonstore.png / Steamicon.png Choice between Amazon or Steam downloads.
GameFly Steamicon.png
GameStop Steamicon.png "Complete Edition" only
GamersGate Gamersgate.png
Green Man Gaming Steamicon.png
Steam Steamicon.png
Information All versions require Games for Windows - LIVE.

[edit] Essential improvements

[edit] No introduction movies

Fix InstructionsLink

  1. Download this executable file here
  2. Apply the patch by running the executable and navigating to your GTAIV.exe executable file.

[edit] Performance improvement

Information When running the game, you can use command line modifiers to optimize performance:

Fix InstructionsLink

  1. -norestrictions -nomemrestrict improves memory usage.
  2. DirectDrawRenderer to opengl this applies the lowest game graphic settings.

[edit] Patches

Advantage The 1.0.6.0+ patch no longer requires Rockstar Social Club to be launched in order to run the game.[3]

[edit] Downgrade to 1.0.4.0

Information Some mods work only with this version. This version is also claimed to improve game performance[4]
Disadvantage Multiplayer won't work with older versions

Fix Apply old 1.0.4.0 patch[5]Link

  1. Download the original 1.0.4.0 update and install it
  2. Rename the folder where you have installed the game (usually "Grand Theft Auto IV" or "GTA IV")
  3. Download Rockstar Games Social Club and install it
  4. Merge back the content of your renamed folder to the GTA IV folder this latest installer will have created

Notes:

Information Make sure Steam automatic updates are turned off

[edit] Modifications

Information It is strongly recommended to make a backup of any files modifications may replace or amend in the event of corruption.

[edit] XLiveLess

If you want to be able to add modifications to your GTA IV base game you will need to proceed with the steps below.

Fix InstructionsLink

  1. Download the xlive.dll file here
  2. Navigate to your GTA IV installation, on Steam this is C:\Program Files (86x)\Steam\steamapps\common\Grand Theft Auto IV\GTAIV\
  3. Drag and drop the file xlive.dll into your root installation folder.
Information XLiveLess will disable all multiplayer functionality to prevent cheating.

[edit] Game data

[edit] Configuration file(s) location

  Location 
Windows

[edit] Save game data location

  Location 
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Rockstar Games\GTA IV
Information %LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\XLive must also be backed up as the save data is bound to the Games for Windows - LIVE profile.

[edit] Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Impossible
GameSave Manager Native

[edit] Video settings

Video settings menu.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Gold.png
Multi-monitor Native WSGF MM Silver.png
Field of view (FOV) Impossible Pressing v will change camera angle and field of view slightly.[6]
Windowed Hackable See Command Line
Borderless fullscreen windowed Unknown
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native
Anti-aliasing (AA) Hackable Anti-aliasing can be enabled on AMD cards using Morphological Filtering in the Catalyst Control Center and on NVIDIA card using FXAA from the NVIDIA Control Panel
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Native No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[7]

[edit] Input settings

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Impossible
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Unknown
Controller
Controller support Native See DirectInput Controller support
Full controller support Unknown
Controller remapping Unknown
Controller Y-axis inversion Unknown

[edit] DirectInput Controller support

There are two ways of enabling it

Fix Command LineLink

  1. You can put -usedirectinput[8] in the Command Line

Fix Option in Controller SettingsLink

  1. In the game go to Options>Controls>Controller Options>Enable DirectInput

Notes:

Information The command line argument has been added in patch 1.0.2.0[9] and the Enable DirectInput option has been added in patch 1.0.3.0[10]

[edit] PS3 Controller Buttons

If using a PS2/PS3 controller, you might want to change the Xbox 360 buttons to the PS2/PS3 buttons. In order to do so, follow the instructions below.

Fix InstructionsLink

  1. Download the file buttons_360.wtd located here.
  2. Navigate to your GTA IV installation, on Steam this is C:\Program Files (86x)\Steam\steamapps\common\Grand Theft Auto IV\GTAIV\
  3. From your root GTA IV folder navigate to PC\textures\.
  4. Drag and drop the file you recently downloaded into that folder.

[edit] Audio settings

Audio settings
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native SFX & Music.
Surround sound Native 5.0
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Native

[edit] Issues fixed

Information Game uses Games for Windows - LIVE. Make sure you are running latest version and refer to the concerning page if you have further problems

[edit] Fatal error RMN20 upon attempted launch

Fix Fatal error RMN20 upon attempted launchLink

  1. Locate the game's .exe file in your Steam folder (typically found at C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common)
  2. Right click on the GTAIV.exe file and enter its properties screen
  3. Under the compatibilty tab, set the compatibility mode to Windows Vista (Service Pack 2). This should fix the issue.

Fix Update your Windows to the latest available service pack[11]

[edit] Memory leaks/Stuttering

Fix Force maximum available memory[12]Link

If you encounter stutter and other performance issues after running the game for a while consider trying one of these in your commandline.txt file, depending on the texture quality you have selected in the game settings:

  • Low textures (256 MB VRAM): -memrestrict 209715200
  • Medium textures (512 MB VRAM): -memrestrict 314572800
  • High textures (1 GB+ VRAM): -memrestrict 629145600

[edit] Game minimizes after clicking start

Fix Minimizing After StartLink

If the game minimizes after selecting between GTA IV base and EFLC and can not be made full screen again it may be a problem with PunkBuster. It can be fixed by stopping it from running.

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc.
  2. Find PnkBstrA.exe in Processes.
  3. Stop PnkBstrA.exe from running.

[edit] Game will load with minimal graphic settings and won't let you change them

Fix Game will load with minimal graphic settings and won't let you change themLink

For some video cards the game will run and won't let you change the video settings to anything better. In order to force the game to allow the changes, load the .exe with the extra parameter: -norestrictions

  • For steam right click the game in your games library and select properties, choose "set launch options" and enter the above parameter.

[edit] AMD Radeon water fix

There is a problem where the water loses its features and details after a while. Follow the instructions below to resolve this.

Fix InstructionsLink

  1. Download the file waterTex.fxc located here.
  2. Navigate to your GTA IV installation, on Steam this is C:\Program Files (86x)\Steam\steamapps\common\Grand Theft Auto IV\GTAIV\
  3. From your root GTA IV folder navigate to common\shaders\win32_30_atidx10\ and rename your original waterTex.fxc file.
  4. Drag and drop the file you recently downloaded into that folder.
  5. After the previous step has been completed navigate out of that folder and now to common\shaders\win32_30_low_ati\ and rename your original waterTex.fxc file.
  6. Drag and drop the file you recently downloaded into that folder.

[edit] Algonquin Bridge lag issue

Fix DescriptionLink

If you're experiencing significant FPS drops only on the Algonquin Bridge with an Intel i7 processor.

  1. Open it.
  2. Launch GTA 4.
  3. Alt-tab out.
  4. Right click then set the affinity of gtaiv.exe to "Avoid Non-Physical Cores", as well as setting the "Priority Class" to High.

[edit] Invisible fonts glitch

Information An invisible fonts glitch may occur which involves game menu text disappearing, follow the instructions below to resolve it.

Fix InstructionsLink

  1. Download the files fonts.dat and fonts_r.dat located here
  2. Navigate to your GTA IV installation, on Steam this is C:\Program Files (86x)\Steam\steamapps\common\Grand Theft Auto IV\GTAIV\
  3. Drag and drop the files into common\data\ from your GTA IV root folder.

[edit] Other information

[edit] Custom music

Grand Theft Auto IV allows users to play their own music on a custom radio station, Independence FM. Simply place any WAV, WMA, or MP3 songs in the %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Rockstar Games\GTA IV\User Music folder, and tune into the station in-game. If the music library is on an external HDD, a shortcut placed in the %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Rockstar Games\GTA IV\User Music folder will work too.

[edit] Command Line

By creating a file called commandline.txt and saving it to your root installation folder you can alter the way your game runs. If you are using Steam; go to the game in your library, right-click and click Properties, select Set Launch Options... and enter the commands separated by spaces.

The table below describes the majority of commands usable in the command line file.

Command Line Definition Example Usage
width sets the horizontal resolution -width 1280
height sets the vertical resolution -height 720
texturequality changes texture quality low/med/high (0-2) -texturequality 1
shadowdensity adjusts shadows thrown up by car lights (0-16) -shadowdensity 3
renderquality adjusts the render quality of the game (0- 4) -renderquality 3
viewdistance adjusts the view distance (0-99) -viewdistance 25
detailquality adjusts the detail distance (0-99) -detailquality 30
norestrictions removes memory restrictions on graphic settings -norestrictions
novblank removes good ole v-sync -novblank
safemode runs GTA 4 with everything set to as low as you can go -safemode
fullscreen runs GTA 4 fullscreen -fullscreen
windowed runs GTA 4 windowed -windowed
availablevidmem allocates some system ram as additional vram -availablevidmem 1.5
percentvidmem how much vram of your gpu GTA 4 can use, 1.0 will be all of it and 0.5 will be half -percentvidmem 0.5
frameLimit limits your framerate to the refresh rate -frameLimit 1
refreshrate adjusts the refresh rate (oddly enough) be careful do not set a refresh rate your monitor can't do -refreshrate 60
fullspecaudio enable high-end cpu audio -fullspecaudio
minspecaudio enable low-end cpu audio -minspecaudio
noprecache turns precache off -noprecache
nomemrestrict turns all memory restrictions off -nomemrestrict
benchmark starts the in game benchmark and then quits the game -benchmark
help lists the commands and usage but doesn't look as snazzy as this -help

[edit] System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3, Vista SP1 XP SP3, Vista SP1
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 64 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4GHz, AMD Phenom X3 2.1GHz
System memory (RAM) 1.5 GB 2.5 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 16 GB 18 GB
Video card (GPU) GeForce 7900
ATI X1900
256 MB of VRAM
GeForce 8600
ATI 3870
512 MB of VRAM
Information Online play requires log-in to Games for Windows - LIVE.

References

  1. http://www.nivas.hr/blog/2008/12/08/gta-4-pc-port-fail/
  2. http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/114746-25-running-quad-core
  3. http://games.softpedia.com/progChangelog/Grand-Theft-Auto-IV-Patch-Changelog-30489.html
  4. Patch 1.0.4.0 vs Patch 1.0.7.0 - GTA Forums
  5. [HowTo]Downgrade of the steamversion of GTAIV to 1.0.4.0 - GTAGaming Forums
  6. http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/987737-grand-theft-auto-iv-episodes-from-liberty-city/54943175
  7. New 120Hz Games Report
  8. Currently Supported Controllers for GTA IV PC - Rockstar Support
  9. http://gtaforums.com/topic/393961-title-update-v-1020/
  10. http://gtaforums.com/topic/403690-title-update-version-1030/
  11. GTA IV: Error Code RMN20 - Rockstar Support
  12. How to use -memrestrict to fix stuttering - GTA Forums
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