L.A. Noire

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L.A. Noire
L.A. Noire cover
Team Bondi
Rockstar North[1]
Rockstar San Diego[1]
Rockstar New England[1]
Windows Rockstar Leeds[1]
Rockstar Games
Russia 1C-SoftClub
Release dates
Windows November 8, 2011
Metacritic 83
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC
Genres Action, Adventure
Vehicles Automobile
Art styles Realistic
Themes Detective/mystery, North America, Interwar
Series L.A. Noire
L.A. Noire on HowLongToBeat
L.A. Noire on IGDB
L.A. Noire guide on StrategyWiki
L.A. Noire on MobyGames
L.A. Noire on Wikipedia
L.A. Noire
L.A. Noire 2011
L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files 2017

Key points

Frame-rate is capped at 30FPS. See High frame-rate.

General information

Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Requires online activation
Retail version and The Complete Edition Retail version can be activated on Rockstar Games Launcher.[2]
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Publisher website
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Requires online activation
Humble Store
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Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Amazon.com (unavailable)
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Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
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The Complete Edition.
Green Man Gaming (unavailable)
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The Complete Edition.
All versions require Rockstar Games Social Club for activation and online features.
All non-Rockstar Games Launcher DRM versions use GameShield IronWrap DRM.[3] Rockstar has not disclosed details of how many machine activations are allowed nor any other restrictions.[4]

DLC and expansion packs

DLCs are now a part of the base game.
Name Notes
DLC Bundle

Version differences[edit]

The Complete Edition is the base game and DLC-bundle.

Essential improvements[edit]


Patch_2617_0_0_0.exe is the latest version. Manual installation is required when using the retail version on Windows 8 and later or if the automatic update fails.[5]
The Rockstar Games Social Club client should update automatically; the latest version can be downloaded from Rockstar Games Social Club page.


Allows using variable framerate, custom FOV and fixes car breaking bug.[6]
Unlocks aspect ratios, adds custom resolution support, borderless windowed mode and option to skip intro videos.
In "The Set Up" case, the pencil can not be picked up when running the game above 30 fps. The patch has to be temporarily disabled in order to complete the puzzle.[7]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Skip logos with V-Patch[8]
  1. Install V-Patch.
  2. Launch the game once.
  3. Open <path-to-game>\lanvp.ini.
  4. Change skip_logos=0 to skip_logos=1.
Use L.A. Noire Unlocker[8]

Game data[edit]

External settings.
External settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Rockstar Games\L.A. Noire\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/110800/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Rockstar Games\L.A. Noire\Profiles\<user-id>\L.A.Noire\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/110800/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud
Uses Rockstar Games Launcher's savegame cloud sync function.


Display settings
Display settings
In-game graphics settings
In-game graphics settings

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use L.A. Noire Unlocker or V-Patch to remove black bars at certain resolutions.
See the WSGF entry or use V-Patch.
See the WSGF entry or use V-Patch.
4K Ultra HD
Certain UI elements don't scale correctly with the resolution, resulting much smaller at higher resolutions. Full screen map and minimap visibility are both compromised at 4k.
Field of view (FOV)
Use V-Patch or Widescreen Fixer.
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use V-Patch.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
In DX9 mode only (no visual differences between DX9 and DX11), Nvidia users can force MSAA, SGSSAA, MFAA, and CSAA (older GPUs only; replaced by MFAA in series GTX 800M/900) in Nvidia Profile Inspector with the included "L.A. Noire" profile or 0x004000C1 anti-aliasing flag. Antialiasing - Transparency Multisampling can be enabled alongside MSAA. Post-processing forms of AA like SMAA and TAA can be added with ReShade.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Can be forced off in GPU control panel
60 FPS
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS. See High frame rate.
120+ FPS
See High frame rate.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.


Enable windowed[8]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open settings.ini.
  3. Change Fullscreen:YES to Fullscreen:NO.
Use the -windowed command line argument[9]

High frame rate[edit]

Use V-Patch[10][11]
  • Place the .dll file into the location of the game's exe.
Allows for variable refresh rate (not just 60FPS) and does not suffer from the braking speed bug.
Download and launch Widescreen Fixer[12]
  1. Select L.A. Noire from the games list.
  2. Click the gear icon.
  3. Check Enable FPS Cap Fix and 59.940 FPS.
  4. Save the settings and launch the game.
  5. Press * to unlock the frame rate while in-game.
Negatively affects cars' handling: Acceleration is too fast, steering is too sensitive, and braking is too slow.
Use L.A. Noire Unlocker[8]
  1. Open Unlocker.ini.
  2. Change lock at 60 fps = 0 to lock at 60 fps = 1.
Use L.A Noire FPS Unlocker[13]
  1. Open the tool.
  2. Start the game.
  3. Press F10 to activate the fix.
Use Cheat Engine
  • Works without restarting the game.
  1. Open LANoire.exe with Cheat Engine and scan for 59.94000 Float value.
  2. Edit the found value proportionally to your desired FPS.
  • 119.88 for 60 FPS
  • 239.76 for 120 FPS
  • 287.712 for 144 FPS
  • 479.52 for 240 FPS


Controls settings
Controls settings
Remap settings
Remap settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Disabled by default. Can be enabled in the options menu.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Full in-game support. Launcher does not support controller input.
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
For DualShock use the DualShock 3 button prompts mod
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Effects and Dialogue
Surround sound
Auto configures up to 7.1 output[14]
Closed captions
see table below for closed caption languages
Mute on focus lost
Game pauses itself and pause menu has no audio.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation, download.
Fan translation, download.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, download.
Fan translation, download.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
G3D, DirectVR
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Map markers are very hard to see at higher resolutions (e.g. 4k)[edit]

The map and some other UI elements don't scale up correctly with higher resolutions, meaning they get increasingly smaller up from 720p.

Massive pop-in and poor LOD quality, even on highest available graphics settings[edit]

L.A. Noire is plagued by very noticeable pop-in and poor level of detail at all times. As this appears to be hardcoded, currently and likely forever unfixable.

Corrupt License File[edit]

When starting the game, a Social Club "Corrupt License File" error message is displayed and the game refuses to start. This problem may occur if the game is not installed in Program Files in C:.[citation needed]

Unable to install game to FAT32 partition[edit]

Installation of the game will not work on partitions formatted using FAT32. This problem occurs in Steam when the progress of the download indefinitely "suspends" around the 90% point. This is due to the fact that FAT32 has a file size limit of 4 GB. cases_1_1.big.pc weighs at around 5.17 GB, which is way beyond what FAT32 can handle.
Recommended course of action is to relocate the installation to an NTFS partition.

Windows 10 Steam version Complete Edition Social Club UI at Neon Lights[edit]

After logging into your Social Club account, you will be prompted to exit by pressing ESC. After pressing ESC, the screen does not advance to Main Menu. The music will be rolling, but the Social Club UI will keep on Pop Out but will not continue to Main Menu.

You will notice 2 Social Club UI (32 bit) in Taskmanager.

Seems to happen for Windows 10 64 bit Users playing with Steam's L.A. Noire Complete Edition.

You may be able to fix this issue by using an offline rockstar profile. Go to create account, and click on the little gray link that says use offline profile for this game.

NOTE: YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO (to my knowledge) transfer an offline save online

You also might be able to completely bypass this issue by reinstalling the Rockstar Games Launcher, or if you also own GTA V (on steam).

Reinstall Rockstar Games Launcher through GTA V
  1. Download and install GTAV via steam
  2. Delete your "Rockstar Games" folder (you probably should make a backup. It isn't very large and can store some important save files and settings)
  3. Verify integrity of GTAV (not LA Noire. I think that'll just reinstall the outdated Rockstar Social club which is causing the issues.) and launch it (just login with your rockstar credentials there)
  4. You should now be able to login within LA Noire.
Reinstall Rockstar Games Launcher manually[15]
  1. Delete your "Rockstar Games" installation folder, where the launcher is (you probably should make a backup. It isn't very large and can store some important save files and settings)
  2. Install the Rockstar Games Launcher from Rockstar's website, then launch it and log in.
  3. You should now be able to log in within LA Noire and play the game.

Issues fixed[edit]

Glowing aura around Characters[edit]

Disable in-game SSAO from the Graphics menu.

Freezing Title Screen[edit]

L.A. Noire for Windows is known to freeze at the title screen during the synchronization process, or immediately after, when the camera moves away from the L.A. Noire neon sign. There are several possible reasons for this. Some of the most common are:

  • Anti-Virus Related Issues where game files are misrecognized as malware.[16]
  • .NET Framework 3.5 or C++ runtime libraries are not properly installed or configured.[17]
  • Firewall prevents game from making a connection to the internet.
  • Compatibility options are set incorrectly on Steam.
Compatibility options set incorrectly on Steam[citation needed]
  1. Go to <Steam-folder>.
  2. Right-click on Steam.exe, choose Properties.
  3. Click on the Compatibility tab.
  4. Uncheck any boxes that are checked, and click Apply.
  5. Then, click the Show settings for all users button.
  6. Again, make sure none of these boxes are checked, and click OK.
  7. Click OK to close any open dialog boxes.
  8. Double click on Steam.exe to launch Steam.
Updating Microsoft Components[citation needed]
  1. Download and install the latest version of .NET Framework (4.5) here
  2. Download and install the latest version of Microsoft Visual C++ (2010) here
  3. Choose from this page which version of DirectX you will be using and then download and install it


This may fix issues whereby the game fails to install or the Rockstar Games Social Club launcher (and therefore the game) fail to launch

Game Freezes on 64-bit Windows 7[edit]

On 64-bit Windows 7, the game might freeze as soon as the synchronization (refresh) symbol shows up, which appears right after the Team Bondi logo. This is due to the game being incompatible with the current version of the .NET Framework 3.5 installed into your system. This is also the main reason why the associated .NET Framework installer provided with the game won't install.

Fix the .NET Framework on 64-bit Windows 7[citation needed]
  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Type optionalfeatures.exe and press Enter.
  3. Uncheck Microsoft Framework 3.5.1.
  4. Click OK. .NET 3.5 will be disabled and the user must restart.
  5. On next boot, go back and check Microsoft Framework 3.5.1. This will re-install .NET 3.5 and correct the issue.
If this does not work, run the .NET Framework clean-up tool, and then repeat the above steps.
If the problem persists after following the above, delete ypatcher.exe from <path-to-game>. The game should start up.

Game refuses to launch on 64-Bit Windows 10[edit]

On 64-bit Windows 10, the game won't get pass the splash screen that appears after you press "Launch" on the game's launcher

Launch Steam as an Administrator[citation needed]
  1. Make sure that Steam is closed.
  2. Right Click on your Steam shortcut, and run Steam as an administrator
If you want to automate this process a bit, AND don't have Steam set to automatically start when your PC logs in, you can go into the compatibility settings, and enable run as administrator. However, this results in a slightly annoying prompt that appears before Steam signs in saying that "compatibility mode is enabled" and might cause issues.

Fix Details HERE Download Win Reg Files HERE -click on each of the files to add them to registry. Game Should work under windows 8, admin mode. To uninstall the entries downloaded and run HERE

Slowdown, lag, or frame-rate issues[edit]

Tweaking game via command line switches[citation needed]
  1. Run the LANLauncher.exe in <path-to-game>.
  2. Click Options.
  3. Enter -str and/or -npd and/or +jobs_numThreads 0 (with a space between each command) in the Command Line field to enable a single threaded renderer, which may improve performance or compatibility on some systems.
  4. If the problem persists, switching the Renderer field to DirectX 11 in the same options menu can also improve performance significantly.
Disable the Steam Overlay[citation needed]

Crash-to-desktop on Windows 8[edit]

Apply patches for Windows 8 compatibility[citation needed]
It is recommended to first follow Rockstar's official instructions, and if this does not work then to follow the instructions below.
  1. Download this file containing fixed cases.big.pc and out.wad.pc files.
  2. Extract the .rar file to <path-to-game>, overwrite if asked.
  3. Update Rockstar Games Social Club to the latest version.
  4. Launch the game.
If the above still does not work for the non-Steam version (and usually the game fails to start with no error message after the loading screen before leaving Windows), please reinstall the game to a location where there is no blank space throughout the target folder eg. if the game does not work installed in "D:\Program Files (x86)\Rockstar Games\L.A. Noire", please change the target folder to something like "D:\Games\RockstarGames\L.A.Noire". Then go through Rockstar's official instructions again in regards to installing the latest patches from Rockstar.[18]

Missing Main Menu[edit]

Verify integrity of game cache[citation needed]

Nvidia Video Driver crashes[edit]

Changing the Renderer[citation needed]
  1. Launch L.A. Noire as standard through RSC
  2. Go into the advanced video settings in the game menu
  3. Change the Renderer from DirectX 11 to DirectX 9
  4. Restart the game and the crashes should be fixed
This fix mainly applies to systems running an Nvidia graphics card on Windows 7 and 8

Black border around game[edit]

This is caused by the display's overscan handling. See the Overscan entry for solutions, the linked article lists solutions for AMD, Intel and Nvidia chipsets.
Use V-Patch

USB Controller Problems[edit]

With certain controllers connected to the PC (e.g. Wheel or Flight pedals) a bug can occur with controller set to disabled in the game menus the game still tries to accept controller input for some game controls and ignores keyboard input. Most notably this occurs when trying to drive cars.
Use -joysticktype 1 command line argument[19]

Run the game at screen refresh rate[edit]

When using the DirectX 11 renderer, fullscreen mode always runs at 60 Hz, even if the screen refresh rate is set higher than that.
Override refresh rate with 3Dmigoto[8]
  1. Download the latest release of 3Dmigoto.
  2. Extract the files from the x32 folder to <path-to-game>.
  3. Open <path-to-game>\d3dx.ini.
  4. Change ;refresh_rate=60 to desired hertz, and remove the semicolon (e.g. refresh_rate=120).
  5. Change hunting=1 to ;hunting=1 by adding a semicolon.

Unable to reposition the window using mouse[edit]

Keyboard workaround[citation needed]
  1. Use Shift+Right Click on taskbar icon.
  2. Go to "Move" with keyboard.
  3. Use Arrow keys to move window and press Enter.

Issues with Rockstar Games Social Club[edit]

For a list of issues check Rockstar Games Social Club page

Game crashes after launcher with no error message[edit]

Launch game as Administrator. If on Steam, exit Steam fully and launch it again as Administrator and then proceed to start the game. If the game doesn't launch, at least an error window should pop up. In the latter case, it may not be necessary to launch as Administrator after said error was resolved.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 11 No visual differences; DX11 may offer better compatibility and performance.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
32-bit support is deprecated as of Title Update v2663.1.0.0.[20]


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio FMOD Ex
Cutscenes Bink Video
MotionScan - for faces capturing
The game itself uses proprietary Team Bondi engine, which unlike other modern Rockstar titles, is not RAGE.[21]

Unlock Chicago Lightning outfit[edit]

Chicago Lightning is exclusive to Rockstar Social Club users.[22]
Use L.A. Noire Unlocker[8]

Command line parameters[edit]

This section may require cleanup to meet basic quality standards. The specific problem is: This has become outdated since the latest game update, LANlauncher now just launches RGSL and doesn't accept these commands.. You can help by modifying the article. The discussion page may contain useful suggestions.

To input launch parameters you have to open the launcher of the game, access the Options menu. There you can write the parameters into the Command Line field of the launcher. You might have to start the game manually using LANLauncher.exe located inside the installation folder to see the launcher. It's noteworthy that Steam always starts the game using LANLauncher.exe.

Parameter Description
-ignorefocus Don't pause the game if you Alt-Tab or click out of its window.
-joysticktype Force a specific DirectInput controller type. Can be used to try different controller button layouts if your controller isn't specifically supported. See Supported controllers.
-L Change the language - use English, French, German, Italian or Spanish, example -L french
-mousefree Allow mouse outside the game window (requires windowed mode).
-nosound Disables sound.
-npd Disable the D3D_PUREDEVICE flag from device creation. May help if you have graphics compatibility issues.
-str Enable single threaded renderer, which may improve performance or compatibility on some systems.
-windowed Run the game in a window.

Undocumented parameters[edit]

The following parameters are referenced inside the game's files and were likely intended for developer usage only. Their descriptions are taken directly from the game. There are many more that are completely unused, and therefore not listed here.

Parameter Description
-debugburn Make flaming people never die!
-disablecrashhandler Disable the crash handler.
-disablepost Disable Post Effects by default.
-dmtf Disable the D3D D3DCREATE_MULTITHREADED flag, could improve performance at cost of stability.
-dx11 Run the game using DirectX 11.
-err Test out error messages. (No idea where these messages get sent to, but it's definitely used!)
-exit Exit immediately (skip the main loop) to test clean shutdown.
-gamewells Allow the player to use gamewells even if no conversation exists.
-noenvtextures Don't stream any environment textures.
-nonv Don't intialise the nVidia API. (This may help improve performance for some users!)
-res <width> <height> Force game to run at resolution a specified resolution ( e.g. -res 1920 1080 )
-revive Allow the player to be revived manually. (Seems to be referenced after dying in a gun fight. Not sure if it will actually do anything.)
-TexStreamSize <memsize> Override the Textures VRAM streaming pool size. (This seems to be in kilobytes? Not sure.)
-timeofday <time> Override the time of day from the scenario ( float 24 hour time, eg. 22.5 is 10:30pm)
-writedefs Write out Attribute System definitions. (This one is really cool, it dumps out a bunch of .xml files into an attribute/defintions folder where L.A. Noire is installed!)

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3, Vista SP1, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Dual Core 2.2 GHz
AMD Dual Core 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 16 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT
ATI Radeon HD 3000
512 MB of VRAM
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9 compatible
This game requires a 64-bit OS as of Title Update v2663.1.0.0.[20]


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/110800/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (110800) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 L.A. Noire (2011) Xbox 360 credits - MobyGames - last accessed on 2018-06-17
  2. Verified by User:Ptolemy on 2020-04-16
    Entered in the key from my retail copy of the game into RGS, and it activated successfully.
  3. Verified by User:Ptolemy on 2020-04-16
    Scanned the .exe of the RGS version, and didn't find any traces of GameShield. Also, the directory did not have any of the GameShield files that the Steam and retail versions have.
  4. Unofficial List of Steam Games with DRM - Page 102 - Steam Users' Forums
  5. [11/14/12] L.A. Noire Patch Notes and Manual Links to Updates – Rockstar Support
  6. L.A. Noire - Total FPS Unlock, Car braking test
  7. Bugged cases with unlocked FPS
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 Verified by User:Keith on 2019-09-18
  9. Full list of PC command line parameters for L.A. Noire – Rockstar Support
  10. Reddit
  11. 2021 Completely Unlock FPS (60+ FPS, Fixed braking), Ultrawide Support, Borderless Window, Custom Resolutions... - last accessed on 2021-06-09
  12. WidescreenFixer
  13. Unlocking the framerate to 60FPS (new patch) :: L.A. Noire General Discussions
  14. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  15. Verified by User:Hman360 on 2022-01-18
    Fixed the issue for me with these steps
  16. Freezing on Neon Sign/Title Screen during synchronization in L.A. Noire for PC
  17. .NET, C++, DirectX: Nothing happening after pressing Launch in L.A. Noire
  18. LA Noire won't start
  19. Supported controllers for L.A. Noire PC – Rockstar Support
  20. 20.0 20.1 L.A. Noire PC Title Update v2663.1.0.0 Notes - last accessed on 2021-05-02
    "Support for 32-bit operating systems has been deprecated"
  21. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Development_of_L.A._Noire
  22. Chicago Lightning | L.A. Noire Wiki | FANDOM powered by Wikia