May 30th, 2009 in Games
Grand Theft Auto IV PC issues: It’s still one of the buggiest game in ten years and the biggest disappointment of 2008, but with this fixes, the game should run without blue screens and crashing to the desktop every 5 minutes.
Install these fixes:
- install Service Pack 3 for Windows XP or Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista
- update Windows with the latest fixes
- Adobe Flash Player
- Latest DirectX
- Latest Games for Windows Live
- Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 SP1 32 Bit x86 or 64 Bit
- Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 AND Service Pack 1
- optional: Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1
Update your graphic card drivers:
First deinstall your old driver with DriverSweeper. Otherwise it could happen, that textures are missing or are black or everything is covered yellow.
Nvidia: use the older ForceWare version 175.70. In my experience, it’s the best driver, which makes the fewest problems. Downgrading from newer drivers has solved most crashes. Newer Beta-Drivers are available here. Current drivers are here. If you’re using on of these drivers, disable Physx support in the Nvidia control panel.
ATI: most problems are related to ATI-cards. Try their latest drivers.
Inside the game:
- create Games for Windows offline account to enable saving
- disable clip recording in games menu (video editor)
Exit the game and
- IMPORTANT: install XLive Wrapper 126.96.36.199 for GTA IV (homepage) (versions to 188.8.131.52)
or XLiveLess 0.95 (version 184.108.40.206, see below)
this will deactivate Games for Windows Live and it will solve one of the biggest issue, that makes GTA 4 crashing.
Changes for update 220.127.116.11:
After installing the update, the old XLive Wrapper does no longer work. There’s a replacement: XLiveLess 0.95. Copy xlive.dll in your game folder and overwrite the old one.
Savegames are now relocated from \Documents and Settings\<User>\Local Settings\Application Data\Rockstar Games\GTA IV\savegames\<username> to \Documents and Settings\<User>\My Documents\Rockstar Games\GTA IV\savegames\<username>. Copy your old savegames to this folder.
While playing, shot down unnecessary programs in the task manager, especially antivirus agents. Don’t use too much parameters in the commandline.txt file. It can cause the game not to start. Also some mods, like the no-intro-patch, are known to cause crashes while playing.
Final fix: If ALL these fixes AND Update 18.104.22.168 did not help you yet and you’re really willing to play GTA 4 and if it’s worth it for you, the best you can do, is installing a absolutely clean version of Windows to another partition and making a dual-boot system. (You can make a slim XP install CD with Nlite.) After the installation, only install drivers for your sound card and the fixes above. Avoid everything else, which is not needed, including CPU drivers and chipset drivers, at least for the beginning!
Installing a GTA-only-Windows was the best I could do. This way the game runs absolutely stable and has not crashed anymore.
Feel free to post your experiences and solutions in the comments.
a new patch is now available to fix many problems.
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