How To Set Up GTA 4 In Your Computer

There is many issues with GTA IV PC Version...

For optimum performance, please ensure the latest drivers are installed for your Video Card.
You must have Vista Service Pack 1 or Windows XP Service Pack 3 installed PRIOR to installing and running Grand Theft Auto IV PC.

Right-click 'My Computer > Properties' to see if you have the latest Service Packs installed, and if not check Windows Update and download before trying to install the game.

GTA IV PC – 7900 Series Driver Issue
Nvidia 7900 Series
There is a bug in the current Nvidia Forceware drivers for 7900 series cards that keeps the game from rendering beyond the far plane as show in the image below. NVidia is working on releasing a new driver as soon as possible. Please contact NVidia support for more information, check out the GTA forums for current driver discussions, and check the Rockstar support page frequently for updates.
Users Running 3rd Party Graphics Performance Tuners

There has been a reported issue of textures not loading in. If you are experiencing visuals that resemble the screenshot below it may be associated with third party graphical performance tuners.
We recommend that users follow the steps below to resolve this:

Step 1) Go to “Add and Remove Programs” within the Control Panel. Scroll through the list of installed programs and look for any third-party driver performance tuners that may have been installed previously.

Step 1a) If you find any of these performance tuners open the application and reset driver values back to default. This is very important! Do not uninstall this program before you revert the changed values.

Step 1b) Now close the program and uninstall it.

Step 2) Go to “Add and Remove Programs” within the Control Panel. Scroll down the list of programs and remove any program with NVIDIA or ATI in the name.

Step 3) Reboot your machine.

Step 4) Download and install the latest drivers for your graphics card from one of the following locations: or and save them to your computer.

Step 5) Run GTA IV
Owners of ATI Series Cards :
ATI MipMap Issue
ATI Series
Please ensure your “MipMap Detail Level” is slider is set fully to “Quality” in Catalyst Control Center, or you may see results similar to the screen shot below.
Owners of ATI 1900 Series -
At present the shadows may flicker and form large triangles in some instances. A patch will be released soon to correct this issue.

Understanding GTA IV Graphic Settings:

Most users using current PC hardware as of December 2008 are advised to use medium graphics settings. Higher settings are provided for future generations of PCs with higher specifications than are currently widely available.

Graphics settings are limited by system resources by default. 256MB video cards force minimum settings by default. If a user bypasses these safety measures using command line arguments and exceeds their system resources, the users gaming experience may be compromised.

Video Mode
Resolution scaling effects water, reflections, shadows, mirrors and the visible viewable distance. The resolution settings relate to the amount of available video memory. At 2560*1600 the game will require 320MB of video memory in addition to all the memory required for content. At 800*600 the game will require 32MB of video memory in addition to the content. Medium resolution settings are recommended for most users as higher settings are only usable if there is available video memory.

Texture Quality
Texture quality affects the visual quality of the content of the game. High setting for textures will require 600MB of video memory at a setting of 21 View Distance in addition to the memory taken by the Video Mode. A medium texture setting is recommended for most users.

Render Quality
Render quality is the texture filter quality used on most things in the world rendering. Most people would know this as anisotropic filtering. Medium settings are recommended for most users and will provide filtering beyond what the console versions can execute.

View Distance
View distance scales the distance in which different objects in the world such as building and cars are seen. Raising this option increases the distance in which high quality objects must be loaded and will increase the memory it requires. Restrictions are established to ensure the game runs optimally for most users. A setting of 22 or more will provide PC users an enhanced experience over the console versions.

Detail Distance
Detail distance scales aspects of the environment that the View Distance setting does not including vegetation, trash and other moveable objects. A setting of 10 would be the equivalent to the performance on a console. This setting has little effect on memory.

Vehicle Density
Vehicle density scales the traffic density of the traffic in the game. It has no effect on the mission vehicles or difficultly of the game, but can have a significant impact on CPU performance

Shadow Density
Shadow Density controls the number of shadows generated for positional lights in exterior environments. These shadows are exclusive to the PC version and can have a major impact on CPU and GPU performance.

With the latest ATI driver (8-11 series) the game supports crossfire modes (ie. 4870x2) SLI is currently unsupported. Support will be added through a future game patch as well as an updated Nvidia driver.

NOTE: Background Processes
Certain background processes can have a detrimental effect on system performance when playing GTA IV, especially on systems with minimum required system memory. Users should ensure they disable their Virus scans (especially “on-access” type scans) when running the game to maximize performance.
Games for Windows LIVE support site
For any questions regarding Games for Windows – LIVE, please visit their support site:

If you are experiencing firewall issues when connecting to LIVE be sure to have the following ports available:
UDP 88
UDP 3074
TCP 3074
Rockstar Games Social Club Errors
Issue - You see the following message when trying to play GTA IV. Application Failed to Launch. The application you are attempting to launch failed to start. GTA IV may be blocked by Windows Parental Controls/Family Safety. Please make sure you have access to the application before trying to launch it, or contact support at:

Solution – Make sure you can run GTA IV
Double click the Grand Theft Auto IV shortcut

If you see a SecuROM error please visit our SecuROM support page for more info.

If you are running vista and see an error about Parental Controls make sure Parental Controls are set appropriately.

Currently Supported Controllers.
We are actively working on adding support for a larger variety of gamepads. For now here is a complete list of all controllers compatible with Grand Theft Auto IV PC:
XBOX 360 for Windows (Controller)
Wireless XBOX 360 Controller
Joytech 360 pad (Controller)
Pelican TSZ360 Pad (Controller)
MadCatz 360 (Controller)
MadCatz 360 Pro (Controller)
MadCatz 360 MicroCon (Controller)
Bigben Controller BB7201 (Controller)
MadCatz Arcade GameStick 360
Logitech Chillstream


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