GTA IV compatibility issue

billubakra

Conversation Architect
Hi Guys,

I bought GTA IV at a rock bottom price from some store. When I started the game, the resolution was 800x600, I changed the setting from the in-game setting menu and the resolution is fine now but the graphics sucks. The graphics tab in the in-game setting menu keeps on telling me that I need to lower the settings or something. I lowered it but it didn't help and now I am not able to increase it from the same menu. I am also not able to optimize the game from Nvidia Geforce Experience Panel. The specs of my system are i5 processor, 8gb ram, 4gb nvidia 940m graphic card, win 10 x64 bit. I have seen people playing this game on systems with 10 on YT and it works fine. What should I do?

Thanks
 

quicky008

Technomancer
You are probably using a very old version of gta 4 that was buggy-i'd suggest that you download the latest updates for the game(if any)before attempting to play it any further.Also have you tried to manually edit the settings from the game itself to improve the graphical quality?If it tells you to lower the graphics options then just ignore it as your system is more than capable of running the game smoothly at high settings.
 
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billubakra

Conversation Architect
Are your GPU drivers up to date?

Yes dear.

Did you bought it on steam or have on GFWL ??

I bought the disc, non-steam version. What's GFWL?

You are probably using a very old version of gta 4 that was buggy-i'd suggest that you download the latest updates for the game(if any)before attempting to play it any further.Also have you tried to manually edit the settings from the game itself to improve the graphical quality?If it tells you to lower the graphics options then just ignore it as your system is more than capable of running the game smoothly at high settings.

There are no updates of GTA IV as per Rockstar's support. They are telling me to upgrade to GTA V as they don't support IV anymore. I tried to manually up the graphic quality from the game itself but I can't do that, I can lower it though. It keeps on telling me that I need to lower settings as it is eating up resources or something.
 

Desmond

Destroy Erase Improve
Staff member
Admin
They are telling me to upgrade to GTA V as they don't support IV anymore.

What!?

You know that they are completely separate games, right?

Besides, I think you need to start searching for community created updates for GTA IV.
 

sling-shot

Wise Old Owl
GTA IV was buggy and riddled with some spyware kind of thing (some community or such) which was later disabled by an update. It was officially sold for Rs. 499 (I bought a disc too).

But it should have been playable for you. Something is wrong with the installation or your setup. I got 20 - 25 FPS on a crappy old Athlon 64 3600+ CPU and Radeon HD4670 graphics card. ( I was on 1040 patch or something)

For now:

http://updates.rockstargames.com/patches/gtaiv/title_update_7_EN.zip

Also look at this page : GTA IV PC Software Prerequisites – Rockstar Suppor
 
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billubakra

Conversation Architect
What!?

You know that they are completely separate games, right?

Besides, I think you need to start searching for community created updates for GTA IV.

I know. I told them that I already have GTA V, then they thanked me for being a loyal customer and told me to try other Rockstar Games. Their customer support sucks.

GTA IV was buggy and riddled with some spyware kind of thing (some community or such) which was later disabled by an update. It was officially sold for Rs. 499 (I bought a disc too).

But it should have been playable for you. Something is wrong with the installation or your setup. I got 20 - 25 FPS on a crappy old Athlon 64 3600+ CPU and Radeon HD4670 graphics card. ( I was on 1040 patch or something)

For now:

http://updates.rockstargames.com/patches/gtaiv/title_update_7_EN.zip

Also look at this page : GTA IV PC Software Prerequisites – Rockstar Suppor

Do I need to apply that update from the first link? I have everything installed from the second link except this-
GTA IV PC Activation Suppor
What exactly is SecuRom?

I know the specs of my system should play the game but idk why the game keeps on displaying this error on the graphics page in the settings menu-

http://oi63.tinypic.com/j7ak2t.jpg
 

Desmond

Destroy Erase Improve
Staff member
Admin
Why do you only have 123 MB VRAM? It looks like you are running on onboard graphics for some reason.

Sent from my A0001 using Tapatalk
 

Desmond

Destroy Erase Improve
Staff member
Admin
See the "Resource usage" section of that options screen. It says 590/123 MB. That means you only have 123 MB video memory available and the settings you are using requires 590 MB.
 

Desmond

Destroy Erase Improve
Staff member
Admin
Since you are using an M series GPU. That means you are running on a laptop.

Now, most laptops have that hybrid GPU thing going on, where the onboard GPU is used for desktop and the motherboard switches to the discreet GPU for full screen applications. In this case, I think the onboard GPU is still being used that is why your VRAM is so low. Perhaps if you can somehow disable that switching feature, this might get fixed.

I don't remember where you have to go to disable it though. Perhaps you could look online.

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tanmaymohan

Geek v1.0
1. Right Click on Desktop
2. Select nVidia Control Panel
3. In left panel select "Manage 3D Settings"
4. In right panel select Global Tab
5. Under "Preferred Graphics Processor" select "Auto-Select" and hit APPLY button

Above is from How to Switch Between Nvidia And Intel Graphic Cards in K55VD Asus Laptop? - [Solved] - Graphics Card

Also look at this page Disabling Integrated Graphics card? - Video - Laptop - Dell Community

or select the app in the Program settings tab

Eg :
Q88E33R.png
 
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billubakra

Conversation Architect
Since you are using an M series GPU. That means you are running on a laptop.

Now, most laptops have that hybrid GPU thing going on, where the onboard GPU is used for desktop and the motherboard switches to the discreet GPU for full screen applications. In this case, I think the onboard GPU is still being used that is why your VRAM is so low. Perhaps if you can somehow disable that switching feature, this might get fixed.

I don't remember where you have to go to disable it though. Perhaps you could look online.

Sent from my A0001 using Tapatalk

1. Right Click on Desktop
2. Select nVidia Control Panel
3. In left panel select "Manage 3D Settings"
4. In right panel select Global Tab
5. Under "Preferred Graphics Processor" select "Auto-Select" and hit APPLY button

Above is from How to Switch Between Nvidia And Intel Graphic Cards in K55VD Asus Laptop? - [Solved] - Graphics Card

Also look at this page Disabling Integrated Graphics card? - Video - Laptop - Dell Community

or select the app in the Program settings tab

Eg :
Q88E33R.png

First of all Happy Diwali and thanks for replying. It was already auto selected-
http://oi66.tinypic.com/5fro0k.jpg

I selected the app, it prompted me to select GTA IV or GTA IV Browser, I selected the former but I got the same message as before-
http://oi68.tinypic.com/sq5ogn.jpg

Any other help? Why am I not able to optimize this game in Nvidia GeForce Experience?
 

sling-shot

Wise Old Owl
Under Manage 3D Settings > Preferred Graphics Processor option, can you force it NVidia from Auto? What are the options available under the drop down menu there?

Note: I have not used NVidia before so take all my replies as wild guesses.
 

sling-shot

Wise Old Owl
Can you please give the exact model number of your laptop and also driver version.

Since you are running Windows 10, I guess the driver updates are being taken care of Windows itself. Still.

Also please run the following programs and post screenshots of them:
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
 
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