GTAIV game crashes after a few minutes......

#1plambertonPosted 10/6/2009 8:45:05 PM
This is so freakin' annoying, I own this game on the 360 and never had a single problem. I pick this game up for the PC for a really sweet price and I can't play two missions in a row without the game crashing to my desktop. No error message or any kind of feedback. Sometimes the sound will stutter just before a crash but not all the time. As you can see from my sig this PC should easily be able to run this game quite well. So what is the problem is it the games latest 1.04 patch or maybe it's Windows LIVEs latest update. I have no clue. I can play a ton of other games on this PC with no problems so it's not a hardware or driver issue. BTW, I also have the latest WQL Nvidia drivers (190.62) installed.


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#2kevin_rhoadsPosted 10/7/2009 5:11:28 AM
Actually some new drivers were released on the 5th. They apparently boost performance pretty well, so I'm getting them.
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#3plamberton(Topic Creator)Posted 10/7/2009 10:28:52 PM
Shortly after creating this topic, I installed the newest drivers too (191.07) but they did squat to fix the crashing problems. I don't think they optimized this game well to work on PCs. While the game is running I notice stuttering frame rates, on the X360 frame rates were smooth. The only time the frame rate hitched was when you had a lot of vehicles exploding at once.

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#4kingdddPosted 10/8/2009 10:27:48 AM
Do you have SLI turned on because that might be the problem.
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#5plamberton(Topic Creator)Posted 10/8/2009 7:23:16 PM
Yes I have SLI enabled, why doesn't the game support it? I never thought of that option but it's easy enough to switch off in the Nvidia control panel.

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Intel Quad Core Q6600 2.4 Ghz, Asus P5N-E SLI mobo, 4 GB KINGSTON DDR2 RAM, 2 XFX 9800 GT 512 MB (SLI), WD 500 GB 7200 RPM SATA HD, PCPNC 750 W PSU.
#6kingdddPosted 10/8/2009 8:23:28 PM
GTAIV does support SLI in patch 1 and driver 180.84 and above but it is buggy and the engine wasn't meant for sli.
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#7plamberton(Topic Creator)Posted 10/10/2009 2:40:09 PM
Ok I turned off SLI, and the game crashed as soon as I stepped out onto the street from the safehouse. So in the Nvidia Control Panel I also noticed that Physx was turned on so I turned it off and put SLI mode back to on. With this configuration the game actually played the longest since the time I have had it. It did crash again but not for over an hour.


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#8plamberton(Topic Creator)Posted 10/22/2009 7:01:30 PM
So I figured I would have better luck installing the new Windows 7 since Vista has been nothing but problems for me. Well guess what this game still crashes on me. This after I completely erased my main hard drive, installed Windows Ultimate 7 clean, got the latest drivers for my video card....latest Windows Gaming Live update as well as Patch 4 for the game. What more do I have to do to be able to play this game crash-free? What buy a brand new PC, well this one is currently 2 years old and as you can see from my sig it should be able to hold up awhile longer. I also spent money to get the whole systems hardware components fully diagnosed and found nothing wrong. In fact I can play most games problem free the ones that give me grief happen to be some of the best games out there to play. Maybe one day MS will design a version of Windows, that when a game or program crashes instead of listing an error message that only Einstein could understand, they will read in plain english and here's a great idea, pin-point in precise detail what made the game crash. No wonder I keep going back to console gaming.

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#9vals_evil_twinPosted 10/22/2009 8:53:07 PM
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"So I figured I would have better luck installing the new Windows 7 since Vista has been nothing but problems for me. "

You would be certain of a good result by "downgrading" to XP, which runs this game rock solid.
Just make sure to jump through all the hoops: Service Pack 3, .NET3.5, fresh updated install of Windows Live with an Off-Line account. Should then be trouble-free.
#10plamberton(Topic Creator)Posted 10/23/2009 10:41:55 PM
I had to downgrade to XP - because to me Vista was like the old Windows ME - a pile of crap. Video driver kept crashing playing games. When I went back to XP, the games didn't crash anymore.

What do you mean run the game with an off-line account, that means the games achievements won't be saved, I also have it linked to my XboxLIVE account. Are you saying Windows Gaming LIVE could be the problem. Can you play GTAIV without it?

I own other games that use Windows Gaming LIVE and they run perfectly fine eg. FEAR2, DOW2.

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