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Offline FlamingCobra

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Grand Theft Auto 4 (PC) HELL
Game finally finished downloading today. It took WEEKS.

I started the game up. Menu comes up ok. I start configuring the game options. Game says I don't have enough GFX mem. I know I do. After searching google figured out to add a commandline.txt file to the installation directory. It had to contain:

-availablevidmem 2.0

Did all that stuff. Clicked play. Then I found out I couldn't save without a Windows/Xbox live account. I already have a hotmail account so i'm like......suuurrrrre..... halfway through the process it's like
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YoU'rE nOt EiGhTeEn!!!!1!!

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PARENT: ur child is trying to sign up for xbox live! we stopped his @$$. lol.

pwned

now u gotta make an XBL account.

No way in Hell am I letting my fifty-something year old parents get an xbox live account. So I'm like "Fine! I'll continue without saving!"

I hear the startup music. It goes to the loading screen and starts loading the first level. It never does. It just stays on the loading screen forever! I have to CTRL-ALT-DEL and end the gtaiv.exe process just to regain control of my computer. Tried it again. Doesn't work. I spent hours looking for a solution. I made countless tweeks to no avail. One forum post said to check the file of the GTA IV directory and see how big it is. Mine was below the 16 something GB. So I figured some files must be missing. Then I had Steam validate the cache files. It got to 100% and then stopped responding. Steam never did anything. I waited like half an hour at 100%. I had to Ctrl-Alt-Del that too. Spent some more time looking for a solution.

I finally ran across a post saying to uninstall QuickTime. I did.

The game now works perfectly.




Now my question is, "What relevance does QuickTime have to my ability to play Grand Theft Auto IV?"

Also, even if my parents did get an XBL account, which would let me have an XBL account, I figure microsoft wouldn't let me play the game on my account because GTA4 is an "M" rated game and I'm only 17. And ~1/2.

EDIT: Found out that, since uninstalling QuickTime, I can actually change all of the GFX options now. I can even play in 1440x900.

EDIT2: Steam overlay web browser is no longer laggy.
« Last Edit: October 30, 2011, 07:08:40 pm by FlamingCobra »

 
Re: Grand Theft Auto 4 (PC) HELL
Also, even if my parents did get an XBL account, which would let me have an XBL account, I figure microsoft wouldn't let me play the game on my account because GTA4 is an "M" rated game and I'm only 17. And ~1/2.

Reading is fun.  I'll highlight the relevant section, though:

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MATURE
Titles rated M (Mature) have content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older. Titles in this category may contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.  (Emphasis added.)

 

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Re: Grand Theft Auto 4 (PC) HELL
I thought everyone lied about their ages on those kind of things.

 

Offline FlamingCobra

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Re: Grand Theft Auto 4 (PC) HELL
<snip>
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MATURE
Titles rated M (Mature) have content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older. Titles in this category may contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.  (Emphasis added.)

* FlamingCobra blinks twice

Then why do you have to be 18 to have your own XBL account? I don't see how "legal age" is an issue. You don't have to be 18 to sign up for GameFAQs. Or pretty much anything else.

I thought everyone lied about their ages on those kind of things.

Don't want to do that on the offchance that I might work for Microsoft one day.

 

Offline Herra Tohtori

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Re: Grand Theft Auto 4 (PC) HELL
You know, it's not exactly like they ask for an ID. You could just make another hotmail account with another date of birth and be done with all that bull****.

Secondly, QuickTime is known for doing weird **** all the time on Windows, and probably on Macs too but Mac users are less likely to admit it (they might think it's a feature). If avoidable, you should never install QuickTime on a Windows computer; other media players exist that do the same job a lot better, crash less, and don't grow sinewy tentacles of cancerous tumours all around your system that you need an equivalent of CERN grade chemotherapy to remove from your system.

Thirdly, let me register my opinion that GTA is a ****ty series of ****ty games and I don't know why you would want to play one released almost three years ago so badly as to go through all that trouble.

Finally, and I don't say this to be unkind, but perhaps you shouldn't be quite as ready and willing to use Internet Persons as reliable guidance. Something like this might happen to you some day.

There are three things that last forever: Abort, Retry, Fail - and the greatest of these is Fail.

 
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<snip>
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Titles rated M (Mature) have content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older. Titles in this category may contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.  (Emphasis added.)

* FlamingCobra blinks twice

Then why do you have to be 18 to have your own XBL account?

Because opening an XBox Live account involves agreeing to a license (i.e. a legally binding contract).

Also, Herra, I want to find a forum full of people emulating Legend of Zelda games, so that I can tell them that's how they mod the Triforce into OoT.

 

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I wish I'd seen that before. Made me laugh so damn hard.

Don't want to do that on the offchance that I might work for Microsoft one day.

Good Lord, you're more naive than I was at 15. And I barely got out then.
« Last Edit: October 30, 2011, 08:00:41 pm by Cobra »
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Re: Grand Theft Auto 4 (PC) HELL
It really is astounding that Windows allows you to do something like that. :lol:

 

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Re: Grand Theft Auto 4 (PC) HELL
From Vista upwards, you require administrator level permissions to change stuff from the Windows folder, and from what I can see, in Windows 7 that folder needs permissions above that (it lists CREATOR OWNER as owner and not being able to change anything).
"Closing the Box" - a campaign in the making :nervous:

Shrike is a dirty dirty admin, he's the destroyer of souls... oh god, let it be glue...

 

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Finally, and I don't say this to be unkind, but perhaps you shouldn't be quite as ready and willing to use Internet Persons as reliable guidance. Something like this might happen to you some day.

I can't believe it hahaha
el hombre vicio...

 

Offline FlamingCobra

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Re: Grand Theft Auto 4 (PC) HELL
How many fps should I be getting?

I got
Average FPS: 16.89
CPU Usage: 38%
System Memory Usage: 55%
Video Memory Usage: 90%

With all graphics settings as low as possible.

I need to get a new video card don't I?

 
Re: Grand Theft Auto 4 (PC) HELL
Depends, what are your specs? A RAM upgrade can do wonders depending how much of it you have, for instance.
I'm all about getting the most out of games, so whenever I discover something very strange or push the limits, I upload them here:

http://www.youtube.com/user/JCDentonCZ

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"Do you begin to see, then, what kind of world we are creating? It is the exact opposite of the stupid hedonistic Utopias that the old reformers imagined. A world of fear and treachery and torment, a world of trampling and being trampled upon, a world which will grow not less but more merciless as it refines itself. Progress in our world will be progress to more pain."
- George Orwell

 

Offline FlamingCobra

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Re: Grand Theft Auto 4 (PC) HELL
Windows Vista SP 2
Intel Core 2 Quad CPU
6 GB RAM
64 Bit

ATI Radeon 3400
Total Available GFX Mem: 3067 MB
Dedicated GFX Mem: 256 MB

 

Offline The E

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Re: Grand Theft Auto 4 (PC) HELL
Yes, a low-midrange GPU that is 3 generations out of date is something that should be replaced.
If I'm just aching this can't go on
I came from chasing dreams to feel alone
There must be changes, miss to feel strong
I really need lifе to touch me
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Offline FlamingCobra

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Re: Grand Theft Auto 4 (PC) HELL
GPU Suggestions?

 

Offline Jeff Vader

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Re: Grand Theft Auto 4 (PC) HELL
Finally, and I don't say this to be unkind, but perhaps you shouldn't be quite as ready and willing to use Internet Persons as reliable guidance. Something like this might happen to you some day.

*schnip*
Thank you. I've been looking for that one.

GPU Suggestions?
http://www.msi.com/product/vga/N580GTX-Lightning-Xtreme-Edition.html
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23:40 < achillion > evilbagel: ass
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14:08 < achillion > there's too much talk of butts and dongs in here
14:08 < achillion > the level of discourse has really plummeted
14:08 < achillion > Let's talk about politics instead
14:08 <@The_E > butts and dongs are part of #hard-light's brand now
14:08 <@The_E > well
14:08 <@The_E > EvilBagel's brand, at least

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Re: Grand Theft Auto 4 (PC) HELL
Agreed with The E. Everything else seems quite good enough. Suggestions for new graphic cards depend on your budget. ATI's 6770 and GT 550 Ti seem decent mid-range cards to get for I believe 100-130 dollar. See what your local IT webshops have for you.
I'm all about getting the most out of games, so whenever I discover something very strange or push the limits, I upload them here:

http://www.youtube.com/user/JCDentonCZ

-----------------

"Do you begin to see, then, what kind of world we are creating? It is the exact opposite of the stupid hedonistic Utopias that the old reformers imagined. A world of fear and treachery and torment, a world of trampling and being trampled upon, a world which will grow not less but more merciless as it refines itself. Progress in our world will be progress to more pain."
- George Orwell

 

Offline FlamingCobra

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Re: Grand Theft Auto 4 (PC) HELL
Can I get GFX cards at some place like Staples or should I just pick one out on Amazon and ask my parents to order it for Christmas?

The Lord God will bless the day when outdated hardware simply replaces itself.
« Last Edit: October 31, 2011, 10:58:42 am by FlamingCobra »

 

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Hardware stores like Fry's Electronics will have them in stock.  Go with a 560Ti.

 

Offline Cobra

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Can I get GFX cards at some place like Staples or should I just pick one out on Amazon and ask my parents to order it for Christmas?

:wakka:

And I can see it now... "Mom, dad, can you spend $300 on one present for me for Christmas?" I wonder if you even have the PSU for it.
To consider the Earth as the only populated world in infinite space is as absurd as to assert that in an entire field of millet, only one grain will grow. - Metrodorus of Chios
I wept. Mysterious forces beyond my ken had reached into my beautiful mission and energized its pilots with inhuman bomb-firing abilities. I could only imagine the GTVA warriors giving a mighty KIAAIIIIIII shout as they worked their triggers, their biceps bulging with sinew after years of Ivan Drago-esque steroid therapy and weight training. - General Battuta