So yeah , as you have known that I’ve bought GTA IV and Fallout III . Both are superb games and I’ve finished both of them (Fallout 3 – Good Karma way , skipped some side quests) and GTA IV (Completed main quest + doing side quests). As we all do know that GTA IV is a very demanding game and it requires a lot of CPU power and GPU Power. Nevertheless , I am using a 3 year old Dell Dimension DIM9100 series , its a Pentium D 830 3.00Ghz , 4GB DDR2 533Mhz RAM , 500GB HDD + GeForce 8600GTS 256MB GDDR3. Well basically all modern games run fine on mine its just that GTA IV is tricky.
Oh yeah , click read more if you want to know how to do it step-by-step.
Before I bought the game , I asked around in Lowyat message board and people said that Pentium D can’t even run a game and they suggest me to get a Core 2 Duo or Pentium Dual Core series so that I can play the game. I refused to listen to people’s advice , because I believe that everything and anything is possible if you put your mind to it (That is my dad’s advice anyway). So yeah I bought it and took the risk. At first glance , the game did work , well its a low fps. Let me take a screen shot for you.
Now when I run the game in 1280×1024 resolution (with special parameters which I’ll explain) . (Sorry I wasn’t able to get at the same shot). I did notice that my fps is still around 13-14 fps despite the fact that its running at a higher resolution
Now you do notice that fps are about the same and there isn’t a drop. This shows that the CPU isn’t capable and the GPU is capable. Some may disagree with this but its a fact , this game consumes more CPU power then GPU Power. So now you may want to ask , since its possible to play (However again the performance isn’t that great). Anyway let me explain it to you how its done - In Three Easy Steps !
First you’ll have to browse to your GTA IV Folder. Usually its in
C:\Program Files\Rockstar Games\Grand Theft Auto IV
Then Right click LaunchGTAIV.exe and make a shortcut of it. If you’re bit lost , I recommend you take a look at the picture below
After that , you may have noticed that there is a new shortcut that has been created for you. Go on , right click that shortcut and select Properties. Again if you’re bit lost or if you need a visua guideance , check out the screenshot below
After that you should see this dialog box.
At the end of the the Target Field , simply add
“-norestrictions” (without the quotes)
So that it becomes
“I:\Program Files\Rockstar Games\Grand Theft Auto IV\LaunchGTAIV.exe”-norestrictions
Fear , not . Here is a visual guideance for you , in case if you’re lost
Then all you have to do is insert the DVD in your DVD-ROM Drive and then start the game. Voila , head over to the graphics section and you can run the game at a higher resolution if you wish. Just benchmark and let me know how it goes. Feel free to comment. If you’re being adventurous , you may try this method posted in GTAForums. I recommend you to give that method a shot. It works by upscaling 800×600 textrues to fit in your native resolution , images don’t look sharp but you should gain couple of more fps !
P.S – Thanks HeHeHunter for letting me know that my blog’s previous entry hyperlink wasn’t working. Thanks again mate