Saturday, September 4, 2010

GTA IV FPS Increase Tutorial

Hey everyone!
I was just busy surfing around the web when I noticed this really cool+working tweaks -to those who are having issues with their GTA IV especially with the framerates. Well, guess what? It seems like I'm one of you guys but apparently not anymore because I've fixed mine.

I'm damn happy right now and I hope you guys should feel the same way too. Trust me, this tweak really works. I even have proves of my GTA 4 running with the tweak WITHOUT ANY LAGS ANYMORE.

Follow this tutorial carefully and make sure to not make any mistakes(even the simplest one) and your GTA IV will be up running at a greater FPS rate.

Now, lets just move to the steps because the idea was not on me but it's the original writer's and I was just doing a summary hoping that you guys could work this out.

1) First things first, get rid of all your current commandlines containing -nomemrestrict, -norestrictions or anything similar.(If you dont have any commandlines or you dont know commandlines is, just ignore this step)

2) Next, just run the game.When you did, go to the options and set the resolution to 800x600 or 1024x768. What I did was 800x600 because according to the author it will give you the most performance. And use the rest of your memory budget for draw distance or any other. But, if you cannot do this step(no.2) do step 3. If you can, just skip it.

3)Make a new commandline.txt or append(in the properties window of your GTA IV launcher) and put:
-availablevidmem 2.0
2.0 is common, but you can use a bigger or smaller mutiplier. Basically its like this, let say I have a graphic card with 256mb vram. And I applied -availablevidmem 2.0. Then, in the game it will suppose that you have 512mb vram. Its a multiplier! So, set it to -availablevidmem 2.0 to exactly meet the requirements. Open GTAIV, set resolution in the ingame settings to 800x600, set rest of the options to whatever you want (be

4)Now listen carefully, we have set the resoution to 800x600 and the game only uses 650mb. What we have is a 1GB graphics card. So, it'll say 650mb/1024mb in the game. This is a problem now because if we force the resolutions to -width 1920    -height1080, the game will have a greater slowdown due to Rockstar Games using damn scaling reflection maps.etc with resolution.

5) What we need to do now is limit the memory for GTA IV to see what exactly fits the memory requirement. As simple as that.

6)So, we have 1024mb and we only use 650mb. Now lets do a simple calculation:
1024/650 = 0.635(its 0.634 but lets just give it a tiny bit extra)

7) Next, in the commandline.txt or shortcut appending, write:
 -height 1080  -width 1920  -availablevidmem 0.635
( Be highly sure that you do not put any unrestrictions like -nomemrestrict or  -norestrictions or else it will not work)

8) Next, run the game. Noticed that the settings is 800x600 but its surely not. N u your memory should be like 650/650 or 742/746. Now, in the options menu you cannot go back and the game is stuck. So, quit the game n run it back( use alt+tab or any other method).

9) When you run the game, noticed that the game run in better fps. Yes, you have successfully done it, if not go retry. N if you still having problems do fill up the comments below.

In a nutshell, the trick was to blur the game telling that you are only using smaller amount of memory though you are not.
  • Sorry for any spelling mistakes. Yeah, people make mistakes.
  • If you dont know how to create a commandline or a shortcut appending, do tell me in the comments below. I'll make one for you guys.
If you are having problems, PLEASE ask in the below section and I'll try my best to help you guys.

Do make changes now because if you do wish you were in my place right now, its really worth the try. Happy trying!

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  1. hello
    u tell me about all tweaks of gta 4
    plz tell me i have dual core 2.74
    no graphic card 2 gb ram and a monitor how to play on this specs

  2. hey it gives me dd3d80 error .. wat do i do ??

  3. hey can you please help just contact me on skype please i really need help my name is leoarndo.escobar please!! im a big fan of gta iv i really need help

  4. @escobarleonardo714 i can help if u want me to .... btw i fixed the dd3d80 error .... all i had to do was to set the resolution to 800x600 75hz not 800x600 56hz ....

  5. I run GTA IV from Steam... I changed the width and height in the shortcut, commandline and steam launch options... And it won't change... everything works except when I try to change resoliution. Please answer!

  6. My spec is
    CPU E2140 1.6 dual core
    GeForce 7300 gt 256 mb
    2 GB Ram

    I made commandline.txt
    -availablevidmem 2.0

    And it works, now it says 488mb inside the game
    But FPS is same as it was around 9.2

    What else i should do to increase FPS?

  7. Please help me
    i have lenovo ideapad z470 laptop
    specs:intel hd 3000 graphics
    4 GB ram
    750 GB hard drive
    can i run GTA 4 with this tweak:)

  8. Thanks it really work on my laptop and the FPS are increased but the edges are not smooth.

  9. the resolution increased but my fps is still like 7