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LowSpecGamer: how to run Grand Theft Auto 4 on a low end PC

October 20, 2019

Ever before Grand Theft Auto 5 was taking
headlines the previous game on the series was getting a lot of press.. for a very different
reason. Grand Theft Auto 4 was a brilliant analysis
into the underbelly of the concept of the american dream. it is also a terrible PC port for everyone…
not just people with low end computers. But, thanks to an active modding community,
we may be able to downgrade it… maybe a bit too much? This is the LowSpecGamer where we sometimes
spend hours just figuring how to get a game to boot up without a dedicated video card. So forget about… am… details on cars,
NPC and tress because we are making this game run. Nico: Oh, I hope that didn’t turn as badly
as it looked. I wish I could show you how GTA4 runs on this
computer, but I can’t because the game will simply not start on some integrated GPUs.
Here is how I solved it, maybe it can work for you too! First, you need to go the installation folder
of GTA4: for steam this is located at your Program Files, Steam, steamapps, common, Grand
Theft Auto 4, GTAIV. Inside you can create a text file called commandline.txt where the
game will read commands on startup. You need this command, availablevidmem where you can
specify your video memory. To find out how much to put here you need to go to your control
panel, display settings, advanced and it will be in megabytes under the dedicated video
memory. You need to put a number that is under that
in the command. Be sure to include the decimal point and the zero. It will not work otherwise! Now the game will be able to open and it will
drop us into the minimum settings possible, the only thing I have changed is the resolution
to 720p Testing this does not seem that good at first,
but it becomes obvious that we can barely pull over 25 FPS… sometimes. Let’s see what
we can do. If you have something like the Steam version
of this game, chances are you are using the latest game version. Some people report an slight performance difference
on previous versions and some mods will not work on the latest one. To downgrade we will follow the instructions
on pc gaming wiki, which are linked on the description This involves downloading the 1.0.4 update
and installing it, renaming the GTA4 folder with all your files, installing social club
and then moving all the files from your renamed folder to the GTA4 folder that should have
been created when you installed the social club Follow the instructions on that wiki and you
shall be fine. Also, remember to set the properties of the
game on steam so the game does not update automatically And create a shortcut to the GTA4 launcher
to your desktop so can play it without it updating And now, before we move into mod territory
I highly suggest you backup your common and pc folders from the gta4 directory… That
way you can revert the effect of any mod. The first 2 mods I am going to try make very
slight changes and they give you a slight boost in performance. The first is called FPS Boost For Low Specs
and the second one is the GTA IV optimizer. Try this 2 mods separately and keep the one
that works best for you! To install the first one you need to copy
the timecyc.dat to your pc/data folder, replacing the original file and then copy the visualSettings.dat
to your common/data folder, also replacing and original file. If you decide to try the second one, then,
inside the mod folder you just need to copy the pc and common folder and paste on the
GTA4 directory, merging and replacing all necessary files. I pretty much saw the same effect with both
mods + the version downgrade. FPS is slightly more stable now and seemed to be between the
28 and 30 in the good moments. However, if you are truly desperate, There
might be a more… interesting option. Behold, the appropriately named GTA IV for
Extremely Low PCs, a mod with some dramatic changes to the regular game. The link is in
the description. The download leads to a collection of mod
assets that you can use. I recommend the Extreme Low PCs base package, the props removal and
the no car deformation. To install the base package, copy the common
and pc folders on the downloaded mod files to your GTA 4 folder, overwriting everything
that it needs to. There is also a commandline.txt that you may add to your existing command
list. In my experience beyond lowering the resolution the commands did nothing special,
but experiment with each one of them if you still need additional performance. For the no car deformation mod simply copy
and paste the common folder included in the mod And the same for the pc folder for the props
removal, you probably have the grasp of this by now. Let’s see what it did. Okay, um so the door’s gone. It’s not
that it’s open, there’s just no door but, who needs those anyway?
Yep, no doors and okay.. Oh my god. Is that the draw distance? That is absolutely the
draw distance. Holy Sh-[BLEEP]. Is this how an Age of Empires soldier feels? Right, so. If you are not desperate enough
to use that draw distance you can try one last thing. This draw distance mod includes file for different
in game draw distances. The shortest one included seems to work very well with this mod. Otherwise,
you can just copy the timecyc file from the backup I told you to create. You did backup your files, didn’t you? In any case, I am going to use the shorter
one in the mod and copy it to pc data. I am going to delete the super short one and rename
the moded one to simply timecyc.dat so the game can recognize it. Done, time for some testing. So, as you can see, the draw distance isn’t
that bad this time. Ah, you can still see when it cuts in the
distance but it’s not as “dramatically bad”, isn’t it?
The- Woah… The NPC’s (Non-Playable Characters) look interesting…
Look at this car, isn’t this a beautiful, exciting car? Don’t you want to drive this
kind of car? Now, check this out. If I try to use this car…
Wait for it, so I get into the car – POP – and it morphs. Beautiful. So that way,
you know that details are loaded only on the car that you’re driving, that’s how you
make maximum performance, people. And we’re getting one hell of a performance
boost, compared to before. Is magical. Ah! I missed my exit. Typical.
Woah, Also the trees- I had not realized that. Nice looking trees.
[LAUGHS] Oh, that’s even better. Time to integrate myself into this car. [WOP]
[LAUGHS] Never gets old. Time to go for the bridge. This is usually
where my performance drops the most and, well, check it out! Much better than I expected.
Oh, I didn’t see that! Ah, crap, it’s the graphics police! I have gone too far,
I have downgraded this too much and now they’re out to get me. Look at their cars!
How are you supposed to catch me when your cars aren’t even rendered? Ge- Get out of
my way! [READS INSTRUCTIONS] Follow the dealer to
his supplier on foot. Stay behind him and try not to be seen. Oh! Well that was bad.
Do I have to catch him or I have to kill him? I don’t remember.
Oh, that works! [SHOT] Oh crap! [SHOOTS] Looking nice. Hello! [SHOOTS] That’s one intimidating
looking enemy. Hello Mr. Tree. Woah! Okay, umm… I guess
they did remove trees. I knew the mod mentioned the trees were removed and I saw these and
thought, “Eh, they didn’t really remove them”, but, well, I was wrong.
Woah! [LAUGHS] this is so bizarre-looking. [POP] Ah, never gets old. Never gets old!
Am I being chased? I think I am. Oh s***! Wrong button, wrong button! Crap, aaah! Ouch.
Aah, and the car returned back into its low model almost immediately.
Out of my way! Shoot! For a one star chase this is sure hard to shake… That is all for this video. Boy am I glad
this is finally done. The demand for this video has been overwhelming. As usual, thank you to my very generous Patreon
contributors. If you want to support me and help me achieve some exciting goals like an
exclusive sound track and tweaking games on Mac, this is the best way! And now LowSpecGamer giveaway Last time I asked if you like to finish
the basic game or go for completion and the winners are: Kigiro Kuro, Stuff Plays Luke and the Original
PSY Congratulations The question for this week is the following: Do you prefer to play games in the original
state or do you always mod the f*** out of everything? For this week the prizes are Not GTA V for
comments, yes, hilarious, I know, and two copies of Gunstar heroes for twitter and the
steam group… and for facebook… oh wait, right! LowSpecGamer is now on facebook, because too
many people complained about not having twitter. Help me share these videos on your social
platform of choice. To celebrate this wondrous occasion if you
answer the question on the comments of this video on Facebook you can win a copy of GTA
IV, this very same game so you can try this yourself. Thank you to all the game donors. See you on the next video.

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  • Reply Sravan Kowshik A June 3, 2019 at 4:52 am

    The extremely low PCs mod made some missions impossible to finish. In the mission with Packie where both Niko and Packie had to steal the truck loaded with drugs, you can't get over the roof with the mod installed as you can't climb over the planks because if you try to, you would just walk through them.

  • Reply yahya snidi June 3, 2019 at 11:00 am

    I HAVE DEDICATED MEMORY 0 and memory systeme 64 so what should i do ?

  • Reply spyder x23 June 4, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    6:21 i have a pc that even lower than that i3 8gb of ram and my game ran way better than that

  • Reply ASTA June 5, 2019 at 5:14 am


  • Reply Anti gacha Master June 10, 2019 at 11:39 am

    I need some 52 vram to run it

  • Reply Legitti June 10, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    5:27 I'm playing age of empires at the same time, what are the odds? 😂

  • Reply UknowSh*tWell June 11, 2019 at 7:29 am

    Hey why don't you show us ur real set up

  • Reply MY WORLD June 11, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    my pc recuirements are same like your pc requirements

  • Reply VinzCroz June 12, 2019 at 3:56 am

    Work for gta 4 version ?

  • Reply Nirmal pahadia June 12, 2019 at 7:03 am

    Man my trees i loved them. Cant i get them back???😢😢

  • Reply VinzCroz June 12, 2019 at 10:24 am

    6:29 GTA 1 3d view

  • Reply Waazarr June 14, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    Where is gta iv no car deformation mod

  • Reply Xen0N June 15, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Finally i can play this game, also it runs better than the PS3 version now.

  • Reply ZMS HCKRS June 16, 2019 at 11:56 am

    Please make assassin creed 4 black flag or… Prototype2

  • Reply TobyWolfieYT June 17, 2019 at 3:36 am

    Seduce Me!

  • Reply Kamikaze GamesFTW June 18, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Can run in my pc?

    Windows 7 ultímate 2gb ram intel pentium dial cpu e2180 2.00ghz 2.00ghz ?

  • Reply Alejandro Cervantes June 19, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    What if i have 0MB video memory ? Lol

  • Reply Abhay Saxena June 22, 2019 at 7:07 am

    After watching this i feel alot better that my gta iv works alot better in medium graphics


  • Reply svisad June 23, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    Saints row 2 PLEASE

  • Reply DROIID GFX June 23, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    Gta iv en

    Intel i3 3g a 1.80GHz
    Intel hd 4000
    64 bits

  • Reply Holy Macaroni June 24, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    man u helped me so much i went from like 20 fps to 60/70 fps YOU ARE A GOD

  • Reply superpowers June 26, 2019 at 1:00 am

    *Run's GTA IV on a APU with Linux(Using the no win live patch), and none of the tweaks* "Are you sure about that?"

  • Reply Asha Lukose June 26, 2019 at 4:33 am

    leo kun is a big fan of you

  • Reply Asha Lukose June 26, 2019 at 4:33 am

    he is a youtuber

  • Reply Sunu Eric June 26, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    Dude you're amazing! Great work 👍

  • Reply Sunu Eric June 26, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    Please can you show us How to run Just Cause 3 on low end PC

  • Reply febri yp June 28, 2019 at 10:25 am

    If wanna give tutorial,slowly when give information

  • Reply Kudanil Lepas June 30, 2019 at 5:55 am

    When i use extreme low end mod suddenly my gta force close without error message, any solutions?

  • Reply iVan 123 July 1, 2019 at 3:59 am


  • Reply Paquiao 809s July 3, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    This work for EFLC?

  • Reply benjamin rodriguez July 5, 2019 at 2:35 am

    I can run gta 4 all high no shadows veichles 100 and all stuff 100 full hd on amd radeon r7 240 2gb amd a8 4 cores 3.10ghz 8gb ddr3 25-30 fps no less than those

  • Reply Team Youtube July 5, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    PC fanboys consider yourselves lucky. Ps3 by far has the worst port. We play at a forced 640p and still have a bad framerate

  • Reply Captain Jerillo July 7, 2019 at 7:45 am

    man listen, I have recommned reqs but because of optimisation my game runs in 20-30 fps how can I fix it?

  • Reply S0IN July 7, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    Now it' s playable , thanks , you saved my potato gamer life

  • Reply WS Str July 8, 2019 at 7:50 am

    Guys I have a joke:

    GTA IV Optimization.

  • Reply Ratan Bharadwaj July 9, 2019 at 6:09 am

    this is the real lowspecgamer guide, believe me i have a core 2 duo and 2gb ddr2 ram
    first off, set resolution to 800×600, if you have a widescreen monitor, change aspect ratio to 16:9
    then open timecyc.dat and find "farclip" change all weather values of farclip from 1500 to 300 (or 100 if you have a really potato pc)
    no need to downgrade trees or cars, lowspecgamer was so terrible in this video
    i run the game myself at 50-40 fps (high settings) but i have a gt710 for graphics, you can run it at 30fps on all settings low

  • Reply MADNASAL AX July 12, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Thank you for wasting my time

  • Reply ZaPPaTr0n TV July 13, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    i have a gt 730
    and i play on highest graphics???
    it gets 60 fps still
    i dont know why everyone says its bad

  • Reply andrew_ July 16, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    GTA 4 PlayStation 3 Exposed Gameplay.

  • Reply Sick July 17, 2019 at 1:07 am

    Wow wtf gta 4 runs in 40 50 fps in high settings on my gt710gddr3 and corr2quad what is lower than this

  • Reply Xgamesvideos Officiele kanaal July 17, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    With some tweaks…
    This could be a good looking GameCube version of Grand Theft Auto!

  • Reply Jeff Ramos July 17, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    This game can't even run properly on a high end PC. Unless someone had a workaround or mod, do tell me😅

  • Reply Game Broadcaster July 17, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    my game crashes when it load

  • Reply Nickname 101 July 26, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    How do I do the "Rockstar Social Club" part? The download is nowhere to be found and you cant Manually download it from Rockstar support anymore

  • Reply An Dre July 31, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    dunce cap

  • Reply An Dre July 31, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    try the godfather
    i played it on Xbox it is totally fun

  • Reply ProjectCoxelizo August 1, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    when it posts the coments about gta 4 somebody commented far cry 3 please

  • Reply ProjectCoxelizo August 1, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    gta 4 again please

  • Reply ProjectCoxelizo August 1, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    do roblox please

  • Reply ProjectCoxelizo August 1, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    please do roblox

  • Reply ProjectCoxelizo August 1, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    When LowSpecGamer has more smoothness in games than you have

  • Reply Cool Experience August 2, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Game can somehow run on Intel HD 4000 and i3 8800 4gb ram

  • Reply Mr HD August 4, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    when game is on loading screen is kick me out from game
    what to do?

  • Reply lászló kosztics August 6, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    what pc can't run this game by now?

  • Reply Mucio ! August 9, 2019 at 12:11 am

    I would play gta 3 with gta 4 campaing mod

  • Reply Julius Junsay August 10, 2019 at 2:36 am

    I hear GTA vice city theme on your vid

  • Reply Black Syntax August 10, 2019 at 8:16 am

    you need NASA computer to run this at 100fps max

  • Reply Rithy August 12, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    If I set the priority to high may i get a bit of FPS boost?

  • Reply Emir Kaplan August 12, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    is this gta 3 ?? lol

  • Reply EG Smyle August 14, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Best One I Think I Lose 4 Gega Bit On MY Internet Usage For Trash but With you you are The BEST


  • Reply mrnoobypoop August 15, 2019 at 5:53 am

    I think my internet connection makes YouTube run slower then GTA IV on this uhhhhh thing

  • Reply EKLAVYA GAUBA August 16, 2019 at 11:01 am

    ME reading the minimum requirements
    My Reaction ( AM I A JOKE TO U ROCKSTAR ? )

  • Reply Anes Cokovic August 16, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    When I rewrite all of original files with modded ones my game just crashes after loading the save game.Idk why.Pls help

  • Reply Mehdi Dabbeche August 18, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    bro help my pc :
    processor : Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU B96p @ 2.2GHz
    ram : 4GB (3.82GB FREE)
    system : 64 bit operating system, x64 based processor
    and all of this my gta iv laging sooo muchh and i sit all the graphique to low please help meeee pleaseee !!!!

  • Reply GAMEZONE PETI August 18, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    My old laptop specs:

    Intel Core 2 Duo T5500 1.66 Ghz 2x

    DDR2 2 GB RAM

    Intel GMA 950 Video Card 256 MB video memory

  • Reply mr pro August 19, 2019 at 3:54 am

    how to play gta 4 on a low end pc
    1. get gta san andreas
    2. downgrade it to v1.0
    3. get gta underground mod
    4. fly to liberty city
    5. enjoy

  • Reply Aleksandar Birovljevic August 20, 2019 at 7:45 am

    -availablevidmem x.0

  • Reply LUCKY MEYAS August 21, 2019 at 7:11 am

    No guys it's work fine in i3 4gb RAM Intel HD graphics just put low an some of then medium an low end graphic miskoy graphic it's look fine (sorry for my bad English I'm Irish)

  • Reply Panther Black August 21, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    It looks bad

  • Reply Ognjen Janjic August 23, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    Bro this settings is for all pc?

  • Reply Steve Renthlei Gaming August 24, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    My World Is Not Loading Please Help Meh ;-;

  • Reply Matias Lovato :3 August 24, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    Ami se me crasheo ;-; con el de las props

  • Reply Im_FatMike August 27, 2019 at 4:45 am

    THANK U!! But will it work for LCPDFR?

  • Reply Advance Gaming & Vlogs August 28, 2019 at 1:25 am

    My S**t Laptop Specs
    1gb Ram
    Os: Windows Vista
    Intel Media Accelerator 4100

    LowSpec My Laptop Will Run This S**t Laptop

  • Reply F.V August 28, 2019 at 5:48 am

    Runs with 1gb ram? 🙁

  • Reply thank me later August 28, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    I'm dead by all the sarcasm in this comment section

  • Reply Roku September 6, 2019 at 7:59 am

    Fucking Peasants.

  • Reply Awesome GamingGuy September 6, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    props removal did not worked when I install the mod then start the game it just stops working

  • Reply FIREZING _LP September 8, 2019 at 6:17 am

    I wish yall potato gamers a good pc

    Edit: i had a more bad laptop and cant even run

  • Reply JULIAN GAMER X JULIANMATIONS September 15, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    0:46 Bronies Gone wild

  • Reply Mostapha El hasnaoui September 16, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    Bro wtf, i didn't do any of this, i just wanted to see if everyone is just like me, i get 25 fps on this game, how?! i have a crappy pc but it runs this game…

  • Reply Mughal Azan September 17, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    you know my toster can run this game withouut lag for some reson idk but its awsome 🙂

  • Reply TECHNICAL MASTER September 20, 2019 at 11:14 am

    my old laptop was 8 gb ram 1 year old before i have taken windows 4 gb now i have 32gb ram asus which run slowly and having windows 10 pro

  • Reply Max Gokue September 21, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    you are the best!

  • Reply rivaldo H September 22, 2019 at 7:34 am

    Help me when I play GTA 4, my PC will ran into problem (BSOD)

  • Reply Smipy September 23, 2019 at 6:04 am

    I used to play it smoothly with-

    1. Intel dual core pentium 5400
    2. 1x Samsung 2gb DDR3 1333 MHz
    3. Asus nVidia GeForce GT210 1GB

    But now it lags like hell on my new pc-

    1. AMD A8 7600
    2. Asus nVidia GeForce GT210 1GB
    3. 1x Kingston HyperX 8GB DDR3 1866 MHz

  • Reply ZINIMEK September 26, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    I can't fix graphic

  • Reply Ouday Sendy September 29, 2019 at 11:25 am

    Before : Low @720p : 20 to 25 fps
    Now : Low @720p : 40 to 50 fps —– Medium @720p : 30-35 fps
    Thanks buddy.

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  • Reply Robin Age September 29, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    I can run GTA 5 at medium settings but GTA 4 lags. I don't understand why.

  • Reply Reactions 4 You September 30, 2019 at 4:14 am

    My PC Specks (not fake)
    Intel Core i7 2600
    16GB DDR3 Ram
    Intel HD Graphics 4000
    2TB Hard drive

    Yes, A Dell Optiplex 990 SFF Renewed by amazon

  • Reply Bartek Kowalski October 1, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    Draw distance mod how to installing

  • Reply Bartek Kowalski October 1, 2019 at 3:24 pm


  • Reply Patrickis Nub October 4, 2019 at 7:55 am

    My life in a potato pc

  • Reply Ognjen Janjic October 5, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    How many megabytes have intel hd 4000 graphics

  • Reply Manish Parmar October 5, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    mod 1# work on intel pentium r 4 gb ram

  • Reply Im_FatMike October 10, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    i have Dell windows 10, 8gb of ram, but i have texture lost

  • Reply Xtrociss October 14, 2019 at 7:37 am

    My PC has 2gb of RAM, has not video card or at least it has the dedicated video card, I'm not pretty sure, but I think It doesn't has a video card, it's a dual core proccesor and I'm not sure about the clock speed of it, it's a 32 bit and its running Windows 7, do you think is gonna work? I would play it even with the draw distance you showed in this video, so what do you say 😅?

  • Reply Zubayer Sohan October 19, 2019 at 6:56 am

    Ryzen 7 1800x
    16 gb ram
    GTX 1080 gaming x trio

    GTA IV : I will still lag

  • Reply Xtrociss October 20, 2019 at 5:39 am

    Before this my gta 4 was like at 3 fps now it doesn't work, but I'll try to repair it maybe I did something bad

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