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I recently tried playing GTA IV through steam and don't remember making an account for Social Club. So I made an account and tried playing but nothing loads. I also tried playing offline but still does not work. Any help?
    
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Saw your post and thought... "this is an easy one!" It's related to games for windows live.... check the link below out and I also quoted the info.


http://pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/Grand_Theft_Auto_IV#Game_fails_to_start

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Game fails to start • Link
There is an issue in which the Steam Version of the game (And possibly non-steam) will fail to start. The Rockstar Social club login pops up, but after you sign in, or go offline, the game fails to start. This is caused by an out of date Games for Windows Live Client. Install the Games for Windows Marketplace Client to get the latest version. You may have to start run this program each time you want to play.

If problems persist see Cannot connect in-game.
Information If the game loads as a process under Task Manager, but disappears after a while, run GTAIV.exe under compatibility mode for Windows XP SP3 or higher. In Windows 7, this can be found under the Programs tab of the Control Panel.
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Thanks. Update windows live but I can't log in. Getting Error code 80154002... God why is it so hard to play GTA IV!!?
    
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Ok I was able to get the game to start but I can't change any of the video settings. I have a gtx 680 4gig and its stuck at a low resolution.
    
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Open up notepad and make a file containing the line:
-availablevidmem 2.0
and save as commandline.txt inside the gta iv root folder, i.e. the one containing the gtaiv.exe.
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Originally Posted by skwannabe View Post

Ok I was able to get the game to start but I can't change any of the video settings. I have a gtx 680 4gig and its stuck at a low resolution.

ANOTHER EASY FIX!!!! I feel like that little kid in the class that is like ... OOH OOH OOH I KNOW THAT ONE!!! lol... biggrin.gif


Use the -norestrictions command line in the set launch options of the game to allow it to change settings.


Edited by Derko1 - 9/10/13 at 1:57pm
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That could also work, in the commandline.txt file, you can add as many lines as you want - basically.
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That could also work, in the commandline.txt file, you can add as many lines as you want - basically.

YUP! It might even better, because steam some times gets hit with stupid and forgets all of your settings... I KNOW FIRST HAND... I've had to manually re-add more than 100 non-steam games and custom backgrounds to them every time it happens. mad.gif
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Yeah it's a big annoyance, it happens to me nearly every time there's a "major" update on steam. I gave up on having an awesome library and now it's just my steam games on there rolleyes.gif
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