How to Fix the Freeze on GTA IV for the PC


The critically acclaimed video game Grand Theft Auto IV was originally released for PS3 and Xbox 360, and gained massive popularity. When the PC version was released, however, the experience was marred by a number of frustrating glitches, resulting in graphical errors, scrambled audio and worst of all, freezing. The game's publisher, Rockstar Games, has identified a number of ways to fix the freezing problem.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with GTA IV installed
  • Internet connection
  • Close all background applications. When running the game, shut down any other programs that are running, like word processors or Internet browsers. They tie up system resources that may interfere with the game.

  • Patch GTA IV to the most recent version. The patch is available on the Rockstar Games Support website.

  • Install Windows patches and service packs. An out-of-date Windows installation can also cause stability issues. Use Windows Update, or visit the Microsoft Support website to download the latest updates. You may also need to install Microsoft's .net framework.

  • Update your video card and audio drivers. The ATI 1900 Series and Nvidia 7900 Series video cards in particular are reported to crash or freeze often if their drivers are outdated. Recent drivers should be available through the card manufacturer's website.

  • Defragment your hard drive. Some users have reported increased game stability following a hard drive defragment. Follow the instructions in Disk Defragmenter, a system tool included in all versions of Windows.

  • Replace your video card, if necessary. Rockstar reports that several types of video cards will not run GTA IV at all. If you have an ATI HD 4870 with 1GB of RAM, an ATI HD 4850, an ATI HD 3870 or an ATI HD 3850, you may have to replace it with a compatible video card.

  • If your computer is overclocked, return the processor speeds to their original settings.

Tips & Warnings

  • Try restarting your computer before you do any of these steps. Sometimes that's all you'll need to do.
  • Overclocking or underclocking your computer can damage your computer if done incorrectly. Only advanced users should attempt to do this.

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