Category: Main Games Action Games Grand Theft Auto IV Title Update 5

Grand Theft Auto IV

Update released on 10 November 2009

Application Details:

Version: Title Update 5
License: Retail
Votes: 20
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.8.2

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Test Results

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Selected Test Results

What works

Installer (almost flawlessly)
Game itself (in general, with several workarounds)

What does not

The online release date check
Games for Windows - LIVE (installer and in-game)
Rockstar Games Social Club
The good framerate unless you use the lowest settings
SecuROM Copy protection


What was not tested

LAN Multiplayer & Long Play

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

The game will not even run with official Wine source, but if you patch the source with the TEXP70 patch from bug #16328 and install xliveless, the game will run but has some minor problems. For instance the frame rate is poor unless you use really low settings (i.e. disable shadows, low texure quality, detail and view distance set to 20) On Windows Vista SP2, I get a good framerate with the settings almost maxed out. The glitches seem to be gone in this version but I didn't play the game too long and only drove around for a little bit. The online release date check in the installer still freezes at 30% but the offline installer from the GTA4 website works fine. I tested this game on an nVidia GeForce 9600GT with driver version 195.36.24 with an AMD Phenom X4 2.6GHz CPU and 4GB RAM. Wine 1.3.5 seems to have fixed some of the performance issues and possibly the glitches, but occasionally I will get a console message "fixme:d3d:buffer PreLoad Too many full buffer conversions, stopping converting" which may explain the low framerate on higher settings.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowMac OS X 10.11 "El Capitan"Jun 06 20161.8.2Yes Yes NoSilverJohn 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Dec 19 20151.7.55Yes Yes NoSilverMike 
ShowMac OS X 10.10 "Yosemite"Dec 14 20141.7.33Yes Yes NoSilveran anonymous user 
CurrentGentoo Linux x86_64Oct 15 20101.3.5Yes Yes NoSilveran anonymous user 
ShowSlackware64 13.1Sep 23 20101.3.3Yes No NoGarbagean anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
23532 Provide offline implementation of Games For Windows Live (GFWL) 'xlive.dll' -> 'XLiveless' (Fallout 3, Batman, GTA IV) REOPENED View

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HowTo / Notes

HOWTO remove GFWL from GTAIV

Games for Windows - LIVE does not work under Wine. GFWL components will crash any game that use the service. The only thing to do about it is to cut XLive out using XLiveLess Patch.


1) Download the latest XLiveLess patch from here.

2) Unpack xlive.dll into the game folder.

XLive is out and the game launch is unobstructed. Please note that from now on the online play via GFWL is disabled so as to prevent cheating.