Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
ATI 8.12 drivers released

Grand Theft Auto IV - General News | @ 01:36 PM MDT | By rappo
Following last week's nVidia drivers comes a new update to the ATI Catalyst drivers. ATI users are among the hardest hit by GTA IV PC troubles, but hopefully this driver (along with the coming game patch) will fix that. The dowlnoad is located on AMD's Drivers & Tools page. Also, be sure to report your experiences (good or bad) in our forums!
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Registered: Aug 2003
Posts: 3,604
Caused my average FPS to drop from 29.22 to 23.77 using the same settings in the benchmark. Mobility Radeon X2600 256MB is what I have.
12-10-2008 01:46 PM
Batman Beyond

Registered: Nov 2008
Posts: 0
worked good for me i gain a few frames ( 5-7) but most important now the game is steady no drop ( it used to drop like mad)
12-10-2008 03:02 PM
Registered User

Registered: Jul 2008
Posts: 12
That driver made my game to run totaly smooth with 3870 :)
12-10-2008 03:48 PM

Registered: Mar 2008
Posts: 3,324
i hope to use the driver tonight
12-10-2008 06:07 PM
The Commander
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Registered: Mar 2008
Posts: 136
I could actully play the game at like 5-10 FPS with my crapy system, (ATI X1650 Pro, P4 2.66 Single Core) and everything on the lowest setting.

I wounder what this driver will do to that. :D
12-10-2008 11:48 PM
Electronic Sports League

Registered: Dec 2008
Posts: 9
Did not change anything for me, I am still not able to play the game at all, it crashes on start up

(C2D 8500, 6GB RAM DC, 4870 Sapphire)
12-11-2008 06:29 AM
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Registered: Dec 2008
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@kawaga: If it crashes right after the legal screen, try downloading "Prime95" and running its "Torture Test" during startup. This keeps your CPU and RAM under heavy load, and apparently avoids some race condition that lets the game crash right after the legal screen on many systems. It might still take you 2 or 3 tries, but chances of a successful boot should significantly increase. Also, don't forget to Alt+Tab and quit Prime95 once you reach the main menu, as it naturally takes away a lot of performance.
You can find Prime95 (32-bit or 64-bit) here:

I could play the game fine with Catalyst 8.7 (HD 4870, Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700, 8 GBM RAM, Vista 64-bit) but am upgrading the driver now to see if I can get rid of the occasional slowdowns I had.... also I had the problem that at some places (like on the top floor of the car park at Francis Intl Airport) rotating the camera would constantly switch down to the lowest level of detail, the car almost disappearing in a very low-resolution model and texture of the building. Did anyone else notice this too? Hope it goes away with Catalyst 8.12
12-11-2008 11:20 AM
Electronic Sports League

Registered: Dec 2008
Posts: 9
thanks for the hint, it works for the start up. I also found out, that fraps is doing the same job (at least for me), but it still crashes after max. 2 minutes :/
12-11-2008 12:39 PM
Registered User

Registered: Dec 2008
Posts: 0
Sorry, then I don't know how to fix it... once I am past the startup trouble, I never have any other crashes.

The low-detail problem didn't go away with 8.12 by the way...
12-11-2008 03:30 PM

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