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Can't Play GTAIV? Sign Out Of The PSN

By now, we all know about the severe freezing and lock-up problems players have been experiencing with Grand Theft Auto IV, but while Rockstar and Sony have been working to come up with a repair patch of some kind, most gamers are just trying to find their own fix. Well, one way seems to work out just fine for many users.

According to GamePro and a variety of feedback we've seen from readers, there may be a very simple solution to fixing any and all GTAIV problems: simply unplug the PS3's Internet connection. Either that, or you can just sign out of the Network before you start to play, and that should let the game load without any issues. Of course, this means you can't head online with GTAIV, but we're fairly convinced that most players are only trying to get through the single-player campaign right now. So while we wait on any updates from Rockstar and Sony, you can give this a try and see what happens. It just might work...

It worked for us, anyway. I didn't see the game freeze until last night - I had already played for quite a long time - but it did irritate me. A mission wouldn't load and that was that. But after turning off the system and reloading, after signing out of the PSN, it was fine. It's only a one-time try for me, and it might just be a coincidence, but it's better than nothing. Give it a try!

Related Game(s): Grand Theft Auto IV

5/4/2008 Ben Dutka

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John Shoemaker
Sunday, May 04, 2008 @ 11:36:28 PM
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Yay! Someone finally said something.

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Jove
Monday, May 05, 2008 @ 12:20:08 AM
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ben, I sent an email to you guys! its important and i hope you answer it! i only created an account here to writte this!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, May 05, 2008 @ 3:15:37 PM

I've seen no e-mails from readers in the past few days; which address did you send to?

To contact me, it's bdutka@psxextreme.com.

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pavlovic
Monday, May 05, 2008 @ 8:52:01 AM
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That a temporary solution, but it's amazing that rockstar is having this issues. They should have released a patch the day after GTA hitted the road.

two booooo's to Rockstar

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ThePoetRazel
Monday, May 05, 2008 @ 12:48:34 PM

A small point to make on that. A patch is not something that magically appears in the developer's hands as soon as a problem arises.
First they must identify the problem, find the cause of the problem, find a solution to the problem and then create a downloadable patch to enact the fix.
All of this takes time and hard work. And maybe people should show support for the developers, who are no doubt working hard on this right now.

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KidCallaway123
Monday, May 05, 2008 @ 9:27:53 AM
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I have been waiting to pick this one up because of this issue...

Right now I don't even use my PS3 online so does that mean I won't have this problem?

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FoReVeR_0515
Monday, May 05, 2008 @ 12:54:14 PM

From what I've read and experienced, you should not have any problems. I say go ahead and pick it up, it's a great game!

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erislocker
Monday, May 05, 2008 @ 2:56:28 PM
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i had the exact thing happen...
i was worried i would be part since i got 60 GB ps3. but it was fine, until one mission wouldn't load...
i didn't think of the "offline" mode, before deleting a savegame. luckily i had an autosave not long before. so now, i always go and make a double save every now and then. (just in case...).

ps: game KICKS ass!
i'm trying to play as fast and as slow as possible...
i want to enjoy it as long as i can!

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Nasty80
Tuesday, May 06, 2008 @ 7:09:13 PM
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unplugging or logging out of the network doesnt work for me. it still locks up after about 5 or 10 min. it sucks i need this fixed right now!!

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HazeDG13
Wednesday, May 07, 2008 @ 9:42:20 AM

If the "simple" fix doesn't work for you, back your save data up onto a USB drive and try the "full" fix.


Take-Two suggests PS3 GTAIV fix

Reports of Grand Theft Auto IV freezing up have been circulating message boards since the game's launch Tuesday, but Rockstar Games has been tight-lipped as to the reason or the remedy, passing off requests for public comment onto Sony. While the majority of complaints appear to be coming from PlayStation 3 users, Xbox 360 owners with glitch-ridden game experiences have also voiced their frustrations online.

Take-Two representatives may not have been willing to go on the record about the issue, but the publisher's tech support team does not have the same luxury when it comes to customer complaints. An inquiry into the Take-Two tech support site yielded the following array of suggestions on how to fix the problem. The 12-part response follows below:

Please run through the following, go through in order.


1) Delete the game's install data. This is done via the PS3 options. Scroll along the cross media bar until you reach the 'Game' tab, now scroll up / down the list until you reach the 'Game Data Utility' Enter this and locate the GTA IV option. Highlight this and press triangle once, from the menu select Delete. This will delete the game's install information.

2) Delete the game's save files. To delete any save files you will need to do the following. Scroll along the cross media bar until you reach the 'Game' tab, now scroll up / down the list until you reach the 'Save Data Utility' Enter this and locate the GTA IV option. Highlight this and press triangle once, and from the context menu select Delete.

3) Disable your Internet connectivity for the PS3. To do this scroll along the cross media bar until you reach the 'Settings' tab, now scroll up / down the list until you reach the 'Network Settings'. Now scroll down to the Internet connection option and press x, now select the disable option. Once this has been done unplug the ethernet cable if you are connecting to the Internet if using this.

4) Disable the console's information board. To do this scroll along the cross media bar until you reach the 'Network' tab, now scroll up / down the list until you reach the 'Information Board', highlight this and press triangle. From the menu select 'Do not display' Press X to confirm this.

5) Disable Media Server functionality. Scroll to Settings, now scroll up / down to 'Network Settings' select Media Server connection. Once this has been done press triangle and change the option Disabled.

6) Delete all of the system's Internet cache. To do this scroll along the cross media bar until you reach the 'Network' tab, now scroll up / down the list until you reach the 'Internet Browser', highlight this and press X. Once you browser opens press the triangle button once, from the new menu highlight the 'Tools' option and press X. Scroll down the menu until you reach 'Delete Cookies' and press X. Confirm the files deletion. Repeat this for 'Delete Cache'.

7 ) Turn off the PS3 screen saver. Use the cross media bar to scroll to 'Settings', select 'Display Settings'. Now highlight 'Screensaver' and set this to 'Do not use'.

8 ) Once this has been done, manually restart you PS3 by holding down the power button for 5 seconds it will beep once and then shut down. Release the power button and re-press it and hold for about 5 seconds. The system will then boot and reset all display settings. You will be prompted to reset your display settings to how you require them.

9) Once restarted please try the game again, you will be prompted to reinstall.

Once the game has started please turn off the following features:

1) The game's auto-save. Press Start, Game, and locate the Auto-save option. Turn this off.

2) Turn off the game's flicker filter. Press Start, Display and locate the Flicker Filter option. Turn this off.

3) Turn off the controller vibration feature. Press Start, Controls and locate the vibratio

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Loogs
Tuesday, May 06, 2008 @ 9:45:20 PM
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No offense, but all in all, this is just a quick fix. Hopefully Rockstar is getting on the ball and responding to the problem with an actual patch. Sign out and disable the multiplayer feature just so it actually loads like it should in the first place? Come on guys...

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27s
Tuesday, May 06, 2008 @ 11:03:02 PM
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Hey guys,

I have found, at least for me, that I can have my Ethernet plugged in and the internet/GTA works great. Yet, when I was using wireless, it would freeze/crash, and then I disabled the connection, and it would work again. So, if you want to play online, I would try using the Ethernet port!

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Jdogtoocool
Friday, May 09, 2008 @ 1:45:19 PM
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Maybe Grand Theft Auto 4 should have been delayed just one more time to find all of these bugs and eliminate them once and for all...

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