L.A. Noire

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L.A. Noire
L.A. Noire cover
Team Bondi
Windows Rockstar Leeds
Rockstar Games
Release dates
Windows November 8, 2011

Key points

Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS. See High frame rate.

General information

Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail Requires online activation
Amazon.com Requires online activation
Amazon.com Requires online activation The Complete Edition is also available.
Gamesplanet Requires online activation The Complete Edition is also available.
GameStop Requires online activation The Complete Edition
Green Man Gaming Requires online activation The Complete Edition is also available.
Humble Store Requires online activation The Complete Edition is also available.
Steam Requires online activation The Complete Edition is also available.
All versions require Rockstar Games Social Club for activation and online features.
All versions use GameShield IronWrap DRM. Rockstar have not disclosed details of how many machine activations are allowed nor any other restrictions.[1]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
DLC Bundle

Version differences[edit]

The Complete Edition is the base game and DLC bundle

Essential improvements[edit]


Patch_2617_0_0_0.exe is the latest version. Manual installation is required when using the retail version on Windows 8 and later or if the automatic update fails.[2]
The Rockstar Games Social Club client should update automatically; the latest version can be downloaded from Rockstar Games Social Club page.

L.A. Noire Save Game Manager[edit]

Allows the manual creation of save points during a mission and to reload part-way through a mission. This allows one to attempt different dialogue options without restarting the mission completely.

Game data[edit]

External settings.
External settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Rockstar Games\L.A. Noire\settings.ini

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Rockstar Games\L.A. Noire\Profiles\<user-id>\L.A.Noire\SaveGame*.lanoire

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Display settings
Display settings
In-Game graphics settings
In-Game graphics settings
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Flawless Widescreen or Widescreen Fixer.
Use Flawless Widescreen or Widescreen Fixer.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use Flawless Widescreen or Widescreen Fixer.
Use -windowed parameter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA only by default; however the game supports SGSSAA using Nvidia Inspector and the compatibility bit 0x004000C1(AA Fix in Inspector should be enabled.)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Can be forced off in GPU control panel
60 FPS
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS. See High frame rate.
120+ FPS
Widescreen Fixer only supports 30 or 60 FPS.

High frame rate[edit]

Messes up the cars handling: acceleration is too fast, steering is too sensitive and brake is too slow.
Unlock the frame rate to 60 FPS[3]
  1. Download and launch Widescreen Fixer.
  2. Select L.A. Noire from the games list.
  3. Click the gear icon.
  4. Check Enable FPS Cap Fix and 59.940 FPS.
  5. Save the settings and launch the game.
  6. Press the * key to unlock the frame rate while in-game.

Input settings[edit]

Controls settings
Controls settings
Remap settings
Remap settings
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Mouse acceleration
Disabled by default. Can be enabled in the options menu.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Full in-game support. Launcher does not support controller input.
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
For DualShock use the DualShock 3 button prompts mod
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings
Audio settings
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Effects and Dialogue
Surround sound
Auto configures up to 7.1 output[4]
Closed captions
see table below for closed caption languages
Mute on focus lost
Game pauses itself and pause menu has no audio.


Language UI Audio CC Notes
Fan made translation. See this Steam discussion for details (in Czech).
Fan made translation.
Use 100% Türkçe Yama v2.0 (now includes DLC missions).

Issues unresolved[edit]

Corrupt License File[edit]

When starting the game, a social club "Corrupt License File" error message is displayed and the game refuses to start. I have found a fix that might work, after many hours of research I found out that the only reason my game has been doing this is because L.A Noire was not installed in program files in local disk C with Rockstar Games Social Club. So if your files are saved away from local disk C Try moving them there and try it out.[citation needed]

Unable to install game to FAT32 partition[edit]

Installation of the game may not work on partitions formatted using FAT32. This problem occurs in Steam when the progress of the download indefinitely "suspends" around the 90% point.
Recommended course of action is to relocate the installation to an NTFS partition.

Issues fixed[edit]

Freezing Title Screen[edit]

L.A. Noire for Windows is known to freeze at the title screen during the synchronization process, or immediately after, when the camera moves away from the L.A. Noire neon sign. There are several possible reasons for this. Some of the most common are:

  • Anti-Virus Related Issues where game files are misrecognized as malware.[5]
  • .NET Framework 3.5 or C++ runtime libraries are not properly installed or configured.[6]
  • Firewall prevents game from making a connection to the internet.
  • Compatibility options are set incorrectly on Steam.
Compatibility options set incorrectly on Steam[citation needed]
  1. Go to <Steam-folder>.
  2. Right-click on Steam.exe, choose Properties.
  3. Click on the Compatibility tab.
  4. Uncheck any boxes that are checked, and click Apply.
  5. Then, click the Show settings for all users button.
  6. Again, make sure none of these boxes are checked, and click OK.
  7. Click OK to close any open dialog boxes.
  8. Double click on Steam.exe to launch Steam.
Updating Microsoft Components[citation needed]
  1. Download and install the latest version of .NET Framework (4.5) here
  2. Download and install the latest version of Microsoft Visual C++ (2010) here
  3. Choose from this page which version of DirectX you will be using and then download and install it


This may fix issues whereby the game fails to install or the Rockstar Games Social Club launcher (and therefore the game) fail to launch

Game Freezes on 64-bit Windows 7[edit]

On 64-bit Windows 7, the game might freeze as soon as the synchronization (refresh) symbol shows up, which appears right after the Team Bondi logo. This is due to the game being incompatible with the current version of the .NET Framework 3.5 installed into your system. This is also the main reason why the associated .NET Framework installer provided with the game won't install.

Fix the .NET Framework on 64-bit Windows 7[citation needed]
  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Type optionalfeatures.exe and press Enter.
  3. Uncheck Microsoft Framework 3.5.1.
  4. Click OK. .NET 3.5 will be disabled and the user must restart.
  5. On next boot, go back and check Microsoft Framework 3.5.1. This will re-install .NET 3.5 and correct the issue.
If this does not work, run the .NET Framework clean-up tool, and then repeat the above steps.
If the problem persists after following the above, delete ypatcher.exe from <path-to-game>. The game should start up.

Slowdown, lag, or frame-rate issues[edit]

Tweaking game via command line switches[citation needed]
  1. Run the LANLauncher.exe in <path-to-game>.
  2. Click Options.
  3. Enter -str and/or -npd and/or +jobs_numThreads 0 (with a space between each command) in the Command Line field to enable a single threaded renderer, which may improve performance or compatibility on some systems.
  4. If the problem persists, switching the Renderer field to DirectX 11 in the same options menu can also improve performance significantly.
Disable the Steam Overlay[citation needed]

Crash-to-desktop on Windows 8[edit]

Apply patches for Windows 8 compatibility[citation needed]
It is recommended to first follow Rockstar's official instructions, and if this does not work then to follow the instructions below.
  1. Download this file containing fixed cases.big.pc and out.wad.pc files.
  2. Extract the .rar file to <path-to-game>, overwrite if asked.
  3. Update Rockstar Games Social Club to the latest version.
  4. Launch the game.
If the above still does not work for the non-Steam version (and usually the game fails to start with no error message after the loading screen before leaving Windows), please reinstall the game to a location where there is no blank space throughout the target folder eg. if the game does not work installed in "D:\Program Files (x86)\Rockstar Games\L.A. Noire", please change the target folder to something like "D:\Games\RockstarGames\L.A.Noire". Then go through Rockstar's official instructions again in regards to installing the latest patches from Rockstar.[7]

Missing Main Menu[edit]

Nvidia Video Driver crashes[edit]

Changing the Renderer[citation needed]
  1. Launch L.A. Noire as standard through RSC
  2. Go into the advanced video settings in the game menu
  3. Change the Renderer from DirectX 11 to DirectX 9
  4. Restart the game and the crashes should be fixed
This fix mainly applies to systems running an Nvidia graphics card on Windows 7 and 8
This will limit the amount of graphical fidelity available by limiting the DirectX version used.

Black border around game[edit]

This is caused by the display's overscan handling. See the Overscan entry for solutions, the linked article lists solutions for AMD, Intel and Nvidia chipsets.

USB Controller Problems[edit]

With certain controllers connected to the PC (e.g. Wheel or Flight pedals) a bug can occur with controller set to disabled in the game menus the game still tries to accept controller input for some game controls and ignores keyboard input. Most notably this occurs when trying to drive cars.
Use -joysticktype 1 command line argument[citation needed]

Unable to reposition the window using mouse[edit]

Keyboard workaround[citation needed]
  1. Use Shift+Right Click on taskbar icon.
  2. Go to "Move" with keyboard.
  3. Use Arrow keys to move window and press Enter.

Issues with Rockstar Games Social Club[edit]

For a list of issues check Rockstar Games Social Club page

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 11
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Audio FMOD Ex
Cutscenes Bink Video

Launch parameters[edit]

To input launch parameters you have to open the launcher of the game, access the Options menu. There you can write the parameters into the Command Line field of the launcher. You might have to start the game manually using LANLauncher.exe located inside the installation folder to see the launcher. It's noteworthy that Steam always starts the game using LANLauncher.exe.

Parameter Description
-ignorefocus Don't pause the game if you Alt-Tab or click out of its window.
-joysticktype Force a specific DirectInput controller type. Can be used to try different controller button layouts if your controller isn't specifically supported.
-L Change the language - use English, French, German, Italian or Spanish, example -L french
-mousefree Allow mouse outside the game window (requires windowed mode).
-nosound Disables sound.
-npd Disable the D3D_PUREDEVICE flag from device creation. May help if you have graphics compatibility issues.
-str Enable single threaded renderer, which may improve performance or compatibility on some systems.
-windowed Run the game in a window.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3, Vista SP1, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Dual Core 2.2 GHz
AMD Dual Core 2.4 GHz
Intel Quad Core 3.2 GHz
AMD Quad Core 3.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 16 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT
ATI Radeon HD 3000
512 MB of VRAM
Nvidia GeForce GTX 580
AMD Radeon HD 6850
1024 MB of VRAM
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9 compatible
The game has issues with any graphics card with less than 256 MB VRAM per GPU or ATI Radeon HD 5570, ATI Radeon HD 3870, Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT[citation needed]


  1. Steam Users' Forums - View Single Post - Unofficial List of Steam Games with DRM
  2. [11/14/12] L.A. Noire Patch Notes and Manual Links to Updates – Rockstar Support
  3. WidescreenFixer
  4. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  5. Freezing on Neon Sign/Title Screen during synchronization in L.A. Noire for PC
  6. .NET, C++, DirectX: Nothing happening after pressing Launch in L.A. Noire
  7. LA Noire won't start