L.A. Noire

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L.A. Noire
Release dates
November 8, 2011
L.A. Noire at WineHQ
L.A. Noire at Steam Charts
L.A. Noire at SteamDB
 L.A. Noire at Wikipedia

Key points

Disadvantage Poor PC port[1][2][3][4]
Disadvantage Game is capped at 30 FPS. Removing the cap causes physics and driving problems.[5]

General information

More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums


Source(s) Store unlock Notes
Retail Retail
Steam Steamicon.png
Information All versions require Rockstar Social Club for activation and online features.
Information All versions use GameShield DRM. Rockstar have not disclosed details of how many machine activations are allowed nor any other restrictions.[6]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]


Save game data location[edit]

Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Rockstar Games\L.A. Noire\Profiles\<user-id>\L.A.Noire\SaveGameX.lanoire

L.A. Noire Save Game Manager[edit]

L.A. Noire Save Game Manager is a utility developed by ReanimationXP. It's a program which allows the manual creation of save points during a mission. This allows one to create save games during a mission, and to reload part-way through a mission. This allows one to attempt different dialogue options without restarting the mission completely.[7]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Impossible
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Silver.svg
Multi-monitor Impossible WSGF MM Bronze.svg
Field of view (FOV) Impossible
Windowed Native Unable to reposition the window.
Borderless fullscreen windowed Impossible
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native FXAA only
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Impossible Removing the 30 FPS cap causes physics and driving problems.[5]

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Impossible
Mouse input in menus Unknown
Mouse Y-axis inversion Unknown
Controller support Native
Full controller support Unknown
Controller remapping Unknown
Controller Y-axis inversion Unknown

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native
Surround sound Native Auto configures up to 7.1 output[8]
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Unknown
Mute on focus lost Unknown


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Native Native
French Native Impossible Native
German Native Impossible Native
Italian Native Impossible Native
Russian Native Impossible Native
Spanish Native Impossible Native
Turkish Native Impossible Native Use L.A. Noire - %100 Türkçe Yama.

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.[9]
  • .NET Framework 3.5 or C++ runtime libraries are not properly installed or configured. [10]
  • Firewall prevents game from making a connection to the internet.
  • Compatibility options are set incorrectly on Steam.

Check that that you have the latest versions of .NET Framework, C++ Runtime Libraries, and DirectX Components installed. Also be sure that your firewall is disabled or contains an exception for L.A. Noire, so that the game can connect to the internet. And make sure that Steam is not set to use compatibility features.

Fix Compatibility options set incorrectly on SteamLink

  1. Browse to your Steam installation (Usually C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\)
  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.

Game Freezes in 64-bit Windows 7[edit]

In 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 Fix for the .NET Framework in 64-bit Windows 7Link

  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 reboot, go back and check Microsoft Framework 3.5.1. This will reinstall .NET 3.5 and correct the issue.
Information If this does not work, run the .NET Framework clean-up tool, and then repeat the above steps.

After following the above and the problem persists, delete ypatcher.exe from Steam\steamapps\common\L.A.Noire. The game should start up.

Error while patching the L.A. Noire[edit]

Fix Error Patching: Error Binary Patching FileLink

  1. Navigate to C:\Program Files\Rockstar Games\L.A. Noire
  2. Remove any file with a .patched extension
  3. Remove Social Club v1.0.5.0 Setup.exe
  4. Run Patch_2382_02393_1.exe
  5. Press Update
  6. Start Game via launcher
Information If the same thing happens again, uninstall and re-install the full game and attempt to patch.
Information If the same problem persists, repeat steps 1-6 above after consulting the tips below.

Slowdown, Lag, or Frame-Rate Issues[edit]

Fix Slowdown, Lag, or Frame-Rate IssuesLink

  1. Run the LANLauncher.exe.
  2. Click Options
  3. Enter "-str" and/or "-npd" and/or "+jobs_numThreads 0" (without quotes, just the dash and the text with a space in between each command) in the command line field for single threaded renderer, which may improve performance or compatibility on some systems.
  4. Running in DirectX 11 (via the launcher's options) can also improve performance significantly.

Crash-to-desktop in Windows 8[edit]

In Windows 8, After Launch, L.A. Noire might crash-to-desktop.

It is recommended to first follow Rockstar's official instructions (http://support.rockstargames.com/hc/en-us/articles/200149866-How-to-fix-crashing-in-L-A-Noire-on-Windows-8), and if this does not work then to follow the instructions below.

Fix Crash-to-desktop After Launch in Windows 8Link

  1. Download this [1]
  2. Extract the .rar file to Steam\SteamApps\common\l.a.noire
  3. Update Rockstar Social Club to the latest version [2].
  4. If the game was not purchased through Steam, you may need to download and install a Windows 8 compatibility patch available from Rockstar [3].
  5. Launch the game.

Endless Launcher Loop[edit]

Endless Launcher Loop or Crash After Re-running Setup might occur if Steam's access permissions are incorrect. Running Steam as an Administrator may resolve this. Running the game in offline mode also might be useful thing to try out.

Fix Run Steam as an Administrator (short-term solution)Link

  1. Locate the Steam Shortcut on your desktop or within your start menu.
  2. Right Click on the shortcut and select 'Run as Administrator'

Fix Fix Steam permissionsLink

  1. Do a clean reinstall of Steam; this should fix the permissions.
  2. Relaunch L.A. Noire and wait for the first-time setup to complete.

Missing Main Menu[edit]

Main Menu might disappear in the Steam version of L.A. Noire. To solve it, try the following:

Fix Main Menu is missing in the Steam version of L.A. NoireLink

  1. Close and exit Steam.
  2. Navigate to: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\la noire
  3. Delete the file labeled Cases.
  4. Re-launch steam.
  5. Select Library, and right click on L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition.
  6. Select Properties, followed by the Local Files tab.
  7. Select Verify Integrity of Game Cache....
  8. Once verifying has finished, run Defragment Cache Files.
  9. After defragmenting is complete, also defragment your hard drive.
  10. Run the game.
Information Also ensure that your C++, .NET, and DirectX packages are installed, and updated to the latest versions.

Alternatively you might want to try following steps:

Fix Alternative solution to the Missing Main Menu IssueLink

  1. Try launching the L.A. Noire from the main executable LANoire.exe rather than using the LANLauncher.exe.
  2. Make sure the game is booting to a native resolution by changing the settings in the launcher Options.
  3. Try adding -windowed into the command line field in the options menu of the launcher.
  4. Right-click on Steam and Run as Admin, then once Steam is open run LANoire.exe
  5. Run the game in a simple resolution such as 256 color and 640 resolution
  6. Run both the LANLauncher.exe and the LANoire.exe in compatibility mode for a different version of Windows by right-clicking the files and choosing properties, then compatibility. Also put a checkmark in the "Run as Administrator" boxes.
Information If you are running dual monitors or an unconventional display set-up, try running using only one monitor.

Nvidia Video Driver Crashes[edit]

On some setups, including Windows 7 with an Nvidia graphics card, the game may crash frequently in DX11 mode. You may receive a notice in the notification area stating that the video driver has stopped working and has been recovered. If this happens, try playing in DX9 mode.

Black border around game[edit]

This is caused by the display's overscan handling. See the Overscan entry for solutions.

USB Controller Problems[edit]

With certain controllers connected to the PC (e.g. Wheel or Flight pedals) a bug can occur whereby even 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. You will be unable to drive forward or backward as long as the problem controller is plugged in to the personal computer.

Fix Force controller Detection To Be a Default USB DeviceLink

  1. Open the game launcher.
  2. Click Options.
  3. At the bottom where it says "Command Line", add -joysticktype 1
  4. Click OK.

Problems with Rockstar Social Club[edit]

You may have a Social Club account and can successfully login to it on the Website. However, logging on to it via the in-game overlay may result in errors such as "Invalid E-Mail or Password".

Fix Can't Login to Rockstar Social Club In-GameLink

To fix this, simply download and install the latest version of the L.A. Noire Social Club application located in this article.
Information This fix should also resolve similar issues within Max Payne 3.

Yellow Cab Bug[edit]

Fix How to bypass the Yellow Cab BugLink

  1. Yellow Cab bugs out in White Shoe Murder
  2. Drive to the corner of 7th and Garland. The driver will be standing on his cab, preventing the dispatch from updating you.

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 social club. So if your files are saved away from local disk C Try moving them there and try it out.

GPU compatibility[edit]

Following graphics cards are known to have problems with the L.A. Noire:

  • Any graphics card with less than 256 MB per GPU
  • ATI Radeon HD 5570 1024 MB
  • ATI Radeon HD 3870 512 MB AGP Pro
  • Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT 512 MB AGP Pro

Unable to install game to FAT32 harddrive[edit]

Installation of the game may not work to hard drives 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 your installation to an alternatively formatted drive. NTFS is recommended partition type.

Reinstallation might be required of the entire Steam program to an alternatively formatted drive. [11] However current Steam beta version allows installation of most games and applications to any folder and partition.[12]

Launch parameters[edit]

You can supply launch parameters to L.A. Noire for example in a situation were you're running into compatibility problems, or if you're having serious performance issues. These may help you debug the issue, and thus resolve the problem.

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.

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

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7 Vista, 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
Radeon HD 3000
512 MB of VRAM
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580
Radeon HD 6850
1024 MB of VRAM


  1. LA Noire for PC is the ultimate shabby console port - Steam Users' Forums for L.A. Noire
  2. LA Noire for PC is the ultimate shabby console port - NeoGAF
  3. How is the PC port as compared to its console versions? - GameFAQs
  4. L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition (PC) Review Page 2 - GameFront
  5. 5.0 5.1 LA Noire FPS Cap Removal Issues (120hz) - YouTube
  6. Steam Users' Forums - View Single Post - Unofficial List of Steam Games with DRM
  7. L.A. Noire Save Game Manager website
  8. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  9. Freezing on Neon Sign/Title Screen during synchronization in L.A. Noire for PC
  10. .NET, C++, DirectX: Nothing happening after pressing Launch in L.A. Noire
  11. Steam download of L.A. Noire getting stuck at 90%
  12. Finally, An In-Built Way To Choose Steam Install Locations