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

Poor PC port[1][2][3][4]
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS but this can be removed with Widescreen Fixer. Removing the cap works fine at 60 FPS but for higher frame rates it may cause some physics and driving problems.[5]

General information

Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail Requires online activation Requires latest Rockstar Games Social Club client.
Amazon.com Requires online activation Requires latest Rockstar Games Social Club client.
Amazon.com Requires online activation The Complete Edition is also available.
Direct2Drive Requires online activation The Complete Edition is also available.
GamersGate 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.
Official website Requires online activation DRM Download, see details below
Steam Requires online activation The Complete Edition is also available.
All versions require Rockstar Games Social Club for activation and online features.
Online features require a Rockstar Games Social Club account.
All versions use GameShield IronWrap DRM. Rockstar have not disclosed details of how many machine activations are allowed nor any other restrictions.[6]

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.[7]
The Rockstar Games Social Club client should update automatically; the latest version can be downloaded from Rockstar Support.

Game data[edit]

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

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.[8]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Field of view (FOV)
Use Widescreen Fixer (supports version 1.3.2613).
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 0x004000C0
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS but this can be removed with Widescreen Fixer
120+ FPS
Removing the cap works fine at 60 FPS but for higher frame rates it may cause some physics and driving problems.[5]

Input settings[edit]

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
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Auto configures up to 7.1 output[9]
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
Use 100% Türkçe Yama v2.0. (Now includes DLC missions)
Fan made translation. See this Steam discussion for details (in Czech).

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.[10]
  • .NET Framework 3.5 or C++ runtime libraries are not properly installed or configured.[11]
  • Firewall prevents game from making a connection to the internet.
  • Compatibility options are set incorrectly on Steam.
Compatibility options set incorrectly on Steam
  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
  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
  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
  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.

Crash-to-desktop on Windows 8[edit]

Apply patches for Windows 8 compatibility
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 directory eg. if the game does not work installed in "D:\Program Files (x86)\Rockstar Games\L.A. Noire", please change the target directory 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.[12]

Missing Main Menu[edit]

The main menu might disappear in the Steam version of L.A. Noire. To solve it, try the following:

Verify Steam Files[edit]

Defragment the game files/hard drive
  1. Close and exit Steam.
  2. Go to <path-to-game>
  3. Delete the file labeled Cases.
  4. 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. After defragmenting is complete, also defragment your hard drive.
  9. Run the game.
Also ensure that your Microsoft Components (C++, DirectX and .NET) are up to date
The defragment feature in Steam has been removed from many titles and so a verify game cache will perform the same function on games that lack this feature due to the SteamPipe content system update

Adding Compatibility Settings to executable[edit]

Alternative solution to the Missing Main Menu Issue
  1. Try launching the L.A. Noire from the main executable, LANoire.exe, rather than using the LANLauncher.exe executable.
  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 click Run as administrator, 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.
If you are running dual monitors or an unconventional display set-up, try running using only one monitor.

Nvidia Video Driver crashes[edit]

Changing the Renderer
  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 Direct X 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 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 reverse as long as the problem controller is plugged in to the personal computer.

Force controller Detection To Be a Default USB Device
  1. Open the game launcher.
  2. Click Options.
  3. At the bottom where it says Command Line, add -joysticktype 1.
  4. Click OK.

Issues with Rockstar Games Social Club[edit]

There are many issues that users have experienced with the Rockstar Games Social Club DRM that the game uses, below are a list of issues specifically related to Rockstar Games Social Club and potential solutions.

Social Club won't launch[edit]

Reinstalling Rockstar Games Social Club
  1. Uninstall the current version of Rockstar Games Social Club that is installed on your PC
  2. Download and install the latest version of the Rockstar Games Social Club Launcher.
Reinstalling Social Club will require you to re-enter login details for all other games you use with RSC as well as saved passwords are not kept.
This fix should also resolve similar issues within Max Payne 3.

Endless Launcher Loop[edit]

An endless launcher loop, in which Rockstar Games Social Club starts and then crashes may occur if Steam's access permissions are incorrect.

Run Steam as an Administrator[citation needed]
  1. Locate the Steam shortcut on your desktop or within your start menu.
  2. Right-click on the shortcut and select Run as Administrator.
This is a short term solution and will have to be actioned each time you launch the game
Reinstallation of Steam[citation needed]
  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.
See above for how to install the latest version of Rockstar Games Social Club if these solutions didn't work
Launching the game in Offline Mode may also work.[citation needed]

Error Patching: Error Binary Patching File[edit]

Remove patched files and re-patch[13]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>.
  2. Remove any file with a .patched extension.
  3. Remove Social Club v1.0.*.0 Setup.exe.
  4. Run Patch_2382_*****_1.exe.
  5. Press Update.
  6. Start game via launcher.
If the same thing happens again, uninstall and re-install the full game and attempt to patch.
This works best when the Social Club v1.0.*.0 Setup.exe file is the v1.0.6.0 which can be acquired from here

Social Club stuck on "Checking for updates"[edit]

Manually run the patcher
  1. Go to <path-to-game>.
  2. Run LANPatcher.exe.
  3. The game should download an update and launch.
This issue has only been reported on the Steam version of the game

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.

GPU compatibility[edit]

Following graphics cards are known to have problems with 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 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 your installation to an NTFS partition.

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. [11/14/12] L.A. Noire Patch Notes and Manual Links to Updates – Rockstar Support
  8. L.A. Noire Save Game Manager website
  9. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  10. Freezing on Neon Sign/Title Screen during synchronization in L.A. Noire for PC
  11. .NET, C++, DirectX: Nothing happening after pressing Launch in L.A. Noire
  12. LA Noire won't start
  13. "Error Patching: Error binary patching file" / What to do if a patch fails to install in L.A. Noire for PC