Max Payne

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Max Payne
Mac OS
Release dates
July 23, 2001
Mac OS
July 16, 2002
Max Payne at WineHQ
Max Payne at Steam Charts
Max Payne at SteamDB
 Max Payne at Wikipedia
Max Payne
Max Payne 2001
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne 2003
Max Payne 3 2012

Key points

Information Requires an unofficial patch to fix a missing audio issue in Windows Vista and later.

General information

More information Remedy's Forums for game
More information Max Payne Wiki
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums for game series


Source DRM Notes Keys Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
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Retail Disc check DRM: SafeDisc 2 disc check.
Information Demo

Essential improvements[edit]


Information Patch 1.05 is the latest official patch for the game.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Fix Launch the game with the -skipstartup parameter

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Remedy Entertainment\Max Payne\
Mac OS

Save game data location[edit]

Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Max Payne Savegames\
Mac OS
Information ThirteenAG's fix includes an .asi file, which forces the game to use save games from <path-to-game>\savegames\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Impossible
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

Launcher general settings.
Launcher advanced settings.
Information Can only be changed in the launcher.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Hackable False icon.svg Use ThirteenAG's fix.
Multi-monitor Impossible False icon.svg Stretched.
Field of view (FOV) Hackable Use ThirteenAG's fix.
Windowed Native Toggle with Alt+ Enter or use the -window parameter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed Impossible Forcing it causes glitches.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native Can be improved by forcing 16x in the graphics card control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native Up to 8x.
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Native

Input settings[edit]

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

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native
Surround sound Impossible
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Native


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Native Native
French Native Native Native
German Native Native Native
Italian Native Native Native
Polish Native Native Native
Portuguese Native Native Native
Russian Native Native Native
Spanish Native Native Native
Turkish Native Impossible Native A Turkish fan patch is available here.
Information Other audio languages can be downloaded from here.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Corrupted files in the French version[edit]

Information The French Steam version of Max Payne has corrupted files, with the error message Invalid Data Read from R_memory File("part1_level1b"). Reports indicate issues with the files x_level1.ras, x_level2.ras, and x_level3.ras.[1][2]

Issues fixed[edit]

Missing audio[edit]

Fix Use an unofficial patch[3]

  1. Download the unofficial patch.
  2. Extract the contents to the installation folder.
  3. Run MaxBatch.bat
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions.

The launcher does not start[edit]

Fix Run the game in compatibility mode for Windows 98 / Me

Game crashes or videos fail to load[edit]

Fix Run the game in compatibility mode for Windows XP

Error: setFullscreen - creating the device failed: E_FAIL[edit]

Fix Use ThirteenAG's fix

Error: Exception in startupInit: Directory \data not found[edit]

Fix Move the game to a folder without spaces

Reinstall the game to a folder without spaces in the folder path. (e.g. C:\Games\MaxPayne).

Fix (Steam) Move the game to a folder without spaces

  1. If using Steam, set up a new Steam library folder without spaces in the folder path (e.g. C:\Steam).
  2. Remove the game and install it to the new Steam library folder.
  3. Go to that folder and go into SteamApps\common.
  4. Rename the Max Payne folder to MaxPayne.
  5. Go back to the SteamApps folder and open appmanifest_12140.acf with a text editor.
    • If Windows Notepad can't read it, use another text editor like Notepad++.
  6. Change the line "installdir" "Max Payne" to "installdir" "MaxPayne"
  7. Restart Steam.
  8. If needed, run the game in compatibility mode for Windows 98 / Me.

Game won't launch on AMD graphics cards, still shows up in task manager[edit]

Fix Run the game in compatibility mode for Windows 98 / Me

Fix Roll back CCC drivers to 12.6 from here

Fix See Force CPU affinity to run the game on one core

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
OpenGL Unknown Mac OS only.
Software renderer Native
64-bit executable Impossible

Command line arguments[edit]

Parameter Description
-screenshot Enables F10 for taking screen shots. Screen shots are saved to the "screenshots" folder in the Max Payne installation folder.
-nodialog Skips the Max Payne startup dialog when loading the game (uses options previously set).
-skipstartup Skips the startup video.
-disable3dpreloads If the system runs out of texture memory while loading a level, this option may prevent the game from crashing due to a driver error.
-window Runs the game in a windowed mode, in the resolution selected from the Max Payne launch dialog. Not all 3d accelerators support running in a windowed mode.
-novidmemcheck Disables the video memory check at the start of the game.
-developer Enables "developer mode", including console (toggled with F12).
-developerkeys Enables special developer keys. Requires developer mode. Using developer keys can break the game flow.
-showprogress Shows extended loading information. Requires developer mode.
-profile Enables in-game profiler. Toggle profile with F11, and see console aliases for profiling options.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95 98, ME, 2000
Processor (CPU) 450 MHz 700 MHz
System memory (RAM) 96 MB 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 530 MB 830 MB
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8 compatible
32 MB of VRAM


  1. Need some files - Steam Users' Forums
  2. Crash du jeu au niveau 1 sur PC steam - Max Payne sur - 20/12/2011 - 14:10:34
  3. -Ultimate Max Payne(1) Vista/Win7 Sound Fix- - Steam Users' Forums