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Ultimate Troubleshooting Guide



  • The process below is not a fix, but rather to guide you towards a fix. It is exclusively for mod related problems and assumes your game runs fine without any mods installed. Unfortunately there aren't any quick fixes nor guarantees, just common sense approaches.

    If this guide doesn't help, read the post entitled Game Failures - Common Causes. As I wrote above there aren't any guarantees but honestly this method is foolproof to isolate at least where your issues are hiding.

    If your game does not, or never did run, without any mods installed you can also check the official Rockstar support page for possible solutions. Remember that modding hardware requirements often exceed those of an unmodded game. This means you may require additional horsepower from GPU, CPU, memory, and adequate drive storage.

    Troubleshooting

    The following suggestions will give you a great starting point for troubleshooting a GTA5 game that was working but no longer works. If your issue started after a patch or R* update ensure you have updated essential mods. Remember that Rockstar updates don't usually break vanilla GTA5, but they definitely break GTA5 modded games - that's your challenge.

    If your game never worked properly in the first place, check links above. Most importantly, make sure your folder structure is correct and the installations are in the right folders and paths. Further reading, GTA5 911 Help and Checklist.

    If your game is now suddenly broken (crash, hangs, won't load), after an update, after installing more mods, or randomly, try this process to isolate the issue. Follow these steps faithfully and this systematic approach will help you discover, not necessarily what the problem is, but almost certainly where the issue lies:

    Four Step Troubleshooting Guide
    Step 1. Run the game without mods. You want to rule out any hardware, PC software, or game file issues and ensure your game runs stably in vanilla mode - without any mods - no scripts, no addons, no trainers. You don't need to uninstall anything at this point. Instructions: Simply rename dinput8.dll which you will find in your root folder (where GTA5.exe is) to dinput8.bak and start your game. If your game nows runs properly without mods and without incident, move to the next step. You now know your game itself is fine. If it doesn't run, start with a Verify Integrity, and worst case a complete reinstall with a new saved game file as well.
    Step 2. Disable your scripts folder. You want to rule out script or script conflict issues. Instructions: First ensure dinput8.dll has been renamed to its original name, then rename your scripts folder to Xscripts (or whatever you want). Again start your game. If your game runs stably with the scripts folder disabled, you know the problem is with one or a combination of scripts. Uninstall them, one or in small groups, and reinstall until you find the problem. If your game still doesn't run while all your scripts are disabled, you can now suspect the Mods Folder.
    Step 3. Disable your mods folder. You want to rule out addon mod or mod conflict issues. The mods folder includes key files such as dlclist.xml, gameconfig.xml, and your Dlcpacks folder with addon peds, vehicles, maps, interiors, etc. Instructions: First rename the scripts folder back to its original name, then rename the Mods folder to XMods (or whatever you want). You do not need to edit dlclist.xml. Just start your game. If your game runs with the mods folder disabled, you have an issue with one or a combination of mods. Once more, uninstall them, one or in small groups, and reinstall until you find the problem. Ensure you do not have any syntax errors in dlclist.xml and that your gameconfig is installed and updated along with heap and pack adjuster mods. You may also need to check for improperly or problematic replace peds or vehicles or changes to metadata files. Finally also ensure it's not faulty ycd animation mods, textures, weapons, or any other mods or changes within this folder.
    Step 4. Disable your asi mods. The last step is to ensure it is not a trainer or other asi file that is causing issues. It is less likely to be your trainer, but it could be an .asi mod that is outdated, conflicting, or just not right for your system. Instructions: use the same process of renaming the mods, but go one by one. Don't rename OpenIV, it's not necessary. Also make sure to change .asi extension to something like .bak, if you keep the extension as an .asi it will still try to be loaded by dinput8.dll and could cause issues.

    Most Common Causes

    The most common causes for you crash or related issues could be:

    1. Missing the essential files required for stable modding. They are not installed or not updated for the user's version of GTA5.
    2. Improperly installed mods. May also be outdated or conflicting - addons, replaces, and scripts (asi, dll).
    3. Improper edits or customizations on any GTA5 files (syntax or other errors)
    4. Unwanted replacement of files by certain OIV installers.
    5. PC Hardware or software. Your rig might play vanilla game but is it powerful enough and configured properly for a modded game.

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