Max Payne tweak guide

Max Payne is the first Game developed upon the MAX-FX engine, previously most well known for powering 3D Mark 2000 & 2001, & one of the most successful PC Game releases for quite some time.

Much like 3D Mark 2001 it can sometimes take a hefty system to get the game to run at a smooth frame rate, or just to look nice. This guide will take you through the mass of options available for the Game, along with other tips & hints.


Begin by downloading the latest patch for Max Payne; this may resolve many of the bugs or other issues you may have encountered. You can download the latest Max Payne patch from 3D Files.

Now download the latest drivers for your Graphics card & Soundcard. This may solve (some) display or audio problems you might encounter. There are links to various manufacturers on the Drivers page. If you are having problems with game CD Authentication & are using Windows 2000/XP try the SafeDisc Driver fix from Macrovision.

Install DirectX 8.0A (or later) on your system if not already installed. This may fix problems with Display/Sound/Input devices.

If you experience static noise or irregular audio playback, try the following (assuming that installing the latest drivers donít fix the problems):

1.       Click on Start, Settings, then Control Panel. If you have Windows 2000 or Millennium Edition installed note the icon names as shown in brackets below.

2.       Open the Multimedia (Sounds & Multimedia) icon.

3.       Select the Audio tab & then hit the Advanced Properties (Advanced) button.

4.       Select the Performance tab.

5.       Move the Hardware acceleration slider to the 2nd notch from the left (Basic Acceleration). Move the Sample rate conversion quality slider to the middle notch (Improved sample rate converter).

If you are having problems running the game (Performance or otherwise) on Windows 2000 then try checking our Windows 2000 Compatibility & Performance guide.

If you experience any lockups & such they might be caused by overclocking, if so try lowering the Memory/Core speed of the overclocked device.

Still having problem? Try emailing Technical Support.

Command lines

Max Payne contains several command line switches that can be used for troubleshooting/performance purposes. Where appropriate these switches are listed in their appropriate section. To add command line switches take the following steps. Right click on your Max Payne shortcut & select Properties. In the Target field is where these extra settings will be added.

Some of the more useful Commands you may add are as follows;

-nodialog. This command disables loading the Configuration utility, & loads Game immediately instead. This will of course may it impossible to change Game settings, so remove this command whenever you intend to change your settings.

-skipstartup. This command will disable the playback of the short movie before the Game initially loads. Highly recommended, as all this movie serves to do is slow down initial loading time.

-screenshot. This command enables you to take in-game screenshots by pressing the F10 key. These are saved in the screenshots sub-directory where Max Payne is installed, e.g. D:\Max Payne\screenshots in Targa (.tga) file format, & using a consecutive file name, i.e. shot0000.tga, shot0001.tga & so forth.

-developerkeys. This command enables you to use extra commands in the Game. This is of most use if you want to see your frame rate (& other statistics) Ė which can be done by pressing the F11 key. Other commands basically relate to what may constitute cheats so Iíll ignore them.

-disable3dpreloads. This command should be added should you experience any crashes while attempting to load a level.


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