Max Payne

Max Payne

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Max Payne 1, Complete FixPack - 2023 Edition
By darkje
Max Payne 1 Fix Pack, v1.2023.1
The purpose of this Fix Pack is to try and and correct the many known issues with this game in a single install.
Compiled by Darkje, 29-January-2023

The 2023 version has all components update to their latest versions as per 28-Jan. '23 and now includes the registry fix for DSOAL sound.

This pack contains a number of fixes for the game that can be installed selectively.

•High resolution textures and executable with fix for addressing 4GB of memory, needed by high res textures.
v1.3 by Gaiver74,
•Startup fix v1.01 by UCyborg,
•Dx8to9 v1.11.1.0 wrapper by Crosire,
•dgVoodoo v2.79.3 by Dege,
•Soundfix based on DSOAL 1.31 by kcat and a special dll for max payne
•Ultimate Soundpatch v1.12 by me, Darkje,
•Directsound3d v0.20 by J.P. Ownby,
•Widescreenfix v16-05-2020 by ThirteenAG,
•JPEG error fix on newer CPU's, formerly known as AMD Ryzen3 fix by luigoalma,
•DXwebsetup by Microsoft,
•VCredist2010 SP1 by Microsoft,

Credits to everyone that made this fix possible for their efforts to keep Max Payne alive. Special thanks to Lethal Placebo for chasing the best sound option and the reporting at kcat and back to me.

Some fixes might depend on an other fix being installed or might exclude eachother. This installer is organized in a way that makes this visible and will take care of these dependencies/exclusions.
Warning: This installer is unofficial, if you find a problem please report! If you mess up your game, don't blame me ;) just start over fresh and follow the instructions carefully.

I made a complete installer for all the previous fixes and included the option of installing the high-res textures. All fixes have been updated to latest version as of 06-April-2021

The installer will let you pick from the following patches:

    [1] High Resolution textures. This does not work with the Italian game!
      [1a] With either a fixed executable for the STEAM game. * if you use the Italian version of the game, please select the CD exe.
      [1b] Or a fixed executable for the CD game.
    [2] Startup Fix.
      [2a] With Crosire's Directx8to9 Wrapper to fix FPS (Windows 10).
      [2b] With Dege's dgVoodoo Dx8 to Dx11 Wrapper to fix FPS (Windows 10).
      [2c] With no wrapper at all (Windows 7).
    [3] Sound Fix.
      [3a] DSOAL wrapper.
      [3b] Or by using Ultimate Soundpatch to convert the audio.
      [3c] Or by using indirectsound 3d.
    [4] WideScreen Fix.
    [5] AMD Ryzen3 Fix.
    [6] support files
      [6a] DirectX setup files (installs directx 9 and previous on newer systems).
      [6b] VCredist 2010. (installs Visual C++ support files)
      [6c] Rasmaker, Remedy's packer/unpacker for the game

Download and install
Download from google drive: MP1-Fixpack v1.2023.1 (578.6 MB)[]

Download from MP1-Fixpack v1.2023.1 (578.6 MB)[]

Install is best done on a clean version of the game. In that case uninstall will fully restore the game back to clean. On windows 7 you probably don't need the FPS fix.

If you have already modified your game, it is advised to make a copy of your game directory - just in case something gets overwritten or removed.

For steam game you should be installing in 'Steam\steamapps\common\Max Payne'
If you use the cd version the above goes too, but then the right directory usually is 'Program files(x86)\Max Payne'.

The Important note below was fixed in the 2021 version, you can now select the target directory yourself, no more installing it too deep, or not working if you had an alternative directory name, just select the folder you want it to go. I'll leave the note for the old version for now just in case you were using that one:

Some pictures of the installer v1.2021.1 (2022.1 adds some more choices, as visible in the last 2 setup pictures)

Trying other options:
Uninstall first, then run installer again with the options of your choice. Uninstaller should appear in your startmenu in MaxPayne-FixPack and in settings/add remove apps section.

What are all these options for?
All the options are for... ha right, giving you options on what to install or not while still keeping all possible fixes in a single download. Usually it's best to first try everything with the default selection of fixes, this is the most common setting that works for most systems. In case it doesn't perform as expected, you can uninstall the fix and then reinstall it with a different selection of options.

I'll go over them one by one:

Option 1 will add textures made by ESRGAN (AI based up-scaling) combined with some hand-made textures.
* Few thousand (~95%) of game textures have been replaced;
* New textures have increased resolution from 2x to 8x;
* Includes the replacement of decals / blood / clothing and part of the interface textures.
To use this option you will need a dedicated GPU preferably with 2gb or more of graphics memory and a modified executable that will allow the game to use up to 4gb of system memory. Of Course these executables are included, you just have to select the proper one for the game you own. Default is textures selected, steam executable selected, if you want the textures on the cd version of the game, be sure to select the right file for that. If you don't want the textures, just untick the box. Be aware the enhanced textures can lead to longer loading times. Don't be alarmed if you are met by a loading-screen taking longer than expected, just give it a minute and it will load.

Option 2 will apply the startup fix, this fix is for fast machines, if the machine was much faster than expected in game release year (2001) it would sometimes not initialize right and not start at all. Added bonus is that by using the fix it's also possible to use a directX wrapper, this will convert all aged directX 8 calls to a newer version and obey the windows vsync settings. Windows10 completely ignores vsync settings for directx8, this would result in the game running too fast and some of the game's events would trigger wrong or not at all. The wrappers will take care of that by limiting fps to whatever was set in your graphics card control panel, usually 60fps. (if you don't want the wrappers or the startup fix, you can limit fps in any other way you like, for example by using nvidiaInspector or msi-afterburner + rtss). Default is startupfix+dx8to9 wrapper, this is the most simple one, nothing needs to be configured. The dx8to11 wrapper can be useful in the scenario where you need to be able to select the graphicscard you want the game to use, or need other options. It comes with a control panel that can be found in your game directory, see the special chapter below.

Option 3 will let you pick 1 of the 3 possible soundfixes. The first (and default selected) one converts the game's sound calls while playing without modifying the actual sound files and is based on DSOAL. That library will emulate directsound3d almost perfectly with no loss of the original sound quality, The second one does modify the soundfiles before you play to a format that plays right without the need of a wrapper. The third option is indirectsound, this is a bit like the first option and was the default setting for a couple of years, but it has some issues on certain setups, I left it in for compatibility reasons, if the first two don't work, you could try that one. My advice, try the 1st option, if that doesn't work for you maybe the second or third one will.
Option 4, when the game was released 4:3 screens were the normal screen used, nowadays everyone is using wider screens, this fix will allow the game to scale for that, without stretching max to a fat blob.

Option 5, in 2019 a small problem surfaced on AMD Ryzen3 cpu's the makers of the game could never have anticipated back in 2001, a check for certain cpu capability returned a number that was too high and could not be interpreted as a valid result, some code failed and then followed a lot of errors ending in a crash. By circumventing this check the game now will work again on those new cpu's. Older cpu's don't seem to mind this check is missing now, so it's selected by default. Maybe you need to deselect it if you're trying to run on 2001 hardware, but on anything less than 10 years old it should be fine.

The following support files are included to prevent some errors that users experienced sometimes when running the game (directx8 required error and msvcrt100.dll missing)

Option 6a, The install of this file insures all proper directX files are on the system, preventing possible faulty conditions. If already available it will be skipped automatically.

Option 6b, The install of this file insures all proper Visual C++ files are on the system, preventing possible faulty conditions. If already available it will be skipped automatically.

Option 6c. Will install the packer/unpacker for the game and is supplied by remedy on the original CD release. It's so small i decided to check it by default, but you can uncheck it if you have no intend to ever modify the game.
Known issues and fixes
Installed sound option doesn't work right.
It can happen, the default selection works right on most systems, but not all, that's why three sound solutions are included. No problem, just uninstall the fix from settings/apps and reinstall it with an other option selected.

Can't choose install location.
This can happen if you installed the fix before and did not uninstall it. If you can't uninstall it anymore, for example if you just deleted it you can use this small registry fix to remove the last traces of the fix.
To do so manually remove the key "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{98913A55-F0D5-4EB9-979E-76273089BD6F}_is1"
Or download and add the reg file I prepared that does this for you here:

DSOAL doesn't work?
If you still don't have sound with the DSOAL fix installed and you are using the 2022.1 version of the fixpack, you might need to use this small registry fix:
In the 2023.1 version this is already included and will be installed when DSOAL was selected.

The game just goes to the store page after installing the patch.
This is an issue with the Italian version of the game and the Steam EXE file. I think it does work when you select the CD exe, but in that case you will loose steam integration. If that bothers you the best thing is not to install the added textures.

Loading takes a long time.
With the added textures installed, loading takes longer than usual, just give it a minute. If you can't stand it, rename the 'data' folder to for example 'dat'. That will effectively disable the added textures without going through the uninstall/reinstall cycle and will allow you to rename it back to the original name to re-enable them whenever you feel like it.

Loading screens appears to be shifted down.
This sometimes happens and is caused by the widescreen fix, it doesn't mean the game is crashed and it will load just fine.
Some of the graphics settings are on medium after installing the fix, why?
The installer will set the following settings to medium automatically, so don't be alarmed if you set them to high before. They should be at medium setting when using the Highres Textures, otherwise the game might run out of memory at some point. It was found that with a dedicated GPU and more than 2gb of graphics memory, you can usually set the sliders to maximum, but if you do run out of memory just remember to set them back to medium and try again.

Do you have a Max Payne 2 fix too?
Yes i do! Max Payne 2 is a bit better, usually it at least runs normally. But if it doesn't I do have a small fixpack for it that includes the startup fix, the directX wrappers and the widescreen fix. It's just a rar file with some files in it you need to drop in the game directory, no fancy installer. You can get it from my drive at
Version History
v2023.1 All components updated where needed to their current version as per 28-Jan. 2023, DSOAL regfix included.
v2022.1 DSOAL soundfix added, Rasmaker option added. all files updated to latest version as per april 2022.
v1.2021.1 target directory is no longer fixed to "Max Payne" and can be chosen yourself, updated directX wrappers and widesceen files to latest as per 6-4-2021
v1.2020.2 fixed a small bug: the file-size of the AMD fix was not shown. Added DirectX and VCredist support files. 06-january-2020
v1.2020.1 added AMD Ryzen Fix and updated all the fixes to latest versions as per 29-december-2019
v1.01 added dgVoodoo dx8 to dx11 wrapper, 29-january-2019
v1.0 Initial release, 23-january-2019
About DgVoodoo's DX11 wrapper
You can use the "dgVoodooCpl.exe" found in your game directory to set up various options, for example what graphics card you want to use. Sometimes it's needed to select the actual card there instead of the default option. As for the other options, play with them as you please.

dgVoodoo2 watermark.
Just a heads up to anyone who applies the dx11 wrapper: it slaps a "dgVoodoo2" watermark in the corner of everything. But don't panic! Go into your "Max Payne" folder and a file called "dgVoodooCpl.exe" is there now. Open that up, click on the "DirectX" tab, and un-tick the "dgVoodoo Watermark" box. Hit "Apply" and you still have the fixes without having to look at that watermark!
*) in 1.2020.2 i've disabled the watermark by default, if you would want it follow the instruction above in reverse.

When using high resolutions like 4K, you may get the error:
"There is insufficient video memory to start with the selected display settings. Please set a lower resolution from startup dialog"
Then you have to open the dgVoodoo control panel, go to the "DirectX" tab, and increase VRAM to 1024MB (found by Lethal Placebo)
An other option is to use Cosire's dx8to9 wrapper, that one won't error it seems.
*) in 1.2020.2 i've set 1024MB as a default.
JPEG errors on newer CPU's
Newer CPU's can have a small issue, when you start the game a lot of JPEG errors come up and when you click them away the game crashes. This is due to an unforeseen result in the check of the CPU's capabilities, and then the game assumes the CPU doesn't have the requested capability, while in fact it does have it. This issue first surfaced on Ryzen3 CPU's and was named the Ryzen fix, but now it is known to happen on Ryzen3 and Intel 12000 Series CPU's and in the future there will probably be more CPU's with this issue. I will call it the 'Newer CPU Fix" from now on. (16-June-2022)

luigoalma came up with this find and was able to find a fix for it! You can read all details about it at:

The actual fix consists of a small 3 byte change to one of the game dll's, rlmfc.dll. You can implement this yourself with a hex editor or download a dll I changed for you here:
This dll is supposed to go in your game directory, replacing the one already there and fixes those JPEG errors.

All creds for this fix are to be directed at luigoalma, "Provided to help allow your entertainment again, have fun!"

*) This is already included in the Fixpack, but i will leave the separate download here for people that need/want it this way.
Normally you can uninstall the fix either from the start menu/Max Payne FixPack/Uninstall Max Payne FixPack or from add/remove programs in the windows/settings/apps section.

If this doesn't work for some reason you can remove it from the registry by manually removing the key "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{98913A55-F0D5-4EB9-979E-76273089BD6F}_is1" or by downloading a reg file I prepared that does this for you here:

- Using this reg fix will remove all traces from previous installs of the fix from the registry.

The above is also useful if the installer won't let you pick a location to install,
Getting the best possible Image Quality from the game.
To get the best image quality from the game, follow the steps below:

In the game Launcher

1) Set up your 'Display Adapter' and 'Screen Mode' with 'D3D Hardware T&L' Acceleration.

2) In the Launcher hit the 'Options...' button and set 'Filtering Mode' to 'Anisotropic', 'Texture Color Depth' to '32bit', 'Fogging', 'Sounds' and 'Task Switching' to 'Enabled', 'Screen Buffers' to 'Double', 'Anti Aliasing' to 'Off'(*) and all sliders to 'High'(**). Press the 'OK' button to confirm.

(*) if you want anti aliasing look at the AA section
(**) When using the enhanced textures, start with the three texture sliders on medium. You can crank them up later if you have more than 2GB of graphics memory.

In the nvidia control panel
1) Launch your video card settings program: Nvidia Control Panel.
2) Head to Manage 3D settings, then go to Program Settings, find or add MaxPayne.exe there.
3) Then you'll see the settings for this application.

Apply following settings:
Anisotropic Filtering: 16x

Texture Filtering Quality: High Quality.

4) Press Apply to confirm the settings

Now you are ready to launch the game, so press the Play button in the launcher.

In game settings
1) Once you get to the game menu, hit options and then video
2) Set Texture Sharpness to maximum (or your personal preference)
3) Set Brightness to your liking, the best setting depends on your preference and screen, I like it two notches up from default.

4) Press back and back again to return to the main menu and play.

Anti Aliasing
The game's anti aliasing works bad when set from the game launcher options, sometimes it does nothing at all or sometimes white lines appear on edges or dark places, but there is a solution, by using Nvidia Profile Inspector (NPI)

1) Make sure you applied all the settings from the previous chapter

In the game Launcher
2) Open game's launcher, then head to Options... and set Anti Aliasing to 2x.

In the nvidia control panel
3) Launch your video card settings program: Nvidia Control Panel.
4) Head to Manage 3D settings, then go to Program Settings and find or add MaxPayne.exe there.
5) Then you'll see the settings for this application.
6) Apply following settings:
Antialiasing - Mode: Enhance the application setting
Antialiasing - Settings: set anything you want, because it will be edited using NPI
Antialiasing - Transparency: Maximum that your PC can handle.

7) Press Apply to confirm the settings

After this you will probably still have the white lines, but by setting a custom anti aliasing mode it can be fixed.

In the nvidia profile inspector
8) Now open Nvidia Profile Inspector
9) From the Profiles box at the top, select Max Payne
10) Then you'll see the settings for this application.
in section 3 - anti aliasing, find anti aliasing - setting and from the dropdown box next to it and select 4x4[4x4 Supersampling (D3D only)]

11) press the apply button on the right top and exit the program.
Launch the game and play :)

if you go back in the nvidia control panel after npi, you will see custom aa.

This picture shows the aa in action, look at the top of max's head.

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+cH-BALANCE Sep 28 @ 9:39pm 
Tried both the fixpack and the .dll hex editor fix. neither works. what now?
Spartan Sep 28 @ 11:13am 
@darkje 1920x1080
Ballinmydawg Sep 23 @ 3:13pm 
my game doesn't want to start any more and when i first started it i need to change my graphics
darkje  [author] Sep 23 @ 11:11am 
@Spartan: What resolution are you at?
Nordeck Sep 23 @ 9:44am 
No problem;)
Well, textures were actually ok, it's more about scripting, calling for certain commands, stats, etc. But, yeah, it's quite extensive, and we can only guess which dependencies it has.
Never had anything like this, the only bug I had with loading screens is that the loading screen artwork was "cut off" at the bottom. It wasn't such a big deal as yours, though.
Spartan Sep 23 @ 5:51am 
Been looking around but I couldn't find it in the comments, anyone know anything about a bug with the HUD showing up in the non story-board cutscenes? Like your health and ammo showing up during the camera cuts?
darkje  [author] Sep 22 @ 11:45am 
Thanks for reporting back, Nordeck. I guess some files clash with the texture pack, and not much can be done about that, at least not by me. The one file I checked had so many differences, I would not know where to start and what they are supposed to do. Only the author of EoP knows I guess, and I doubt he will do a 'texture pack' version.
Nordeck Sep 22 @ 6:04am 
Wanted to drop by and thank you once more for this awesome fixpack.
Just finished MP1, man that was a ride.
Also, Echo of the Past works, but partially>
You just have to manually navigate and delete all the files which give error (for me it was 3 files, in particular).
I don't know how to merge it with current stable fix pack, so just used it as is, in hopes it actually works:)
darkje  [author] Sep 22 @ 2:33am 
ScientistMyself: It is possible the default sound option does not work with all systems, that's why there are 2 other options included. Simply uninstall the fix and reinstall it with the option of choice selected. One of them will work, it's just a matter of finding the one that does for you.
ScientistMyself Sep 21 @ 5:52pm 
So everything works fine except the audio during cutscenes is non existent. Audio does work during gameplay though. Is there a way to fix it?