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Author: Mcjanet1972
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Hi, I tried to download and install Mafia game. It worked for 2 days then all of the sudden the screen goes black and an error message ""Init Error 4205 Generic.." comes up. My other games doesn't have this error. I already updated the patch for this game from the official website and tried to reinstall it but the same result. I am running windows XP 32bit. Am I missing something? Or is it a problem with my computer?

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# Comment Id: 21450


  • Do you meet the required specs of the game? Do you have a higher memory than the required minimum? Do you have a higher Video Card than the required minimum? these are some question that would help you trace your problem
  • But lets try to resolve your problems through this method. Try changing all the game setting into minimum or lowest setting. Download the latest patch for Mafia. Also, update your directX. when none of these work try reinstalling the game and set all the game setting into minimum settings.

hope this helps.

# Comment Id: 21467

First of all, you have to make sure that your system meets the minimum system requirements asked by the game in order to make run smoothly.  

Go the main website of the game and look for the minimum system requirements for the game. I also use this site, to check if my computer can run the game. It uses java to check your system information. Also, you have to make sure that your video card has the latest driver installed.

For Nvidia, visit and for ATI, visit

Never forget to update your DirectX if you want to play the latest games.

Problems are often caused by not updating DirectX. To get the latest the latest DirectX, you can visit: or you can download an offline installer from,

After you have all of these accomplished, try reinstalling the game and maybe this will make the game run properly.

I hope this is very helpful for you.

# Comment Id: 57983

Error code 4205 when installing mafia to fix this problem you have to go to Run the CD directly from your CD – ROM drive. Not the icon. Then select setup. Then in the setup properties, as a replacement for of auto discover, choose the declaration your screen is set at, mine was 1440x900, and then change the refresh rate from defaulting to whatever your screens refresh rate is. Mine was 60 Hz. See the error is a generic error which means it cannot identify your hardware configurations so you have to choose them by hand. Individual’s two changes are all that is essential. Hope this helps.

# Comment Id: 173943

You didn’t mention what version of the Mafia game you are playing because Mafia has many different versions. Anyway, before installing and playing Mafia, make sure it is fully compatible with your computer. Your computer should meet or much better exceed the minimum system requirements for the game. Mafia supports Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows Millennium, Windows 2000, and Windows XP.

For the hardware, it requires at least Intel Pentium 3 500 MHz or faster processor or equivalent AMD Athlon, 96 MB RAM, Microsoft DirectX 8.1-compatible video card with 16 MB video RAM, Microsoft DirectX 8.1-compatible sound card, 16-speed or faster optical drive, 1.8 GB free hard drive space, mouse, and keyboard.

Anyone who will try to run the game on a system with a specification lower than the above requirements should expect the game to not work properly. If you verify your system meets the full requirements, open Windows Explorer then navigate to the installation folder of Mafia. Next, run the “setup.exe” file and then do the following:

  • * Change the screen resolution to 800 x 600.
  • * Turn off or disable full screen antialiasing.
  • * Turn off or disable true color for lightmap quality/size.
  • * Turn on or enable compressed textures.
  • * Turn on or enable low detail.

After this, click Save and then Exit. Try the game again and see if it works. If this doesn’t fix the problem, click Start, Run, type without quotes “dxdiag” then hit Enter. Wait until the DirectX Diagnostic Tool scan is complete then select Sound tab. Under DirectX Features section, move the slider for Hardware Sound Acceleration Level two notches to the left to set the acceleration level to Basic.

After this, exit DirectX Diagnostic Tool and then restart the game. See if this works. If the problem continues, go back to DirectX Diagnostic Tool and move the slider all the way to the left to set the acceleration level to None. See if this fixes the problem.

Sharath Reddy