Driver: San Francisco

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Driver: San Francisco
Driver: San Francisco cover
Ubisoft Reflections
Windows Ubisoft Ukraine
OS X Ubisoft Ukraine
Release dates
Windows September 2, 2011
OS X March 8, 2012
Driver 2000
Driv3r 2005
Driver: Parallel Lines 2007
Driver: San Francisco 2011

Key points

Windows version features worse graphical fidelity than the OS X one.[citation needed]
The OS X version of the game is far more moddable than the Windows version.[citation needed]

General information

Driver Madness
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Direct2Drive Deluxe Edition.
GamersGate Deluxe Edition is also available.
GamersGate Requires online activation Deluxe Edition.
Gamesplanet Deluxe Edition is also available.
Games Republic Deluxe Edition is also available.
Steam Deluxe Edition is also available.
Uplay (US/Canada) Deluxe Edition is also available.
Uplay (EMEA/other) Deluxe Edition is also available.
All versions require Uplay.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Driver San Francisco\Common\fmv
  2. Delete or rename DriverSplash.bik and ubisoft.bik.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Ubisoft\Driver San Francisco\graphics.ini
OS X ~/Library/Application Support/Ubisoft/Driver San Francisco/graphics.ini

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Ubisoft\Driver San Francisco\<user-id>\savegames\
OS X ~/Library/Application Support/Ubisoft/Driver San Francisco/Profiles/<user-id>/savegames/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video options.
Video options.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

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


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play

Issues fixed[edit]

Black border with certain aspect ratio[edit]

Replace application
  1. Download the file corresponding to your aspect ratio. 4:3, 5:4, 16:10.
  2. Go to the installation folder.
  3. Replace the original driver.exe with the one you have downloaded.
It is recommended to backup any files being replaced in case of any issues.

Game starts fullscreen and with sound but no video[edit]

Modify value
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open the file and modify Fullscreen = 1 to Fullscreen = 0

White screen and only sounds (OS X)[edit]

OS X users are reporting they are only getting a white screen and audio after launching the game.[1][2] A possible fix is detailed below.
Adjust settings
  1. Go to System Preferences and open Energy Saver.
  2. Untick Automatic graphics switching.

Incorrect Refresh Rate / Black Borders[edit]

Run the game in borderless windowed mode
  1. Untick fullscreen in the game's video options.
  2. Download and run Borderless Gaming.
  3. Add Driver from Processes to Favorites in Borderless Gaming.

Installer UI Mode Error[edit]

Run the installer in compatibility mode
The game will not install on Windows 8 and later with the following error: "The installer cannot run in this UI Mode". The workaround for this is as follows:
  1. Navigate to the Ubisoft Game Launcher/cache/installers/13/Disk1/InstData directory.
  2. Right click the setup.exe file and open the Properties window.
  3. Open the "Compatibility" tab and check the "Run this program in compatibility mode for" checkbox.
  4. Select "Windows XP (Service Pack 3)" option from the drop down menu.
  5. Click OK to close the Properties window.
  6. Install the game as normal.

This method is also needed to install official patches.

Icons in Windows system menus are not removed with uninstallation[edit]

Remove the game's registry entry[citation needed]
  1. Open regedit
  2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\GameUX\Games
  3. Look at the registry data for each entry under this folder until one of them is for your install location of Driver San Francisco.
  4. Delete the registry entry in the Registry Editor by right-clicking it and selecting delete.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ 2.2 GHz
Intel Pentium D 3.0 GHz
Athlon II X4 620 2.6 GHz
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB (XP) / 2 GB (Vista, 7) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM
Shader model 4.0 support
512 MB of VRAM
Shader model 4.0 support
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.6 Snow Leopard/10.7 Lion
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo Intel i7
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 3 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 11 GB
Video card (GPU) 512 MB of VRAM 1 GB of VRAM


  1. White screen, only sounds in game, MAC version - Steam Community Discussions
  2. White Screen of death! (for the deluxe Ed. on Mac) - Steam Community Discussions