Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto San Andreas Cover.png
Release dates
June 1, 2005
November 12, 2010
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas at WineHQ
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas at Steam Charts
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas at SteamDB
 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas at Wikipedia
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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2005
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Key points

Disadvantage Exceeding 30 FPS introduces gameplay and physics issues
Disadvantage Many particulars are either missing or broken without mods
Disadvantage Downgrading is practically mandatory due to almost every user fix incompatible with newer versions

General information

More information Official game site
More information GTAForums - Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Discussion
More information Grand Theft Auto Wiki
More information GTA Network - A huge network of fansites all dedicated to the Grand Theft Auto series
More information GTA Garage Mod Database
More information Steam Community Discussions (Windows)
More information Steam Community Discussions (OS X)
More information Steam Users' Forums for game series


Source DRM Notes Keys
Steam DRM-free DRM-free as of last patch[1] (despite system requirements[2])
Windows Store Windows Store.png Different port of the game, same as mobile one
Retail Disc check DRM: SecuROM 7 disc check.
Information Only the Steam version has OS X support.

Version differences[edit]

Information The Steam and Windows Store versions lack some radio songs that were present in the retail release.[3]

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Fix Install Improved Fast Loader

Fix Use SilentPatch

Fix Launch the game with -skip parameter (only version 1.01 and above)


Fix Retail version

Fix Steam version

ASI loader[edit]

Fix Unpack ASI Loader 1.3 in game folder


Advantage Fixes many of the bugs introduced in the PC version like bugged coronas headlights and road reflections.[4]
Advantage Adds new features to the game like FLAC codec support and two pass rendering [5][6]
Information Limited Steam version support

Fix Unpack patch in installation folder

Information ASI loader required

Install fixed resources[edit]

Fix Set up Mod Loader to replace game assets

  1. Download Mod Loader
  2. Extract modloader folder and modloader.asi in <path-to-game>
  3. Download Fixed Vehicles pack
  4. Download Map Fixes pack
  5. Extract both archives in subdirectories inside modloader one


Information 1.00 version and ASI loader required

Game data[edit]

Information Default configuration/saves folder path can be customized

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\GTA San Andreas User Files\gta_sa.set
Disadvantage Configuration file is encrypted, although it could be possible to edit

Save game data location[edit]

Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\GTA San Andreas User Files\GTASAsf#.b
Windows App %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\RockstarGames.GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas_3t068xe29zjvp\LocalState
OS X ~/Documents/Rockstar Games/GTA San Andreas User Files/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Impossible
GameSave Manager Native

Incompatible save game[edit]

Information 2.0 executable and newer will refuse to load savegames created with previous .exe. Use GTA Save N Play service to convert them
Information Saves made with original 1.0 scripts will fail to load when used with Hot Coffee patched ones, and vice versa. This can be fixed by converting them

Fix Convert saves

  1. Go to save game folder
  2. Upload & Convert your save file with SCMConverter service
  3. Download fixed save back to the save games folder

Video settings[edit]

Display options
Advanced display options
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Bronze.svg Very poor support.[7] See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor Hackable False icon.svg See Widescreen resolution
Field of view (FOV) Hackable Adjustments are possible directly using widescreen fix or with Camhack
Windowed Hackable SA Window. (ASI loader required)
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native
Vertical sync (Vsync) Hackable Can be forced.
High frame rate Impossible In-game frame limiter is mandatory to prevent a huge amount of glitches.[8]
Proper 30 FPS cap can be reached with SilentPatch (25 FPS otherwise)[9]
External utilities may be used to find a somewhat faint compromise.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Disadvantage Game normally renders stretched anamorphic images. In-game widescreen option uses correct Aspect Ratio but cuts image (Vert-)
Information SilentPatch restores 5:4 and 16:9 resolutions with non-1.01 and non-2.0 versions,[10] albeit far from perfection (see fixbox)

Fix Perfect widescreen implementation

  1. Download Widescreen HOR+ Support
  2. Extract rel folder in <path-to-game>
  3. Download Widescreen Fix Remake
  4. Extract the files in <path-to-game>


Advantage Field of view can be controlled inside GTASA_widescreen_fix.ini
Information 1.00 version and ASI loader required

Input settings[edit]

Input settings
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Native Can be further adjusted with sensitivity fix
Information ASI loader required
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native Y-axis sensitivity is hardcoded
See sensitivity fix to tie Y-axis one to X-axis
Controller support Native Very basic support. SAAC or GInput are recommended.
Full controller support Hackable Only in Steam version. GInput otherwise(ASI loader required)
Controller remapping Native
Controller Y-axis inversion Native
Touchscreen optimised Native Windows Store version only.

Y-axis sensitivity fix[edit]

Fix Y-axis sensitivity fix installation procedure

  1. Download the y-axis mouse sensitivity fix.
  2. Move Y-Axis_Sensitivity_Fix_gta3vcsa.asi to <path-to-game>.


Information ASI loader required

Audio settings[edit]

Audio panel
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native Independent radio and effects volume.
Surround sound Native Up to 7.0 output[11]
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Native Widescreen fix can be used to toggle behavior[12]
EAX support Native EAX 3[13]


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Native Native
Arabic Native Impossible Native
French Native Impossible Native
German Native Impossible Native
Italian Native Impossible Native
Spanish Native Impossible Native

Add more localizations to language menu[edit]

Fix Use Language Loader

Information ASI loader and 1.00 or 1.01 versions required


Information Arguably, Multi Theft Auto is more advanced, however San Andreas Multiplayer currently has a larger community. Both mods require a version 1.0 executable.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play Hackable 2 Use the 2 Player Missions mod. Controllers only.
LAN play Impossible
Online play Hackable Use Multi Theft Auto: San Andreas or San Andreas Multiplayer.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking Impossible
Peer-to-peer Impossible
Dedicated Hackable Use Multi Theft Auto: San Andreas or San Andreas Multiplayer.
Self-hosting Hackable Use Multi Theft Auto: San Andreas or San Andreas Multiplayer.
Direct IP Hackable Use Multi Theft Auto: San Andreas or San Andreas Multiplayer.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Disadvantage Even though practically every major bug has been addressed by mods such as SilentPatch and TTDISA, there's no guarantee you won't encounter some of the rarest ones[14]
Advantage Some save corrupting glitches can be workaround with an online repair tool or a savegame editor[15]

German Steam version doesn't work on OS X[edit]

Information The German Steam version for OS X doesn't work. Rockstar is investigating this issue.[16]

Issues fixed[edit]

Timing-related issues[edit]

Any of the following problems, refer to a single common fixbox.
If you have:

Game-breaking bugs and glitches
  • Some missions such as Amphibious Assault or Driving School missions[17] are impassable or incredibly difficult
Physical weirdness
  • Cars handles like brakes are always on, decelerate almost immediately and seem feathered whenever in-air
Gameplay absurdities
  • Cars and/or pedestrians move extremely fast (sometimes almost comically)
  • Inability to dive underwater
Crashes when listening to User Radio (these were fixed in patch 1.01[18])


Fix Turn on in-game frame limiter

Disadvantage Game is limited to 25 FPS. 30 after SilentPatch

Game doesn't start after downgrading[edit]

Fix Delete gta_sa.set

Fix EU executable: make sure you have all 5 translations files inside text folder

Game crashes during or after loading screens[edit]

Fix Delete gta_sa.set

Fix If this happen only with older save: convert it

Loading older save game start a new campaign[edit]

Fix Use SilentPatch

Fix Convert save file

Intro movies not showing and/or broken alt-tab[edit]

Fix Disable desktop composition[19]

Information If this still doesn't work try fixing codec hell

Game crashes when cars explode[edit]

Fix Enable Windows 2000 compatibility mode

Fix Disable any additional monitor

Fix Turn visual FX to low

Fix Switch to 16-bit graphics

Mouse fails to work[edit]

Fix Use SilentPatch

Fix Use Ryosuke's mouse fix

Information ASI loader required

Fix Put dinput8.dll in the installation folder[20]

Fix Force single CPU affinity

Sound issues[edit]

Fix Enable Windows 98/Me compatibility mode[21]

Stuck in a gym[edit]

Fix Push or quickly mash the left or right movement keys along with the jump button to exit the gym.

Error on start due to a DirectX 9.0 prompt (Windows 8)[edit]

Advantage This fix is not required for the Steam version.

Fix Install DirectX

Fix Install DirectPlay

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
OpenGL 2.0 OS X only.
Shader Model support 2, 3
64-bit executable Impossible

Enhancement pack[edit]

Advantage Contains much of the most used fixes

Improved shadows[edit]

Fix Fix broken lighting[22][23]

  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data and rename timecyc.dat to something else.
  2. Rename timecycp.dat to timecyc.dat.


Information Best with PS2 Post Processing and Car Reflections and increased lighting distance


Miscellaneous fixes[edit]

Featured mods[edit]

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
2000 or XP
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon 1 GHz
Intel Pentium III 1 GHz
AMD Athlon XP 2000+
Intel Pentium 4 2 GHz
System memory (RAM)
256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
3.6 GB
Video card (GPU) NVIDIA GeForce 3
64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.1 compatible
NVIDIA GeForce 6200
128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Operating system (OS) Snow Leopard 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) or later
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo Processor or better
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 5.2 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI X1600
Intel X3100 integrated graphics chip


  1. Patch incoming? :: Steam Community Discussions
  2. [False alarm] Suddenly... Securom DRM listed in requirements! WTF Rockstar? :: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas General Discussions
  3. STEAM | September 2014 - Nice thread. Btw, Bayonetta 2 is out next month. - View Single Post - NeoGAF
  4. [REL|III,VC,SA|ASI] SilentPatch - Page 48 - GTA Forums
  5. [REL|III,VC,SA|ASI] SilentPatch - Page 27 - GTA Forums
  6. [III,VC,SA|ASI] SilentPatch - Page 23 - GTA Forums
  7. [PLUG|OS] Widescreen HOR+ Support - GTA Forums
  8. [REL]Multi-sampling FIX - Coding - GTA Forums
  9. [III,VC,SA|ASI] SilentPatch - Page 22 - GTA Forums
  10. Patch incoming? :: Steam Community Discussions
  11. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  12. [GTA|NFS|MP|OTHER] Widescreen Fixes Pack - GTA Forums
  13. Gaming - (retrieved)
  14. [III,VC,SA|ASI] SilentPatch - Page 86 - GTA Forums
  15. [III,VC,SA|ASI] SilentPatch - Page 85 - GTA Forums
  16. Problems Launching German Steam Version of San Andreas on Mac – Rockstar Support
  17. Need Help on Alley Oop Driving School - Forums
  18. San Andreas Versions - GTAModding
  19. ESSENTIAL PATCH (Silent Patch) :: Steam Community Discussions
  20. GTA MOUSE FIX - Steam community discussions
  21. NEW Fix for Sound Problems - GTA Forums
  22. Fix for missing diffuse lighting in GTA SA - Steam Users' Forums
  23. GTA SA PS2 Graphics on PC? - GTA Forums