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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Key points

Advantage The Steam version has no third-party DRM and supports both Windows and OS X.
Disadvantage Exceeding 30FPS introduces gameplay and physical issues
Information Downgrading is practically mandatory due to almost every 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
More information Steam Users' Forums for game series


Source(s) Store unlock Notes
Steam Steamicon.png Windows and OS X, no third-party DRM. Amazonstore.png Steamicon.png Steam key, retail DVD or as a download each sold separately.
GamersGate Gamersgate.png Windows only with SecuROM DRM.
Windows Store Windows Store.png
Retail Retail SecuROM 7 (disc check only).
Information Only the Steam version has OS X support.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

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

Fix Use Improved Fast Loader


Fix Retail version

Fix Steam version

Game data[edit]

Information Pre 2.0 savegames aren't compatible with newer versions. Use converter
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\
OS X ~/Documents/Rockstar Games/GTA San Andreas User Files/

Video settings[edit]

Display options
Advanced display options
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Bronze.svg Very poor support[1]
See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor Impossible False icon.svg
Field of view (FOV) Hackable Rearranged in the widescreen fixes, further editable with Camhack or an ASI mod
Windowed Hackable Through D3D hack[2] or with ASI mod
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native
Vertical sync (Vsync) Hackable Can be forced
High frame rate Impossible Disabling the frame limiter causes many problems[3]

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Disadvantage Game normally renders stretched anamorphic images. In-game widescreen option uses proper Aspect Ratio but cuts image (Vert-)
Information By default resolutions higher than 1680x1080 will only be available in 1.01 and 2.0 versions[4]

Fix Correct widescreen implementationLink

  1. Downgrade to 1.00 and make sure you can load asi modifications
  2. Install Widescreen Fix Remake or Widescreen HOR+ Support mod

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 change requires a mod to be altered
Information CLEO required
Controller support Hackable Use SAAC or GInput.
Full controller support Unknown
Controller remapping Unknown
Controller Y-axis inversion Unknown
Touchscreen optimised Native Windows Store version only.

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[5]
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Native
EAX support Native EAX 3.[6]


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


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 Unknown
Online play Hackable Use Multi Theft Auto: San Andreas or San Andreas Multiplayer.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
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 Unknown

Issues unresolved[edit]

Disadvantage Game has still tons of gameplay glitches and bugs. Some are addressed by TTDISA mod, others can be possibly fixed with an online repair tool, but they are yet to be all solved

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[7] are impassable or incredibly difficult
Physical weirdness
  • Cars handles like the handbrake is 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[8])


Fix Turn on in-game frame limiterLink

Disadvantage Game is limited to 25FPS.

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

Fix Disable desktop composition

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

Mouse fails to work[edit]

Fix Force single CPU affinity

Fix Put dinput8.dll in the installation folder[9]

Fix Use Risugami's mouse fix

Information ASI loader required

Game crashes when cars explode[edit]

Fix Enable Windows 2000 compatibility mode

Fix Disable any additional monitorLink

Fix Turn visual FX to lowLink

Fix Switch to 16-bit graphicsLink

Sound issues[edit]

Fix Enable Windows 98/Me compatibility mode[10]

Stuck into a gym[edit]

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

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 and DirectPlayLink

  1. Install the DirectX End-User Runtimes.
  2. Open the Start screen, type OptionalFeatures.exe and press Enter.
  3. Expand Legacy Components.
  4. Ensure DirectPlay is checked.
  5. Click OK to save your changes.

Other information[edit]

Enhancement pack[edit]

Advantage Contains much of the most used fixes

Improved shadows[edit]

Fix Restore diffuse lighting[11]Link

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


Frequently used plugins[edit]

  • Silent's ASI Loader - Basic asi loader. A must for everybody thinks to seriously mod the game
  • CLEO - Popular script extender used by lots of sophisticated mods(already include Silent's ASI loader)
  • San Andreas Mod Loader - Outperform every previous cfg/dat/img manager

Featured Mods[edit]

Information Various smaller fixes and improvements are listed here

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
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. [PLUG|OS] Widescreen HOR+ Support - GTA Forums
  2. GTA Window Mode - GTA Forums
  3. [REL]Multi-sampling FIX - Coding - GTA Forums
  4. GTA san andreas pc widescreen - Steam Users' Forums
  5. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  6. Gaming - (retrieved)
  7. Need Help on Alley Oop Driving School - Forums
  8. San Andreas Versions - GTAModding
  9. GTA MOUSE FIX - Steam community discussions
  10. NEW Fix for Sound Problems - GTA Forums
  11. Fix for missing diffuse lighting in GTA SA - Steam Users' Forums