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
Grand Theft Auto
Grand Theft Auto 1997
London 1969
London 1961
Grand Theft Auto 2 1999
Grand Theft Auto III 2002
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 2003
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2005
Grand Theft Auto IV 2008
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City 2010
Grand Theft Auto V 2015

Key points

Advantage Ability to import your music for your own custom radio station
Disadvantage Downgrading is a must since almost no user fix works with newer versions
Disadvantage Many particulars are either missing or broken without mods
Disadvantage Exceeding 30 FPS introduces gameplay and physics issues

General information

More information Official game site
More information GTAForums - Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Discussion
More information Grand Theft 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
Retail Disc check DRM: SecuROM 7 disc check. Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Direct2Drive Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
GamersGate Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Green Man Gaming Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
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
Information Only the Steam version has OS X support.

Version differences[edit]

Disadvantage 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 SilentPatch

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

Fix Use Improved Fast Loader

Advantage Offers additional options such as loading last used savegame automatically. Also allows to skip intro videos


Fix Retail version

Fix Steam version

Information US executable misses French, German and Italian localizations support. Check fix below

ASI loader[edit]

Fix Unpack Silent's ASI Loader in game folder


Advantage Fixes many of the bugs introduced in the PC version like bugged sun flare, rotor blades and road reflections[4]
Advantage Adds new features to the game like FLAC codec support and two pass rendering[5]
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 (both Maps and .DFFs)
  5. Extract both archives in subdirectories inside modloader one


Information PS2 reflections and TwoPassRendering are advised
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 a 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.[6] See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor Hackable False icon.svg See Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD Hackable WSGF Incomplete.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 MSAA
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native Automatically enabled with frame limiter[7]
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]

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Disadvantage Game normally renders stretched images. In-game widescreen option uses correct Aspect Ratio but cuts view (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 contents in <path-to-game> (merge/overwrite when asked)
  3. Download Widescreen Fix Remake
  4. Extract the files in <path-to-game>


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

Input settings[edit]

Input settings
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Native Can be further adjusted with hardware mouse plugin and 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]

Information The base game doesn't allow you to change the Y-axis mouse sensitivity—this fix greatly improves mouse controls.

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 1, EAX 2, EAX 3, EAX 4[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
Polish Native Impossible Native Created by publisher
Spanish Native Impossible Native

Add more localizations to language menu[edit]

Fix Install Language Loader[14]

  1. Download language loader
  2. Extract LanguageLoader.asi in <path-to-game>
  3. Drag the right languages.ini file to <path-to-game>\text\, according to the number of languages actually available


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
LAN play Hackable Use Multi Theft Auto: San Andreas or San Andreas Multiplayer.
Online play Hackable Use Multi Theft Auto: San Andreas or San Andreas Multiplayer.
Local co-op Hackable 2 See Local co-op.

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.

Local co-op[edit]

Fix Instructions

  1. Download 2 Player Missions Loader
  2. Extract everything inside Two Player Missions Loader 1.1 folder in <path-to-game>\cleo\
  3. Configure controls:


Information CLEO, widescreen fix and 1.00 version are required (GInput if using controllers)
Information As with any CLEO mod, every savegames made with it enabled won't work anymore without

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[15]
Advantage Some save corrupting glitches can be worked around with an online repair tool or a savegame editor[16]

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.[17]

Issues fixed[edit]

Timing-related issues[edit]

If you have:

Game-breaking bugs and glitches
  • Some missions such as Amphibious Assault or Driving School missions[18] are impassable or incredibly difficult
Physical weirdness
  • Vehicles & bicycles handle like brakes are always on, decelerate almost immediately, and seem feathered whenever in-air
Gameplay absurdities
  • Vehicles and/or pedestrians move extremely fast
  • Inability to dive underwater
Crashes when listening to User Radio (fixed in patch 1.01)[19]


Fix Turn on in-game frame limiter

Disadvantage Game is limited to 25fps; 30 when using 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 Install SilentPatch

Fix Convert save file

Mouse fails to work[edit]

Fix Install SilentPatch

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

Fix Disable desktop composition[20]

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

User tracks don't play[edit]

Fix Install SilentPatch

Bad reflections, lighting, transparency[edit]

Fix Install SilentPatch

Sound issues[edit]

Fix Enable Windows 98/Me compatibility mode[21]

"A required security module cannot be activated" error[edit]

Fix Enable Windows 2000 compatibility mode[22]

Gym persistently reports to have been worked out enough[edit]

Fix Install SilentPatch

Information If warning still persists, try to fix your savegame

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

Fix Install SilentPatch[23]

Shadowy terrain[edit]

Fix Instructions

  1. Download black roads fix
  2. Move fix.black_roads.asi to <path-to-game>.


Information ASI loader and 1.00 version required

Vegetations disappear in the distance[edit]

Fix Tweak draw distance

  1. Make sure Mod Loader is set up
  2. Download Project 2dfx
  3. Extract archive content to <path-to-game>\modloader\Project 2DFX
  4. Download Trees Lod Mod
  5. Drop the Trees Lod Mod directory from the zipped archive into <path-to-game>\modloader\
  6. Replace everything in <path-to-game>\modloader\Project 2DFX\IDE_DD_tweaker.ini with provided settings in Trees Lod Mod/put into IDE_DD_tweaker.txt
  7. Open <path-to-game>\modloader\Project 2DFX\limit_adjuster_gta3vcsa.ini
  8. Set Buildings = 15000 to Buildings = 20000

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[24][25]

  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 increased lighting distance


Featured mods[edit]

Total conversions[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 27 - GTA Forums
  5. [III,VC,SA|ASI] SilentPatch - Page 23 - GTA Forums
  6. [PLUG|OS] Widescreen HOR+ Support - GTA Forums
  7. [III,VC,SA|ASI] SilentPatch - Page 91 - 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. Language loader - GTAForums
  15. [III,VC,SA|ASI] SilentPatch - Page 86 - GTA Forums
  16. [III,VC,SA|ASI] SilentPatch - Page 85 - GTA Forums
  17. Problems Launching German Steam Version of San Andreas on Mac – Rockstar Support
  18. Need Help on Alley Oop Driving School - Forums
  19. San Andreas Versions - GTAModding
  20. ESSENTIAL PATCH (Silent Patch) :: Steam Community Discussions
  21. NEW Fix for Sound Problems - GTA Forums
  22. "A required security module cannot be activated" in San Andreas – Rockstar Support
  23. [III,VC,SA|ASI] SilentPatch - Page 99 - GTAForums
  24. Fix for missing diffuse lighting in GTA SA - Steam Users' Forums
  25. GTA SA PS2 Graphics on PC? - GTA Forums