Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto San Andreas Cover.png
Developers
Publishers
 
Engines
Release dates
Windows
June 1, 2005
OS X
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 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 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
More information Steam Users' Forums for game series

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Windows and OS X, no third-party DRM.
Amazon.com Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Retail DVD also available.
GamersGate Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Windows Store Windows Store.png
Retail Disc check DRM: SecuROM 7 disc check.
Information Only the Steam version has OS X support.

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)

Downgrading[edit]

Fix Retail version

Fix Steam version

SilentPatch[edit]

Advantage Fixes many of the bugs introduced in the PC version like bugged coronas headlights and road reflections.[1]
Advantage Adds new features to the game like FLAC codec support [2]

Fix Unpack patch in installation folder

Information ASI loader required

Game data[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
Information Default configuration/saves folder path can be customized

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

Save game data location[edit]

  Location 
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\GTA San Andreas User Files\
OS X ~/Documents/Rockstar Games/GTA San Andreas User Files/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Impossible
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

Display options
Advanced display options
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Bronze.svg Very poor support [3]. See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor Impossible False icon.svg
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[4]. Correct 30 FPS cap can be reach with SilentPatch (25 FPS otherwise)

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Disadvantage Game normally renders stretched anamorphic images. In-game widescreen option uses proper Aspect Ratio but cuts image (Vert-)
Information In 1.01 and 2.0 versions resolutions higher than 1680x1080 will be available[5], albeit far from perfection

Fix Correct widescreen implementationLink

Information Make sure you are already using 1.00 version and that you can load ASI modifications
  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>

Notes

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 sensitivity fix
Information ASI loader required
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native  :Disadvantage Y-Axis sensitivity is hardcoded
See sensitivity fix to tie it to that of X-Axis
Controller
Controller support Native Very basic support. SAAC or GInput are recommended.
Full controller support Hackable GInput only. (ASI loader required)
Controller remapping Native
Controller Y-axis inversion Native
Other
Touchscreen optimised Native Windows Store version only.

Y-axis sensitivity fix[edit]

Fix Y-axis sensitivity fix installation procedureLink

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

Notes

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[6]
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Native
EAX support Native EAX 3[7]

Localizations

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

Network[edit]

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 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.
Advantage Some save corrupting glitches can be fixed trough an online repair tool

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[8] 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[9])

THEN

Fix Turn on in-game frame limiterLink

Disadvantage Game is limited to 25 FPS. 30 after SilentPatch

Game doesn't start after downgrading[edit]

Fix Obtain all text files

  1. Download text files folder backup
  2. Extract them in <path-to-game>\text\

Fix Delete gta_sa.set

Game crashes during or after loading screens[edit]

Fix Delete gta_sa.set

Fix If you have just downgraded: convert your saveLink

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

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 Use SilentPatch

Fix Use Risugami's mouse fix

Information ASI loader required

Fix Put dinput8.dll in the installation folder[10]

Fix Force single CPU affinity

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[11]

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

Fix Install DirectPlay

Other information[edit]

Enhancement pack[edit]

Advantage Contains much of the most used fixes

Improved shadows[edit]

Fix Restore diffuse lighting[12]Link

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

Modding[edit]

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]

Windows
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
OS X
Minimum
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
NVIDIA 7300GT
Intel X3100 integrated graphics chip

References

  1. [REL|III,VC,SA|ASI] SilentPatch - Page 48 - GTA Forums
  2. [REL|III,VC,SA|ASI] SilentPatch - Page 27 - GTA Forums
  3. [PLUG|OS] Widescreen HOR+ Support - GTA Forums
  4. [REL]Multi-sampling FIX - Coding - GTA Forums
  5. GTA san andreas pc widescreen - Steam Users' Forums
  6. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  7. Gaming - SoundBlaster.com (retrieved)
  8. Need Help on Alley Oop Driving School - iGrandTheftAuto.com Forums
  9. San Andreas Versions - GTAModding
  10. GTA MOUSE FIX - Steam community discussions
  11. NEW Fix for Sound Problems - GTA Forums
  12. Fix for missing diffuse lighting in GTA SA - Steam Users' Forums