Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Release dates
June 1, 2005
November 12, 2010
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

Key points

Advantage The Steam version has no third-party DRM and supports both Windows and OS X.
Disadvantage Disabling frame limiter bypass 25 FPS limit, but introduces lots of weirdness (especially physical and driving problems)

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


[edit] Availability

Source(s) Store unlock Notes
Steam Steamicon.png Windows and OS X. No third-party DRM. Amazonstore.png Steamicon.png Choice of Steam key, non-Steam download, or retail DVD, each sold separately. Only the Steam version supports OS X.
GamersGate Gamersgate.png Windows only. Third-party DRM: SecuROM.
Windows Store Windows Store.png

[edit] Essential improvements

[edit] Patches

Information A version 1.0 executable is required by some mods.

Steam users can downgrade to version 1.0 by following the instructions in this Steam thread. Non-Steam users can downgrade to version 1.0 by using the downgrader. If downgrading the game causes crashes, follow these instructions.

[edit] Utilities

[edit] CamHack 1.5

Information Version 1.5, although unofficial, includes a fix needed for Windows versions later than XP.
Advantage Provides, among other features, support for any Aspect Ratio and unlimited FOV adjustment.

[edit] San Andreas Advanced Control (SAAC) 1.2

Advantage Provides configuration options for gamepads, that are missing from the base game.
Advantage The analog, axis-based controls allow for far more precise driving.

[edit] Mods

[edit] Things To Do In San Andreas

Information Requires version 1.0.
Information If you experience any trouble running this mod follow these instructions.
Advantage Fixes nearly all the bugs in the game.
Advantage Fixes differences from the PS2 version, such as missing buildings.
Advantage Unlocks some content that was provided with the game, but never used.

[edit] Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Information This is a full conversion mod that overrides the San Andreas files.
Information This mod is in BETA. Nearly everything is included except the majority of story missions.
Advantage Provides an unofficial PC port of the Sony exclusive game.

[edit] Multiplayer

Information Currently two major multiplayer mods exist, Multi Theft Auto: San Andreas, and San Andreas Multiplayer.
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.

[edit] Restore diffuse lighting

Fix Better shadowing[1]Link

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

[edit] Frame limiter fix

Information With the frame limiter off, game-breaking bugs and glitches appear in-game.
Information Some missions such as Amphibious Assault are unpassable without a frame limiter on.

One of these fixes should be applied:

  • Turn Frame Limiter on in-game via Options > Display > Advanced > Frame Limiter.
  • Install a Frame Limiter mod such as this one, which allows you to choose a frame limit, without the glitches from the in-game frame limiter.

[edit] Game data

[edit] Configuration file(s) location


[edit] Save game data location

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

[edit] Video settings

Display options
Advanced display options
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Limited.png See widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor Impossible Cross.png
Field of view (FOV) Hackable Camhack allows adjustment.
Windowed Hackable You can use this D3D hooker (put into installation folder) or this ASI mod (ASI loader required).
Borderless fullscreen windowed Unknown
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native
Vertical sync (Vsync) Impossible Frame Limiter Option is available, but limits game to 25 FPS.
High frame rate Impossible Disabling 25 FPS frame limiter causes problems with physics and driving.

[edit] Widescreen resolution

Information Steam version supports all resolutions up to 1680x1050, while 1.0 version without mods lacks 16:9/16:10 resolutions. Downgrading/upgrading to 1.01 allows all the resolutions (albeit with lowered FOV and the problems mentioned below)

Fix Set widescreen resolutionLink

The only that:

  • fix Aspect ratio
  • fix HUD and minimap stretching
  • fix FOV
  1. Download ThirteenAG's widescreen fix lite
  2. Unzip sa_widescreenfix_lite.asi and put it in the installation folder.


Information 1.0 version and an ASI loader are required
Disadvantage An option located in the graphics settings can be toggled on or off. When enabled, the game uses the right aspect ratio, but this is achieved by cutting the top and bottom boards and stretching the image (and thus far from the perfection above)

[edit] Input settings

Input settings
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Native
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native
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.

[edit] Audio settings

Audio panel
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native Independent radio and effects volume.
Surround sound Native
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Native
EAX support Native EAX 3.[2]

[edit] Issues fixed

[edit] Game does not start on Windows 8/8.1 due to error message prompting you to install DirectX 9.0

Fix The FixLink

  1. Download the DirectX End-User Runtimes (June 2010) and then run it.
  2. If User Account Control (UAC) prompts you to approve making changes to your PC click yes.
  3. It will then ask you where you want to extract the files to. I recommend creating a new folder to extract the multiple files to then click OK.
  4. Then navigate to where you saved the files that you just extracted and click on DXSETUP.exe and then follow the on-screen instructions.
  5. After it’s finished installing bring up the start screen by clicking on the Start Button then click on Control Panel.
  6. Then click on Programs and Turn Windows features on or Off in the next screen that appears.
  7. If User Account Control (UAC) prompts you again to approve making changes to your PC say yes.
  8. Then click on Legacy Components folder which brings down a sub-folders with additional options then select DirectPlay by clicking on the tick box to the right then hit OK.

[edit] Game crash to desktop during startup

There are many reasons if your game crash before displaying loading screen. The main ones are listed below. Another could be the lack of the language files.
Navigate to <path-to-game>\TEXT and check if you have all the 5 translations files. If not download them.

[edit] Car handles like the handbrake is always on

This is caused by the game running too fast and can be corrected several ways.

  • Enable Frame Limiter in the game settings. (Note: this will limit the frame rate to 25)
  • Force vertical sync in the driver control panel.
  • Use GTA:SA FPS Limit Adjuster.

[edit] Game Crashes when Cars Explode

This problem usually occurs on Windows Vista and Windows 7 when running the game with 32-bit graphics. To fix this, run gta_sa.exe in Windows 2000 compatibility mode. This problem can sometimes occur when two or more monitors are enabled. To fix this, try turning visual FX to low or disable additional monitors so only one screen is active.

[edit] Mouse Fails to Work

This is an issue where the mouse becomes inactive in game if the game is running on a multi core processor. To fix this start the game and ALT+TAB to the desktop when the game initially opens, start the Task Manager and select the Processes tab. Right-click gta-sa.exe and select Set Affinity. Uncheck all the boxes except CPU 0 and ALT+TAB back to the game. This process must be repeated every time the game is initiated.

A simpler fix is to use SilentPL's ASI loader for GTA: SA and drop Risugami's Mouse Fix file into the installation folder.

[edit] Can't Dive Underwater

To fix this switch frame limiter to on in the games options menu. This will dramatically reduce frame rate however characters will now dive underwater so it's advised to select this option only when necessary.

[edit] CamHack Utility Crashes Upon Opening

Information The CamHack 1.5 utility may crash immediately upon opening on Windows 7 64-bit.

Fix Download updated DLLLink

  1. Download dx8vb.dll and extract it into the CamHack folder, replacing the existing file.
  2. Right-click Camhack 1.5 setup 64bit.bat and choose Run as Administrator.
  3. Run CamHack normally.

[edit] Game crashes with User Radio

The game may crash when playing with User Radio Player. To fix this, turn on the frame limiter in the Options menu. This bug was fixed in patch 1.01.

[edit] Intro movies not showing

On specific configurations (especially with newer windows OSs) Rockstar and San Andreas intros won't be played properly.
You need to disable desktop composition into gta compatibility proprieties (REQUIRED). This could be sufficient to solve the problem.

Fix IF NOT then you need ALSO toLink

  1. check this post.
  2. and if even after this videos are still broken, download DirectShow Filter Manager and Restore standard DirectX codecs

If even after this problems keep going on, the only other solution is to rename <path-to-game>/MOVIES folder to something else.

[edit] Game doesn't alt-tab

Although in normal conditions the game alt-tab pretty well and fast, if you have the broken intros issue alt-tab could be a mess.

[edit] Mouse Sensitivity Issues

When aiming the vertical sensitivity may be higher than the horizontal sensitivity (or vice-versa). To fix this:

  1. Open the game and go to Options -> Controller Setup -> Mouse Settings.
  2. Set the Mouse Sensitivity to the middle (8 bars)[3].
  3. Adjust your mouse sensitivity outside of the game using the Windows Control Panel, the DPI button on your mouse, or the software that came with your mouse.

Alternatively there is a DLL plugin fix available here.

[edit] Alley Oop Driving School Mission Difficulty

The Alley Oop mission at the driving school may be impossible unless the frame limiter option is turned on[4].

[edit] System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
2000 or XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 1 GHz or AMD Athlon 1 GHz Intel Pentium 4 2 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 2000+
System memory (RAM)
256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
3.6 GB
Video card (GPU) NVIDIA GeForce 3 64 MB or ATi 64 MB DirectX 8.1 equialent NVIDIA GeForce 6200 128 MB or ATi 128 MB DirectX 9.0c equivalent
1024 of VRAM
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, or better


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