Grand Theft Auto

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Grand Theft Auto
Grand Theft Auto cover
DMA Design
London 1969 Rockstar Canada[1]
North America ASC Games
Europe Take-Two Interactive
United Kingdom BMG Interactive
Rockstar Games
Release dates
DOS October 1997
Windows October 1997
Grand Theft Auto guide at StrategyWiki
Grand Theft Auto at Wikipedia
Grand Theft Auto
Grand Theft Auto 1997
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

Downloadable versions removed for unknown reasons.[2]

General information

Rockstar Games's Official site
Rockstar Games's Official Grand Theft Auto site
Steam Community Discussions
GTAForums - Grand Theft Auto Discussion
GTA Network - A huge network of fansites all dedicated to the Grand Theft Auto series


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
1997 and 2004 releases.
All downloadable versions of Grand Theft Auto have been modified by Rockstar to run better on modern PCs

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Grand Theft Auto: London 1969
Grand Theft Auto: London 1961 Free. Requires London 1969

Game data[edit]

In-game options menu.
In-game options menu.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\DMA Design\Grand Theft Auto\

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\GTADATA\PLAYER_A.DAT

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game resolution settings.
In-game resolution settings.

Input settings[edit]

External options screen.
External options screen.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, SFX
Surround sound
Stereo output only.[3]
Most speech is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 2300-2400, 47624
UDP (outbound) 2300-2400, 47624

Issues fixed[edit]

Low FPS on Windows 8 and later[edit]

If you are using ThirteenAG's WS fix then first rename the ddraw.dll to dsound.dll to make them work together
(DirectX 10.1+) Use dgVoodoo wrapper[citation needed]
  1. Download newest dgVoodoo 2.
  2. Extract it and place it in a convenient place.
  3. Start dgVoodooSetup.exe and configure it.
  4. Go to DirectX tab and make sure that Disable a passthru to real DirectX is not checked.
  5. Select Virtual 3D Accelerated Card under Videocard and set its RAM to 65536 kB.
  6. Click Apply and OK.
  7. Now go to MS folder in dgVoodoo's folder and copy files D3DImm.dll and DDraw.dll.
  8. Go to the <path-to-game>\WINO and paste the files in there.

Settings.exe configuration will not save[edit]

Set Settings.exe to run in Windows XP SP3 compatibility mode[citation needed]

MGL Fatal Error on startup[edit]

Error message: "Error 296.473: Cannot find the default display mode"
Set the game to run in Windows XP SP3 compatibility mode[citation needed]

Crash with multiple monitors[edit]

Two error messages appear if you have more than one active monitor:

  • CreateSurface failed (DDERR_OUTOFVIDEOMEMORY)!
  • Error 303.502 Display Error: Selected Video mode not supported
Disable secondary monitors[4]

Crash after playing once[edit]

Use Grand Theft Auto I Launcher[5]
  1. Download Grand Theft Auto I Launcher.
  2. Extract GTA I Launcher.exe from GTA I and copy it to <path-to-game>.
  3. Run GTA I Launcher.exe to start the game.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes SVGA
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Cutscenes Smacker

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) 6.0
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM)
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, 98 NT
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 75 MHz Intel Pentium 166 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 80 MB 380 MB
Video card (GPU) VESA-compatible SVGA
1 MB of VRAM
VESA-compatible SVGA
2 MB of VRAM


  1. Careers at Rockstar Toronto | Rockstar Games
  2. Unavailability of Rockstar Classics downloads : Rockstar Support
  3. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  4. GTA 1 exits when I want to play - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  5. Grand Theft Auto I Launcher (retrieved)