Grand Theft Auto

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Grand Theft Auto
Grand Theft Auto cover
Developers
DMA Design
London 1969/1961 Rockstar Canada[1]
Publishers
North America ASC Games
Europe Take-Two Interactive
United Kingdom BMG Interactive
Rockstar Games
Release dates
DOS October 21, 1997
Windows October 21, 1997
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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 and Steam 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

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
1997 and 2004 releases.
DOS
Windows
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
DOS
Grand Theft Auto: London 1961 Free. Requires London 1969
DOS

Game data[edit]

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

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\DMA Design\Grand Theft Auto\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/12170/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\GTADATA\PLAYER_A.DAT
Windows <path-to-game>\GTADATA\PLAYER_A.DAT
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/12170/pfx/[Note 1]

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]
Subtitles
Most speech is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Spanish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play

Connection types

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 2300-2400, 47624
UDP 2300-2400, 47624
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

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 Launcher.zip and copy it to <path-to-game>.
  3. Run GTA I Launcher.exe to start the game.

Audio tracks in wrong order[edit]

The audio tracks of the Steam version are named wrong which leads to hearing police radio chatter when not in a car.
Use GTAFixer[6]
  1. Download GTAFixer.
  2. Extract GTAFixer.rar and copy to <path-to-game>.
  3. Run GTAFixer.exe.

Radio goes silent after a while (Steam/Rockstar Classics version)[edit]

Use updated mss32.dll[7]
  1. Go to this post on GTAForums and download the updated mss32.dll provided by user Alienx999.
  2. Paste it to <path-to-game>\WINO\ and overwrite the existing file.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

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

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Cutscenes Smacker

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 6.0
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM)
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Windows
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

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/12170/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (12170) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References