Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Second Edition. Same storyline, just some fixes to the audio and video

Application Details:

Version: 2.x
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 9.8

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Test Results

Selected Test Results

What works


Most cinematics


Complete story

What does not

Randomly crashes after some time in loading screens, like when entering a safe house or entering a mission

Intro video

Outro/Credits video sometimes hangs


What was not tested


Hardware tested


  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

Tested version 2.0 installed from retail DVD. The installer has release notes for version 1.0 but the readme on the disc has notes for 2.0. On my version there was no version showing on the start page.

Tested in both 32 and 64-bit prefixes with the only (noticed) difference being that in the 32-bit prefix the Nvidia and the other small video before the intro are not playing anymore and it seems to run smoother.

It is a downer that the game sometimes freezes without any specifics in log when changing scenes (entering safehouse, starting mission etc.), especially when doing driving or flight school.

I've tried using winetricks quartz devenum ffdshow and made sure that MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 was ticked in the installer but it didn't make the intro show. The sound in the intro works but there is no image. I also have the gst-plugins-ugly and lib32-gst-plugins-ugly installed (and all above).

Performed a full story playthrough after a lot of swearing regarding the outro which 4 out of 5 times froze (on both prefixes) around just before showing Las Venturas.

Kernel 6.1.90-1

Budgie DE

RTX 3070, driver 550.78


selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentManjaro Linux 24May 16 20249.8Yes Yes NoBronzeBob Niemöller 
ShowUbuntu 20.04 "Focal" (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 19 20205.0N/A Yes YesGoldLuciano 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 10.x "Buster"Jan 03 20194.0-rc3Yes Yes YesGoldJoel H. 
ShowmacOS 10.13 "High Sierra"Sep 02 20183.15Yes Yes NoPlatinumEren 
ShowDebian 9 (Stretch)Jul 27 20172.12-stagingYes Yes NoSilverOpen Enterprise 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

Common Problems
GTA refuses to open

    Some times gta may fail to start even when you haven't touched (modded) anything. In this case delete the file gta_sa.set inside  the Documents/GTA San Andreas User Files directory and restart the app. You will have to reset your gta sa settings.

    CJ and peds are too dark

      If cj isn't light correctly and appears very dark try disabling glsl. You can disable it using the registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wine\Direct3D\UseGLSL > "disabled" Or use winetricks/playonlinux

      Slow Play

        If you have problems with slow play, go to your winecfg and disable support for Vertex Shader and Pixel Shader

        Controllers & Keyboards

          Joysticks and joypads will create a conflict with the keyboard keys making the character (CJ) uncontrollable. Disable all controllers before running the game to avoid this issue.

          Load a saved game not work

            Try this: winetricks d3dx9

            Intro videos not work

              In some cases this fix can backfire, doing that your game does not start anymore.Make a backup of your .wine folder or create new wineprefix for test before continuing.

              1) Install the ugly plugins for gstreamer (the name of package depends of your distribuition)
              2) Install the quartz and devenum: winetricks quartz devenum
              3) Install ffdshow: winetricks
              ffdshow (during installation, check the box of MPEG1 and MPEG2)
              4) Test your game.

              If you can not start your game, restore the backup or back to original wineprefix. # 9127

              Fonts Issue

                If you have issues with fonts, try (type in the terminal): winetricks allfonts

                Extracts all audio from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

                this method extracts all audio from GTA San Andreas, includes all music, DJ chatter, ads, �background sounds and cutscenes.

                How to build

                1) Get this archive:

                2) On terminal extract this archive with: tar xfv radio-free-san-andreas-0.2.tar.bz2

                3) Go to extracted folder: cd radio-free-san-andreas-0.2

                4) Type: ./bootstrap && ./configure

                5) If a problem occurs, install the missing libraries and rerun the command ./configure until it runs without errors.

                6) Build (type it): make

                How to use

                1) Go to src/ folder: cd src/

                2) Create the folder where the files will be stored: mkdir ~/gta_sounds

                3) Type: ./extract [your gta folder]/audio/streams/* [user folder]/gta_sounds ../metadata.conf

                Do not use quotation marks or abbreviations (~), it will cause errors. If your path contains spaces, use a "\ " for a correct interpretation, for example:

                ./extract /home/mrk3004/Games/GTA\ San\ Andreas/audio/streams/* /home/mrk3004/gta_sounds ../metadata.conf

                The first arguments are the files to extract from. Then comes the base directory to put the output files in, and lastly the file to read metadata from.

                audio/streams/* extracts all the musics and sounds. To extract some in specific, follow the table below:

                Filename Station
                audio/streams/aa Police
                audio/streams/adverts Adverts
                audio/streams/ambience Ambience
                audio/streams/beats Beats
                audio/streams/ch Playback FM
                audio/streams/co KROSE
                audio/streams/cr K-DST
                audio/streams/cutscene Cutscene
                audio/streams/ds Bounce FM
                audio/streams/hc SFUR
                audio/streams/mh Radio Los Santos
                audio/streams/mr Radio X
                audio/streams/nj CSR
                audio/streams/re K-JAH
                audio/streams/rg Master Sounds
                audio/streams/tk WCTR

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