Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Retail version of GTA:VC

Application Details:

Version: 1.x
License: Retail
Votes: 6
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 5.14

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Link Official GTA VC homepage

Test Results

Selected Test Results

What works

You can install and run it successfully in a Windows machine.

What does not

It simply refuses to run with following message:

0024:fixme:ntdll:NtQuerySystemInformation info_class SYSTEM_PERFORMANCE_INFORMATION


You can install it successfully in a Windows virtual machine or baremental.

It is not installable on wine (4.0/5.0/5.0.1/5.13 tested).

Workaround is to install it on Windows and copy files from install location to Linux machine.

What was not tested

Nothing could be tested because it does not run at all.

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Intel
  • Driver: unknown

Additional Comments

It used to run on wine 4.0 (from Debian repos) on my Debian 10 Buster installation.

Then I switched to Debian Bullseye with wine 5.0-4 (from Debian repos). It stopped running. At that time, it gave no output on console. The command "wine /path/to/gta-vc.exe" or "wine start /path/to/gta-vc.exe"  ran like the command "sleep 3" would have run. i.e. nothing happened except the command ran for a few seconds without any output and then exited automatically.

Then I installed winehq-stable (5.0.1) from winehq repos and results were same except it showed following error message:

0024:fixme:ntdll:NtQuerySystemInformation info_class SYSTEM_PERFORMANCE_INFORMATION

Then I installed winehq-devel (5.13) from winehq repos and still the same error message.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowDebian GNU/Linux Testing "bullseye"Aug 09 20205.14No, but has workaround Yes YesGoldMazhar Hussain 
CurrentDebian GNU/Linux Testing "bullseye"Jul 28 20205.13No, but has workaround No YesGarbageMazhar Hussain 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux Testing "bullseye"Aug 03 20205.0.1No, but has workaround Yes YesSilverMazhar Hussain 
ShowUbuntu 19.04 "Disco" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 10 20194.0.2Yes Yes YesGoldFranco 
ShowFedora 28 x86_64Jan 25 20194.0Yes Yes YesGoldTommy 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
9127 Drome Racers requires system stream support in the MPEG-I splitter NEW View
26304 Rayman 2 Demo system menu item doesn't work NEW View
39436 Gta Vice City - the black screen while playing clip at the game start UNCONFIRMED View
40231 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City crashes at start UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes

HOWTO Install & configure

Admin note: the instructions below are extremely old and may not apply to current Wine. Follow at your own risk. 

In this HowTO I use Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy with wine 1.1.3.

Install the game ­

  1. Mount the install CD (this is distribution and configuration-dependent)
  2. Using the terminal, browse into the mounted CD directory and type "wine setup.exe" (without quotes)
  3. When Setup menu appears, select your preferred options (selecting radio station requires the second CD)
  4. When the installer asks for second CD, type in another terminal "wine eject" and mount the second CD (or image). (For me worked too without wine eject, I simply unmounted and Re mounted second image)
  5. When installation finishes you must disable the CD check by using a crack . Backup the original EXE before applying the crack.
 You may also want or need the following steps to configure GTA:VC

Configuring Wine for GTA:VC

  1. Run wine configuration (or type winecfg in terminal)
  2. Add an application and select your "GTA VC exe"
  3. In graphical options enable all first 4 options (from Directx .... to Enable virtual desktop) and set Virtual desktop to 800x600.
  4. Now you can start GTA VC (be sure "Vice City Play" is mounted or inserted, My crack tries to find CD, but will accept both the original or the image).
GTA VC crashes and the screen resolution is broken
If you get this kind of crash and your resolution is set down to nonsense, execute the command "xrandr -s 0" on a Konsole window or a XTerm.
What to do if your keyboard doesnt work

Make sure the option "Allow the window manager to control the windows" in winecfg (tab "Graphics") is activated.

To kill off a running, but not responding, GTA (and any other programs/processes that Wine is running), run "wineserver -k". You may need to log in to a text-only terminal by hitting Ctrl+Alt+F1 (on most distributions).