Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Retail version of GTA:VC

Application Details:

Version: 1.x
License: Retail
Votes: 6
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 6.0-rc3-staging

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Link Official GTA VC homepage

Test Results

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What works

Installation went very well. I could change the CDROM's and even copy the sound to the hard drive. Cut scenes work. The game plays very well. I played from the start of the game to the first Diaz missions. The opening of the second part of the maps works. Side missions work. Phone missions work. Jumps work. Buying property works. All game settings are changeable. Even wide screen is working (I have a 22 inch TFT-screen, resolution 1680x1050, and GTAVC is working well in this native resolution in 32 bits colors). The nocd crack works also.

What does not

The audio lags. I have tried many options in winecfg, but there is always a lag. The best option for me was the oss driver with 'emulation'. Also sound performance improves when all other applications that might use sound (ie Firefox with Flash, etc) are closed.

As reported elsewhere the colors of the cars are incorrect. They are to dark and the reflection on the cars a bright white. It does not look very well, but it is the only visible glitch in the whole game. The cross hair is a little off target in wide screen mode (but I do not know if it is a bug in the game or in wine). Sometimes when the game has to load the data for the other side of the map, the game hangs.

The music continues to play, but the load screen does not disappear. The only way to get out of the game is to kill it. Also hangs sporadicly when loading a save game. Then you also need to kill the program. But it is not the save game, because I can load it correctly the next time. You have to start the game in the directory where the .exe resides, otherwise it will not start. I made a little startup script for my convenience: cd ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/Rockstar\ Games/Grand\ Theft\ Auto\ Vice\ City/ wine gta-vc-1.1.exe


What was not tested

Did not finish the game 100%.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

Despite the car colors and some minor quirks I give this game a GOLD rating, because I think the overall experience is very well. Thanx to the wine developers for making it possible to play this game in Linux! System: Athlon X2 4400+ Geforce 7900 GTX nVidia driver 1.0.9755 Onboard AC97 sound chip

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowFedora 33 x86_64Dec 22 20206.0-rc3-stagingYes Yes YesSilverValdikSS 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux Testing "bullseye"Aug 09 20205.14No, but has workaround Yes YesGoldMazhar Hussain 
ShowDebian 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 

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).