Installation went smoothly (switching CDs worked fine). All gameplay is working 100% so far. No need for a no-cd fix. Overall it runs great and there is really nothing that stands in the way of enjoying the game.
What does not
The laggy/choppy sound, dark colours & weird shine on the cars, and the gamepad bug still exist. For the sound setting the acceleration to emulation with the OSS driver provides the best results. The gamepad problem can be fixed by the solution provided in the comments on the bug (#7800), and then the gamepad works perfectly.
What was not tested
Data taken out from a comment by "Jeff" (http://appdb.winehq.org/contact.php?iRecipientId=105239)
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Sep 05 2021||6.16||Yes||Yes||Yes||Silver||Nikhil Hari|
|Show||Fedora 33 x86_64||Dec 22 2020||6.0-rc3-staging||Yes||Yes||Yes||Silver||ValdikSS|
|Show||Debian GNU/Linux Testing "bullseye"||Aug 09 2020||5.14||No, but has workaround||Yes||Yes||Gold||Mazhar Hussain|
|Show||Debian GNU/Linux Testing "bullseye"||Jul 28 2020||5.13||No, but has workaround||No||Yes||Garbage||Mazhar Hussain|
|Show||Debian GNU/Linux Testing "bullseye"||Aug 03 2020||5.0.1||No, but has workaround||Yes||Yes||Silver||Mazhar Hussain|
|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|
Admin note: the instructions below are extremely old and may not apply to current Wine. Follow at your own risk.
Install the game
Configuring Wine for GTA:VC
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).