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: 6.16

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Link Official GTA VC homepage

Test Results

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Selected Test Results

What works

seems like it runs fine... once you get it up and running. in game: load/save works, no crashes so far, no graphics bugs.

What does not

player couldn't stop running forward (with my hardware). see solution. also you need a no-cd solution with the retail version, so if you can, try the steam version !


What was not tested

i completed the game without problems.

joystick controls was not tested.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

everything running on ubuntu 13.04 64bit. intel i5 2500k, 8gb ram and geforce 560. latest nvidia drivers (325.15). logitech keyboard and microsoft mouse. 1080p resolution. using playonlinux (click on 'no-cd' for it to show up) to install it. using retail original vice city game but it still requires a no-cd from gamecopyworld .exe to run - you must overwrite the .exe in the vice city folder. for some reason, everytime i ran the game, i had to click my mouse to get the game launched and it would also crash when i clicked on exit in game, but it could be a playonlinux problem (using version 4.2). in the game, you must set the controls to standard controls. not classic. i'm only using keyboard+mouse. only problem so far is the player (tommy character) keeps running forward even with no key pressed. solution: 1) open a terminal and type: sudo chmod 700 /dev/input/js0 or 2) you must go to /dev/input and delete the js0. (joystick). as root. enable read access the event* files as well if it doesn't do the trick. however, once you reboot the js0 comes back. by removing the js0, it makes the game start up slowly and you may have to press alt-tab/mouse click into the game window.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowArch Linux x86_64Sep 05 20216.16Yes Yes YesSilverNikhil Hari 
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 

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).