Category: Main Games Action Games Grand Theft Auto 2 9.6 (gratis)

Grand Theft Auto 2

The downloadable version from Rockstar Classics.

Application Details:

Version: 9.6 (gratis)
Votes: 3
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 8.1

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What works

Install of the game. GTA2 manger works. Sound of GTA2 works well.

What does not

Gameplay. You see only a black screen and a small 2 millimetres bar of graphics.


What was not tested


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Additional Comments

The downloadable version from Rockstar Classics.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowManjaro Linux 22Feb 26 20238.1Yes Yes NoPlatinumMartin Dolezych 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Jun 21 20194.9Yes Yes NoPlatinumtjbp 
ShowFedora 20 x86_64Feb 22 20141.7.10Yes Yes NoSilveran anonymous user 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Jan 03 20141.7.9Yes Yes NoBronzeAliekezhi 
ShowopenSUSE 12.3 x86_64Jun 20 20131.6-rc2Yes Yes NoGoldManuel 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
4066 Online Play Doesn't Work (DirectPlay) NEW View
10841 Restore display resolution when focus is lost or on exit RESOLVED NOTOURBUG View

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HowTo / Notes

HOWTO: Running GTA 2 using Direct3d and 16 bit color depth

From a clean wine install of the latest release, this how to will show you how to get GTA2 running with only a few graphical glitches, but still fully playable.

Please note this how to is for Ubuntu Linux, but the steps should be similar for other distros.

1. Unpack and run the GTA2 installer, installing GTA2 in the default directory
2. Check the box to run the GTA2 manager immediately when the install closes
3. In the video tab, set the resolution to 800x600, disable the opening movie, 4. and set the display mode to fullscreen
5. In the control tab hit the default keyboard button
6. Exit the manager, then start it up again to make sure all the option stuck
7. Open a text editor

8. Copy this script:

#uncomment if launching from console session
#sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop
#KDE use this instead
#sudo /etc/init.d/kdm stop

# Launches a new X session on display 3. If you don't have an Nvidia card
# take out the "& nvidia-settings --load-config-only" part
X :3 -depth 16 -ac & nvidia-settings --load-config-only

# Goto game dir (modify as needed)
cd "$HOME/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Rockstar Games/GTA2/"

# Forces the system to have a break for 2 seconds, X doesn't launch instantly
sleep 2

# Launches game (modify as needed)
DISPLAY=:3 WINEDEBUG=-all wine "C:/Program Files/Rockstar Games/GTA2/gta2.exe"

8. Save the file in your home folder as

9. To make the script work, open a terminal, make the file executable and allow normal users to create new X servers with the following code

chmod +x

cd /etc/X11/

sudo gedit Xwrapper.config

With gedit change "allowed_users=console" to "allowed_users=anybody" and save.


Now you can run GTA2 by opening a terminal and typing "sh" or by creating a desktop icon by right clicking on the script in the file manager selecting "Make Link", then copying that link to your desktop.

When your finished playing just exit the game and then kill the X server with the Ctrl+Alt+Backspace keystroke and that will take you back to your normal desktop.

Once your up and running feel free to up the resolution and tweak settings in the Manager to get GTA 2 looking its finest

WARNING: Running GTA2 in a Virtual Desktop

Running GTA2 in a virtual desktop can sometimes cause problems.

Getting Multiplayer to Work
GTA2 needs the native dplay dlls for multiplayer to work.  Follow the howto at
How to get GOOD performance on ATI cards

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GTA2 has a hidden option to
use Glide for video.

1. Set up your controls etc using GTA2 manager.
2. Install a Glide wrapper- I use .
3. wine regedit -> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> DMA Design -> Screen:
   set "rendername" (a String/REG_SZ) to "3dfx.dll"
   set "videoname" (a String/REG_SZ) to "dmaglide.dll"
4. If you open GTA2 manager again, you need to setup the registry keys again-
GTA2 manager does not support Glide mode.
5. If you're using GTA2 v11 or greater, you will find the registry key in
6. Launch GTA2 directly, i.e. create a shortcut to start in the GTA2 directory
and run wine gta2.exe .

Because of this I believe the problem is related to the DIB engine. But it's
been so long since I heard that information I can't be certain.
Blinking screen?
This may happen when you're using open source graphic card drivers. Try run game with disabled KMS. See there how to do it in Ubuntu (may work in other distros too):