Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Version 1.  Retail CD Release and minor patches.

Application Details:

Version: 1.x
License: Retail
Votes: 14
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 6.0.1

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Test Results

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What works

All game works very well

What does not

Sometimes there are sound problems. And very rarely game stop while changing locations.


What was not tested

User tracks.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 10.x "Buster"Jul 04 20216.0.1N/A Yes NoPlatinumMaksym 
ShowUbuntu 19.04 "Disco" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Sep 13 20194.0.2Yes Yes NoPlatinumFranco 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Jun 27 20194.0.1-stagingYes Yes NoPlatinumsbct 
ShowManjaro LinuxApr 02 20194.5Yes Yes NoSilverAlexis Monzón 
ShowFuntoo Linux AMD64Jul 11 20172.10-stagingYes Yes NoGoldAnonymous Anonymous 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
1410 Mouse always Recentered CLOSED FIXED View
3108 GTA: San Andreas:hidden windows in managed mode CLOSED FIXED View
5233 Empire Earth installation process ... crashed and aborted CLOSED FIXED View
5723 GTA San Andreas: models are ugly, "exposed", and untexturized CLOSED FIXED View
7303 Joystick axis misbehaviour makes GTA:San Andreas unplayable CLOSED FIXED View
7330 GTA: San Andreas: Broken models with 0.9.30 CLOSED FIXED View
7457 GTA San Andreas crashes in Wine 0.9.31 CLOSED FIXED View
7800 Grand Theft Auto Series with a gamepad plugged in the protagonistwill start running ahead immedeately CLOSED FIXED View
8634 antialiasing disabled in gtasa menu CLOSED FIXED View
8642 reflective objects in gtasa look weird CLOSED FIXED View
9098 GTA: San Andreas crashes if qedit.dll is present CLOSED FIXED View
9127 Multiple applications require system stream support in the MPEG-I splitter (Drome Racers, Ninki Seiyuu no Tsukukurikata) CLOSED FIXED View
9174 GTA San Andreas: Missing text on street signs. CLOSED INVALID View
9461 Model textures corruption in GTA San Andreas CLOSED FIXED View
10631 3DMark01 - Test4 Nature is extremely slow CLOSED FIXED View
11434 GTA-SA goes extremely slow when other 3D models in screen CLOSED DUPLICATE View
11458 Spanish subtitles dont appear in GTA-SA CLOSED INVALID View
11581 GTA San Andreas: weird looking textures CLOSED ABANDONED View
12013 GTA San Andreas crash CLOSED INVALID View
12887 Regression: GTA san andreas too slow to be playable CLOSED FIXED View
12979 Trucks&Trains game error in quartz.dll CLOSED FIXED View
13047 Wine 0.9.61 breaks "GTA: San Andreas" CLOSED DUPLICATE View
14701 GTA SA crash after logos CLOSED ABANDONED View
14896 GTA: San Andreas - Ambient Sounds are too quiet (EAX) CLOSED FIXED View
14909 GTA San Andreas: Vehicle camera spins forever CLOSED INVALID View
16928 Grand Theft Auto San Andreas: freezes when looking into the sun CLOSED FIXED View
16932 GTA:SA - Models have strange colours CLOSED FIXED View
17504 GTA San Andreas still crashes cause to Page Fault CLOSED DUPLICATE View
17906 GTA San Andreas Page Fault at address 0x4dd5a3 CLOSED DUPLICATE View
20108 Translucent black squares in GTA San Andreas around fire when FSAA enabled CLOSED DUPLICATE View
23619 GTA San Andreas doesn't find widescreen video modes CLOSED FIXED View
24782 GTA: San Andreas crashes when playing intro videos CLOSED FIXED View
24932 GTA 3, VC, SA crash CLOSED FIXED View
26973 gta san andreas control bug left key error CLOSED INVALID View
27798 GTA3 & GTAVC rendering is messed up CLOSED NOTOURBUG View
28166 Player shadows have inverted colors in GTASA CLOSED NOTOURBUG View
30557 winegstreamer broken with >=glib-2.32.0 CLOSED FIXED View
31405 Wine not playing GTA San Andreas CLOSED INVALID View
31532 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas does not work on 75Hz CLOSED FIXED View
32353 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas crashes on new game CLOSED FIXED View
35408 Multiple games and applications crash in d3d since Wine 1.7.17 (Demoscene fr-038: theta by Farbrausch, Anarchy Online, Tomb Raider, GTA) CLOSED FIXED View
48994 GTA: San Andreas + SilentPatch 1.1 build 32 crashes on start CLOSED FIXED View

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HowTo / Notes

Common Problems
GTA refuses to open

    Some times gta may fail to start even when you haven't touched (modded) anything. In this case delete the file gta_sa.set inside  the Documents/GTA San Andreas User Files directory and restart the app. You will have to reset your gta sa settings.

    CJ and peds are too dark

      If cj isn't light correctly and appears very dark try disabling glsl. You can disable it using the registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wine\Direct3D\UseGLSL > "disabled" Or use winetricks/playonlinux

      Slow Play

        If you have problems with slow play, go to your winecfg and disable support for Vertex Shader and Pixel Shader

        Controllers & Keyboards

          Joysticks and joypads will create a conflict with the keyboard keys making the character (CJ) uncontrollable. Disable all controllers before running the game to avoid this issue.

          Load a saved game not work

            Try this: winetricks d3dx9

            Intro videos not work

              In some cases this fix can backfire, doing that your game does not start anymore.Make a backup of your .wine folder or create new wineprefix for test before continuing.

              1) Install the ugly plugins for gstreamer (the name of package depends of your distribuition)
              2) Install the quartz and devenum: winetricks quartz devenum
              3) Install ffdshow: winetricks
              ffdshow (during installation, check the box of MPEG1 and MPEG2)
              4) Test your game.

              If you can not start your game, restore the backup or back to original wineprefix. # 9127

              Fonts Issue

                If you have issues with fonts, try (type in the terminal): winetricks allfonts

                Extracts all audio from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

                this method extracts all audio from GTA San Andreas, includes all music, DJ chatter, ads, �background sounds and cutscenes.

                How to build

                1) Get this archive:

                2) On terminal extract this archive with: tar xfv radio-free-san-andreas-0.2.tar.bz2

                3) Go to extracted folder: cd radio-free-san-andreas-0.2

                4) Type: ./bootstrap && ./configure

                5) If a problem occurs, install the missing libraries and rerun the command ./configure until it runs without errors.

                6) Build (type it): make

                How to use

                1) Go to src/ folder: cd src/

                2) Create the folder where the files will be stored: mkdir ~/gta_sounds

                3) Type: ./extract [your gta folder]/audio/streams/* [user folder]/gta_sounds ../metadata.conf

                Do not use quotation marks or abbreviations (~), it will cause errors. If your path contains spaces, use a "\ " for a correct interpretation, for example:

                ./extract /home/mrk3004/Games/GTA\ San\ Andreas/audio/streams/* /home/mrk3004/gta_sounds ../metadata.conf

                The first arguments are the files to extract from. Then comes the base directory to put the output files in, and lastly the file to read metadata from.

                audio/streams/* extracts all the musics and sounds. To extract some in specific, follow the table below:

                Filename Station
                audio/streams/aa Police
                audio/streams/adverts Adverts
                audio/streams/ambience Ambience
                audio/streams/beats Beats
                audio/streams/ch Playback FM
                audio/streams/co KROSE
                audio/streams/cr K-DST
                audio/streams/cutscene Cutscene
                audio/streams/ds Bounce FM
                audio/streams/hc SFUR
                audio/streams/mh Radio Los Santos
                audio/streams/mr Radio X
                audio/streams/nj CSR
                audio/streams/re K-JAH
                audio/streams/rg Master Sounds
                audio/streams/tk WCTR

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                GTA: SA compaitability with wine 8.x
                by Max Tamoian on Friday March 24th 2023, 10:11
                Hello. I am using wine 8.0 and trying to plaay GTA: SA. While in menu, it seems to be good, no bugs, no freezes. But while spawning first time and trying to get back in the hood, fps drops around 10-15. I dont know if this problem relates only to my system or to wine 8.x in general, so I ask: has anyone tested GTA: SA on wine 8.x?

                I have another machine with wine 5.0 on it and it runs pretty good, so I guess the problem is in wine version
                Slow Play
                by Gregor on Sunday February 28th 2021, 13:09
                "If you have problems with slow play, go to your winecfg and disable support for Vertex Shader and Pixel Shader"

                How? There is no such setting in winecfg anymore.
                Another trick for Intro videos not work / GTA San Andreas 1.0
                by Chl on Monday December 7th 2020, 19:44
                On my instance, the intro videos made the game randomly crash. In this case, an efficient trick is to simply remove the movies/*.mpg files.