Grand Theft Auto

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Grand Theft Auto
Grand Theft Auto cover
DMA Design
London 1969/1961 Rockstar Canada[1]
North America ASC Games
Europe Take-Two Interactive
United Kingdom BMG Interactive
Rockstar Games
Release dates
DOS October 21, 1997
Windows October 21, 1997
Monetization Expansion pack
Series Grand Theft Auto
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Grand Theft Auto guide on StrategyWiki
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Grand Theft Auto on Wikipedia

Grand Theft Auto
Grand Theft Auto 1997
Grand Theft Auto 2 1999
Grand Theft Auto III 2002
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 2003
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2005
Grand Theft Auto IV 2008
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City 2010
Grand Theft Auto V 2015

General information

Steam Community Discussions
GTAForums - Grand Theft Auto Discussion
GTA Network - A huge network of fansites all dedicated to the Grand Theft Auto series


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
1997 and 2004 releases.
Steam (unavailable)
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This game is no longer easily available digitally.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Grand Theft Auto: London 1969
Grand Theft Auto: London 1961 Free. Requires London 1969

Game data[edit]

In-game options menu.
In-game options menu.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\DMA Design\Grand Theft Auto\[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/12170/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\GTADATA\PLAYER_A.DAT[Note 3]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/12170/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


In-game resolution settings.
In-game resolution settings.


External options screen.
External options screen.


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, SFX
Surround sound
Stereo output only.[2]
Most speech is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation.
Fan translation, Download.
Unofficial translation by «Эксклюзив» (Дядюшка Рисеч или GSC Game World)


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 2300-2400, 47624
UDP 2300-2400, 47624
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

Low FPS on Windows 8 and later[edit]

If you are using ThirteenAG's WS fix then first rename the ddraw.dll from ThirteenAG's WS fix to winmm.dll and remove wndmode.ini to make them work together[3]
(DirectX 10.1+) Use dgVoodoo wrapper[citation needed]
  1. Download newest dgVoodoo 2.
  2. Extract it and place it in a convenient place.
  3. Start dgVoodooSetup.exe and configure it.
  4. Go to DirectX tab and make sure that Disable a passthru to real DirectX is not checked.
  5. Select Virtual 3D Accelerated Card under Videocard and set its RAM to 65536 kB.
  6. Click Apply and OK.
  7. Now go to MS folder in dgVoodoo's folder and copy files D3DImm.dll and DDraw.dll.
  8. Go to the <path-to-game>\WINO and paste the files in there.

Settings.exe configuration will not save[edit]

Set Settings.exe to run in Windows XP SP3 compatibility mode[citation needed]

MGL Fatal Error on startup[edit]

Error message: "Error 296.473: Cannot find the default display mode"
Set the game to run in Windows XP SP3 compatibility mode[citation needed]

Crash when using ThirteenAG's WS fix on high resolution monitors[edit]

ThirteenAG's widescreen fix will default to using desktop resolution, but higher resolutions will crash the game.

Set a lower resolution
  1. Edit <path-to-game>\WINO\scripts\GTA1.WidescreenFix.ini and set ResX and ResY to your desired resolution. Resolutions up to 2880x1620 work, but UI doesn't scale so going lower is recommended.

Crash with multiple monitors[edit]

Two error messages appear if you have more than one active monitor:

  • CreateSurface failed (DDERR_OUTOFVIDEOMEMORY)!
  • Error 303.502 Display Error: Selected Video mode not supported
Disable secondary monitors[4]

Crash after playing once[edit]

Use Grand Theft Auto I Launcher[5]
  1. Download Grand Theft Auto I Launcher.
  2. Extract GTA I Launcher.exe from GTA I and copy it to <path-to-game>.
  3. Run GTA I Launcher.exe to start the game.

Audio tracks in wrong order[edit]

The audio tracks of the Steam version are named wrong which leads to hearing police radio chatter when not in a car.
Use GTAFixer[6]
  1. Download GTAFixer.
  2. Extract GTAFixer.rar and copy to <path-to-game>.
  3. Run GTAFixer.exe.

Radio goes silent after a while (Steam/Rockstar Classics version)[edit]

Use updated mss32.dll[7]
  1. Go to this post on GTAForums and download the updated mss32.dll provided by user Alienx999.
  2. Paste it to <path-to-game>\WINO\ and overwrite the existing file.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes SVGA
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Cutscenes Smacker

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) 6.0
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM)
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 75 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 80 MB
Video card (GPU) VESA-compatible SVGA
1 MB of VRAM


  1. When running this game without Administrator elevation, 32-bit programs writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\VirtualStore\MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/12170/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (12170) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  3. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).