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GTA2 common problems

If you are having problems with multiplayer check the GTA2 multiplayer FAQ page.

Q: How do I save the game?
A: Get $50,000 and then go to the church. It is usually in the middle of the map. It has a Jesus Saves sign. TV vans point the way. You start there at the start of the level or when you load a game.

Q:  I cannot run in Windowed Mode, why not?
AInstall Vike's GTA2 patch or set your desktop colour depth to 16bit.

Q:  How do I fix a 16x16x16 Video Mode error?
A:  Run GTA2 Manager and make sure your video settings are accurate. Try selecting different resolutions. It may be a permission problem, try running as admin.

Q: Why is the frame rate so low?  How can I speed up GTA2 singleplayer?
A: Import this registry key. That registry key creates HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\DMA Design Ltd\GTA2\Screen and the key min_frame_rate with value to 1. It also creates a key for GTA2 v11.3 and newer: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\DMA Design Ltd\GTA2\Screen and the key min_frame_rate with value to 1.

If that doesn't work, you should try running dxdiag.exe and changing Windows Video Hardware Acceleration from full to basic. Sound Acceleration may also need to be lowered.

Q: Why is singleplayer running at twice normal speed?
A: This can happen if the frame rate limiter is disabled. Run GTA2 manager, go to the video tab and in the Frame Rate Control, tick Frame Rate Limiter.

It might also be related to having Video Hardware Accelleration on full. Set it to basic.

If you have a multicore processors, you might need to apply this fix (it's really for San Andreas, never had this problem in GTA2):

  1. Load the game up to the main menu.
  2. Press 'Control' + 'Alt' + 'Delete' on the keyboard to bring up the Windows Security panel.
  3. Press 'Task manager'.
  4. From the new box which appears goto the 'Processes' tab and right click on 'gta2.exe'.
  5. From the box which appears click 'Set Affinity' and left click to untick 'cpu 0'.
  6. Click on the game in the task bar and the game should run at normal speed.

Q: How do I change the radio station in the PC version of GTA2?
A: Push F1 to cycle the radio stations one way and F2 to cycle the other.

Q:  I can't hear the Radio stations, or the Radio station is too LOUD, what controls Volume?
A:  Push F3 to decrease volume, push F4 to increase volume.  *In multiplayer games, any player changing this setting to their client also changes the other players Radio Station attributes.

Q: Why do I get "Security failure" when running GTA2 in singleplayer?
A: This is a problem with the game detecting the CD. I recommend switching to a free version that doesn't require a CD

Q:Why do I get this error? Cannot open file : test/replay.rep
A:Run GTA2 Manager, click on the debug tab and untick "Play Replay". You also need to make sure your GTA2 folder is writable. It is best not to install in Program Files since Windows often protects that folder.

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  1. I can’t do a full version, how am i do it

  2. GUYS!!!! PLS Help!!! How can I save when I play GTA2??? I have no idea….
    Thanks Thanks!!!

  3. Jhon to save go to the church in avalon and there is a bigish gap and you go in it and the town name will be traning mission you will see a phone and a place that has jesus saves written on it (its REALY ovius) the only problem is it cost $50000 to save and if your wondering for other citys i got no idea but for the 3rd one it iis jesus saves and the 2nd one isnt

    hope that helps

  4. The saving point is always adjacent to your starting point. It’s at “Jesus Saves” in level 1 (follow the TV-vans and drive towards the middle) and 3, as cweie pointed out, and at a night club between a station and the prison in level 2 (take the train if you have a hard time finding it).

  5. uh the gta official website offers a free version you have to give up personal details.

  6. Thanks very much “Q: Why is the frame rate so low? How can I speed up GTA2 singleplayer?” i was really want this

  7. Hey guys! I have a problem with this game.
    When I started the game (previously configured keyboard) I can move around options in main menu, but I can’t enter to the game or options, just arrow keys and esc key works… what happens? anyone can help me?

  8. That’s a problem with GTA2 reading your enter key. Some work around is remap your enter key or use an alternative launcher: http://www.gtaforums.com/index.php?showtopic=408591

  9. Hey, guys! Well, I wouldn’t call it a problem, but I don’t know how to play the game without those black bars on the left/right side of the screen. I’ve tried to change the presets but it doesn’t seem to work. The funny thing is that on my friend’s laptop, it runs perfectly in FULL screen… (my laptop has a bigger screen, but I don’t know if it is the reason) Can someone help me, please?

  10. my blackout mission doesnt started after vedio review it again show red mark and again same problem

  11. my blackproject mission in pc doesnt started after vedio review it again show red mark and again same problem

  12. I have the problem when im about the run GTA2 (download from rockstar site). It says that it cant find _AIL_set_3D_sample_float_distances@20. Anyone knows the answer to this?

  13. That’s a new one. What video card?

  14. How can you fix: unable to open file data wil\.scr thanks

  15. i like gta

  16. THANKS I CANT WAIT PLAY

  17. Hey i installed patch 11.43 but whenever i play the game freezes up frequently especially when i turn my character/car around but when i go without turning it goes normal does anyone know how to fix this? thx

  18. It might be sound related. When you turn the car at speed, the tires make a screech sound and with some drivers/soundcards this makes GTA2 crash. Update soundcard drivers, disable soundcard hardware acceleration or disable the soundcard completely in device manager to see if the problem really is sound related.

  19. My game freezes, I have no hardware acceleration so that’s not the problem. I’ve updated sound driver and even disabled the device, still freezing up. What do I do next?

  20. Hello
    I have a problem with GTA2. I cant walk around corners. I just could walk forward or backward but when i try to walk a circle or around a corner it stops. I have to tip to the left or right, to the direction i want to walk and then I could start to walk forward again… I really couldn´t play couse you have no chance to drive a car or run away from the police.
    I´m using Windows 8.1…
    Could someone help me please. I really love to play this game.
    Thanks

  21. There’s no instant rotation like some games but you are supposed to be able to rotate while running. It’s possible your keyboard can’t handle that combination of keys held at the same time. Try a different keyboard or changing keys.

  22. Hey guys, the radio does not work in GTA 2. Is there an audio fix to this?

  23. Just download a version of the game with radio (it should be 350MB). If you already have that then you might need to run GTA2 Manager and turn up the music volume.

  24. Thanks bro.

  25. I am running gta iv ballad of gay tony and lost and damned
    Both r running very slow
    kindly help how to normalize the speed

  26. when i got gamehunter it overwrited my GTA 2 singleplayer. so now everytime i click GTA2 (not network mode) it loads up frikin gamehunter! so i uninstalled and it still loads up a multiplayer map i downloaded! i had to re-install GTA2 but this time it said Unable to run data/DDR.sty. thats what it says when i load up GTA 2 and it exits out please please please reply with help sektor i hope you didnt quit GTAMP before 2010 2011 2012 2013 or 2014 🙁

  27. Game Hunter can’t overwrite gta2. As for multiplayer maps starting automatically, you can disable that by running gta2manager, clicking debug and unticking “skip frontend”.

  28. OH MY GOD THANK YOU SEKTOR I HAVE SINGLEPLAYER AGAIN :D!!!!!

  29. well,,, i saved the game last time and ever since when i open the game and start playing the game crashes and a window appears that says “gta2 executable has stopped working”. what to do?

  30. hi, i play gta 2 and i cant play in full screen. there are black space in both the sides left and right and the game is towards the centre. im using laptop. please help. thanks in advance

  31. It doesn’t support widescreen. Some people have worked on adding it but nothing has been finished.

  32. Hello, can someone please write down every control in GTA2? And how to pause the game and see the map of the District? Please, I’ll be very thankful.

  33. F6 to pause. There is no map but I’m working on making my own realtime map/radar.

  34. how can i pause the game ?

  35. can someone help me? on GTA 2 singleplayer I cant hear the radio station regardless of what I do. I have done F1 and F2 to try and hear the radio, even F3 and F4 to turn it up and down, F3 assuming the controls were the opposite or they were wrong. no matter how hard I try I don’t hear anything, even on multiplayer. I hope this doesn’t mean I have to buy GTA2 just to hear the audio. can someone help me please?

  36. *sorry if this is duplicate I don’t think my problem was posted* can somebody help me? on GTA 2 singleplayer or on multiplayer no matter how hard I try I cant turn on the radio. I have done F1,F2,F3 and F4 to try and switch radio stations and try to turn up the volume. I do other controls assuming the ones you have to press are wrong or are opposite but still nothing at all works. I hope I don’t need to just buy GTA 2 just to hear the radio station. can somebody please help me?

  37. The GTA2 on this site doesn’t include radio. I’ll upload a version that has radio when I get a chance.

  38. hey i tried downloading your unofficial patch the problem is everytime i try to fire up the game it gives me an error “unable to open data/sty” etc etc

    my os is windows 7 home premium

  39. hey sektor, can you help me? I am trying to use the style editor (you told me the place to get it) and it is extremely complex. I have a huge folder called resource packx and I cant use any of them because they have to be 100×100. is there a tutorial for style editor?

  40. Most of the style tool/car editing tutorials went down. If the car is the wrong size for the one you want to replace, you’ll just have to resize the image or replace a different car.

    Best to post in the forum or email gtamulti@gmail.com.

  41. Guys When i Open GTA2 nothing happen what i do!

    i try million time !

    just i click nothing happend!


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