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Installing mods in GTA San Andreas Guide and FAQ

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Posted 24 July 2006 - 08:19 AM

INDEX

1.GTA San Andreas System Requirements
2.Backing Up
3.Installing The Mod
--Method 1: Using IMG Tool
--Method 2 Self Mod Installers
----GMM
----San Andreas Mod Installer
--Installing cloths
--Installing Weapons
4.Tips
5.My Mods arn't working!
6.Adding mods to Xbox and PS2
7.Patching your German, 1.01 or 2.00 version of gta_sa.exe

Starting off

1.GTA San Andreas System Requirements

You need to make sure you computer can run San Andrease. Theese are the Requirements.

Recommended System Requirements:
Intel Pentuim 4 or AMD XP Processor (or better)
384MB RAM
16x Speed DVD Drive
4.7GB Hard Drive Space
128MB Video Card
DirectX 9 compatible sound & video drivers
Keyboard, mouse or game pad

Minimum System Requirements:
1GHz Pentuim III or AMD Athlon
256MB RAM
8x Speed DVD Drive
3.6 GB Hard Disk Space
64MB Video Card
DirectX 9 compatable sound & video drivers
Keyboard, mouse

2.Backing Up

Before you do anything to the game, back up the files you are going to mod. I usally copy the GTA folder and rename it "Normal San Andreas" And that is good because you can play MTA and SA-MP with the normal version and play it modded with the foloder you are going to mod. If you have minumum space just back up the files you need.

3.Installing the mod

There are a couple of ways to install mods in to San Andreas, you can do it the normal way using IMG tool, or there are some Auto mod installers. I will show you how to use each one. (In this guide I am only showing how to install cars.)

Method 1: Using IMG Tool

1. Download img tool from the link here

2. Download a car from here

3. Read the read me, which should have the handling and other things wich you will need too. It should also say what mod you need to replace. So go into GTA3.img , wich normal should be in Rockstar Games/ San andreas/ Models

4. Now what ever car you need to replace find in there and delete it. In the ZIP file you downloaded there should be 2 files wich should be .dff and .txd and extract them and then go into img tool, go to edit find and search for example.dff and delete it. Then add the one you downloded. Then go to example.txt and do the exact same thing!

5. Now all you have to do is replace the handling. Open handling.cfg in /data with Notepad in the read me there should be a name of a car then lots of numbers, example

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PHOENIX 5000.0 20000.0 2.2 0.0 0.1 -0.15 85 0.7 0.9 0.52 5 200.0 26.0 5.0 R P 6.0 0.55 0 30.0 0.8 0.08 0.0 0.28 -0.24 0.59 0.4 0.25 0.1 350000 20286000 00708403 1 1 0


Now if yours sais Land Stalker or somthing else search that in the noteoad using ctrl + f. Once you find it copy the one in the read me and highlight the other one and paste to replace. Then 0pen carcols.dat in /data with Notepad (again) and in the readme most of the time there is another thing that has the name of a car and a couple of numbers. Not usally much. And do what you did with the handling and it should be installed!

Method 2 Self Mod Installers

There are 2 main Mod installers

Self Mod Installers GTA Garage Mod Maneger and San Andreas Mod Installer

GMM

GMM is simple.

1. Download GTA Garage Mod Maneger

2. Once downloaded Install it.

3.Download a GMM mod from here

4.Run GMM

5.Click on installer then click on install a car package. Select the car you want to install. Then a Car Mod discription and click on install. And then the new window show open and click ok. And it should be installed!

San Andreas Mod Installer

This one is another automatic mod installer.

1.Download San andreas mod installer here

2. Once downloaded install it.

3.Run it. Click on Install a mod.

4.Select your San Andreas Directory, where you installed it too. It should usally be C:\Program Files\Rockstar Games\GTA San Andreas\

5. Then on the second one select the mod you downloaded. Wich should be in a ZIP folder. Then click continue. The Handling should be there automaticly if not get it from the readme in the zip file. The press Continue again. Type the name of the car you are installing and the car it is replacing. If you don't know which one to replace just look in the ZIP and look at the .dff and what it is called. Then install it! And its done.

Installing cloths

1st. Download img tool from the link here

2. Download the cloth mod

3. Go to San Andreas Directory and then modles. Go to Player.img

4. In the Zip you downloaded there should be a (or more) .txd files. Remember the .txd file name.

5. In image Tool go to edit, find and type the file name in. Once you have it selected delete it. Add the .txd file in the zip. and it should be done!

Installing Weapons

1.Download weapon mod from here or another website.

2. Open the .zip file.

3. Look at the file and see what the name is.

4. Open GTA3.img in that will be in the modles folder in the San Andreas Directory.

5. Search for the file that is in the zip. (not the readme)

6. Delete the one in the gta3.img

7. Add the one in the Zip file. It should now be installed!


4.Tips

-Make a copy of your whole San Andreas before installing mods you can use it as back ups and for MTA!

-Make a foldor where you keep your mods. You can have a Folder called GTA mods. In there add a foldor called GMM Mods, Weapons, Cars, Installers, Total Conversions, ect.

-Try too look for total conversion mods wich are much less of a hassel to install and usally replace more cars that you would of done your self.

- Look at more than one site for all your mods.

-If there is somthing that shows views or rating look for the mods with the highest ones!

5.My Mods arn't working!

First thing you need to know is if you have the second version of San Andreas you CANNOT install mods. If you baught the game recently that should be your case. Well if you have the first version and your mods arn't working just use the back up you should of made of the .dff or .txt and install them like you did with the mod or if you made a copy of gta3.img delete the one with the mod and replace it with the back up. But if you do the replace the gta3.img you will lose all your mods! But if you didn't back it up you can download them from here . If you don't want to download it then you will have to reinstall it or try to reinstall the mod. If it is that mod that is bad and not the installation you can replace it using a mod that replaces the same car and replace the old one with the new one and it should work. But if you used San Andreas Mod installer it automaticly backs it up.

6.Adding mods too XBOX and PS2

Yes you can mod the xbox and i think the ps2 too, I am not the one who knows how to do this search google.

Edit:
More info on modding GTA for XBOX

http://forums.xbox-s...hp?showforum=89

More info on modding GTA for PS2

People have installed mods on the PS2. Barton Waterduck, the author of the Mission Builder script compiler, installed a mission mod called the MultiMod on the PS2. You have to copy the files to the PC, mod them there, then either burn a new DVD or copy them back to the PS2 hard drive (if you can run games off the hdd.) It is possible, but it simply just isn't worth the trouble, particularly since some files (like .txds) have slightly different formats than the PC version so you can't always use a PC mod as-is.


7.Patching your German, 1.01 or 2.00 version of gta_sa.exe

Before anyone sais this is illeagle.

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Originaly Said by Talidan
I am positive this is legitimate, there is not enough data in the .exe to extract the full gta-sa.exe. if a moderator/dev finds this is provides the full exe then remove the link and inform me. It requires proper recognition of an authentic version to continue.


Ok so, just go to http://forum.mtavc.c...pic.php?t=15151

And Follow the instructions, and if you have any questions ask there.

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Posted 16 February 2008 - 05:39 PM

This is so helpful thx you is monocle.gif biggrin.gif smile.gif

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 11:29 AM

I constantly get an error at the end when it asks what car I wanna replace and all, the error message says something about gta3.img not existing in the games directory. I've checked and it is there in the models folder. Anyone have any idea what's happening?

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Posted 30 June 2008 - 11:21 AM

can someone send me a modifidied disc of gta san andreas for ps2 Plz i will pay (it must have a 2fast 2 ferious cars and thats it)
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Posted 17 July 2008 - 05:15 PM

yo Bladexen, u know where i can i get a guild or something that tells me like which img file goes wit which? like i cant tell which IMG file the white tank is. or like the "i love los santos shirt".

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 09:36 AM

hey man a question i installed a audi tt instead of a vortex spawn it with a cheat and its still a normal vortex

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 02:05 AM Edited by sandy_struck, 14 August 2008 - 07:27 AM.

hey thanks

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 03:43 AM Edited by NinjaTatsux, 14 October 2008 - 05:35 AM.

Guess what?
I've downloaded all that sh*t, i even did what it said to do. Checked it several times as well.
And for some reason, something got f*cked up. Now it won't allow me to play, nor will it let me
uninstall the damn game. Brand new damn computer, and i have a game stuck on the damn thing.
How nice.

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 04:21 PM

hey i have a ps2 can some one please give me a tutorial on how to get mods on ps2 for san andreas because i do not fully understand the steps above so can some one please reply or or send me an email to [email protected] colgate.gif

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 10:14 AM Edited by eC.011loc, 01 January 2009 - 10:21 AM.

What tool did u use to install weapon? I use IMG and follow the directions in the readme. But it makes the game crash. It's not the dwngrd patch or nothing like 4 som, everthng's wrking fine up until this mod is installed. I think it's in the handling rewriting portion of the install. Do I just install the weapon without rewriting the handle? And what about mods that don't come with handles, I'm trying to put grill and new cornrows, is that just more delete, add and rebuild gta3 stuff or is there another folder that u use. The Readme isn't in english moto_whistle.gif

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 09:34 PM

i dont know what version of San Andreas i have but i can tell you that i use IMG Tool 2.0 and when i try to install a player skin mod i do what you say and then when i am entering a New Game the screen gets black.Any ideas about this problem?

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 12:28 PM

QUOTE (dark_raven32 @ Jan 3 2009, 21:34)
i dont know what version of San Andreas i have but i can tell you that i use IMG Tool 2.0 and when i try to install a player skin mod i do what you say and then when i am entering a New Game the screen gets black.Any ideas about this problem?

Dnt install that mod!!! mad.gif sly.gif

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 05:57 PM

sad.gif sad.gif I have still been having miserable trouble getting mods to work on V2.0 Downgraded to V1.0.

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 10:22 PM

QUOTE (mfbfirey @ Jun 21 2008, 11:29)
I constantly get an error at the end when it asks what car I wanna replace and all, the error message says something about gta3.img not existing in the games directory. I've checked and it is there in the models folder. Anyone have any idea what's happening?

what error message

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Posted 29 March 2009 - 08:46 PM

QUOTE (branko12 @ Dec 7 2008, 16:21)
hey i have a ps2 can some one please give me a tutorial on how to get mods on ps2 for san andreas because i do not fully understand the steps above so can some one please reply or or send me an email to [email protected] colgate.gif

people make me sick thinking you can mod the ps2 game when we are talking about a pc.

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 07:05 AM

when i open gta img tool and when i open the gta3.img file from this it's give me a error:.

Unable to find DIR file!

[C:\Programe files\Rockstars games\GTA Sanandreas\models\gta3.dir]

plz tell me.. sad.gif

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Posted 25 July 2009 - 02:38 AM

hey i am using the pc and i get half way through the loading and it just stops loading

i am trying to mod the cars in the game

can anyone help me

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Posted 25 July 2009 - 09:26 AM

QUOTE (AmDD @ Jul 25 2009, 03:38)
hey i am using the pc and i get half way through the loading and it just stops loading

i am trying to mod the cars in the game

can anyone help me

Or you made something wrong or you have v2.

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 11:29 PM

guys...i have a problem too...i downloaded tha mod installer and i installed some cars...where i can i find these cars in the game???

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 10:27 PM

QUOTE (Bladexen @ Jul 24 2006, 08:19)

Installing cloths

1st. Download img tool from the link here

2. Download the cloth mod

3. Go to San Andreas Directory and then modles. Go to Player.img

4. In the Zip you downloaded there should be a (or more) .txd files. Remember the .txd file name.

5. In image Tool go to edit, find and type the file name in. Once you have it selected delete it. Add the .txd file in the zip. and it should be done!

Every time i try to replace a texture with a higher resolution one
the game crashes, dunno why
any other mod works
except changin resolution of clothes txd's

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 04:34 PM

GATOS, you installed carmods right? you wanna find your mods? download a carspawner biggrin.gif

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Posted 13 April 2010 - 09:16 AM

im a newbie... and i have a problem.. when i open GTA3.img with img Tool Its says that`UNABLE TO FIND DIR FILE`.. i dont know whats that please reply as sooon as posible

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 09:31 PM

Look You Must Search For GTA3.DIR And If You Didnt Find It This Means Trouble Has Comed...

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Posted 18 May 2010 - 07:21 PM

do you have a tutorial about to download a non car mod?

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 07:12 AM

i got SAMI, i get my mods installed, click start game, goes well, when i get the loading screen it freezes, can anybody tell me wht is wrong, or wht im doing wrong, SAMI tells me it has been modded to the game successfully, it's just the damn loading screen.

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 03:14 AM

the gmm i downloaded has an error

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Posted 06 November 2010 - 12:35 PM

QUOTE (Sabudum @ Jan 27 2010, 08:27)
QUOTE (Bladexen @ Jul 24 2006, 08:19)

Installing cloths

1st.  Download img tool from the link here

2. Download the cloth mod

3. Go to San Andreas Directory and then modles. Go to Player.img

4. In the Zip you downloaded there should be a (or more) .txd files. Remember the .txd file name.

5. In image Tool go to edit, find and type the file name in. Once you have it selected delete it. Add the .txd file in the zip. and it should be done!

Every time i try to replace a texture with a higher resolution one
the game crashes, dunno why
any other mod works
except changin resolution of clothes txd's

im having this problem right now, can someone tell me what im meant to do :\

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 02:55 PM

I've got a problem with my cop car mods. I've got a few mods on my game all the emergency vehicles, most of the sports cars, and only two bikes. I've got an ELM mod, and i've modded the handling of random vehicles to make them more fun to drive (tractor). well when i'm in a police car now no matter which one it is, and if I drive by another cop and they have their lights, and sirens on. The game crashes. Its not alot of cops its just one cop with their lights on, and mine off and the game crashes. If you cant help me then i'm just going to replace my gta.img with the unmodded one, and start over only modding a few vehicles.

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 05:42 AM

Hey~ For the "Cloth Mod", does that just mean adding of clothing mods, or can I use that to add a character mod [Dante and Nero] ??

And btw, if I've already tried it once, did it correctly- But the game crashes as soon as the loading gets to the end of it-- What do I do to get it work??? = (

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 08:00 AM

Hey,
I did everything you said and downloaded a car mod for the game.
When i opened GTA3.img and deleted the original model it was ok.
But when i wanted to add a model it kept saying that it was an invalid file name.
Does anyone know how to get around this?

HELP




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