I've been looking through these forums and others for a couple days now trying to find the right fix for my issue... I think other people are having the same issue but they haven't been able to explain it.
I ran the install properly and have the correct gta_sa.exe (in fact I've tried several) but my game crashes during the load screen right after I select "new game". When I look through the error log it seems compatability issue with my gta_sa.exe but that's because it's not patched. It's still 13.7mb and not 13.9mb.
The main issue seems to be with running sala2.exe. Whether I run the patch or the sala2 itself I get an error message that sala2.exe failed to initialize properly. I've tried to run it as an administrator and still no luck. Is there a patched .exe out there for download? Anybody have other ideas?
EDIT: Same error for the radiostationcustomizer.exe... I'm running windows XP pro with sp2 (had sp3 on earlier and it still didn't work so I uninstalled it because I read that there have been problems with GTA SA crashing).