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saaavik

GTA 1 runs only once!

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saaavik

I read about the same problem in the forum, but there was no solution. I got the classic version, installed fine, and worked fine first time with 1024x768. I then closed it, the next time I tried to open it, only menus work. The game closes without warnings. If reinstall it, works again only first time. Is there a way to make it work "twice". I have notebook with windows xp sp2... suicidal.gif

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Sektor

gtadata\PLAYER_A.DAT gets saved incorrectly on some systems.

 

GTA1 Launcher can fix your PLAYER_A.DAT file or you can use an older version of the GTA1 exe. That exe doesn't play music from the hard drive (only from a CD).

Edited by Sektor

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Heihachi_73

The "classic" version - is this the one from Rockstar's site, or the original 1997 one for DOS/Win95. There might be a problem running the original version, but I haven't had the original version of GTA1 since my main computer was a Pentium 166 (@200MHz) with Windows 98 so I'd have no idea.

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saaavik

Classic version means the freeware downloadable version Rockstar Classics. I still got the prob...but thanks for replies. Can I contact rockstar support with this problem, or there's no support for freeware versions? cool.gif

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JernejL

DUDE just delete the PLAYER_A.DAT file!

 

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saaavik

I deleted the file, nothing changed, the game still crashes everytime i start it...DUDE smile.gif

 

Update:I installed origal versions of gta and gta london. No problems at all. The only problem:cd must be inserted to play the game...

cool.gif

Edited by saaavik

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Sektor

The free version doesn't save the resolution setting, it always defaults to 800x600.

 

The file PLAYER_A.dat becomes corrupt after the first run on some setups (none of mine).

Edited by Sektor

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saaavik

Well I got no ideal why it keeps crashing,i gave up! Now I'm using my original GTA games, with nocd patches...and please no banning I bought the games,so it is my right to use it with no cd patch. cool.gif

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nablec00

I am having the EXACT same problem! It's on my 166MHz Craptop. If anyone knows how to fix it I would be GLAD! Running only once is pointless!

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Mikeol2014
Very Very old topic, but i have the same problem. I have the CD anyway, so its no big deal. but yeah, i really dont know about this either.

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Nikofan112

Will it work on my iMac?

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FulValBot

if you have 2 dvd/cd lettors you must disable the second, and enable audio digital.

or use www.rockstargames.com/classics for download gta1 free edition, fully optimized for windows xp. i think also for windows vista. (?)

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Anamon

Hey there

 

There seem to be a few systems encountering that bug, mine being one of them too. The problem is indeed a corrupted PLAYER_A.DAT, although it seems dubious why the game garbles the file on some systems, but not on others.

 

To fix it, you need to fire up your hex editor. As I am currently at a different computer with no GTA installed, I can't tell you the exact offset, but I'm sure it is not more than 10 bytes into the file. You'll have to compare to an original, working file to find the exact position (or ask me to go look). There are a lot of 00 bytes, but in a correct file, one of them should be a 60 byte. This has to be corrected manually every time you have played the game.

 

I have programmed a little tool for myself, a launcher that does this automatically before starting the game. I'm thinking about making the tool a little more user-friendly and then releasing it to the public. I might also add a function to rename the mixed up audio tracks of the download version. I'll let you know if I get around to doing it.

Edited by Anamon

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FulValBot

i have same problem... i need a file player_a.dat fixed. where i can find it?

 

i have windows vista ultimate 32 bit.

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Toni Antonio Cipriani

There are 3 versions of GTA1, the Rockstar Collectors' Edition version, the Rockstar Classics version (downloaded from http://rockstargames.com/classics), and the original uncensored version for MS DOS released in 1997.

 

All of them doesn't work in Vista (Problem existing in PLAYER_A.DAT file - BACKUP ORIGINAL FILE, AND RESTORE IT EVERYTIME YOU WANNA PLAY!)

Both the Rockstar Games Collectors' Edition version and the Rockstar Classics version work on Windows XP, Windows 2000 and Windows ME.

All of them work on Windows 95.

Only the Original, Uncensored version works on Windows 95 or MS DOS.

 

Plus, GTA 2 (whether Rockstar Collectors' Edition version, Rockstar Classics version or original version) works on ALL MICROSOFT WINDOWS OPERATING SYSTEMS except for Windows CE and Windows Mobile Operating Systems

 

Also, GTA London 1969 and London 1961 works on Windows 95, 98, 98 SE, 2000, ME, XP, XP SP1, XP SP2 and Vista.

IT DOESN'T WORK ON WINDOWS XP IF YOU HAVE A HIGH-END GRAPHICS CARD LIKE NVIDIA GEFORCE 8600GT or 8800 ULTRA. However, it works on Vista with a high-end graphics card,

 

There you go, guys! All you need to know about the compatibility of the classic GTA games.

 

SOURCE: http://www.hotdvl.co.nr

Edited by Toni Antonio Cipriani

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Anamon

Not necessarily true in every case...

 

I have, on the same machine where I had the player datafile problem before, re-installed Windows Vista and the Rockstar Classics version, and this time I never had the problem yet.

 

Also, I installed the original version from my CD under Vista and it also worked fine.

 

You say "original uncensored version" - are the Classics and/or Collector's Edition somehow censored? That would be new to me. I have played both the original and the Classics version and didn't notice any differences

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FulValBot

try to install free version of gta1 in this folder:

c:\gta

 

edit: doesn't work -.- whyyyyyyyyyyy???

edit2: ok i have tested dos version of gta1 and i have edited on file dosbox.conf IPX and changed false with true. now i can use dos version of gta1 also online! is very simple.

is required port 213 udp

 

you must use these command:

 

ipxnet startserver

ipxnet stopserver

ipxnet connect xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx (ip)

ipxnet disconnect

Edited by FulValBot

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FulValBot

use this files every times when you join gta1.

 

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=115XM8CX extract it and put gtafixer.exe on gta1 folder.

 

this file fix also a bug on gta1's musics.

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damian001
There are 3 versions of GTA1, the Rockstar Collectors' Edition version, the Rockstar Classics version (downloaded from http://rockstargames.com/classics), and the original uncensored version for MS DOS released in 1997.

 

All of them doesn't work in Vista (Problem existing in PLAYER_A.DAT file - BACKUP ORIGINAL FILE, AND RESTORE IT EVERYTIME YOU WANNA PLAY!)

Both the Rockstar Games Collectors' Edition version and the Rockstar Classics version work on Windows XP, Windows 2000 and Windows ME.

All of them work on Windows 95.

Only the Original, Uncensored version works on Windows 95 or MS DOS.

 

Plus, GTA 2 (whether Rockstar Collectors' Edition version, Rockstar Classics version or original version) works on ALL MICROSOFT WINDOWS OPERATING SYSTEMS except for Windows CE and Windows Mobile Operating Systems

 

Also, GTA London 1969 and London 1961 works on Windows 95, 98, 98 SE, 2000, ME, XP, XP SP1, XP SP2 and Vista.

IT DOESN'T WORK ON WINDOWS XP IF YOU HAVE A HIGH-END GRAPHICS CARD LIKE NVIDIA GEFORCE 8600GT or 8800 ULTRA. However, it works on Vista with a high-end graphics card,

 

There you go, guys! All you need to know about the compatibility of the classic GTA games.

 

SOURCE: http://www.hotdvl.co.nr

That isn't true. I've managed to get GTA1 (not the free one), GTA London 1969, and GTA2 (free edition) working under Vista. But for the love of me, I can't get GTA London 1961 to even extract.

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Litude

I was quite surprised to see that even after these years there still isn't an easy and convenient fix for this problem. I have been using a quite simple and convenient patch by myself for quite sometime but decided to do some quick modifications and whip it up for a release in case someone else than me also hates having to click on another exe before starting the game itself biggrin.gif

Basically, you unzip the downloaded archive into the main game folder (not wino, not gtadata, but the main folder). Then double click on setup and when it asks you if you want to patch the game you write "yes". It should take only a few seconds for the patching to finish and then you are free to play GTA from the "Grand Theft Auto.exe" file in the WINO folder like you always have smile.gif The SETUP.EXE, GTAFIX._1 and GTAFIX.BIN files can be removed after installation is complete, but you will lose the ability to uninstall and reinstall the patch afterwards from SETUP.EXE though.

Enjoy!

 

Download Link 1

Download Link 2

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Rio Fantastic
I was quite surprised to see that even after these years there still isn't an easy and convenient fix for this problem. I have been using a quite simple and convenient patch by myself for quite sometime but decided to do some quick modifications and whip it up for a release in case someone else than me also hates having to click on another exe before starting the game itself biggrin.gif

Basically, you unzip the downloaded archive into the main game folder (not wino, not gtadata, but the main folder). Then double click on setup and when it asks you if you want to patch the game you write "yes". It should take only a few seconds for the patching to finish and then you are free to play GTA from the "Grand Theft Auto.exe" file in the WINO folder like you always have smile.gif The SETUP.EXE, GTAFIX._1 and GTAFIX.BIN files can be removed after installation is complete, but you will lose the ability to uninstall and reinstall the patch afterwards from SETUP.EXE though.

Enjoy!

 

Download Link 1

Download Link 2

Thanks man!

 

I was getting so frustrated when I couldn't get GTA1 to work, this worked perfectly, thanks!

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pooyi_khafan

HI

That helps me biggrin.gif

BUT i have problem . wow.gif

the menus is fix but when i select the liberty city games is run but the screen is static.

what i do ? dontgetit.gif

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Brunks

hi guys, i have the same problem, but if i run the GTAfixe before run the game, i can play without any problem.

by the way, theres any way to creat a shortcut to run GTAfixe and GTA game ate the same time?

 

tks

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Xegethra

ok that fix seemed to work. my game always plays now

 

buuut

 

since i didnt get to really play the downloaded from the site version at all until now....i notice the audio is different. like how in the pick up trucks that country song doesnt play, its some other tune...is that the fix's work or roackstar?...just wondering

 

also i dont know why but the radio in the cars cuts off after about 3 minutes or so into play....any reason for this?

Edited by Xegethra

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DTHCND

Where's the gta file/folder where the corrupt player thing is? Also reinstalling the game doesn't even work for me...

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B-$hep

Program Files\Rockstar Games\Grand Theft Auto\GTADATA

 

 

Look for file PLAYER_A.DAT

 

 

I don't know what GTA does if it doesn't find it but probably will just create new one.

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DTHCND
I was quite surprised to see that even after these years there still isn't an easy and convenient fix for this problem. I have been using a quite simple and convenient patch by myself for quite sometime but decided to do some quick modifications and whip it up for a release in case someone else than me also hates having to click on another exe before starting the game itself biggrin.gif

Basically, you unzip the downloaded archive into the main game folder (not wino, not gtadata, but the main folder). Then double click on setup and when it asks you if you want to patch the game you write "yes". It should take only a few seconds for the patching to finish and then you are free to play GTA from the "Grand Theft Auto.exe" file in the WINO folder like you always have smile.gif The SETUP.EXE, GTAFIX._1 and GTAFIX.BIN files can be removed after installation is complete, but you will lose the ability to uninstall and reinstall the patch afterwards from SETUP.EXE though.

Enjoy!

 

Download Link 1

Download Link 2

When ever I try to start the game it says "Windows cannot find 'GTAFIX'. <ake sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again."

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DTHCND

Duplicate post.

Edited by Sektor

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LCstuntman

 

When ever I try to start the game it says "Windows cannot find 'GTAFIX'. <ake sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again."

Same thing for me. I'm running Vista. Help?

Edited by Sektor

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