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Ring_of_Fire

*Vice City*on Windows Vista & Windows7

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Ring_of_Fire

Must SEE thread and video http://www.gtaforums.com/index.php?showtopic=310254

 

 

Black Screen fix is here...

 

 

 

San Andreas issues, rather than Vice City? -> http://www.gtaforums.com/index.php?showtopic=307992

 

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I just installed Vista Home Premium yesterday and these are some issues I came over. However, I'm a newbie to Vista but I have now reached an intermediate-knowledgeable level:

 

 

1. Problems when Vice City crashes right in the middle of the loading bar and then back to desktop.

Fix -> Run in compatibility mode for 98. Disable UAC and restart computer! Plus, uncheck "Run this program as an Administrator" under Privilege Level (as well as in "Show settings for all users") after right-clicking and changing the properties of the executable. Apply & OK

 

Alternatively, go into Task Manager and you should see more than one "gta-vc.exe" process!!! Close 'em down and relaunch Vice City.

 

Note: If you can't delete "gta-vc.exe" because of an Access Denied error, this means for sure that your game will crash. The reason is simply because Vice City can't get to read and write data to run the game, resulting in a crash. You need to disable that troublemaking UAC feature and restart, even though it is there to protect you and your computer.

 

 

2. In Vista, I can't extract anything into a folder with WinRAR. After extracting, I can't even delete it.

Fix -> Disable UAC or move the file and extract the new one there. Also, restart computer because this clears the "gta-vc.exe" fully from memory and cache. You know when it is cleared since it takes a longer time to complete the VC pink, loading bar. Logging in/out should not be used as an alternative for restarting or turning off and then on the computer.

 

Also, you can check to see if there is a "gta-vc" process running in memory from Task Manager (CTRL+ALT+DEL). Close it down as Vista doesn't seem to close down processes after you run it and when the game crashes.

 

 

3. My mouse ain't working!

Go into Windows 98 compatibility mode. Also, delete [.set] file - chances are that when you were in "Windows Vista" compatibility, the [.set] file kept the no-mouse effect. Alt-tabbing in and out will not work.

 

Alternatively, go into Task Manager and you should see more than one "gta-vc.exe" process!!! Close 'em down and relaunch Vice City.

 

Windows 7 Solution (this may work on Vista too)-- Right click the VC icon and select the compatibility tab-- DO NOT CHANGE THE COMPATIBILITY of the program-- click the "disable visual themes" check box.  Click apply at the bottom of the window. Try starting the game... if this does not work, try deleting the [.set] file and then try starting the game again-- this solutiong was found by Spuds via google on this page-- http://www.dedoimedo.com/games/gta-vice-city-windows-7.html

 

 

4. You can't sprint, sound horn, nor skip cutscenes!

Click on "Restore Defaults" when in the "Controller Setup" menu and the [.set] file will simply fresh to the new compatibility settings you had chosen. This happens usually when moving from XP/Vista compatibility to 98, or vice versa. Bug applies with the [sHIFT] key.

 

 

5. Tommy Vercetti can't jump!

Switch your Keyboard Layout! This is a one major Vista issue especially when you get your ass kicked in MTAVC and VCMP. You should also realize that some keyboard characters do not work in the text prompt after you try to jump once: Go into Control Panel and select "Regional and Language Options". Click "Keyboard & Language" tab and click "Change Keyboards". Now click "Advanced Key Settings" -> "Change Key Sequence", and then change the "Switch Keyboard Layout" key to "Not Assigned". Note: This issue can be as a result of installing more than one keyboard layout language for the current country you are in. What you should do is to remove them and leave only the English ones such as "Engish (Canada) or English (United States)".

 

 

6. Where are saves located? This depends on the compatibility you had chosen...

 

Windows XP = C:\Users\"Your account"\Documents\GTA Vice City User Files

Windows Vista = C:\Users\"Your account"\Documents\GTA Vice City User Files

Windows 98/Me = C:\Users\Public\Public Documents\GTA Vice City User Files

 

Note: There are shortcuts to these folders on the start menu or desktop. You could always do a Windows Search anyway. Also, if you install the game "For me only" instead of "For anyone who uses this computer" and you login as a different account, set compatibility to "Windows 98" so that the saves wll be in the User->Public folder.

 

(And this is helpful if you wonder why your saves are not initiating properly in the game. Whatever compatibility you chosen for the save file, you must select it. Confirm to whichever folder your save files are in, and then make any compatibility adjustments. If you don't, then you won't see your saves files even if they are present. Registry Editing may sometimes work, but it is not the best of ideas explained here.)

 

 

7. How to search properly with Vista

The search in Windows Vista is set to newbie standards. When you are in the "Search Results" window, click Advanced Search and change "Indexed Locations" to your C:\Local hard drive. Now you can't say that the search came up with nothin'. (This is useful if you want to know the folder address location of your GTAsf.b save files.) Important: Make sure to check "Include non-indexed, hidden, and system files (might be slow)"!

 

8. Fixing graphical corruptions

First, you update the Vista graphics driver... don't be lazy (worked for me). As a last resort, use a Windows XP driver! Now delete [.set] file and reconfigure the graphics along with a 32-bit color quality resolution. I'm not even gonna bother mention about the VC patch because it is obsolete, won't help, and the fact that any driver can make it become useless.  confused.gif

 

To be continued...

 

COMPATIBILITY MODES YOU SHOULD NOT USE!!!

1. Windows XP SP2

2. Windows 2000

3. Windows NT

4. Windows Server

5. Windows 95

 

Even though Vice City was designed for XP, Windows Vista doesn't know how to emulate it and you'll most likely experience in-game freezes/crashes and mouse issues. Windows 98/Me is the best compatibility hands down.

 

 

^ Alright that is utter garbage. This is what you do: (Make sure to delete [.set] file after doing so.)

 

 

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DMC-Chico

problem fixed and it runs to fast :| cant get every1 killed lol(in mp)

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Rb17593

my vice city du work even aftr gettin a 1.5 GB nvidia graphics

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radioman

I think I figured out why the GTA games freeze/mouse freeze randomly, the problem is every now and then when you load a game/play for a while, the game freezes or the mouse freezes right after the game loads, the CPU usage will jump to 100% causeing the program to "not respond"-thus causing you to have to ctrl + alt+del to get to the task manager to end the program. I have confirmed this a few times, because EVERY time either the game freezes or the every now and then when the mouse freezes, I hit ctrl+alt+del and go to the task manager to end program, and when I click on the Processes tab, it shows 100% CPU usage for a couple of seconds, then goes back down to around 4% like it normally is. So the problem lies with the game trying to use too much CPU power-it shouldn't be anywhere near 100% usage normally, since I have a Dual-Core Processor.

 

I possibly found the problem, but have not found a solution other than the ctrl+alt+del method. This goes for III, VC, and SA, and is for Vista AND XP SP3. Hope this helps.

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Spuds725

 

my vice city du work even aftr gettin a 1.5 GB nvidia graphics

Need way more info then that... feel free to start a troubleshooting thread but please read the pinned posts and post all the info requested in the one pinned thread that says--- read this before posting a help thread.

 

Does that card support 640x480 resolution??

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ksaigohangabu

i too have vista

gta vice city play is wonderful in vista

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jaky2008

can you help? i installed GTA VC and it plays but when it loads it freezes, i installed mods aswell but they dont work..... i also installed a trainer, which it wont let me delete

 

 

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Girish

Reinstall the game and delete the gta_vc.set file from the User Files folder.

 

If that doesn't help, at what point does it freeze? Have you tried running the game in Windows 98 compatibility mode?

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jaky2008

it freezes at the loading bar after i start/load a game

i have Vista

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Girish

Have you tried the two things that I suggested in my previous post?

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Zelos302

I have a HP Vista computer and GTA 3 and Vice City doesn't work. When I installed GTA 3 and tried to play it, the game came up as audio. So it was only the soundtrack of the game. When I tried downloading Vice City at halfway it said "Insert disc 2" when there's only one install disc and one play disc. So I put in the play disc then and it kept on going. But it never finished and it would probably have come up as audio anyway. San Andreas works fine and it's a 1 cd disc so maybe it's something with that. I have all 3 WoW games installed as well and thats about 10 discs in one game. And the irony here is that San Andreas was the only game of the 3 that didn't have poster or manual which it should have.

 

Help would be good by PM.

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dement2
I hate, hate, hate hate Vi$ta...

you're not the only one...

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spdrlfc

I can run it maximum settings on both vista and win7 huh guess I'm lucky

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radioman
I can run it maximum settings on both vista and win7 huh guess I'm lucky

You do realize that this topic is from 2007, when Vista first came out right? There has been a lot of updates for drivers and a SP1 and a SP2 for Vista, as well as a SP1 for Windows 7. So, of coarse the game is going to run better now, since there are newer and better Video cards, Processors, and drivers/updates.

 

Also, Why did you bump a year old topic without adding anything helpful to it?

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Godfather1940

all i no is it works on win 7 i had it on my win 7 laptop last year

 

But drivers suck balls, i am on xp now and it is slow as f*ck

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direstraits

i got this error

 

 

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can someone help-me?

 

i got vista home premium

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basiljoseph

I'm glad I read this. Thanks for posting this. I had given up on trying to get Vice to work to even a satisfactory degree on Vi$ta, but I might go dust it off....whenever I find out where in hell I put it.

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Dipto

Sometimes when playing it crases sneaky2.gif .

OS : XP SP3

Pro. : Prentium Dual 3Ghz

Ram : 1.96 GB

Vram :Intel G41 Express

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BruceD

I have problem with my VC on win7. On XP everything work correct. So, i noticed that all-proof car don't have proof tires & windows. Is there any solution?

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MrMateczko
I have problem with my VC on win7. On XP everything work correct. So, i noticed that all-proof car don't have proof tires & windows. Is there any solution?

There is no way (without modifications) you can have in garage a tire-proof vehicle.

Even though it might be before you parked it in a garage, one you open it again, it will not be tire-proof anymore. The same goes to the windows.

Sorry, it's just how game engine works.

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BruceD

Too bad. It means that on XP i had a nice bug?

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MrMateczko

What bug?

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renatourbano123

??????

 

The GTA Vice City works perfect in windows vista, seven

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radioman
??????

 

The GTA Vice City works perfect in windows vista, seven

Of coarse it's going to work a lot better on Vista(and Windows 7 for that matter) now since there are far better Video cards and processors with more up to date drivers now a days..This topic was from back in 2007, when Windows Vista first came out and people just starting getting it... tounge2.giflol.gif

 

This IS still a handy topic, as there are people who are unable to run the game under Vista/still have problems with the game on Vista(most because of low system specs), but still there are people with higher-end systems that have problems..

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gTaVcThUg

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Does not run properly on my VISTA HOME PREMIUM...While Loading, it says UNHANDLED EXCEPTION ...And it closes the game!! Help Me QUICKLY!!! sad.gifsad.giffacedesk.gif

panic.gifcryani.gif

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JHAR02

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Spuds725

Have you tried reducing your "draw distance"-- has it always done this??

 

Delete your gtavc.set file and reload your game-- (without changing any of your video settings initially)-- it will start up in 640x480 resolution--- see if the problem persists--- if not... start tweaking your video setttings one at a time... you will have to quit and reload game any time you want to change any of your settings....

 

You really should post ALL of your PC specs...

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radioman

 

I have having trouble playing Vice City on Vista I have made a video please read the description any help would be great Thanks

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdPgFgtU1so&feature=plcp

The problem is your Video card-SIS cards are NOT good for gaming-especially on Vista..They work OK on Windows XP, but not on Vista, since Vista is more of a resource hog than XP...Even I had A LOT of crashes with VC and III on my old PC which too had an SIS video card(and that was Windows XP)...Since you are on a laptop(as seen in your video), there really is nothing you can do besides running the game at bare minimum specs, since laptop video cards cannot be upgraded, since they are soldered in(according to a local PC Repair shop in the Gulfcoast area)...

 

Plus, the Clock speed on that processor is a little low for Windows Vista-2.0GHZ or higher is best for Vista and 7 OS's...(again, taken from your specs from the Video)...

 

You should either downgrade to Windows XP(which can't be done, as XP is not sold anymore-according to Microsoft.com, it was stopped being sold back in either October of 2010)-here is proof of that-From Microsoft.com:

Even though we ended the sale of Windows XP on October 22, 2010, we still plan to provide support for individual users and businesses until April 2014.
So, you will have to get a better PC if you want to play games decently on PC, i'm afraid... confused.gif

 

On the PC I have now(which is a laptop), I can run III and VC and SA at Full HD with max. settings and the game plays perfect and this is on a Intel I5 @2.53GHZ w/up to 2.93GHZ w/Turbo Boost, 6GB DDR3 Ram, an ATI Radeon HD5470 w/1GB vram and an Intel HD video card with up to 3216mb vram and Windows 7 Home Premium..I can even run IV and EFLC at medium-High settings at 30+ fps with no problems...However, I can run the game great on a laptop with an Intel Centrino(Core2Duo) @2.0GHZ, 2GB DDR2 ram, and an Intel GMA video card w/128MB vram and XP Pro SP3 at the same settings for III, VC, and SA-maxed out-except no AA for SA and a little lower resolution...

 

Also, as Spuds said above me, Lower your Draw Distance to minimum and set the resolution to the lowest(you have to right click the VC.exe to get to the properties to do this more than likely?)-making sure to delete the .set file before starting game(as Spuds said above)...The Draw distance and Resolution hurt performance a lot on slower PC's-I found that out from experience...

 

Basically, what I am trying to say from the above examples, is that it seems from experience(as I have used ALL 3 OS's-XP, Vista, and 7), is that it seems like Intel Video cards are a lot better at gaming than the VIA/SIS cards are/were...?

 

Also, Why is the SA version of this topic locked? Just curious? confused.gif

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