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After I start playing gta sa for about 10 to 20 minutes, the mouse stops moving. And then if I press ESC to go to the menu, the game freezes and the screen becomes black, and even if I try to open task manager it will not appear.


So how can I solve this?



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If the game worked before and you have changed OS or Screen settings, If your system upgraded anything (drivers, etc) Delete the GTA_SA.set File. The GTA_SA.set file is recreated at the end of each game play.

Are you playing the game in Vista/Win7 using

W98 (or XP) compatibility mode,

with Administrative Privileges?

And... before people here begin investing a lot of time trying to fix a possible NO-FIX situation:

What Version (Edition) of the game do you have? (1, 2, 3?)

How are you playing:

1. With the Original DVD in the Drive?

2. OR are you Using a 'backup' disc? (Fix is to use the Original DVD.)

3. Are you Using a No-CD crack? (No fix to be found on this Forum.)

4. OR a Downloaded game from Direct2Drive, or SteamPower.com

5. If none of the above, then what is the origin of your game? (Please be specific, as there may not be a fix to found on this Forum.)



be sure to include the following information about your computer:

• Operating system (Windows users: be sure to mention if you have XP or Vista, and which Service Pack you have)

• Video/Graphics card type + graphics memory (Dedicated or Shared).

• Processor

• RAM (random access memory)

• If you have installed mods, search or post a topic in the MODDING forum


This will help to identify the problem.


If responding to this post, PLEASE, don’t use ‘Quote’; do use either Add-Reply or Fast-Reply buttons at bottom of page.


If you do have Mods installed: Remove them, Play a Clean game. If you don't have a problem then you don't have a problem...

Reinstall the mods one at a time playing the game between each installation until the game fails. Don't use that Mod.

Edited by lil weasel
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First, Is this the Retail(DVD) version OR a Downloaded version? If Downloaded, from where? If Retail, Is this the Original DVD OR a Copy of the DVD? Any No-DVD cracks? Any Mods/Trainers? Have you tried 98 Compatibilty mode, that usually fixes the Mouse Freeze issue?


Next, Please post the REQUIRED Information from the PINNED Troubleshooting topic, as posted by Justin(a moderator) here:

Before you post a topic, please read the pinned bug lists/fixes. It is likely that you're not the first person to encounter a problem, and we may have found a solution already. In addition to these pinned topics, please utilize the forum search engine. adamcs has produced an extremely helpful guide which explains the finer points of successful searching, accessible here.


If all of the above is no help, you'll need to post a new topic. Please provide useful topic titles. "Help" or "problem" give us no insight into the problem - every topic in the Troubleshooting forum will no doubt entail a problem seeking help!


To get the most amount of help for your problem, we need as many details as we can get about your system's specs. Therefore it is highly suggested (read: demanded) that you provide:

• What platform: PC, PS2, or X-Box

• What version number of GTA: SA

• What CPU and its speed

• How much RAM, also what kind (DDR, SDRAM) and speed

• What video card AND VRAM and Driver version

• Which version of Windows (and any service packs)

• Which DirectX version and driver version

• What sound card and driver version

• History: Is this your first install? Did it work once before? Anything that is relevant.

• Screenshots, if applicable. This is especially necessary with display issues which can be explained far easier by use of visual aids.

• Above all else, a detailed description of your problem. Give as much information as possible! Keep it relevant, though. We don't need a fifty-page printout from some diagnosis program. Usually the above prompts will suffice.


If you don't know the more detailed specs of your system, and the system control panel is of little help for most of these, download and use Everest Free Edition 2.20 or Fresh Diagnose. Be sure to extract only the relevant information from these programs - again, lengthy printouts are meaningless and tedious to rifle through.


Do not ask questions relating to modding in any way or form - we have an entire editing subforum to house any such inquiries.


Sorry, I'm just getting tired of seeing people ask questions and everyone else trying to help have to turn around and ask that person questions that should have been already included with the original question. Please note that this is simply a copy and paste job from the VC topic originally posted by Wolf and continually updated by Spuds and myself. The topic has proven very successful in the VC forums, and I daresay it's damn necessary here.




Please Post answers to ALL the information above, so we can better help you...


Edit-How did lil weasal beat me to it, when there were no replies when I started typing...?lol confused.giftounge2.gif

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