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									Insert Grand Theft Auto: Vice City disc one ("INSTALL" disc) into the CD
DVD drive. If you have Autoplay enabled then the setup routine will
launch. If you do not have Autoplay enabled, then use Explorer to
navigate Grand
Theft Auto: Vice City disc one, and manually launch setup.exe

2000 / XP User Accounts:
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City requires to be installed, and run for the
first time,
with a user account that has ADMINISTRATOR privileges. On the first run
of the game,
we decide whether or not to use DirectX Texture Compression, and then if
un-compress the games textures to your Hard Disk. For more information on
ADMINISTRATOR user accounts, see your Windows 2000 / XP manual.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City requires approximately 915 MB of hard disk
space if you
choose not to install the radio stations to your hard disk. If you copy
the Radio
Stations to your hard disk then you will need to have approximately 1.55
GB of free
space. If the video card in your computer does not support DirectX
Compression, then this means an EXTRA 635 MB is required for the un-
compressed textures.

Radio Stations:
During Installation, we offer the user the option to copy the Radio
Station files from
the "PLAY" disc to your hard disk. On some machines this will provide a
benefit, though you will need to weigh up the benefits, as on slower
machines it is
preferable to have the Radio Stations being played from a device on a
separate IDE
channel. Note that whether you copy the Radio Stations to hard disk or
not, the game
still requires the "PLAY" disc to be in your CD / DVD disk at all times.

Save Games:
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City uses the "My Documents" directory of the
logged in user to store the "GTA VICE CITY USER FILES" directory. This is
where we
store your save games, individual settings files and gameplay statistics.
This was
chosen to allow each user on a Windows 2000 or Windows XP system to have
their own
set of saves, configurations and statistics.
When Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is uninstalled, we do not delete the
"MP3", "SKINS"
and "GTA VICE CITY USER FILES" directories. It is up to the user to
remove these



Grand Theft Auto: Vice City requires Microsoft DirectX 9.0 to run. As a
we recommend that the video and sound drivers installed are also DirectX
9.0 compliant.

DirectX Texture Compression:
Where available, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City will use DirectX Texture
If the video card does NOT offer DirectX Texture Compression, then we
require an
EXTRA 635 MB of hard disk space to create the un-compressed textures
(over and above the
915 MB minimum install / 1.55 GB maximum install).

Windows XP:
We recommend manufacturer distributed drivers for Windows XP (i.e.
drivers that expose
the user controls for changing settings on the particular piece of
hardware), instead
of the default drivers installed by Microsoft as part of the machine
setup process.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City requires at least 128 MB of memory to run. In
most cases
on a computer with 128 MB of Ram, disk swapping will occur. For optimal
at least 256 MB is recommended.

Running Applications:
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City has been designed to take best advantage of
the available
machine it is running upon, therefore we recommend that you close down
all applications
before running Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. We do not support the use of
CD emulators,
and as such these programs will be closed down when run in the
Video Memory:
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City requires a video card with at least 32 MB of
video memory
to run. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City will refuse to run if launched on a
machine with
less than 32 MB of video memory.

Intel Celeron and AMD Duron Processors:
These processors play slower than their direct MHz equivalent Pentium III
and AMD
Athlon, as a consequence we recommend 1.2 GHz as the base speed for these



Sound Provider:
The first time you launch Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, we auto-detect the
best sound
provider for your available Sound Card. You can also manually select
Providers which are not compatible with your Sound Card will not be

MP3 Volume Boost:
This setting allows you to assign an additional boost in the volume that
your available
MP3 files are played back with. This will only be selectable if the game
detects the
presence of MP3 files in the MP3 directory.

Dynamic Acoustic Modeling:
Turning off Dynamic Acoustic Modeling in the Sound Options will give a
small performance

Screen Resolution:
Selecting lower Screen Resolutions in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City display
setup will
allow faster gameplay on lower end machines. Also, using 16 bit color,
instead of 32 bit
color, will help in these circumstances.

Frame Limit:
We do not suggest disabling the "Frame Limit" in the Grand Theft Auto:
Vice City display
Setup page, as this will lead to a more "variable" rate of playback.

We recommend that you make sure you have set your video card to VSYNC ON
in your video
card advanced options (from Control Panel/Display Properties).



The appearance of Tommy can be altered or changed by editing inside a
paint program
a skin file. Skin files need to be 24 bit un-compressed bitmaps of size
256 * 256.
An example file is provided in your "SKINS" directory called
When applied, the skins will only affect Tommy's street outfit, and only
not in cut-scenes.

MP3 Radio Station files:
We have provided the ability to play the users own music files instead of
Radio Stations. Simply place your MP3 files into your "Grand Theft Auto
Vice City/MP3"
directory, and then use the "change station" key to cycle to the MP3
radio station.
Use the MP3 boost volume control to add extra amplification to your MP3
music files
to equalize the volume relative to the Radio Stations and Sound Effects.

Stat Saving:
During a game, you can output the detailed list of your in-game
accomplishments from
the STATS menu. On this menu pressing "S" will output a "STATS.TXT" file
and a "STATS.HTML"
file to the "GTA VICE CITY USER FILES" directory of the currently logged
in user.

Standard / Classic mode:
Standard mode allows for the control of Tommy with Keyboard and Mouse;
Classic mode
is similar to the control system employed in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
on the
PlayStation2 using a control pad.

Mouse Steering:
In Standard mode, there is an option to allow you to use your mouse to
steer vehicles.
This is not available in Classic mode.

The last 30 seconds of gameplay is available as a replay to play back at
any time.
To use a replay:-
     F1 - Replay the last 30 seconds of gameplay.
     F2 - Save the last 30 seconds of gameplay as a file.
     F3 - Recall and show the last saved replay file.



Windows 98 Installation
On some Windows 98 machines, there can be problems with the Installshield
version that
we use. This can be caused by an invalid "OLEAUT32.DLL" file. Often this
file is an
updated version to the one that is installed during the machine setup
routine. This
problem usually manifests itself as an error message when you re-boot
your machine after
DirectX 9.0 setup.
This error message is often of the form:-

Error number: 0x80070725
Description: Incompatible version of the RPC stub

To correct this problem, un-install Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (If the
"Start Bar" and
"Add/Remove Programs" un-install shortcuts do not work, then un-install
by launching the
setup routine from the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City "INSTALL" disc - this
is one of the
symptoms of this DCOM error). Once you have un-installed Grand Theft
Auto: Vice City,
perform the following procedure to fix your DCOM installation, then you
will be able
to install Grand Theft Auto: Vice City correctly. We are sorry that we
redistribute this file, but the Microsoft EULA for this file prevents us
doing this.

Instructions to correct this problem (From Microsoft Installshield

1) Download to your Desktop, but do not run, the Distributed Component
Object Model
   (DCOM) file.
   Windows 98:

2) Select Start > Shutdown

3) Select Restart in MS-DOS mode.
4) At the command prompt c:\WINDOWS, enter the following commands on
separate lines
   as shown. Windows automatically restarts.

     CD c:\windows\system
     rename oleaut32.dll oleaut32.old

5) Ignore the error message: "A required .DLL file,
   was not found." This error message appears because the file was
renamed in step 4.

6) Log in as you normally would.

7) Double-click the file you downloaded to your Desktop in step 1. Click
   to the dialog that opens. The dcom.exe file installs a new
oleaut32.dll file.

8) After DCOM has been installed, select Start > Restart.

More information on this problem, and DCOM:-

S3 Pro Savage, Savage 4 and Savage 2000 video cards:
We found these video cards have missing texture problems in 16 bit color
which are
cured in 32 bit color, so we suggest using these video cards in 32 bit

3dfx Voodoo 5 video cards:
While Grand Theft Auto: Vice City does run on Voodoo 5 video cards, the
age of the
drivers means that there are minor visual artifacts that cannot be
corrected, and
so we do not support this chipset, or previous 3dfx chipsets.

Matrox surround gaming:
We have not implemented any support for Matrox Surround Gaming / 3
monitor mode.
Please use single monitor mode on Matrox Parhelia video cards.

Matrox G550 and G400 video cards:
Minor graphic corruptions in the distance while playing Grand Theft Auto:
Vice City
and during the intro movie.

ATI Rage 128 video cards:
Minor graphic corruptions during the intro movie.
SIS 315 video cards:
Minor graphic corruptions during the intro movie.

Motherboard based sound chips:
We have found certain motherboard based sound chipsets do not report
having a
hardware sound buffer, and crash with Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. We
found that
running Microsoft's "DXDIAG" and performing the sound tests, will present
the user
with an error message saying that a hardware buffer is not supported, and
would you
like to use a software buffer. Selecting a software buffer will allow
this sound chipset
to work with Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

Hard disk de-fragmentation:
If you are experiencing short, periodic slowdowns whilst driving, Grand
Theft Auto:
Vice City may be having trouble retrieving data at a fast enough rate
from your hard
disk. It is recommended that you run your systems De-fragmentation
utility regularly
to allow optimum performance.

Changing hardware / re-initialization:
Changing either your video card or soundcard may mean that you get Grand
Theft Auto:
Vice City into an "invalid" settings state for the particular hardware.
If you change
hardware, to prevent having to un-install and re-install Grand Theft
Auto: Vice City,
perform the following:-
Video card:-
      - delete from the "Grand Theft Auto Vice City/models" directory the
        "TXD.DIR" and "TXD.IMG" (if they exist)
      - delete from the "Grand Theft Auto Vice City/data" directory the
      - delete from the "Documents and Settings/Current logged-in User/
        My Documents/GTA Vice City User Files" directory the "GTA_VC.SET"
Sound Card:-
      - delete from the "Documents and Settings/Current logged-in User/
        My Documents/GTA Vice City User Files" directory the "GTA_VC.SET"


Video Drivers:
We recommend using the latest available Video drivers for your video
card. Where
available use the video chipset manufacturers "Reference" drivers in
preference to
video card manufacturer customized drivers or Microsoft WHQL certified

This means for nVidia based cards Detonator 4 series drivers, and for ATI
based cards
Catalyst 3 series drivers.

Below for convenience are common video card manufacturer's websites.
Grand Theft Auto:
Vice City may not support some or all video cards by a particular
manufacturer. Inclusion
of a manufacturer in this list does not mean there are any assurances of

3Dlabs                 -
Asus             -
ATI              -
Creative Labs          -
Guillemot        -
Hercules         -
Intel            -
Leadtek          -
Matrox                 -
nVidia                 -
S3 Graphics      -
Sis              -
VIA              -
VideoLogic       -

Motherboard Chipset Drivers:
Please ensure your motherboard chipset drivers are updated to the latest
versions. Also ensure you are using the correct IDE drivers for your
Chipset / Operating
System combination. We have noted better performance with the use of the
"Intel Application
Accelerator" on Intel 800 series chipsets.

Intel            -
VIA              -
nVidia                 -
SIS              -
ALI              -



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For Technical Support:-

United States:
Web   :
Phone: 410-933-9191 Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm EST.

United Kingdom:
Post:           Take 2 Interactive Technical Support
                Unit A, Sovereign Park
                Brenda Road
                TS25 1NN

Telephone: (0870) 1242222 / calls charged at the UK national rate
                (7 days a week from 8am to 10pm (GMT) excluding bank
Fax:       (01429) 233677
Web Site:

If necessary, you may be asked by Technical Support to obtain an analysis
of your
machine to help troubleshoot problems. Forward this file to Technical
Support only when
requested to do so.

To perform an analysis:-
Using Explorer, locate the "Grand Theft Auto Vice City" main directory,
and right
click on "GTA-VC.EXE", then select the option "Launch Analysis". This
will create the
file "AnalysisLog.sr0" in the root directory of hard disk C:

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