Piter Sep 10, 2012 @ 11:21am
GTA 3 doesn't work.
My GTA 3 doesn't work! I have Win 7 Ultimate. Help me, please! :(
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bryno92 Sep 10, 2012 @ 10:58pm 
Works fine for me. Try going to Program Files (x86) -> Steam -> Steamapps -> Common -> Grand Theft Auto 3 and then right clicking "gta3" (File Type=Application) then "run as administrator" or click on the compatibility tab and run in compatibility.
Last edited by bryno92; Sep 10, 2012 @ 10:58pm
Piter Sep 11, 2012 @ 6:21am 
I did everything; compatibility, DEP, run as administrator etc. My GTA 3 didn't create any file in My Documents. Nothing helped me. :( Steam crew should do something because it is their fault...
[F.A.I.L] Luvs2Sp00ge Sep 11, 2012 @ 6:07pm 
mine doesn't work either, as soon as I try to load it it just returns to steam or my desktop
Sir Veritiero Sep 12, 2012 @ 11:34am 
You are not alone on this. I can't get GTA III to boot at all it just says "Preparing to Launch Grand Theft Auto III" and nothing happens.
Running Wolf Sep 12, 2012 @ 8:05pm 
My GTA 3 worked fine, but mysteriously enough, my computer frose & hard drive crashed after try to play GTA San Andraes right after downloading it. I don't no if that was the actual cause but I was britty ♥♥♥♥ed none the less.
Alharea24 Sep 13, 2012 @ 11:54am 
It's not working for me either. It just loads a black screen for a couple of seconds, then dumps me back at the desktop.
Sir Veritiero Sep 13, 2012 @ 11:58am 
Well turned steam off for the night and it works today now. No idea what caused it though :\
<>BlackShadowX<>SuperSaiyan Sep 16, 2012 @ 1:56pm 
gta 3 runs very well on my old pc

Try This Steps

Re-Install Steam (optinal: dont delete steamapps folder)
Delete ClientRegistry.blob
Make sure your Steam Language is English! (IMPORTANT)
DEP ( Data Execution Prevention) - search google
Update Your Windows 7
Re-installing Game
Try With Windows7 Home Premium or Professional (Ultimate Have some bugs on old games)
Format Your PC and Install All Drivers and others
Defrag your hard disk
Verify your Game Files
Re-Install your Graphic card
or Install Windows XP (Best Choice)
optional: use a Anti-Virus Program
Last edited by <>BlackShadowX<>SuperSaiyan; Sep 16, 2012 @ 2:01pm
Piter Sep 16, 2012 @ 2:29pm 
OMG, I'd rather install Win XP. :O
Boltkonsky Sep 18, 2012 @ 7:09am 
when i start new game and intro movie begins, after few seconds game crash and i see message "Unhandled exception:с0000005"

my config - Win XP SP3, Pentium dual core, 1GB RAM, integrated video
gta run ok on this machine before, what the problem now - i dont know :(
boggle Sep 18, 2012 @ 5:49pm 
restarting steam fixes alot of game boot problems
I never had a problem with gta 3, but it's worth a try
oneliojr Oct 7, 2012 @ 2:40pm 
I have the same problem, when I open the game he pass some seconds in a black screen and go back to desktop, thankfully the game works after this:

1 - Go to the advance tab and click settings under the performance tab.
2 - Then go to Data Execution Prevention
3 - Turn on DEP if you haven't already, then add gta3.exe from steam to the list.

I found the solution on the Internet and works fine to me.
Crazybone92 Oct 10, 2012 @ 5:38am 
I may be able to help you. I had this problem with Vista 32 bit. I got my game to work by deleting gta3.set located in C:\Users\your username\Documents\GTA 3 User Files. The file path may be a bit different on your computer but usually the GTA 3 User Files folder can be found in the Documents folder of Vista/Win 7. It seems the gta3.set file is corrupted and prevents the game from launching. I hope this helps :)
Crazybone92 Oct 10, 2012 @ 5:43am 
And if you have the same problem in GTA Vice city, it can be fixed with a similar way. Just go to the GTA Vice city user files folder, and delete gta_vc.set.
[Dr. Atl] Oct 22, 2012 @ 9:47pm 
after reading this i downloaded n installed the game, it's working perfectly on w7 home premium x64
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