Unable to Load Older Save Files in GTA San Andreas / Vice City? Game Crashes While Loading? Fix It In a Minute!


GTA San Andreas is still one of the most popular open-world video game. Although it is very interesting to play through the game story, some folks rather choose to download save file and skip specific missions or entire storyline to be able to explore GTA SA map, with all game features unlocked.

This “trick” sometimes may be a little bit difficult to archive since some game versions are not compatible with some savegames and vice versa.


“gta_sa.exe has stopped working” error message while loading game

The major reason for this incompatibility issue is the newer Grand Theft Auto San Andreas version released by Steam. If you are on the Steam version of game and you try to load an older save file (created with non-steam game version), you’ll probably end up with error prompt saying “gta_sa.exe stopped working“.


"gta_sa.exe has stopped working" error message


How to fix?

1  Download GTA-San-Andreas-script.rar file

2  Extract file using WinRar archiver or 7-Zip

3  Select both extracted files (main.scm and script.img), right-click on selection and choose Copy

4  Navigate to the game’s script files within installation folder. It is usually located at:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Rockstar Games\GTA San Andreas\data\script\

Right click inside the folder and choose Paste. When Copy File dialog prompts, choose Copy and Replace

5  Run your copy of GTA San Andreas and try loading saved game again


Since GTA III, GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas are all based on the same engine, this workaround will also fix save loading problems with GTA III and GTA Vice City.


Alternative titles:

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