San Andreas Versions
There are 4 primary versions of San Andreas on the PC.
San Andreas v1.00
This is the first version of the game that shipped in 2005. It contains a variety of bugs, and requires a the disc to run.
San Andreas v1.01
Version 1.01 is the only official "patch" released for the PC version of the game, and will only patch an original, unmodified version 1.00 executable. This patch contains a number of bug fixes and additions. According to Rockstar Games these are:
- Added support for 720p and 1080i HDTV resolutions (may also do 1080p, not sure).
- Version Number displayed on game title screen.
- Issue fixed on machines where the OS has been updated (one OS installed over top of another) and has 2 registry keys that point to the users "My Documents" folder (we incorrectly used to assume the Win2000 folder, now correctly uses the last installed OS folder) - users know this as "user account period bug".
- Crash when entering advanced display options with only 32 meg of video ram (32 meg of video ram is not supported and will only allow use of 640*480 in 16 and 32 bit. At this resolution it is likely you will see the "Black Roads" LOD problem). We do NOT however disallow machines with 32 meg of video ram from running GRAND THEFT AUTO: San Andreas.
- Crash when entering advanced display options on a dual monitor machine after :- starting game on primary monitor in maximum resolution, exiting, starting again in maximum resolution on secondary monitor. Secondary monitor maximum resolution had to be greater than maximum resolution of primary monitor.
- Destroyed cars now are correct colour.
- Dirty cars now able to get clean.
- Numpad 5 key is now mappable when re-defining controls.
- Issue on all machines where certain collisions caused parts of the audio system to crash (sound effects, cutscene audio - only radio keeps going) - users know this as "Rain / Thunderstorm bug".
- Improvements to DVD streaming.
- Audio problems in interior / exterior transitions and getting in / out of cars fixed.
- Some fixes to ensure reverb is not present at certain save points.
- Improvements to dance game timings.
- Crash occuring when using "user radio files" while the frame limiter is disabled.
San Andreas v2.00
Version 2 has the same bug fixes and corrections that were introduced in the 1.01 patch. It also checks the size of the 'gta3.img' file, which causes the game to crash if the size is not equal to a predetermined (hardcoded) size. Save files created with a version 1.0 or 1.01 game are not compatible with a 2.00 or later game.
San Andreas v3.00
Version 3 is functionally the same as version 2, but has been rebuilt so it can run under Steam without the need for a play disc.
How to tell what version you have
Version 1 is the only "unmarked" version of the game. From the 1.01 patch onward, the version number is displayed on the lower right corner of the main menu when you first start the game. The retail versions of the game have "Second Edition" printed along the bottom of the front side of the box.
Tools and special cases
Sa version checker: SA_Version_Checker
Modding SA v2.00: San_Andreas_v2.0_Modding