How to Fix "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" for Widescreen

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"Grand Theft Auto 3: San Andreas" marks the third iteration of the "Grand Theft Auto 3" game series. It transports players to fictional West Coast cities in an outlandish gangster adventure. The PC version of the game features high quality textures as well as support for higher resolutions. For those using a widescreen LCD monitor, the image will appear squeezed or distorted if the correct resolution ratio isn't selected.

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    Download the latest "San Andreas" patch. The original version of the game contains a few widescreen ratios but some higher level ones designed for newer monitors are only available after installing the patch. Download the patch from the manufacturer's website and install it.

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    Start the game as normal and let it load fully. Once at the main menu, scroll down to the "Options" menu and press "Enter." Select "Display Settings" followed by "Advanced." Set the "Widescreen" entry to off. The widescreen setting is a special control that isn't needed for most widescreen displays. Scroll down to the "Resolution" setting.

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    Identify which resolutions have a widescreen ratio. The first number in the resolution represents the number of pixels horizontally while the second number is the number of pixels vertically. Divide the first number by the second number using a calculator to determine the resolution's ratio. The ratio is the number that results from the division. If the ratio is 1.6, it is a standard widescreen ratio for most computer LCDs. If the result is 1.33, the ratio is a 4:3 designed for square monitors.

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    Choose a widescreen resolution that your computer can support. If you are playing the game on an older computer, or one without a lot of processing power, you may only be able to play on a lower screen resolution. To set the resolution from the game, scroll left and right through the "Resolution" entry until the desired setting is displayed, press "Enter" to select it. If you back out of the menu without pressing "Enter," it will revert back to the previous entry. Experiment with the different widescreen resolutions to find one that allows the game to look good while still running smoothly.

Tips and warnings

  • The Widescreen setting is only needed if you are forced to run the game at a 4:3 ratio on a widescreen monitor. This will occur if your graphics card doesn't support a widescreen resolution. The widescreen setting crops and stretches the 4:3 image in order to fit into a widescreen monitor without squeezing. This should only be used as a last resort as picking a correct widescreen resolution is preferable.

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