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m52nickerson 06-05-2005 06:39 PM

Guide to Harmful Glitches!
The following are known bad glitches in SA. It is not in any way a list of every glitch, only the ones that are harmful. Each glitch has a basic description followed by any known causes and fixes. The information has been gathered through this forum and its member,, as well as my own experiences. I hope this help anyone who is new to the game.

1. Can’t finish a mission glitch
There are some missions in SA that can pick up a glitch which makes that mission impossible to beat. One example of this is in the mission Mad Dogg. Mad Dogg will jump before you can possible save him.

Cause: Saving with cheats on, especially cheats that affects peds. Example, the ped riot cheat. Other cheats that affect the game play in some way may also cause a mission glitch.

Fix: None, other then starting a new game. Just don’t save after cheating.

Note: Health and Weapons cheats are most likely safe to use. I said most likely because you can never be 100% sure.
For the PC version same members of this forum have reported mission glitches after installing mods. You may want to ask some one who has the mod, before installing it.

2. Can’t obtain 100% glitch
This is on the same lines as the mission glitch, but affects other things that are needed to obtain 100%. One example is the vanishing oyster. Some people have reported that one of the oyster disappears, not allowing you to collect it.

Cause: Same as the mission glitch, saving after cheating.

Fix: None, don’t save with cheats.

3. Garage door will not open.
Sometimes you will find that a garage door is stuck and will not open for long periods of time. This can happen to any garage in the game.

Cause: Unknown.

Fix: Standing in front of the garage pause the game. Now open the map up. Wait for about 1 second then back out of the map and unpause the game. The door should pop open. If not repeat.

4. Garage eats custom paint on cars.
You open your garage to find that your Slamvan has lost is cool custom paint and it now all white. Well then you have run into this glitch.

Cause: Saving a car with a custom paint job in a garage. Sometimes the paint will disappear.

Fix: None really. If you only save one car in a garage it will reduce the chances of this happening, but its not full proof. One thing you can do is to keep cars with custom paint in the city were the mod shop there were done is. Example, keep lowriders in Los Santos so when the paint goes bye bye it is not that far to get it repainted.

5. Can’t play pool any more.
You wanted to play a game of pool but when you got to the bar you can’t start a game, and why does the bartender have her hands in the air?

Cause: If you hit, kill, target anyone in a bar or night (dance) club you will never be able to play pool again. You will know this is the case because when you walk in the bartender will raise her arms, and peds will duck.

Fix: Again none. It is simple enough to avoid just don’t start any trouble in bars or night clubs.

6. Basket balls are gone.
Went to the court to improve your mad skills, but all the basket balls are gone.

Cause: If you save at Mad Dogs crib (aka the Mansion) you run the risk of getting this glitch.

Fix: None, are you seeing a pattern so far. It can be avoided, just don’t save in the mansion and you will be fine.

7. Girlfriends never home
This is common, your girlfriend is just never around when she is suppost to be.

Cause: Unknown, just seems to happen from time to time.

Fix: Grab some flowers (any gift may work, but I have only tested it with flowers) and stand out side your girlfriends house just before the first time she is normally there. If here normal times are something like 22:00 to 4:00 you may have to wait until midnight. At the right time the corona should appear. Just stand far enough away that you don’t get the message “your girlfriend is not home”. This may not work every time. You can also avoid this glitch by dating the girl to 100% right after you start going out, just take her out every night until you reach 100%. Also for Katie you can try getting killed near her house. You will spawn there and it may make her come around.
Note: This fix may not work with Mille, your best bet is to show up at her door in the gimp suit.

8. Can’t work out or The Gym glitch.
You went to the gym to work off that extra cluckin bell you had on your date, but you get the message “you’ve reached your limit for the day, come back tomorrow.” But you have not worked out for days, WTF.

Cause: Seems random at most times, but does seem to occur more after finishing the story missions. One known cause is saving away hunger. If you save the game instead of eating when the game tell you CJ is hungry can cause this glitch. Also saving the game in two different slots in a very short time. For example saving in slot one at 12:00am and slot two at 12:05am. Since I have stopped saving to more then one slot on any given day I have not gotten this glitch.

Fix: There are a few. The first thing you can do is eat a bunch of meals, they can be salad meals. Eat 11 meals then try to work out. You may have to save after eating for it to work. You can also raise one out your stats, I know raising the gambling, and the lung capacity stats have worked. If nether of these work try to play for a long time with out saving the game, 5-7 in game days. I have always “played” while trying this, I don’t know if just letting CJ stand there will have the same affect. The final why is to change every thing about CJs appearance, hair, tattoos, clothing, build (gain fat). If none of these work you may have to deal with not being able to work out. Most of the time the glitch will right it self sooner or later (could be much later). This is not crippling, if you keep a little bit of fat (5-10%) on CJ he will not lose muscle.

I have also found that Secrets Guide by The Duff Man on has some good info about this glitch. click the link and then scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the guide.

UPDATE: IT seems as time goes on more and more "possible" fixes for the gym glitch come out. I doubt the there will ever be a fix that works 100% of the time, but there is hope that one will work.

First up is what we will call the load-save. I found this a few different places on the web. Load the game that is infected and then save it to an empty slot. Then load that new game and save over the original game. Next load the original game. Finally save that in another empty slot and reset your game console. This work perfect the first time I tried it, the next time........not so much. You can also try the same procedure but instead of using empty slots use the second memory card.

Next......the 2-player fix. This is easy. Find a two player icon (free play) and start the game. Now have CJ shoot and kill the 2nd player. Now restart the 2-player game, but have the 2nd player choose a different player model. Again kill the 2nd player. This worked for me 2 out of three time on the same saved game.

9. Spay tag glitch
You run out of spray paint while spaying a tag, when you go back you can't complete the tag. Which means you can't get 100%.

Cause: Running out fo paint mid way through spaying a tag location. This is different that just not spaying the tag all the way. You must run out of paint for this really happen.

Fix: None, you must start a new game. To avid this make sure you spray each location until you get the message "xx of 100 tags complete", and make sure you have enough paint.

New Glitch

10.Taxi glitch on Xbox version by Xboxlover2

I didn't discover it, but all I know is that it doesn't always happen (the glitch won't always occur if you get your pilot's license before you're supposed to), but it happens often enough to make it a bad idea to get your license early. Anyway, if you have the glitch, you won't be able to find any fares during the taxi missions, meaning if you had planned on getting 100%, it is then impossible to do so. If you plan on doing the taxi missions but you want to get your pilot's license very early in the game, you should do the taxi missions before you get your license.

End Notes: You should always have a back up save file, that way if you pick up a harmful glitch you can go to your back up.

If you know of a new glitch or if you see something wrong, or find this guide useful let me know. Happy gaming.

fluff 06-08-2005 08:50 AM

because of the Garage eats custom paint on cars my mothership (camper with paint job)is know white

Gamaya 06-08-2005 10:21 AM

u know what I did? (although, i have gotten rid of them all), i kept playing that mission where you drive the Mothership, and saved in all my available garages each time. I had about 6, I think.

m52nickerson 06-08-2005 10:24 AM

Hope you had a back up file, I have a mother ship at the save house in vinewood. Its the one near Mad Dog's crib. That garage is pretty stable, doen't eat paint jobs, too much.

PimpinPenguin 06-09-2005 10:24 PM

Thanx for the list Nickerson:D Didn't know about 3 of em'. Remember that thread I made a while ago..."DAMN OYSTER!!!!!!!!" lol

m52nickerson 06-10-2005 02:31 PM

Yes I do, that is why I used the oyster as an example. Thanks for the comment Pimp.

Hot Lead 06-12-2005 02:31 AM

God i hate it when the gararge eats my custom paint job

m52nickerson 06-13-2005 10:54 AM

It's one glitch you just have to live with. I just paint most of my cars black or red now because it.

M0ds & S0d5 06-19-2005 02:52 PM

The Reason For The Gym GLitch Is If You Excercise At The Beach Gym In Los Santo

m52nickerson 06-19-2005 03:07 PM

No it is not. I have excercised there many times and not gotten the glitch.

FUGITIVE 06-21-2005 12:46 AM

Ive shot and slayed and killed bars full of people and I can still play pool.
some bar tenders raise their arms but not at all bars, like in LV they raise their arms and Ive never caused any trouble there.
and I can play pool everywhere Ive wanted to, even in bars Ive killed in.

never had the gym glitch, but i eat when it says your hungry or i see fat go down too much.

found miile at home everytime at 12noon to 1pm.
never brought gifts or wore the gimp suit.

MY Garage fix- stand in front of garage, turn R stick to face CJ, and go up/down with it. works. they seemed to have worked this out in the PC version. they stuck, took cars and paint jobs on the PS2.

AdoptedThug 06-21-2005 01:16 AM

Yep, well down in the list, should help a lot of people getting confused around here.

creamfilledturd 06-21-2005 05:44 AM

the gym glitch is harmless and nothing to worry about since there is a max muscle and max fat button cheat, it's the basketball glitch which is the one to worry about, the fuck if I'm starting a new game to just get my basketball back, damn R* assholes can't do anything right.

GTdAve 06-21-2005 08:02 AM

Very helpful; nice work. I have some questions though, for some of these "unfixable" glitches, or even for the fixable ones I guess; if you start a new game; will the glitches transfer over? Is there a higher chance of getting the same glitches (even if you avoid them?) and if they do transfer after starting a new game, would formating the memory card work?

Ace_Roller 06-21-2005 08:24 AM

with the girlfriend glitch:
i had that with barbara, but it think its supposed to be that way because the red mark normally appears at 15:00, but after a dancing date, it didn't appear, so i waited untilthe next day and the mark was there again. I think you have to wait 1 day for the girlfriend to get "rested".

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