I have stumbled upon a newsflash on CDFreaks.com and I read ablot that Safedisk 3 protection supposedly being released together with GTA3. Well it’s not true. I have bought the original version of the game TWICE just to compare the CDs, no difference. I’ve CRC checked and compared BOTH the Executables and the Datafiles, they look the same.
After applying the Official Patch found on http://dlh.net I was able to duplicate the GTA3 Cds without problems, the game works just fine.
Furthermore, I’ve created a Custom CD1 of the game like this:
Step 1: I’ve copied the entire CD1 to my HDD;
Step 2: I’ve created a subdirectory on the HDD and added the patch;
Step 3: I’ve burned the CD with Nero Burning Rom while keeping the CD Label unchanged.
The game works perfectly after installing and running the patch.
Note: you can try changing the label of CD1, I didn’t, the Install Disk is not required for playing, only disk 2 is, and the Patch removes all fancy checking of CD2.
Note 2: Don’t think of the Patch as being an illegal crack or something, I repeat, it’s Official, you can use it, it has been released because lotsa people had trouble playing this buggy release (you may also need a D3D Update found on microsoft.com, read the game’s readme.txt for details).