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I bought a new gta vice city disk for ps2 and i almost beat it. but after the game loads the memory card loads my file, says load successful and then the screen turns black and you cant hear it. the game works fine without the memory card in it, but not with it in. how do i fix it?

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I have had this problem numerous times. It's a glitch in the game, best I can figure. It corrupts your saved game. You might be able to go back to an earlier save and play from there. But the best solution, if that doesn't work, is to take out the game disc, turn on the ps2, click on Browse (with your memory card plugged in) and delete the Vice City file(s) on there. Then put your disc back in and start over from the beginning. It sucks, I know. I've had to do it. And once I was almost to a 100% completion. Bleh. =( Sorry.

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