Need for Speed II

This is the boxed version of the Need for Speed II: SE, which is distinct from the Need for Speed II.

Application Details:

Version: SE
License: Retail
Votes: 24
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.9.12

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Test Results

Old test results
The test results for this version are very old, and as such they may not represent the current state of Wine. Please consider submitting a new test report.
Selected Test Results

What works

Tournaments, Knockouts, etc...
Joystick / Steering Wheel
Cheat codes
Sounds, music, intro
Changing the graphics settings
Force feedback
Control remap

What does not


What was not tested

Continue saved game
Glide graphics

Additional Comments

On older PCs the game runs out of the box

On modern PCs use schedtool + pe patch. It may also throw a warning that your hard drive has less than 1MB free space - just ignore that. This is NOT Wine's fault, this game is VERY old and it doesn't run even on post-XP Windows anymore.

== My system ==
PC   | ASUS Laptop (K55VD)
CPU  | Intel i7 Ivy CPU (2.3 GHz, 4 cores)
RAM  | 8Gb DDR3 Memory
GPU1 | Intel HD Graphics 4000
GPU2 | Nvidia GeForce 610M (2Gb DDR3)
OS   | Arch Linux 64bit (Linux kernel 4.6.2)
DE   | GNOME Shell 3.20.2
Wine | 1.9.12

USED GPU: In this test I used GPU1 to run the game
selected in Test Results table below
DistributionTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?RatingSubmitter
CurrentArch Linux x86_64Jun 18 20161.9.12Yes Yes PlatinumHorațiu Mlendea 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Apr 25 20161.9.8Yes Yes PlatinumHorațiu Mlendea 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Mar 06 20161.9.4Yes Yes PlatinumHorațiu Mlendea 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Feb 05 20161.9.2Yes Yes PlatinumHorațiu Mlendea 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Dec 26 20151.9.0Yes Yes PlatinumHorațiu Mlendea 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
11317 Need for Speed II Demo - hangs on smp machine NEEDINFO View

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HowTo / Notes

How to Install and Play

How to Install

 1. Change Windows version in winecfg to Windows 95/98 (installation crashes with 2008/Vista/2003/XP/2000) 

 2.  Go to Drivers tab and add drive D. Redirect the drive to path where your CD is mounted, for example: /media/Nfsiise/

 3. Install by wine ./SETUP/ENGLISH/SETUP.EXE and not by AUTORUN.EXE

 4.  Case occurs the message Hardware not detected, ignore and press ok until the installation continues normally.

How to Play

 1. Change back Windows version to XP

 2. Download fix utility from HERE

 3. Run the fix on game directory: $ wine pe.exe nfs2sen.exe

 4. Install schedtool (read "Freezing/crashing" note)

 5. Run NFS2 by: $ schedtool -a 0x1 -e wine nfs2sen.exe

 6. Ignore message Your hard drive has less than 1MB free space case occurs.

 7. Enjoy!
Fix Multicore Freezing / crashing
If you run NFS2 on a multicore/multicpu system you will find that NFS2 will crash, either on the menu or after clicking Race. To work around this, you need to limit Wine to run on 1 core only, you can do this using schedtool.

 Install with: # apt-get install schedtool if you use Ubuntu, or # pacman -S schedtool if you use Arch Linux


$ wget $ tar xf schedtool-1.1.2.tar.bz2 $ cd schedt* $ sudo make install run nfs by:

$ schedtool -a 0x1 -e wine nfs2sen.exe
Fix out of memory / insufficient memory
If you get an error while trying to start the game, then you need to apply a fix to the game executable. open a terminal and cd to the install directory
cd ~/.wine/drive_c/NFS2/
Download the fix program:


Run the fix program against the main executable:
$ wine pe.exe nfs2sen.exe
Glide Version
The glide version needs a Wrapper in order to work, and updated nfs2sea.exe (found HERE).

I'm using dgVoodo with this configuration:

RenderAPI: Direct3D9
Display Driver: Direct3D9 HAL
Screen Mode: windowed mode
D3D Textures bit depth: 32 bits
texture options: autogenerate mipmaps
LFB access: Enable FSB access (use hardware cache buffers when poss, use fastwrite for unmatching formats)
ColorKeying Method: Native
Texture Mem Size: 65536KB
Resolution: 1024x768
Gamma Correction: 100%
Miscellaneeous: force triple buferring, use hardware vertex buffers, enable glide-gammaramp

Note: Full screen mode does not work for me with dgvoodo, but windowed mode with the display's resolution, shows the game in fullscreen.


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by jkathleen on Friday January 20th 2017, 22:29
Sorry if this is an obvious question, but what does it mean to run a fix on the game directory? How is that done? Thanks!
  • RE: by Horațiu Mlendea on Saturday January 21st 2017, 2:22
    • RE: by jkathleen on Saturday January 21st 2017, 9:17
      • RE: by Horațiu Mlendea on Saturday January 21st 2017, 13:41
by suragh on Wednesday July 15th 2015, 21:56
by Horațiu Mlendea on Saturday January 24th 2015, 1:06
Please fix the pe.exe download link!
  • RE: pe.exe by Lara Maia on Saturday January 24th 2015, 9:07
How to Deal with Freezing
by George Edison on Sunday July 31st 2011, 19:17
If the game freezes (which unfortunately happens quite regularly), I have had very good success at resuming the game simply by minimizing the application (many window managers assign 'show desktop' to Super+D) and then switching back to the game.