Hearts of Iron III

Application Details:

Version: 1.x
License: Retail
Votes: 11
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.3.35

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What works

Everything single player.

Followed the reccomended installation with winetricks and regedit

Played for about 60 hours.

What does not

Some sound issues:

* On random occasions sound becomes intermittent then ceases for short periods of time (ranges from frequent to rare, unknown reason).

* While the sound problems appear, the game slows down considerably.

* Rare crashes (4 in total of ~60 hrs) that may be attributed to the game (v1.3 some crashes still reported on windows)


What was not tested


Hardware tested


  • GPU:
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Additional Comments

Unable to comment on performance due to widely different OS setups. It seems close to the windows performance, which will gradually degrade with playtime (restart to fix). Admin note: rating changed to conform to the rating definitions.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowArch LinuxDec 30 20111.3.35Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 
ShowopenSUSE 11.4 x86_64Dec 23 20111.3.34Yes Yes GoldNathan 
ShowUbuntu 11.04 "Natty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 26 20111.3.25Yes Yes GoldReCon 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Aug 22 20101.3.0Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 
ShowFuntoo Linux AMD64Aug 13 20101.3.0Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 

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HowTo / Notes

(OUTDATET) HOWTO play Hearts of Iron III

  1. Install the game:
    • Cancel .NET Installer
    • Cancel DirectX Installer
    • Install MSVC Redistributable
  2. Install MS DirectX 9 ("directx9") with winetricks
  3. Install MS .NET Framework 2.0 ("dotnet20") with winetricks
  4. Set (string) HKCU/Software/Wine/Direct3D/VideoMemorySize to the size of your video card's memory (e.g. "512") via "wine regedit"
  5. Set (string) HKCU/Software/Wine/DirectSound/MaxShadowSize to "0" via "wine regedit"
  6. Make sure the Windows version is set to Windows XP via "winecfg" (seems to work best)
  7. Optional: Install Patch v1.1 manually (launcher update does not work)
  8. Optional: Install Hotfix v1.1c manually (launcher update does not work)
  9. Play the game (hoi3.exe = launcher, hoi3game.exe = direct entry)


­Note: For more information on how to use winetricks, visit the WineWiki
­Note: A step-by-step HowTo can be found in the Paradox Interactive Forums

Some users are reporting you may have to set some more Registry Keys in order to experience better results (e.g. borders drawn incorrectly). You may try these:

in HKCU/Software/Wine/Direct3D/
  • DirectDrawRenderer to "opengl"
  • OffscreenRenderingMode to "backbuffer"
  • OffscreenRenderingMode to "pbuffer"
  • OffscreenRenderingMode to "fbo"
  • PixelShaderMode to "enabled"
  • VideoMemorySize to the size of your video memory (e.g. "512")
in HKCU/Software/Wine/DirectSound/
  • MaxShadowSize to "0"
­The game needs hardware supporting Pixel Shader 2 to run!­
HOWTO play Hearts of Iron III (+ AddOns)
1. Install the game inclusive the optional AddOns. If the installation process also wants to install DirectX, Visual C++ and / or .NET, cancel all these installations!

2. Install the dependencies of the game with winetricks: winetricks vcrun2005 directx9 dotnet20
NOTE: If you also have the "For the Motherland" AddOn installed, you need to do an additional "winetricks vcrun2010" to get the latest dependencies, too.

3. Open regedit (for e. g. type it in a terminal) and navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Wine/Direct3D/ and make a new entry which is called:


as the value enter your amount of video memory (MB), for e. g. 256 or 512.

as Next, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Wine/DirectSound/ and make again a new entry:


and set as the value: 0.

4. Open winecfg an go to the libraries tab an delete out the "quartz.dll".

That's it, you're ready to play. You can additionaly patch the game.


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