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

- Game itself

- Multiplayer (LAN)

- Save / load

- Tested with all AddOns (Semper Fi and For the Motherland) and Patches

What does not

- The sound is a little bit creepy. Some sounds appear, some other sounds does not work at all.

- No music at all!


What was not tested

- Online multiplayer

Hardware tested


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  • Driver:

Additional Comments

- Works inclusive ALL AddOns (Semper Fi, For the Motherland) - You have to set the following entrys in regedit HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Wine/Direct3D/ VideoMemorySize = (insert your amount of video memory) HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Wine/DirectSound/ MaxShadowSize = 0 - Install vcrun2005, directx9 and dotnet20 with winetricks winetricks vcrun2005 directx9 dotnet20 NOTE: Install directx9 NOT d3dx9, otherwise the game will crash while loading! If you have also "For the Motherland" AddOn installed, do an additionally winetricks vcrun2010 to get the last requirements, too. Also, cancel the .NET, DirectX and Visual C++ Runtime Installation which came with the Hearts of Iron Installers. - At least, go to winecfg --> Libraries and delete the entry "quartz.dll" out of the list, otherwise the game will crash immediately. (This DLL came with the directx9 package from winetricks)

selected in Test Results table below
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 
CurrentUbuntu 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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