Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit

This is the boxed retail version of the game. An auto-updater is available, but the update servers are no longer online.

Application Details:

Version: Retail
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 6.0.1

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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

Everything, in full screen.

What does not

The game exit still crashes


Close game through close button in window after exiting.

What was not tested

Basic game menus and game play worked with patch without problems.

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

Run with patch, that allowed Portable, 2K resolution and stable operation.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentUbuntu 20.04 "Focal" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Sep 23 20216.0.1Yes Yes YesGoldHernandi F. Krammes F. 
ShowopenSUSE Tumbleweed (rolling release)Jun 09 20172.6N/A Yes NoPlatinumdave 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Feb 14 20172.1Yes Yes NoGoldLoneVVolf 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 8.x "Jessie" x86_64Oct 29 20141.7.29Yes Yes NoGoldScott Weldon 
ShowUbuntu 12.10 "Quantal" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 13 20121.5.17Yes Yes NoPlatinumAndrey Gusev 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
7115 Need for Speed III installer fails in Win9X mode, reporting "Could not get 'HardWareKey' value" (active PnP device keys in 'HKEY_DYN_DATA\\Config Manager\\Enum' missing) STAGED View
9221 Force Feedback doesn't work but does after little source modification NEW View

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HowTo / Notes

  1. For best results, try using one of the WINE/distribution combinations listed as working above.
  2. Run winecfg and set Windows Version to Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows ME.
  3. Also, you may want to check "Emulate a virtual desktop" on the Graphics tab if you have trouble with the game not exiting nicely.
  4. Run wine 'D:\setup\english\setup.exe', replacing 'D:\' with the letter of your CD drive, and 'english' with 'spanish' if you want to run the Spanish version.
  5. Follow the installation instructions on-screen. There will be a few errors, but just click 'Ok' and keep going. Don't try to register at the end.
  6. In a console, change to the NFS3 installation directory by typing something like cd '.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Electronic Arts/Need For Speed III'. Trying to run the game by clicking the icon, or from a different directory, will not work.
  7. Run the game with wine nfs3.exe -d3d0.
3dfx HOWTO
To play the 3dfx version of this game, I recommend installing the glide wrapper available here:
16-bit Code

This game contains 16-bit launcher code. To be able to run it, you must run the following as root:

echo 1 > /proc/sys/abi/ldt16


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