This is the boxed retail version of the game. An auto-updater is available, but the update servers are no longer online.
Installation is without problems. Adding the patch to the latest known version, too.
Running the game should be done with: wine nfs3.exe -d3d0
The game provided applet to set the used 3d graphics card cannot be used.
With winecfg I told wine to disguise as Windows 98. That is needed because nfs3 is incompatible to NT-style Windowses.
Sound and music is without problems when using the ALSA backend.
What does not
Using the mouse in the menus is impossible since it moves erratically. Someone suggested this is a timing issue.
Sound and music is broken when using the OSS backend.
What was not tested
Have not tested the network mode, and did not try the NAS and ESound backends.
I give it platinum rating because the playing experience is equal or even better than on MS Windows. NFS3 HP does not run on Windows NT and derivates! For a long time the hardware accelerated version (-d3d0) could not be used but this has changed since wine 0.4.42. 0.4.44 also fixed occassional crashes in the menu system. The only remaining bit would be to fix the mouse movement in the menu. But this is a minor issue as you can still use the keyboard. (I ran the "Wine 0.9.44 Ubuntu 7.04" binary on Lenny.)
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||openSUSE Tumbleweed (rolling release)||Jun 09 2017||2.6||N/A||Yes||Platinum||David Faour|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Feb 14 2017||2.1||Yes||Yes||Gold||LoneVVolf|
|Show||Debian GNU/Linux 8.x "Jessie" x86_64||Oct 29 2014||1.7.29||Yes||Yes||Gold||Scott Weldon|
|Show||Ubuntu 12.10 "Quantal" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Nov 13 2012||1.5.17||Yes||Yes||Platinum||Andrey Gusev|
|Show||EasyPeasy||Jan 18 2013||1.4||Yes||Yes||Gold||an anonymous user|
|Bug #||Description||Status||Resolution||Other apps affected|
|7106||Need for Speed 3 autorun crashes when starting setup||STAGED||View|
|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|
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