This is the boxed retail version of the game. An auto-updater is available, but the update servers are no longer online.
Installer, almost to the end. Fails after you tell it not to create icons, but the application seems to have been properly installed.
The game plays wonderfully with sound and graphics
What does not
After a race the game sometimes hangs, and trying to start the game for the first time it hung consistently until I tried from a serial console under the wine debugger (obviously setting the DISPLAY variable appropriately). It then ran and kept starting every time ...
What was not tested
mouse. I used the keyboard exclusively
Silver rating because it took some tinkering to get it to play and then it sometimes freezes right after a race. If you are in a tournament (and particularly if you are winning) it sucks. This is the error that seems to kill the application: err:ntdll:RtlpWaitForCriticalSection section 0x110048 "heap.c: main process hea\p section" wait timed out in thread 000f, blocked by 0018, retrying (60 sec) It might make a difference if you have a multiple core CPU or not. I do, and it looks like a race condition to me.
|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|
|1631||Sound underruns occur in directsound||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|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|
|7116||Need for Speed 3 doesn't start||CLOSED||INVALID||View|
|9221||Force Feedback doesn't work but does after little source modification||NEW||View|
|9721||Support for HKEY_DYN_DATA\Config Manager\Enum registry tree||CLOSED||DUPLICATE||View|
|11540||Need for Speed III installer won't close||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|11945||Screen truncated in fullscreen with a widescreen||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|11987||RtlpWaitForCriticalSection timeout in NeedForSpeed III||CLOSED||DUPLICATE||View|
|12033||Need for Speed III crash on startup||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|12288||Need for Speed III - freezes on trying to configure steering wheel||CLOSED||INVALID||View|
|19112||Can't install Need for Speed 3 in WinXP environment||CLOSED||INVALID||View|
|19113||Need for speed 3 - wrong detection wheel||CLOSED||INVALID||View|
|19114||Need for speed 3 - wrong behavior of force feedback wheel||CLOSED||DUPLICATE||View|
|24323||Need for speed 3 crashes on startup||CLOSED||FIXED||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