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

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What works

Everything that was tested

What does not

Slight visual bug on headlights. Does not seriously interfere with gameplay.

Game does not quit properly - need to use xkill to get rid of window. Again, does not interfere with gameplay.


What was not tested


Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

No changes were required. Worked out of the box.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 20.04 "Focal" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Sep 23 20216.0.1Yes Yes YesGoldHernandi F. Krammes F. 
CurrentopenSUSE 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
1631 Sound underruns occur in directsound CLOSED FIXED View
7106 Need for Speed 3 autorun crashes when starting setup CLOSED FIXED 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

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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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