SimCity 3000

Retail CD release versions 1.0 and 1.1.

Application Details:

Version: 1.x
License: Retail
Votes: 7
Latest Rating: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 5.5-staging

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What works

Most of the game works great. Almost Flawless. The screen changes resolution great both in starting the game and exiting the game. All visual aspects are flawless... colors, animations, and such. All buildings work and look great, all disasters great... demolition works fine. The game works on all resolutions; for me, anyway... I run it on 1024x768 and it is smooth.

What does not

The cursers do not change, i.e. no little icons next to the cursor indicating current tool. Changing the game's screen resolution to hardware and GDI will let you see the different cursers, but the cursor will flash from the games white mouse to the default system mouse constantly, and I've found I would much rather stick with the no-icon mouse... as the flashing is very annoying.


What was not tested

The Sound, i.e. music, sound FX, etc. as I dont have a sound card. But the rest of the game is almost flawless I'm guessing the sound will work fine.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowArch Linux x86_64Apr 17 20205.5-stagingYes No NoGarbageNate Droppo 
ShowLinux Mint 18 "Sarah" x86_64Jul 11 20161.6.2Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Oct 06 20131.7.3Yes Yes SilverFiku Miku Foo Foo Foo 
ShowUbuntu 13.04 "Raring" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 06 20131.7.3Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Feb 10 20131.5.23Yes Yes GoldLunaVorax 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
22522 5 Freunde and SimCity3000 have black intro videos (smackw32.dll) NEW View

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HowTo / Notes


Make sure that your game is running on the correct resolution, otherwise problems may occur.

You can change the resolution pass some parameters to the shortcut of the game.If you have not made​​ a shortcut to the game,create it with any text editor by following the rules bellow.

 Supported parameters

-w Starts the game in windowed mode
-r Change the game resolution

 How to use

Open the shortcut file and insert the following:

#/ bin /bash
cd "path to the folder of your game"
(wine SC3.EXE -r1024x768)

The example above starts the game in fullscreen and with
resolution 1024x768

Another example:

#/ bin /bash
cd "path to the folder of your game"
(wine SC3.EXE -w -r800x600)

The example above starts the game in window with resolution 800x600.

 Supported Resolutions

640x480, 800x600, 1024x768, 1280x1024

 Note: if you uses multicore cpu, read tutorial Fix Multicore Freezing / crashing (below)

Fix Multicore Freezing / crashing
If you run SC3K on a multicore/multicpu system the game may fail, either on the menu or after clicking play. To work around this, you need to limit Wine to run on 1 core only, you can do this using schedtool.

 Install with: # apt-get install schedtool


$ wget $ tar xf schedtool-1.1.2.tar.bz2 $ cd schedt* $ sudo make install run sc3k by:

$ schedtool -a 0x1 -e wine SC3.EXE

NOTE: If you use different resolution and multicore, use this model of shortcut:

#/ bin /bash cd "path to the folder of your game" (schedtool -a 0x1 -e wine SC3.EXE -r1024x768)

for more information read the tutorial Resolution (above)


The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. WineHQ is not responsible for what they say.

No Cd Error
by Alexandru Guzu on Thursday January 14th 2010, 2:35
I installed the game from a .iso image mounted at /media/cdrom0

However when I try to start the game I get No CD-ROM error.

I applied a no-cd patch (cracked .exe) And the game runs perfectly on my hardware (Intel GMA 900 - go figure) using DirectDraw.

How do I fix the no-cd error?
BTW, in winecfg, /home/cdrom0 is set as D: and the type is CD-ROM

Thanks in advance
RE: No Cd Error
by Ken Sharp on Monday May 2nd 2011, 10:32
The same thing occurs in Windows 7. I've found if you try starting it a few times it will run.
by Kevin on Thursday August 27th 2009, 19:00
I've applied the SimCity4 registry edits already for SC4 (which I haven't gotten to work just yet). Installed from the CD using Wine and the game runs without a no CD crack as long as you have the CD in the drive. Rendering is done in hardware mode as set in the main Wine config window. Only a little slower than it is on Windows XP, but still quite good.

Athlon 64 3500+ (2.2GHz), 1GB RAM, 256MB nVidia GeForce 8500GT, Ubuntu 9.04.