SimCity 3000

Retail CD release versions 1.0 and 1.1.

Application Details:

Version: 1.x
License: Retail
Votes: 8
Latest Rating: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 7.2

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Test Results

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What works

The installer works flawlessly.

What does not

The game itself. Launching the game only gets you as far as a low resolution black screen with a cursor, and a second hidden message box with the text "??? Unknown Exception". Clicking OK on this message box will throw you back to the desktop.


What was not tested

  • Gameplay - couldn't play the game!
  • Uninstalling the game

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 20.04 "Focal" (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 26 20227.2Yes No NoGarbagexavier 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Apr 17 20205.5-stagingYes No NoGarbageNate Droppo 
ShowLinux Mint 18 "Sarah" x86_64Jul 11 20161.6.2Yes Yes NoGoldan anonymous user 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Oct 06 20131.7.3Yes Yes NoSilverGood Guy Danny 
ShowUbuntu 13.04 "Raring" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 06 20131.7.3Yes Yes NoSilveran anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
200 Hangup problem when running wine 20010305 CLOSED WORKSFORME View
219 Programs refuse to run because of safedisc copy-protection CLOSED FIXED View
421 Implement a DIB engine CLOSED FIXED View
1257 Regression in dll loading CLOSED FIXED View
2075 vsnprintf: glibc and win32 not compatible CLOSED FIXED View
2939 Unable to run games (X11DRV_ChangeDisplaySettingsExW No matching mode found!) CLOSED ABANDONED View
3759 SimCity 3000 - all money related numbers wrong CLOSED FIXED View
7067 Simcity 3000 has partial, grainy, B&W video, and crashes with "exceptional error" upon mouse focus CLOSED FIXED View
9046 simcity 3000: executable exits immediately CLOSED ABANDONED View
17804 Sim City 3000 +NoCD fails to load CLOSED FIXED View
18416 Crash in executing SimCity 3000 CLOSED INVALID View
22522 5 Freunde and SimCity3000 have black intro videos (smackw32.dll) NEW View
23334 SimCity 3000: after install regedit shows CLOSED ABANDONED View
26552 Wine sets the resolution incorrectly on widescreen monitors CLOSED FIXED View
26878 No sound in Sim City 3000 Unlimited CLOSED FIXED View
26879 No music in Sim City 3000 Unlimited CLOSED INVALID View
26932 Poor performance with Sim City 3000 Unlimited CLOSED DUPLICATE View
27062 Simcity 3000: irrecoverable black screen, even with virtual desktop CLOSED DUPLICATE View
27079 Painkiller Black: black screen and crash at start CLOSED FIXED View
28694 Simcity 3000 (1.x): No video, just audio CLOSED INVALID 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.