Silent Hunter III

Silent Hunter III comes in four editions:
  • The EMEA DVD (Europe, Middle East, Africa) edition, which can be purchased mainly in European shops
  • The EMEA download edition (, probably others)
  • The US DVD edition
  • The US download edition (Direct2Drive,

The EMEA edition has support for more than the English language, at least German and Russian is reported (but not in the same box?).

No Italian version seems to be available, except as an unoffical translation patch/mod.

Application Details:

Version: 1.4b-EMEA
License: Retail
Votes: 2
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 8.18

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Test Results

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Selected Test Results

What works




Applying patch 1.4b

What does not

Unable to start game due to StarForce copy protection.

Unable to start game in 64-bit prefix due to windows version being too high (more than Windows 2000).


Install No-CD patch in order to bypass StarForce.

Install game in 32-bit prefix in order to bypass windows version.

What was not tested


Extended gameplay (>10min)

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

Tested Retail EMEA-DVD version and applied patch 1.4b

Tested in clean 32-bit prefix with no overrides nor winetricks.

Game runs smoothly with no lag in neither audio nor video.

"No-CD"-patch needed even if you have the CD in the drive.

RTX 3070


Kernel 5.10

Budgie DE

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowManjaro Linux 23Nov 18 20238.18Yes Yes YesGoldBob Niemöller 
CurrentManjaro Linux 21.3Jul 11 20227.11Yes Yes YesGoldBob Niemöller 
ShowUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Nov 19 20183.0.3Yes Yes YesGoldDadu042 
ShowLinux Mint 17.2 "Rafaela" x86-64Sep 18 20151.7.50Yes Yes NoSilverCtirad Horkel 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Feb 18 20141.7.12Yes Yes NoPlatinumMario Oelze 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
3260 StarForce 3.x: games crash or fail to start due to missing kernel driver infrastructure [metabug] CLOSED ABANDONED View
8826 Silent Hunter III: Fires and smoke visible only with view zoomed far out. CLOSED FIXED View
9612 Silent Hunter III: Crashes on loading a savegame at sea (dsound causing out of memory condition) CLOSED FIXED View
53336 Silent Hunter 3: Starforce protection issues UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes

HOWTO - Running Silent Hunter 3 with Wine

The game itself works, but some care must be taken during instalaltion in order to get it working correctly.
Note and disclaimer:
This has been tested only with Silent Hunter 3 - EMEA DVD edition - version 1.4b. Please contact me for your success regarding the US or the downlaod editions of this game.
First step: Install the game.
This is easy: push the DVD in and run "wine setup.exe". Install all the options including Directx9 video codecs and Acrobat Reader 7 (this one might be left out if you have space concerns). Installation will run swiftly and complete in a few minutes with no assle. I suggest not to install the GameShadow crap since you will not need it.
Run wineboot to reboot windows, but DO NOT RUN THE GAME YET!
Second step: Patch the game to 1.4b
Go to the Ubisoft Silent Hunter 3 homepage (see link in game description) and download the right patch for you. I have tested only the EMEA DVD 1.4b patch. The download is about 20MB and could take a while, but once you have it simply unzip and run it with wine. The patch will locate your installation and patch it to the latest (1.4b) version.
Run wineboot to reboot windows, but DO NOT RUN THE GAME YET!!
Third step: apply a NO-CD crack to the game
No, i am not suggesting to illegally play this game, nor i am suggesting to pursue any illegal or unethic behaviour. If this step is illegal in your country or if you believe it to be unethical, please stop here and forget about running Silent Hunter 3 under wine.
Unfortunately, Ubisoft has choosen a copy protection mechanism for their game that is NOT supported by wine at the moment. So, even if you own an original version of the game you must find, download and apply a NO-CD (or better NO-DVD in this case) patch. I am not giving you any direct link to any potential illegal stuff, unzip it and put all the enclosed files (some dlls and one exe) on the game directory replacing the original provided ones. I strongly suggest backing up the existing one first.
Run wineboot to reboot windows, but DO NOT RUN THE GAME YET!!
Last step: Now run the game!
Either run wine sh3.exe from the game directory or use the Start Menu shortcut, the loading screen might take some time, then the menu page will show up and... Good Luck!

Note: if "xrandr | grep 1024x" does not report 50.0 Hz as an option

(for example: "   1024x768       75.0     70.0     60.0 " )

you must fiddle with your X config until it does report 50 Hz, or apply this patch to get the game running.

Please report any success story for other editions than the EMEA DVD!

Graphics issues
This patch is recommended for proper smoke, fire and water spray effects. See bug 8826 for details.
Make sure that this key exists in the wine registry: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wine\DirectSound
In that key, create a string MaxShadowSize with value 0 . Or the game may run out of virtual memory and crash.
See bug 9612 for details.


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