Need for Speed: Carbon

Application Details:

Version: 1.2
License: Retail
Votes: 5
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.8.1

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What works

installing, playing (using a crack; low fps), sound, videos, menus, mouse and keyboard, switching resolutions even while racing

What does not

patching to 1.4, copy protection, rain effect (there are some strange splatters all over the screen, which makes races much more difficult cause you don't see anything. can be disabled)


What was not tested

antialising, playing the whole game through (im @ 50% atm)

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

well, the whole game worked _without_ the stuff like vcrun2005, dotnet etc, but i think it got a little faster after installing these packages. the main problem is: the whole game feels slow. there is no fps counter but i think the menus were @ 15-20 fps on a quite good quadcore with nvidia 9600GT system. actual game wasn't fun, too. using the mouse feels ugly cause of it. after switching to 1024x786 it finally has a nice feeling, but only if most of the effects are disabled. i think a silver rating would be appropriate cause you can play the game and have fun, but you could have much more fun if it would fill out more than a third of your monitor.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowMac OS X 10.11 "El Capitan"Mar 11 20161.8.1Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 
ShowElementary OS FreyaSep 16 20151.6.2Yes Yes Bronzecdoublejj 
ShowArch LinuxSep 24 20101.3.3Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 
CurrentArch LinuxSep 22 20101.3.3Yes Yes Silverfetter_oml 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 15 20101.2-rc7Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

starts to run

follow the how to and you will have no problem


for this game to work perfectly you need d3dx9 and vcrun2005 and 2008 and dotnet20 to be installed using winetrick which can be found on this link

then copy what you see in that page then paste it in an empty file then right click on that file and then click on permission tab then check the box that said allow to be excuted as program then  run that file. after that you will get a list of applications install the things that i mention above


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stuttering fix
by Manoa on Saturday May 6th 2017, 1:12
if you have stuttering, this is a possible fix:
1. send as many "background" processes to a single specific core, I use last 2 threads
2. (I use 2 separate X servers, one for general things and one for games)
send the gaming X server to a dedicated thread that is not used by anything else (only 1 thread)
and make sure nothing else is running on that core, I use thread 0
3. send the game (using, for example $ taskset -c 2,3 wine nfsc.exe) to a different dedicated core that is not used by anything else but make sure to use the hyperthreading from that core, tests show that a single thread causes stutter

this solution was tested on a quad cpu with hyperthreading, it may not have the same effect on a processor with less cores or with no HT, im guessing gamers have high performance gaming hardware, so i7 cpu's

as an added bonus, you could launch the game and it's X server with -20 niceness, not sure how useful this would be if you have already achieved complete process separation, but if you didn't - niceness could help you, you could also use schedtool with RR at PRIO 1 for the X server, don't use it for the game or it will freeze your entire box

you can use GALLIUM_HUD to help you diagnose stutter and other performance problems with some command like:

# GALLIUM_HUD=fps,cpu0+cpu1+cpu2+cpu3+cpu4+cpu5+cpu6+cpu7+cpu8 su -c nonrootusername nice -n-20 taskset -c 2,3 wine nfsc.exe

GALLIUM_HUD is only for open source display driver users