3D Studio MAX

The latest in the 3D Studio Max series.

Application Details:

Version: 9.x
License: Retail
Votes: 13
Latest Rating: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.7.54

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What works

Modelling, skyline, mental ray rendering, reactor, animation... practically everting..

What does not

1. DirectX and OpenGL.. Try to use "Software" driver
2. After starts it shows six MAXScript auto-load scripts errors..
3. Screen redrawing begins work when view mode changed to "Expert" and back return.
4. Bug with color selector - 3ds max 9 crashes when set up color. Select by "Object color" works normally...


What was not tested

import/export "drag and drop" capabilities

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 15.04 "Vivid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 17 20151.7.54Yes No Garbagekeith 
ShowUbuntu 15.04 "Vivid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 17 20151.6.2Yes Yes Silverkeith 
ShowUbuntu 11.04 "Natty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 23 20131.6Yes Yes Platinumkeith 
ShowUbuntu 11.04 "Natty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 23 20121.5.20Yes No Garbagekeith 
ShowUbuntu 11.04 "Natty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 27 20121.5.18Yes No Garbagekeith 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
30129 Screen in 3d Studio Max v9 refresh badly UNCONFIRMED View
31434 Menu is activated by alt key while mouse button is down UNCONFIRMED View
32317 Autodesk 3DS Max 9 32bit - unable to complete 'Enter Activation Code' process NEW View

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HowTo / Notes

Getting Max working!

Autodesk no longer support download links for 3dsmax9 so I will provide the links from my archive, contact me and I will send you a link to a trail version.

Updated notes; Dec 17, 2015

To get 3dsmax working and running.

If running from 64bit do;

WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=~/.wine32 winecfg

Do not install any winetricks repos the first time around with a clean wine prefix as with some versions max will install first time.

Otherwise do;

32bit machine;

winetricks msxml3 msxml6 dotnet20 cc580 vcrun2003

64bit machine;

env WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=~/.wine32 winetricks msxml3 msxml6 dotnet20 cc580 vcrun2003 

When running the 3dsmax.exe installer de-select metal-ray satellite and continue as normal with the install process.

This works for wine version 1.6.2 with Ubuntu 15.04 32/64bit

Use the license import utility to transfer your windows 3dsmax9 license.

If 3dsMax9 doesn't work try this.

Fix: Use OpenGL as graphics mode.


1) Save a new .reg file with these informations:




2) Type "wine regedit" in a shell window and "import" the .reg file previously saved.

3) Type "winecfg" in a shell window and check "Emulate a virtual desktop".

4) Type "wine 3dsmax.exe -h" and

choose OpenGL as graphics mode.

first time running of max will show a tutorial window; make sure you check the box "Don't show this again".

Keith (X-Seti) if your still having problems do a search for me on google.


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

Running 3ds Max 9 on Mint 14 64-bit and Wine 1.7.17
by Jan Boon on Wednesday May 21st 2014, 7:20
WINEARCH=win32 winetricks prefix=max9
WINEARCH=win32 winetricks
Select max9
Install d3dx9_26, dotnet20, vcrun6,2003-2010, msxml3, msxml6
Install 3dsMax9Trial.exe (don't install satellite service)
Install Hotfix 4
Under ~/.local/share/wineprefixes/max9/drive_c/windows/winsxs/x86_microsoft.vc90.crt_1fc8b3b9a1e18e3b_9.0.30729.6161_none_deadbeef, add the missing file 'msvcp90.dll'
Add 'msvcp71' and 'msvcr71' to Wine overrides (native, builtin)
Run 3dsmax.exe with -h parameter, and select Software mode

To disable gnome's alt key:
sudo apt-get install dconf-tools
Under 'org/gnome/desktop/wm/preferences'
Clear 'mouse-button-modifier'
(Note: There's still the issue with the alt key opening the menu while the mouse button is pressed in the viewport, which is terribly annoying)
Nvidia crash
by Deve on Wednesday July 24th 2013, 8:00
3ds Max 9 works great using wine 1.4 (without activation), and as I see using wine 1.6 too. But...

I have a problem with this program using Nvidia card. Through bumblebee (primus and virtualgl) and using new beta drivers with optimus support. It starts, loads plugins and when the window should be shown, everything crashes.

Problem occurs using wine 1.4.1 and some of the last betas in 1.5 series. Wine 1.6 not tested yet.

Someone else has this problem?
RE: Nvidia crash
by Deve on Wednesday July 24th 2013, 13:46
"DisabledExtensions"="GL_KTX_buffer_region" solved problem. But I need also patch from bug 30129. Using Intel I don't need it.
Something to ponder?
by keith on Tuesday November 27th 2012, 16:34
To get 3dsmax working and running.

Do not install any winetricks repos the first time around.

Try winetricks msxml3 msxml6 dotnet20 cc580 vcrun2003

When running the exe installer for 3dsmax9 de-select metal-ray satellite, and continue as normal with the install process.

It should work like it did for me with wine 1.5.15.

Use the license import utility to transfer your windows 3dsmax9 license.
Not quite yet
by Dan Kegel on Tuesday April 15th 2008, 1:51
With today's wine from git, I did

rm -rf .wine
sh winetricks corefonts dotnet20 cc580 vcrun2003
wine 3dsmax9Trial.exe
cd .wine/drive_c/3dsmax9Trial/
wine Setup.exe

After about five minutes, it got to the dialog that asks
questions, and crashed like this:

Unhandled exception: page fault on read access to 0x00000001 in 32-bit code (0xb7e5f588).
=>1 0xb7e5f588 vsnprintfW+0x458(str=0xb43a7a, len=0x64, format=0x7ec7c700, valist=) [libs/wine/string.c:376] in (0x0033eb2c)
2 0x7ec4ec63 MSI_QueryGetRecord+0xa3(db=0x12e2f0, fmt=0x7ec7c700) [dlls/msi/msiquery.c:224] in msi (0x0033eb6c)
3 0x7ec2c33e msi_dialog_seltree_handler+0x6e(dialog=0xac8e68, control=0x3a30620, param=) [dlls/msi/dialog.c:2073] in msi (0x0033eb9c)
4 0x7ec2f09b MSIDialog_WndProc+0x1db(hwnd=0xa0042, msg=0x4e, wParam=0x0, lParam=0x33ef2c) [dlls/msi/dialog.c:3362] in msi (0x0033ecbc)
376 while (*striter)

Perhaps it didn't like the answers I gave...
RE: Not quite yet
by keith on Saturday November 10th 2012, 4:52
Thia problem has been fixed - wine 1.12+
A bit more
by Joseph J on Monday April 14th 2008, 14:08
I noticed that Louis says that you have to use a native comctl32.dll - I am running 64 bit Ubuntu dual-booted with Windows XP x64. So I grabbed the comctl32.dll from there. I put it in Wine's system32 folder, renaming the Wine one to comctl32.dll.OLD. I also switched the Windows version in Wine config between 2000 and XP. None of this changed my results trying to run 3dsmax.

I also noticed this comment on the .NET page:
However, I went into regedit and I didn't have to change anything, it was already correct.

I went back to the installer. This time it asks me if I want to Modify, Repair, or Remove the install. All this is leading me to believe that the install actually did work, despite the error.
my results
by Joseph J on Monday April 14th 2008, 13:43
Since 0.9.59 came out, I decided to try again with a clean install of Wine, as someone mentioned the patch would be incorporated. I'm not too experienced with all this, so bear with me. I followed the HOWTO for installing .NET, which, if I understood it, involves only these two lines:

sh winetricks corefonts dotnet20

That seemed to work; I got confirmation pop-ups saying all these fonts got installed. It then installed .NET 2.0 and didn't notify me of any problems, if there were any.

I then ran the 3ds max 9 installer, which seemed to go fine until a point. It failed because of an error. I have the install log posted here (1.1MB) Is there a better place for this?

Just for the heck of it, I tried running the program. I uploaded the error output here: (again is there a better place for this?). What's weird is that the software gave me the standard crash handling window, which offers the chance to send the error report to Autodesk. This is the normal behaviour after a crash in Windows.

I am an experienced user of this software, and I hope to be of much more use in this effort when we get past the install stuff :)

by Moustafa on Wednesday March 12th 2008, 12:52
Is there a way for you to send me the patch so that I may try out the program?

by Moustafa on Sunday February 24th 2008, 15:04
Running the program using the wine '/home/user/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Autodesk/3ds Max 9/3dsmax.exe' causes these lines to appear and repeat themselves.

fixme:actctx:parse_depend_manifests Could not find dependent assembly L"Microsof t.VC80.ATL"
err:module:import_dll Library ATL80.DLL (which is needed by L"C:\\Program Files\ \Autodesk\\3ds Max 9\\splash.dll") not found
err:module:import_dll Library splash.dll (which is needed by L"C:\\Program Files \\Autodesk\\3ds Max 9\\core.dll") not found
err:module:import_dll Library core.dll (which is needed by L"C:\\Program Files\\ Autodesk\\3ds Max 9\\rtmax.dll") not found
err:module:import_dll Library rtmax.dll (which is needed by L"C:\\Program Files\ \Autodesk\\3ds Max 9\\3dsmax.exe") not found
err:module:LdrInitializeThunk Main exe initialization for L"C:\\Program Files\\A utodesk\\3ds Max 9\\3dsmax.exe" failed, status c0000135
by Louis Lenders on Sunday February 24th 2008, 16:33
Hi, is that for the trial version?
by Moustafa on Sunday February 24th 2008, 16:37
No, it's for the full software. I don't really know how to compile the patches, so I couldn't try it with them.
by Joseph J on Monday April 14th 2008, 12:57
My understanding is that the trial version and the full version are identical. In order to switch from trial to full you only need a product key which you can purchase online from Autodesk.

by Moustafa on Sunday February 24th 2008, 13:06
There is a posted "How to" for the trial version of 3DS Max, but it doesn't serve as a guide.