Need for Speed Most Wanted

Application Details:

Version: Game
License: Retail
Votes: 12
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 8.19

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Test Results

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What works

install was fine although required a bit of mucking around mounting the disc to get the disc detected during install (including using the 'drives' section of winecfg sometimes)
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What does not

unable to patch to 1.3 directly, was able to launch the game to a black screen with the mouse cursor after install, but never got beyond that. Also had to disable directx as per how to.


To patch the game, I had to install in a windows vm (I had one ready to go so it was 'fine', except that I had to use windows lol), this was frustrating but worked fine on windows 10 (as long as you disable direct x during the game install same as for wine). There was a load of missing dlls which prevented the 1.3 patch from applying from within wine itself (patch was looking for user32.dll, secur32.dll, and a whole bunch more). After the game was patched, I added the widescreen fix. The 1.3 patch can be obtained from a number of third party websites, I used the one from moddb. I have the cd's for the retail version so I did not look to apply the no cd patch although it would make life easier. Once all this was done, I copied the whole need for speed most wanted folder from windows to linux and was able to launch the game and start playing so I guess the regkeys are optional lol. You need to override dinput8 in winecfg for the widescreen fix to work properly as per the instructions in the thirteenag github repo

What was not tested

online/lan multiplayer

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

once the game is setup it runs nicely :)

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentFedora 39 x86_64Jan 14 20248.19Yes Yes YesGoldc0vrt 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 12.x "Bookworm" x86_64Nov 03 20238.19-stagingYes Yes NoPlatinumDavid Garc��a 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 11.x "Bullseye" x86_64Sep 01 20216.16-stagingYes Yes NoPlatinumDavid Garc��a 
ShowUbuntu 20.04 "Focal" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 15 20205.0.3Yes Yes NoPlatinumUser 
ShowmacOS 10.14 "Mojave"Jul 06 20205.5Yes Yes YesGoldSP 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
10841 Restore display resolution when focus is lost or on exit RESOLVED NOTOURBUG View
33296 Multiple games have delayed key response when under high CPU load (NFS: Most Wanted (2005), NFS: Hot Pursuit (2010), Project Cars) NEW View

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HowTo / Notes

Avoid installing DirectX

1. Go to AutoRun folder and open 'autorun.cfg' file.

2. Edit row 'DirectXVersion=9.0c' to 'DirectXVersion=0'


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