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Game Info

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Game version 1.0
Installer Works with issues:
  • Newer versions of Cedega (5.2.10 tested) will install the game, but you may experience some issues. See below.
  • Older versions may not fully install the game. See below.
Game Works, some fixes described below
Patch Not Tested
Download patch nr2003_update_en_1000_1201.exe (sierra.com)
Demo works Not Tested
Download demo si_nascar2003_demo.exe (sierra.com)
Requires no-cd patch No
Multiplayer works Not Tested
Works with Cedega version(s)
  • 4.4.1
  • 5.2.10 (best)
Tested with Cedega version(s)
  • 4.4.1
  • 5.2.10
Supported by TransGaming No
URLs Sierra Entertainment Official downloads

Playing Papyrus Games with Linux/386 and wine Original instructions and fixes

unshield for linux InstallShield cab extraction utility

Issues

  1. Installer may crash during installation. (older versions of Cedega)
  2. Installer may not complete towards the end. (Cedega 5.2.10)
  3. Setup will attempt to play digital sound which can't be heard. Installation can be continued, and sound will work during gameplay.
  4. Sound glitches
  5. Wheel 'Dead Zone'

Fixes

Newer versions of Cedega (as of 5.2.3)
The installer may fully install the game, but then stop with the following error: "An error occurred while launching setup 0x80020005". If that is the case, you will need to complete the steps below for getting the utility to install your CD Key:
1. Download and install unshield for Linux
2. Run unshield on the data1.cab, replace installdir with appropriate temporary location you wish to expand the cab file (/tmp for example):

unshield -d installdir /media/cdrom/data1.cab

4. Copy cdkey_nr2003.exe from the cdrom directory to the installation directory.
5. Now complete the cdkey installation steps from below.

You may remove the expanded files from the temporary unpacking location.

Older versions of Cedega
The installer may not fully install the game. If this happens, perform the following steps:
1. Download and install unshield for Linux
2. Start the installation via Point2Play (optional)
3. After it crashes out run unshield on the data2.cab, replace installdir with appropriate value. This will add in the missing files that were missed due to the installer crash.

unshield -d installdir /media/cdrom/data2.cab

4. Copy NR2003.EXE from the cdrom directory to the installation directory
5. If you skipped the installation via Point2Play you will need to complete the cdkey installation steps, otherwise ignore them.

CD Key installation
1. Use cedega to execute the cdkey_nr2003.exe from within the install directory, where AAAA-BBBB-CCCC-DDDD-EEEE is the CD key in your box.

cedega cdkey_nr2003.exe AAAABBBBCCCCDDDDEEEE

(Note that for Cedega 5.2.3, you will have to create a shortcut and your CD key will be a command line option.)

In-Game Sound Issues
For older versions of Cedega:
To attempt to fix sound issues, edit core.ini in the install directory (will not exist initially, unless the game has been run) and add/change the following lines:

[Sound]
allow_buffer_recreation=1
convert_3d_stereo=1
enable_3d_interpolation=1
force_default_buffer_size=4
force_min_readahead=3.000000

Note that for Cedega 5.2.3, this did help with some of minor sound glitches, for OSS. This did not completely remove all sound issues.

Wheel 'Dead Zone'
You may notice that your wheel has a "dead zone" while calibrating it (or trying to race with it). This makes racing very interesting and a lot harder than it has to be.

Although there is a section in the Cedega config files that should allow you to set the DeadZone to 0, it does not work. The workaround can be found at this site: CEDEREM - The CEdega DEadzone REMover. Be sure to calibrate your wheel per the instructions. WARNING - this patch will update your Cedega installation - although the script does back up the affected files, you should proceed with caution.

Notes

  • The original instructions, URL above, indicate that you need to switch to use OpenGL. As of this moment the Direct3D version works with Cedega. Also the OpenGL version is not officially supported, although I doubt you'll get support anyway if Cedega is mentioned :)
  • Would like to acknowledge that the original details of how to get this game to work comes from Christoph Frick's webpage on Playing Papyrus Games with Linux/386 and wine.

Description

A realistic driving simulation of NASCAR using the 2003 season drivers and sponsors. The installed version contains 23 tracks to drive on, the ability to add new tracks, new car sets and modify existing car paint schemes.

NASCAR Racing 2003 (NR2K3) has a very rich base of modifications and extra tracks. You can update your installation to run Craftsman Trucks (CTS), Busch series cars (GNS), 1988 era stock cars (Aero88) and 1970s era stock cars (GN1970). Other mods are available to allow you to run "short track" style cars, modifieds and even sprints.

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