Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed

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Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed
Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed cover
EA Canada
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows March 28, 2000
Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed guide at StrategyWiki
Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed at Wikipedia
Need for Speed
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Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit 1998
Need for Speed: High Stakes 1999
Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed 2000
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 2002
Need for Speed: Underground 2003
Need for Speed: Underground 2 2004
Need for Speed: Most Wanted 2005
Need for Speed: Carbon 2006
Need for Speed: ProStreet 2007
Need for Speed: Undercover 2008
Need for Speed: Shift 2009
Need for Speed: World 2010
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2010
Shift 2 Unleashed 2011
Need for Speed: The Run 2011
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) 2012
Need for Speed Rivals 2013
Need for Speed (2016) 2016
Need for Speed Payback 2017
Need for Speed: Edge TBA

Key points

Released as Need for Speed: Porsche 2000 outside North America.
The game is unplayable without patches on new systems. See NFS5 Essentials.

General information

Need for Speed Wiki


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1]

Essential improvements[edit]

NFS5 Essentials[edit]

NFS5 Essentials is essential to play the game on new systems. It also adds the 4 official downloadable cars and enhances graphics.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SaveData\

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.


Force windowed[citation needed]
  1. Download and run DxWnd.
  2. Click on File, then Import.
  3. Import Need for Speed 5 Porsche Unleashed.dxw from the exports folder.
  4. Set the path to <path-to-game>\Porsche.exe.
  5. Set the window position and size.
  6. Set Desktop for borderless fullscreen windowed.
  7. Click OK, then File and Save.
Force windowed (using dgVoodoo2)[citation needed]
  1. Download and extract dgVoodoo.
  2. Open the MS folder and copy the contents to the installation folder.
  3. Run dgVoodooCpl.exe.
  4. Click on "Add" and choose the installation folder.
  5. Enable "Enumerate refresh rates"
  6. Set it to "Windowed"
  7. Uncheck "Capture mouse" (Alt+Tab doesn't work most of the time, so double-clicking out of game's window is the only way to switch apps)
  8. Check "Center App window" (optional)
  9. Go to the DirectX tab.
  10. Set the resolution from the list
  11. Disable "dgVoodoo Watermark"
  12. Uncheck "Application controlled fullscreen/windowed state"
  13. Click OK.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play

Connection types

Issues unresolved[edit]

Slow-down when using a controller[edit]

  • When using a controller, frame-rate may drop significantly in main-menu.

Analog inputs do not function on newer versions of Windows[edit]

  • On Windows 8 and higher, USB controller (wheel and gamepad) analog inputs register according to the options menu, but will not function in-game as the default controller cannot be set.
  • A temporary workaround involves plugging the controller to a USB 2.0 slot and other peripherals into a USB 3.0 or higher slot.

This is due to how the game treats device priorities, relocating the controller to the top of the default controller list. This ceases to work on the next PC start-up, locking the steering to the left and disabling all controller input except for Acceleration.

Issues fixed[edit]

Low FPS on modern systems[edit]

(DirectX 10.1+) Use dgVoodoo wrapper[citation needed]
  1. Download newest dgVoodoo 2.
  2. Extract it and place it in a convenient place.
  3. Start dgVoodooSetup.exe and configure it.
  4. Select Virtual 3D Accelerated Card under Videocard and set its RAM to 65536 kB.
  5. Click Apply and OK.
  6. Now go to MS folder in dgVoodoo's directory and copy D3DImm.dll and DDraw.dll.
  7. Go to the <path-to-game>\ and paste the files in there.

Low textures in cockpit view[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]

Running game in vista (no service pack) + administrator compatibility should do the trick.

(Fan Patch) Game crashes when entering menu[edit]

Remove save files[citation needed]
  1. Go to the save game data location.
  2. Remove all the files in the folder.
  3. Start a game.

Crash when loading a map[edit]

Copy files from CD and install Fan Patch[citation needed]
  1. Go to a root folder of the CD.
  2. Copy FEData and GameData from the CD to <path-to-game>
  3. Install fan patch.
  4. Try running a game. If it crashes when entering menu, delete save files - see (Fan Patch) Game crashes when entering menu.


Remember to install fan patch after copying FEData and GameData, otherwise - some of the files will be overwritten and a game may not work properly.

Missing file: mrbupd.dll[edit]

Copy mrbupd.dll from the CD[citation needed]
  1. Go to the root folder of the CD.
  2. Copy mrbupd.dll to <path-to-game>

Unable to open file install.txt[edit]

Copy install.txt from the CD[citation needed]
  1. Go to the root folder of the CD.
  2. Copy install.txt to <path-to-game>

Random crashes[edit]

Add EmulateHeap[citation needed]
  1. Go to nGlide compatibility page.
  2. Find Need For Speed 5: Porsche Unleashed on the list and download a fix for it.
  3. Extract the fix and run PatchInstall.bat to apply the EmulateHeap attribute.


Do not run nfs5.reg unless using the nGlide wrapper for this game.

Normandie crash[edit]

Use fan patch[citation needed]
Turn off Lens flare[citation needed]
  1. In game, go to Options.
  2. Go to Graphics tab and go to Advanced Settings.
  3. Turn off Lens flare.


If turning off Lens Flare doesn't do the trick, turn off the rear view mirror as well (F6 in race).
Replace the skybox file[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\GameData\Track\Sky
  2. Rename Farmland.bin to Farmland_backup.bin.
  3. Make a copy of Forest.bin and name that copy Farmland.bin.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, 98 95, 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium MMX 200 MHz Intel Pentium 300 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 150 MB 625 MB
Video card (GPU) Direct3D compatible
4 MB of VRAM
Direct3D compatible
8 MB of VRAM


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]