Need for Speed: Underground

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Need for Speed: Underground
Need for Speed: Underground cover
Developers
EA Black Box
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Engines
EAGL
Release dates
Windows November 17, 2003
Need for Speed: Underground guide at StrategyWiki
Need for Speed: Underground at Wikipedia
Need for Speed
The Need for Speed 1994
Need for Speed II 1997
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

General information

Need for Speed Wiki

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SafeDisc v2 DRM[Note 1]
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Download no_intro.zip
  2. Go to <path-to-game>\Movies\
  3. Replace e3_title.mad, na_boot.mad, and PSA.mad with the 3 movie files in no_intro.zip

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %PROGRAMDATA%\NFS Underground\<user-id>.cfg

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %PROGRAMDATA%\NFS Underground\

Video settings[edit]

General video settings
General video settings
Advanced video settings
Advanced video settings
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use ThirteenAG's fix.
Multi-monitor
Use ThirteenAG's fix.
Ultra-widescreen
Use ThirteenAG's fix.
4K Ultra HD
Use ThirteenAG's fix.
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Can be forced in GPU control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Can be forced, but on AMD cards, supersampling must be used or various objects will not render (wheels, leaves, fences, driver, etc.). Disable Motion Blur.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Can be forced in GPU control panel.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Locked at 60 FPS.

Windowed[edit]

Set windowed/borderless[3][4]
  1. Install ThirteenAG's fix.
  2. Create wndmode.ini in <path-to-game>.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings
Input settings

A Steam user-made config for DualShock 4[edit]

Basically applies full controller support for DS4. Should also work for other controllers. Steam is required.[5]
  1. Download Jodeth's DS4 config for NFSU.
  2. Follow the instructions to install it.

Alternative controller for DualShock 3 and 4[edit]

Fix trigger controller ps3/ps4[6]
  1. Install Little-scripts-NFS-GDX.
  2. If you have installed the game on another hard drive you can modify the path Little-scripts-NFS.bat.

Audio settings[edit]

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

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
Console versions only.
LAN play
4 Use NFS U LAN Mod.
Online play
4

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
Self-hosting
Use NFS U LAN Mod (Windows and Linux).
Direct IP

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
Use Helix's 3D fix

Issues fixed[edit]

Custom bindings lost on game restart[edit]

Windows Vista and later lack a file needed for the game to remember custom mappings.
Download dimap.dll[citation needed]
  1. Download dimap.dll.
  2. Extract it into the installation folder.

Can't install both NFS Underground and NFS Most Wanted (2005) on the same PC[edit]

This problem occures because both games use the same name for their main executables (speed.exe). After installing one game and attempting to install the other, its autorun program assumes it's already been installed.
Workaround[citation needed]
  1. Install the first game. It doesn't matter whether it's Underground or Most Wanted.
  2. Go to the installation folder.
  3. Change the name of speed.exe to anything else.
  4. Install the other game.
  5. Restore the original name of the first game's speed.exe.

Controller deadzone issues[edit]

Fix left stick deadzone[7]
  1. Install ThirteenAG's fix.
  2. Deadzone can be adjusted in NFSUnderground.WidescreenFix.ini.

The game occasionally freezes on loading screen[edit]

Install latest patch 1.4 or 1.3.4[citation needed]

Copying proper .exe for EU or US version should enough. Along with it, patcher extracts also filter.efx to the patch folder if proper exe or registry entry is not found. Widescreen patch compatibility not tested.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
64-bit executable

Modifications[edit]

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 98, ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III
AMD Athlon 700 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB (98, ME)
256 MB (2000, XP)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) Direct3D compatible
32 MB of VRAM

Notes

  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]

References