Need for Speed: Underground

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Need for Speed: Underground
Need for Speed: Underground cover
EA Black Box
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows November 17, 2003
Need for Speed: Underground guide on StrategyWiki
Need for Speed: Underground on MobyGames
Need for Speed: Underground on Wikipedia


SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).
Need for Speed: Underground
Subseries of Need for Speed
Need for Speed: Underground 2003
Need for Speed: Underground 2 2004

General information

Official site (archived)
Need for Speed Wikia


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SafeDisc v2 DRM[Note 1]
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements[edit]


Skip intro videos[edit]

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

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %PROGRAMDATA%\NFS Underground\<user-id>.cfg[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %PROGRAMDATA%\NFS Underground\[Note 2]


General video settings
General video settings
Advanced video settings
Advanced video settings

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use ThirteenAG's fix.
Use ThirteenAG's fix.
Use ThirteenAG's fix.
4K Ultra HD
Use ThirteenAG's fix.
Field of view (FOV)
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.


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


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
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Only Stereo and Mono available. Optimized for Dolby Pro Logic.
Only available in certain language edition
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
Although not advertised as such the game does support EAX, at least reverb effects, but without surround sound. It can be restored with ALchemy.
DirectSound is possible to be restored by wrappers (DSOAL recommended, e.g. w/o HRTF - specific low quality engine sounds).


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Traditional Chinese


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
Console versions only.
LAN play
4 Use NFS U LAN Mod.
Online play
4 Online has been shutdown[7]

Connection types

Type Native Notes
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
User created game profile, see important setting hints in the vorpx forum profile introduction.

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[8]
  1. Install ThirteenAG's fix.
  2. Deadzone can be adjusted in NFSUnderground.WidescreenFix.ini.

The game occasionally freezes on loading screen or after race[edit]

Install latest patch (or binary) 1.4 or 1.3.4

Copying proper .exe for EU or US version should enough.[9] Although patcher also extracts filter.efx (possibly NOS black screen effect fix) to the patch exe folder if proper game binary or registry entry is not found. Widescreen patch compatibility not tested. If all above fail, reinstall the game, and use e.g. 1.0 version (afterwards, replacing exe and filter.efx should enough). The problem can happen e.g. after Samantha Time Trial 2:07 (hard), on 1.4 binary version, and is gone on 1.3.4.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


NFSU HD Reflections[edit]

Adds higher quality reflection.

Need for Speed Underground Extra Options[edit]

Adds many useful features.

Dragozool's texture mod[edit]

Changes textures to high-quality equivalents.

Need for speed Underground - Redux 2017 (Graphics mod) AMTxDRxRL[edit]

It adds new lighting so that it better reflects the atmosphere of street racing at night.

Nightbreath Mod by BojanV03 (SweetFX + texture & FX mod)[edit]

High quality reshade.

System requirements[edit]

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


  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]
  2. 2.0 2.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).