Grand Prix 3

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Grand Prix 3
Grand Prix 3 cover
Developers
MicroProse
Season 2000 Simergy
Publishers
Hasbro Interactive
Release dates
Windows July 28, 2000
Reception
Metacritic 87
Taxonomy
Genres Racing
Series Grand Prix
Grand Prix 3 on IGDB
Grand Prix 3 on MobyGames
Grand Prix 3 on Wikipedia
Grand Prix
Formula One Grand Prix 1992
Grand Prix 2 1996
Grand Prix 3 2000
Grand Prix 4 2002

Warnings

SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).

General information

GrandPrixGames.com Grand Prix 3 forums section

Availability[edit]

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

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Grand Prix 3 Season 2000
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

The latest patch available is Patch v1.13.

Note that a No-CD patch may be required to fix a potential "Cannot locate the CD-ROM" error.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\[Note 2]

Video[edit]

In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Capped 30 fps

Input[edit]

In-game general control settings.
In-game general control settings.
In-game advanced control settings.
In-game advanced control settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.

Audio[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
A3D, EAX[3]

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
Brazilian Portuguese
Brasoft release.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
8 Hot seat
LAN play
4 Versus
[citation needed]
Online play
22 Versus

Connection types

Issues unresolved[edit]

"Cannot locate the CD-ROM" error after patching the game[edit]

After patching the game to the latest official version (v1.13), the game cannot detect the disc, even if it's in the drive. The only "solution" is to use a No-CD patch.

Due to the legality of the patch, PCGamingWiki cannot directly link to any downloads of it.

Game crashes at the end of graphics calibration[edit]

Game always asks for graphics calibration on game startup[edit]

Issues fixed[edit]

Black screen on startup[edit]

Enable the following compatibility settings for the Gp3.exe file: Compatibility mode (Windows XP (Service Pack 2))

Adding compatibility for modern Windows[edit]

Use dgVoodoo 2[citation needed]
  1. Download and setup dgVoodoo 2.
  2. Once the initial setup is done, go to the MS subfolder.
  3. Copy the D3DImm.dll and DDraw.dll files and paste them into <path-to-game>.
  4. Run the game.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
Software renderer
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 330 MB
Video card (GPU) 2 MB of VRAM
DirectX 7 compatible

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]
  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).

References