Need for Speed: Carbon

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Need for Speed: Carbon
Need for Speed: Carbon cover
EA Black Box
macOS (OS X) TransGaming Inc.
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows October 31, 2006
macOS (OS X) (Cider) August 17, 2007
Need for Speed: Carbon guide on StrategyWiki
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Need for Speed: Carbon on Wikipedia


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

Need for Speed Wiki


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SafeDisc v4 DRM[Note 1], Collectors Edition also available
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
DLC that was only released for the Xbox 360 can be accessed in the PC version using save file editting.[3]
This game is not available digitally.

Version differences[edit]

Collectors Edition content includes four exclusive vehicles, specially tuned cars, six exclusive races, three exclusive challenges (with three races per Checkpoint, Pursuits, Race Wars) and a bonus DVD.

Essential improvements[edit]


Latest 1.4 patch can be found here. Select the version more suitable to your version.

NFSC HD Reflections[edit]

Scales the resolution of road, vehicle, and rear view mirror reflections.
Fixes misaligned vehicles reflections and other problems.
Controls the amount of blur used for road reflections and increases its resolution.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Game\MOVIES\.
  2. Delete or rename attract_english_ntsc.vp6, ea_bumper_english_ntsc.vp6, eahd_bumper_english_ntsc.vp6 and psa_nikki_english_ntsc.vp6.


If you have another language then the delete the file with your language instead and if you have the PAL version the files will have PAL instead of NTSC in the end.
Skip intro videos[citation needed]
  1. Install ThirteenAG's fix.
  2. Open NFSCarbon.WidescreenFix.ini.
  3. Change SkipIntro = 0 to SkipIntro = 1.
  4. Change WindowedMode = 0 to WindowedMode = 1.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\Electronic Arts\Need for Speed Carbon\[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\NFS Carbon\<user-id>\
macOS (OS X)

Video settings[edit]

ThirteenAG's fix may require the latest patch. See Patches.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Set custom FOV[citation needed]
  1. Download NFS-VltEd.
  2. Extract the contents and open the application.
  3. Click on File → Open and select the installation folder.
  4. On the left side, expand camerainfo and default.
  5. Select the camera you want to modify (bumper, close, etc.)
  6. On the right side, expand FOV and change the value beside [0] to the FOV you want.
    • For the hood camera, you may have to change the value for each car individually.
  7. Click on File → Save to apply the changes.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Menu buttons and look back (when racing, always L) cannot be rebound.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Use ThirteenAG's fix to adjust deadzone.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Use ThirteenAG's fix for proper menu navigation.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Use ThirteenAG's fix to set Xbox/DualShock prompts.
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
DirectInput controllers only. For XInput controllers, see here.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound Effects, Car, Speech, Menu Music and In-Game Music sliders available.
Surround sound
Limited to a 'Surround' option. Up to 5.1 output.[4]
See Subtitles.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Though the game does not use EAX, Creative Alchemy still can be used to enhance sound quality. It will just emulate DirectSound and 3D positional audio with OpenAL. Difference can be easily noticeable when music is off. For non-Creative cards users see here or use dsoal. Run in Windows XP SP3 compatibility mode to avoid crashing career mode while using Alchemy/DSOAL (alternatively as admin, or use 13AG widescreen which will most likely fix the issue). Sometimes whole career need to be started from the beginning with compatibility mode and Alchemy enabled. The solutions are to avoid disapearing car in career menu and crash after attempt to race. Alternative fix for the issue can be found here. Compatibility mode can cause resetting of the game settings. Please note that attempt of changing details in the game (renderer reset after returning from video settings), and either alt tabbing, have an influence on audio quality, also giving diffreent results depending on g_AudioMode setting to 0, 1 (default) or 2 [5] in registry. Consider also setting 24 or 32 bit 192kHz in Control Panel>Sound>[Default Device]>Advanced.


Enable English subtitles[citation needed]
  1. Install NFSC Extra Options.
  2. Open NFSCExtraOptionsSettings.ini.
  3. Change ShowSubs = 0 to ShowSubs = 1.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
See Subtitles.
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Official localization by 1C-Softclub
Fan translation by «ENPY Studio»
Latin American Spanish


Online settings.
Online settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
Console versions only.[6]
LAN play
Online play
Currently unplayable without a mod called "Online Enabler".

Issues fixed[edit]

Poor frame rate and crashes[edit]

Install DirectPlay
Windows 8/8.1/10 removes important DirectX components, causing game to run poorly, and possibly lead to multiple crashes. These components can be brought back by installing DirectPlay. More about DirectPlay here.
  1. Go to Control Panel, and select 'Programs'.
  2. Select 'Turn Windows features on and off'
  3. Click on 'Legacy Components' and check the box 'DirectPlay'.
  4. Select OK, once the installation is done, restart your computer.
It is recommended to reinstall the game after installing DirectPlay.

Controller deadzone issues[edit]

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

Unable to load save game[edit]

Fix save game loading crash[citation needed]
  1. Install NFSC Extra Options.
  2. Make sure CrashFix = 1 is set in NFSCExtraOptionsSettings.ini.

Stuttering in Windows 10[edit]

Fix stuttering once every second[citation needed]
  1. Install ThirteenAG's widescreen fix.
  2. Open NFSCarbon.WidescreenFix.ini.
  3. Set WindowedMode = 1 to run the game borderless windowed.
This will also fix 60 FPS cap if you encounter.

Crashes in Challenge Series[edit]

Fix crashes during certain races[citation needed]
  1. Open NFSC.exe compatibility settings.
  2. Enable Windows XP (SP3) compatibility mode.

Game does not save the graphics options[edit]

Enable the local settings file[citation needed]
  1. Install ThirteenAG's widescreen fix.
  2. Open NFSCarbon.WidescreenFix.ini.
  3. Set WriteSettingsToFile = 1 to store the game settings in the Settings.ini file.
  4. Check your audio settings afterwards, they can be messed up.

Game can't be uninstalled[edit]

eauninstall.exe error: "The program can't start because EAInstall.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem."
Fix uninstall error[8]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Copy EAInstall.dll to %WINDIR%\.
  3. Uninstall the game normally.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)

Change physics frame rate[edit]

This makes everything in the game smoother, such as the drift force being applied much smoother to the car.
Custom physics hertz[9]
  1. Download Ultimate ASI Loader.
  2. Extract dinput8.dll to the installation folder.
  3. Download NFSC Physics Framerate Changer.
  4. Extract the contents to <path-to-game>\scripts\ (create if necessary).
  5. Open SpeedCarbonPhys.ini and change PhysicsHZ = 120 to the desired value.

Rainy weather modifications[edit]

Force rainy weather[citation needed]
  1. Install NFSC Extra Options.
  2. Open NFSCExtraOptionsSettings.ini.
  3. Change AlwaysRain = 0 to AlwaysRain = 1.
Change size of rain drops[10]
  1. Install ThirteenAG's fix.
  2. Open NFSCarbon.WidescreenFix.ini.
  3. Add RainDropletsScale = 0.5 and change the value if needed.
Xbox Rain Droplets[citation needed]
  1. Install ThirteenAG's fix.
  2. Download Xbox Rain Droplets and put the asi file in scripts folder.


NFSC Extra Options[edit]

Adds various new settings and fixes vanilla game bugs.

NFSC Fog Options[edit]

This mod gives you full control over the CG fog settings.

NFSC Wingman[edit]

This mod brings you some new crew stuff.

NFSC Enhanced Visual Treatment[edit]

Enables an unused graphics option and other tweaks.[11]

World Filters & Sky for Carbon[edit]

This mod ports Visual Treatment filters and Sky Shaders from World to Carbon.

Need for Speed Carbon HD Edition[edit]

Includes high resolution textures.
To fix CPU related issues with optional ENB attached, check this dedicated Reshade.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000 SP4, XP SP2
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 1.7 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4.7 GB (Retail)
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce3 Series/4 Ti Series
ATI Radeon 8500
64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.4.9
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo 1.83 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 6 GB
Other 8x DVD-ROM drive
Integrated Intel graphics cards are not supported.


  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. When running this game without Administrator elevation, 32-bit programs writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\VirtualStore\MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node (more details).