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
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Racing, Vehicle simulator
Vehicles Automobile, Street racing
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary, Europe, Historical
Series Need for Speed
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SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).

Key points

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


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1]
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements[edit]

Need For Speed V - Porsche Unleashed Patch[edit]

Adds support for external 3rash API renderers (DirectX Glide and OpenGL), implements proper widescreen support with correct FOV, etc.

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.
Remember to install NFS5 Essentials after installing the game

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename video files[citation needed]

Delete, move or rename the following files:

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SaveData\[Note 2]
Configuration is stored in each individual profile

Save game data location[edit]

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


Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Felix Krull's Widescreen Fix or Verok's NFSV Patch.
Use Felix Krull's Widescreen Fix.
Use Felix Krull's Widescreen Fix.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Enable by default.Tripper Buffer is aviable in 3D Setup
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Menu FPS unlocked; race FPS locked at about ~93 fps.


Use Verok's NFSV Patch[citation needed]
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.
  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.



Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Brazilian Portuguese
Released as "Need for Speed: Porsche 2000".


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play

Connection types

Issues fixed[edit]

Menu lag when using a controller/Axes do not function correctly (Win8+)[edit]

Use devreorder to force intended device (needs dinputto8)[citation needed]
  1. Download briankendall's devreorder and elishacloud's dinputto8.
  2. For devreorder, extract devreorder.ini and x86's dinput8.dll into main game directory.
  3. For dinputto8, extract dinput.dll into main game directory as well.
  4. Edit devreorder.ini- [order] and [visible] should be set to your controller's name; i.e. "Controller (XBOX 360 For Windows)".
This was tested with Verok's NFSV patch. Needs more testing, but likely works with other versions.
Should work even across restarts as it's forcing enumeration order and hiding other enumerable devices from the process.
There is still minor menu lag.

Low FPS on modern systems or Crash after click RACE[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.
In case of white textures bug, use version dgVoodoo 2.53. In configurator>DirectX set fast memory access, and 1024MB in case of FPS issues.

Low textures in cockpit view[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]

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

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 Need for Speed Porsche Unleashed Widescreen Fix[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.
Use EmulateHeap metod[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.
  4. Run nfs5.reg so that the game is forced to use the api glide
  5. Install NGlide
  6. Select video backend in Vulkan.Do not select Directx or automatic because the game will crash only vulkan works
As a negative point this solution requires a graph that supports vulkan

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
Native support.
Software renderer
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

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


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 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).