Test Drive Unlimited

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Test Drive Unlimited
Test Drive Unlimited cover
Developers
Eden Games
Publishers
Atari
Engines
Twilight 2
Release dates
Windows March 16, 2007
Test Drive Unlimited on Wikipedia

Warnings

GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).
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Key points

Ability to import your music for your own custom radio stations.

General information

Official website
Test Drive Wiki - A wiki for the series
TDU Mod Shop - Dedicated modding forum

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SecuROM DRM v7.30.0015
Windows
This game is not available digitally.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Megapack No longer available for purchase.
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

  • 1.66A is the latest official patch (required for 2.00A, along with Megapack)
  • 2.00A (fan-made) is the latest unofficial patch to fix some of the game issues that were not addressed by the last official patch

Skip intro videos[edit]

Instructions
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Euro\Video
  2. Delete or rename Atari.bik and Bumper_EDEN_TDU.bik.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Test Drive Unlimited\savegame\<user-id>\

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Test Drive Unlimited\savegame\<user-id>\playersave\

Video settings[edit]

Video settings
Video settings
Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Use the -w command line argument.
Disables HDR and AA.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 4x MSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Syncs to a higher number than specified.[citation needed]
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Exceeding 90 FPS introduces traffic bugs. See Weird traffic behavior.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Rendered image uses SDR color space. In-game HDR option refers only to HDR Rendering.

Input settings[edit]

Control settings with Xbox 360 controller settings
Control settings with Xbox 360 controller settings

Audio settings[edit]

Default audio settings
Default audio settings
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 5.0.[1]

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Polish
Polish retail release only.
Spanish
Russian
Fan translation by «ENPY Studio»

Adding custom music[edit]

Only the MP3 format is supported. M3U files can also be used.
Windows shortcuts can be used for the desired music.
Adding Custom Radio Stations[2]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open or create the Radio folder.
  3. Create a new folder within Radio.
  4. Add desired music files to this new folder.

Notes

Up to 4 folders can be created within Radio, with 32 files in each. Each folder appears in-game as a separate radio station.
The game will display the file name when playing the track.
Add to Existing Radio Stations[3]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Euro\Radio\.
  2. Add music files to the desired radio station folder.
  3. Go to <path-to-game>\Euro\Bnk\Sound\Radio.
  4. Open <NAME OF RADIO STATION>.station with any text editor.
  5. Add the file name, artist, and track name to the file in the same format as the existing tracks.
  6. Save and close the file.

Notes

The game will display the song artist and track name as defined in the <NAME OF RADIO STATION>.station file.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
8 Project Paradise is required to play online after the shutdown of GameSpy.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Game failing to launch on Windows 8 and higher[edit]

3 possible fixes[4]
  • Use Windows XP Service Pack 3(SP3) compatibility mode and Run as Administrator.
  • Perform a clean Windows boot.
  • Use a no CD patch.

Issues fixed[edit]

Starting a race crashes the game[edit]

Add missing files[5]
  1. Download TDU Race Crash Fix.
  2. Extract it to <path-to-game>\Euro\Bnk.

Game freezes during free roam[edit]

Delete the dynamic advertising database
  1. Go to %PROGRAMDATA%\Test Drive Unlimited.
  2. Delete or rename radial.cdb.

Notes

radial.cdb is hidden by default. To view it, be sure both hidden files and system files are shown.

Crash on Windows 10[edit]

Weird traffic behavior[edit]

Exceeding 90 FPS introduces traffic bugs: invisible cars, weird spawning, very fast line changes or stopping when your car is near.
Limit the frame rate to 90 FPS with the proper tools[7]

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
vorpX
G3D
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.
Devices Native Notes
TrackIR

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

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

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio Inria Audile[8]
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer GameSpy Project Paradise is required to play online after the shutdown of GameSpy.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz
AMD Athlon XP 2800+
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6600 GT
ATI Radeon 9800
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible

References