TrackMania (2003)

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This page is for the original game. For the 2020 game, see Trackmania (2020).

TrackMania (2003)
TrackMania (2003) cover
Enlight Software
Digital Jesters
Focus Home Interactive
Deep Silver
93 Games
Release dates
Windows November 21, 2003
Genres Racing, Tricks
TrackMania (2003) on MobyGames
TrackMania (2003) on Wikipedia


StarForce DRM for this game does not work on some versions of Windows (see Availability for affected versions).
TrackMania (2003) 2003
TrackMania Sunrise 2005
TrackMania Nations 2006
TrackMania United 2006
TrackMania Nations Forever 2008
TrackMania United Forever 2008
TrackMania 2: Canyon 2011
TrackMania 2: Stadium 2013
TrackMania 2: Valley 2013
Trackmania Turbo 2016
Trackmania 2: Lagoon 2017
Trackmania (2020) 2020

Key points

The TrackMania Original upgrade uses the new engine from TrackMania Sunrise.
Has problems running on modern machines. See Update StarForce for operating systems newer than Windows XP and Issues fixed.

General information

Official website
Official forum
TrackMania Exchange (custom track database)


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
StarForce DRM[Note 1]
StarForce DRM for this game does not work on some versions of Windows (see above for affected versions).

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Power Up! Adds Survival mode and more blocks for custom tracks.
TrackMania Original Upgrades the engine to that of TrackMania Sunrise and adds Platform and Stunts modes.

Essential improvements[edit]


Applying the patches and upgrades in the order specified below is recommended.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>Default.SystemConfig.Gbx[Note 2]
Graphics settings are stored in the GfxDevicePerfs.txt file.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\GameData\Profiles[Note 2]
The profiles folder stores all configuration information and preferences.
The tracks folder stores all tracks along with any custom tracks.
The scores folder stores all medal information and race data.

Video settings[edit]

Advanced video settings
Advanced video settings
Display compatibility settings
Display compatibility settings

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Listed as > 4:3 (large). Text and other display objects will stretch.
HUD stretches significantly.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Only supports resolutions up to 1280x960. Can be toggled with Alt+ Enter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
2x, 4x, 8x, and 16x.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
2x, 4x, and 6x.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Listed as Display VSync.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No FPS or refresh rate limit.

Input settings[edit]

In-game input settings
In-game input settings
Input settings
Input settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Every input is remappable in the profile settings.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse not used in gameplay.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse not used in gameplay.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Only available in-game through player's profile.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Generic/other controllers
Any DirectInput or XInput device is supported.
Button prompts
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound, Music.
Surround sound
7.1 or 5.1 Surround. EAX. HRTF. DirectSound 3D
The game does not have voice acting.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Network settings
Network settings

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
8 Hot seat
LAN play
127 Versus, Co-op
Online play

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Offical Dedicated Server available from Nadeo.
"Local Internet Connection" option in "Multiplayer" in-game. Default port: 2350.
Direct IP
Forcable IP address option along with server port.


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 2350
UDP 2350
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

Update StarForce for operating systems newer than Windows XP[edit]

StarForce is blocked on Windows 10 and later, and can prevent Windows from booting.
Update the StarForce DRM to a newer version[5]
  1. Download the unofficial TrackMania_StarForce_Mod.
  2. Extract, then copy and replace all files in the <path-to-game> folder from the .rar file.


TrackMania Original must be version 1.5.2 or else the game will not work.

White screen/freeze[edit]

Newer hardware configurations can cause the game to freeze and remain at a white screen.
Use a DirectX wrapper[6]
  1. Download the latest version of dgVoodoo 2 and extract the archive.
  2. Open the MS\x86 folder and copy the D3D9.dll, D3DImm.dll and DDraw.dll files.
  3. Paste the files into the game installation folder <path-to-game> where the game executable is.
  4. Run dgVoodooCpl.exe as administrator. Click the [.\] button below the banner.
  5. Under the DirectX tab, choose a Video card. Change the resolution to anything desired.
  6. Tick "Fast Video Memory Access".
  7. Untick "dgVoodoo Watermark"
  8. Click Apply.
  9. Run the game.
Use WineD3D[7]
  1. Download WineD3D and extract it.
  2. Copy d3d9.dll, libwine.dll, and wined3d.dll into <path-to-game>.
  3. Run the game.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 450 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 300 MB
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8 compatible
Sound (audio device) 16-bit compatible


  1. This version of StarForce DRM does not work on Windows Vista or later.[1][2][3][4] For supported versions of Windows the StarForce driver may need to be updated manually using SFUPDATE.
  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).