Reader Request: Play 3D Games on an Unsupported Card

Reader Request: Play 3D Games on an Unsupported Card


Michael K. wrote in, asking for a hack to “enable someone to play a game on a computer with an incompatible graphics card.” Normally, I would have thought such a thing impossible, but I’ve been itching to try out Neverwinter Nights 2, and I don’t have a graphics card that supports it. I recently learned that some clever users have found that the venerable 3D-Analyze program (used back in the day to play advanced 3d games on older Voodoo cards), is more than up to the task. I used 3D-Analyze to locate the nwn2main executable, selected “emulate HW TnL caps”, and launched the game. It’s pretty slow, but playable. Your mileage may vary depending on the speed of the CPU, the game you are playing, and other variables.


One warning, however: in the case of Neverwinter Nights 2, 3D Analyze is not compatible with the most recent patch (1.05). So I had to download two patches: 100788-to-104860 and 104860-to-104870 and install them manually (put the zip files in the Neverwinter Nights directory, disconnect your network connection so it reverts to offline patching mode, launch the most recently version of the NWN 2 updater, and let it patch the game with those two files). After I did that, it worked.

Neverwinter Nights 2 forum thread on 3D Analyze – Link


  • 3D-Analyze download page – Link
  • NWN 2 individual patch files – Link
  • NWN 2 Offline Patch HOWTO – Link
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