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Wine+Warcraft 3 Status as of Wine 1.0.0/1.1.1
D3D8: Direct 3D mode is slow on anything but the lowest settings.
FreeBSD: could work on version 6.2 or later, but problematic
quartz: Divx movies have poor playback performance.
opengl: Resolution bugs, window management bugs. Losing focus will crash the game.
Video card and driver that supports hardware based acceleration with OpenGL.
Correct device node permissions to your audio, video, and cdrom.
winecfg: A drive letter for your cdrom, and running as Win2k, XP or later.
A REAL COPY OF THE GAME -- The game probably won't work right if you don't have a real copy.
Linux kernel 2.6 with NTPL or FreeBSD kernel 6.2 (preferably 7) or later.
Warcraft 3 1.21b or later
Wine 0.9.18 - 0.9.45. If using later wine, you must patch it--see below.
Linux kernel 2.6.17+ or FreeBSD kernel 6.2+
Even with patch 1.21b, it's recommended to not use these versions of software because they break the SecuRom copy protection (ie "Please insert disc"):
Linux vanilla x86-64 kernel: 2.6.9-2.6.15, and versions less than 2.6
Wine compiled with GCC 4.0.0-4.0.2
Nvidia video driver compiled against mismatched X11 header files
Fedora Core 6 kernel package less than 2.6.18-1.2784.fc6, and kernel package "kernel.x86_64 2.6.20-1.2933.fc6".
Additionally, FreeBSD kernels less than 6.2 might not work with current versions of Wine at all.
Installing the Game
To default the game to use OpenGL, see the registry import below. This creates
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Blizzard Entertainment\Warcraft III with new DWORD value called "Gfx OpenGL" with the value set to 1. So you may create a file using the text, or use regedit to do the same.
When the game's installed, everything should run as expected.
Running the Game
Use the shortcuts created by the game found in your launcher menus.
Make sure you have the correct ports open. Open outbound and inbound, TCP and UDP, port 6112, or whatever you set in the game configuration. More Network Ports
If you try to play using the Local Area Network option, and do not see a game hosted from your machine on another or vice versa, and you are in the same subnet, this is likely caused by not having a default gateway. The game relies on sending UDP packets to the broadcast address and Linux will not send them unless there is a default gateway or another rule to handle them. To fix it, there are two methods:
Add a default gateway.
- OR -
Route 255. 255. 255. 255 to your local network.
See Wine Traffic #62 for another description of the issue. This is not considered a bug.
Mouse Automatic Edge Scrolling
When running windowed, if you move the cursor out of the screen and back again, sometimes it stays as the scrolling cursor and not the pointer cursor. Hover the mouse over a unit or building to fix the cursor. This is an oversight in the game itself and not a bug in Wine. Use mouse grab or full screen mode to bypass this problem. You may also disable automatic scrolling and use the middle mouse button or the directional keys (non-keypad) for manual scrolling.
How to disable window manager's alt key combo
Window managers often have the alt key bound to certain features,
especially the alt-click. THIS IS NOT A WINE BUG. If you have problems
with the alt key in any way DO NOT REPORT IT. Fix your window manager.
I'm not going to list steps for every one because there are too many
possibilites. Figure out yourself or ask in a help forum (here is
okay... but be warned all I use is TWM). If you are desperate, turn off
window manager managed windows in winecfg.
Go into KDE Control Center, expand Desktop, click window behavior, then
click window actions tab. You can turn off the alt-combos. If you want
to make window specific settings, click on window specific settings
under window behavior on the side.
The option to change the key binding is in System Menu -> Preferences Menu -> Windows.
How to play without CD?
Connect to battle.net to upgrade to the latest version of Warcraft 3 which doesn't need a CD.
If you ever get "Please insert disc", this is NOT a problem with detecting the CD.
The protection system is probably still built into the game even though the CD check itself is
disabled. Make sure you use version 1.21b or later. If you get this problem after having
this version installed, you are likely suffering from a buggy video driver as this is the
only known (and proven possible) cause at this point.
DO NOT USE NOCD PATCHES - They are pointless, and won't fix the real problem.
Skip the intro videos
Method 1: Rename the videos
After installing the game, its highly recommended that you browse to
your Warcraft III folder and rename the movies folder. Many people crash
from the movies because of buggy sound drivers, or simply hang, so you
should do this in case you are one of them. You can still play the
mplayer (or xine if you so choose)! TutorialIn.mpq is the very first
cinematic of the game, and for the rest; *Op.mpq is the cinematic at the
start of the campaign and *Ed.mpq is the cinematic and the end. If you
wanted to follow the story, it's not hard at all to play the ones
corresponding where you are at.
Method 2: Mark the intro as seen
If you don't want to play the campaign, but only want to start
Warcraft III without a crash while playing the intro then you can simply
mark the intro as seen:
$ wine regedit
Navigate in regedit to HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Blizzard/Warcraft III/
Create a key (folder) Misc in the Warcraft III key. You can do so by right clicking the key.
Create a DWORD value seenintromovie with the value 0x1
The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. WineHQ is not responsible for what they say.
by somina on Tuesday December 6th 2011, 13:30
Insert CD issue
by Seneika on Friday October 21st 2011, 9:17
I installed W3ROC in both wine 1.3.27 and 1.3.30 (both x86_64) using either my original CD or the installer downloaded from battle.net.
It will always ask me for the CD and I can't start the game.
When I install from the CD, I also manually install the latest patch to try to make it run but it doesn't work. Installing from the downloaded client won't work as well (I don't know why it even asks for the CD in this case).
I have read about graphic card issues causing this (!?). I'm using NVidia proprietary drivers 285.05.09 with compiled 32bit compatibility modules and running x.org 1.9.5.
My base system is Linux kernel 2.6.34 x86_64, glibc 2.13 and gcc 4.5.2
Crash when click on Options Button
by XIM on Tuesday June 15th 2010, 6:01
I've installed Warcraft III "Reign Of Chaos" and then patched with PATCH 1.24e (the game is in Italian and the Ubuntu 10.04 too).
When I start the game, if I click the Options button the game crashing and returns the following message:
This application has encountered a critical error:
Program: C:\Programmi\Warcraft III\war3.exe
Exception: 0xC0000005 (ACCESS_VIOLATION) at 0073:00CB1245
The instruction at '0x00CB1245' referenced memory at '0x00000000'.
The memory could not be 'read'.
Thanks to eryone wants to help me!
Press OK to terminate the application.
This message is the same every time, and that makes me think it is a problem with the game installation and not in the PC configuration.
I already reinstalled the patch for security. Oh, without this patch the game can't run because it ask me the CD.
Warcraft III crashes randomly.
by Uli on Sunday December 6th 2009, 14:43
Playing Warcraft III on my Suse 11.0 distribution worked great so far. Only problem is that the game crashes seemingly random every 2-15 minutes. I've been able to ignore it for a while since everything else works fine but now I want to play in the Battle.Net with my friends and it gets really annoying when I get a crash during a game. -.-'
I am currently using Wine 1.1.34.
This is the message I get in the console right before the game crashes:
fixme:secur32:schan_InitializeSecurityContextW Using hardcoded "NORMAL" priority
GNUTLS ERROR: Ein TLS-Paket mit unerwarteter Länge wurde empfangen.
fixme:imm:ImmGetOpenStatus (0x15f7f0): semi-stub
fixme:imm:ImmReleaseContext (0x40030, 0x15f7f0): stub
err:seh:raise_exception Unhandled exception code c0000005 flags 0 addr 0x1
Game broken: Mission won't start
by Thomas Benn on Friday October 2nd 2009, 1:07
I can't play WCIII because I am stuck after Mission 5 of the humans. That is the one where Arthas defends Hearthglen for some 20 minutes. Right after winning this mission there are two little in game videos. After the last one I am kicked back to the list of missions. No big deal really. But when I click on mission 6, the screen just goes black and nothing happens.
Speed game keeps changing to fast.
by Tomáš Hnyk on Friday September 11th 2009, 6:08
My comment about this topis has been deleted some time ago, but I tried warcrad under Wine after several years and the issue still exists.
Warcraft works perfectly, but the gamespeed keeps changing to fast. No matter how many times I set "slow" or "normal", it always changes to fast by itself after a minute or so. I tried it under a new user, so it is unlikely something wrong with my wine install causes this. If anybody has the same problem or has a solution, I would appreciate it, I cannot solve some rougher missions at fast.
Warcraft III Frozen Throne, lag with wine and -opengl
by kasper hansen on Friday August 21st 2009, 3:38
I have tried running Frozen Throne with opengl through wine, but it lags quite a bit. This is what happens when I run it:
krinkle@krinkletop ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Warcraft 3 $ wine "Frozen Throne.exe" -opengl
err:ole:CoCreateInstance apartment not initialised
get fences failed: -1
param: 6, val: 0
fixme:win:EnumDisplayDevicesW ((null),0,0x33f3a0,0x00000000), stub!
fixme:win:EnumDisplayDevicesW ((null),0,0x33f64c,0x00000000), stub!
fixme:win:EnumDisplayDevicesW ((null),0,0x33f67c,0x00000000), stub!
fixme:xrandr:X11DRV_XRandR_SetCurrentMode Cannot change screen BPP from 32 to 16
krinkle@krinkletop ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Warcraft 3 $ fixme:imm:ImmAssociateContextEx (0x30028, (nil), 16): stub
krinkle@krinkletop ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Warcraft 3 $ fixme:event:wait_for_withdrawn_state window 0x30028/3a00009 wait timed out
I'm using Linux Mint with KDE. My graphics card is an onboard 945GM Express-chipset. Hope someone can help me.
ROC freezes computer IMMIDIATELY upon clicking of "Battle.net"
by igor on Wednesday May 6th 2009, 1:34
Note that this is distinct from the battle.net login crash.
I had the intel video driver problem with jaunty (I described it in TFT forum) but reverted to intrepid's video driver and now Warcraft 3 has a manageable frame-rate. However, whereas before I could log onto battle.net with my frame-rate ridiculously slow, now the moment I click on the "Battle.net" button my whole system freezes. The sound keeps playing, but everything else is frozen (keyboard[can't toggle caps/num locks]/mouse/screen etc.). Obviously I cannot access the console at this point to report a message. Otherwise the title screen looks good and I can play the single player campaign.
Has anyone else had this problem, or is this bug reported anywhere? Any help would be rad,
Warcraft III saving game progress
by Ursan Marius Bogdan on Saturday April 18th 2009, 3:32
In my test results i did forget to add something:
if i try so save the game works, but the issue is to try to override the save that caused the crash. So either you play the game without saving or if you do save something, try to save the progress in a different name(e.g. save1, save2, and so on)
by Paul Romeril on Wednesday March 18th 2009, 18:05
the how-to says to use the registry import
"Installing the Game
To default the game to use OpenGL, see the registry import below. This creates HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Blizzard Entertainment\Warcraft III with new DWORD value called "Gfx OpenGL" with the value set to 1. So you may create a file using the text, or use regedit to do the same.
When the game's installed, everything should run as expected."
yet, no where below is a registry import. could someone please post where the registry import is?
Saved Game Crash
by Jaymes on Saturday December 20th 2008, 1:26
Saving a game randomly works.
I was able to go three-four level into the gaming saving periodically, but I got to the 2nd or 3rd human campaign level and saved just after the story clip which crashed the game and corrupted the save file :(
unable to install
by dincer on Thursday August 28th 2008, 6:05
hello! I use Ubuntu 8.04 and WinE 1.0 on my pc and want to install Warcraft III but i have a broblem abaout this. when i click om install.exe , an error window appears and it says ''File not found'' i have added the link of screenshot please help me immediately img83.imageshack.us/img83/2582/screenshot1pr4.png
by MInja on Saturday June 7th 2008, 9:21
Here is how it looks
I have Ati 9550, latest drivers installed. when i add -opengl in shortcut everything looks good but it freezes computer after 2 sec. Just installed ubuntu few days ago and am realy new to this. Please someone help.
Slow and Choppy
by Chris on Thursday February 21st 2008, 2:55
Hi everyone I got war craft III to install with original Disk at the main menu of the game is really slow and choppy like it is on a slow machine. I am running wine 0.9.46. Under Ubuntu 7.10 Feisty Fawn. The version of War craft I am running is 1.00. Is there anyway to fix it the choppiness and lag of the mouse
100% CPU usage
by Jean-Noel on Monday January 7th 2008, 6:40
Hello, I am using Wine 0.9.52, vanilla kernel 126.96.36.199, nvidia drivers 100.14.19, on a 64 bit AMD Athlon64 3200+ (Gentoo Linux). My card is a GeForce 7600GT.
I can run Warcraft 3 perfectly well and with excellent speed, everything works but the war3 process takes 100% of CPU (looked up via htop for example). I am not sure this is normal as the GPU should be doing most of the work and my computer, if not breaking new, is fairly decent).
Going to 100% CPU usage is annoying, as the fans then start to run at max speed and it makes a lot of noise.
I was wondering what was your CPU usage for you guys, and if it could be a configuration problem on my part.
Another problem I have that may or may not be linked to this is that I must quit almost all applications (Firefox etc) before playing a game of War3. Else sometimes the sound will stutter (I guess it's buffer underruns), rendering the game unplayable (I am using ALSA). Note that this seems to happen randomly (eg, after 10 minutes of play for example), but it never happens if I shut down my other programs before playing.