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Playing the game, but there are issues (see below)
What does not
Running the original game does not work because of the ProtectDisc copy protection. A NOCD crack is required. The used crack contains BlackMirror2.exe (MD5: 86ac86ee6e5480cef9e05e2a49e904f7) and a second file whitemirror.dll (MD5: c5b89000d3b9723493a3954d21ba2d22), both files need to be copied to the installation directory. To my knowledge, this is the only available cracked version.
Cracked version of BlackMirror2.exe is recognized as bad EXE file by wine. PE section 20090927 has wrong size (both, Virtual and Raw size). Fixing requires patching of this file via an hex editor. Modify the values at the following adresses:
Afterwards, BlackMirror2.exe should have the MD5 sum 6664e05f1cbde65a309859fe8db24225.
The game reports assertion failures at program start. Pressing ignore multiple times makes the game run. The demo version behaves similar.
Cursor failures. Sometimes, there is a white box instead of the correct cursor. The demo version behaves similar.
Video in movies freezes after ~3 seconds while audio works as expected. The demo version behaves similar.
In highest graphics details, the game crashes during scene in which the protagonist is captivated on a chair (switch to low details, safe afterwards once the protagonist is free, now you can switch back to high details).
What was not tested
GPU is GeForce 7600GT with nvidia drivers 190.53. With respect to the issues mentioned above, a bronze rating seems to comply with the rating definitions.
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Works Perfekt on Wine 1.3.11
by Chris on Saturday February 12th 2011, 10:43
I use gentoo, too and confirm that this game with Johannes howto for the No-CD Patch it works perfect! But my system runs without pulseaudio.
I had no Sound issues, and the Movies works fine too. I play just with minimal Settings (caus don't know when the chair scene arrived, it is in the middle of the game.) and switch to high after the scene, but i had some minior Black (Shadow?) glitches in some Ingame sequences.
The game itselfs runs perfekt. Sadly that wine can't handle the copy protection so its not a platium game.
Thank you for that howto johannes. I hope BlackMirror-III would work the same as Part two. its just sad that there is still no No-CD Patch. Some Shadows in the Dark whisper that you can use the Executable (and one other .dll) from the Demo to run the Full Version. But i tested the Demo in wine and that did not work for me! It seems that the Demo includes a copy protection too.
in my box (an ubuntu 10.04 64-bit with Wine 1.2), the first time I run the game since the boot the sound works fine, but after a few minutes of gameplay everything gets completely muted, and even if I quit the game and launch in again, no sound seems to be available.
I noticed that the sound starts to work again (but always for a few minutes) only if I reboot the machine.
Good job anyway, it's a pleasure to be able to play this game on GNU/Linux! :-D
Black Mirror 2 exe file
by Stefan Faußer on Friday March 5th 2010, 12:05
thank you for your report about the Black Mirror 2 compatibility. I have tried to follow your guide to patch the Black Mirror 2 executable file but my md5sum results in (100c56f494848f094b10cc6159c8e8f6) and the EXE file is still not executable.
I have the correct EXE file as my md5sum is identical to yours before I change the four given bytes.
Is it possible that there are some further bytes that have to be changed ?