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I have the mouse problem, where the cursor does not display translucency unless hardware rendering is turned off in-game.
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Ok, after a few comments from some people that were able to get the game working, I went through the whole process again. Turns out I misinterpreted how to start the game. If you run 'wine DKII.exe' from the Dungeon Keeper 2 folder, then the game will crash if you try to start it. Instead, specify the full path when running wine (which is what is meant in the 'todo'): 'wine "C:\Program Files\Bullfrom\Dungeon Keeper 2\DKII.exe"'. I imagine that by not specifying the full path, some code in the game which points to relative filenames cannot find what they are looking for and, hence, an immediate crash.
I'm giving this game gold as opposed to platinum for 2 reasons. Firstly, a cracked exe is needed, from as far as I can discern. Secondly, I have the problem with the mouse refreshing the translucent background (so the box around the cursor keeps pulling information in from the surrounding images) The fix is to turn off hardware acceleration but in doing that the gameplay slows down a bit. Kind of choosing between two evils here (which I suppose is kinda funny, if you think about the content of the game :-p)
SAFE DISC ISSUE For those wondering, the reason DK2 fails to work and/or crash is due to the SafeDisc issue in WINE. Once this is solved, this game will function. At this time it has no safedisc support. A few fixes have been posted.
The fix is to get a crack, follow the 'HowTo' below!
Insert your Dungeon Keeper 2 disc, and change into its directory:
Install the game, but do not choose to run the game at the end. We must patch the game first:
To avoid safedisc issues (bug 219), your only option is to find a crack. This is illegal in some countries, so you should investigate the legal issues before you to do this.
If you have now obtained a crack in a zip file, simply extract it into the program directory (ensure this is the correct path for you):
To avoid mouse warp issues, you will need to use the MouseWarpOverride key as described at UsefulRegistryKeys. Make sure you have at the latest version of Wine (at least Wine 1.1.3), otherwise this will not work.
Navigate to HKCU / Software / Wine. Create the DirectInput folder/key and create the MouseWarpOverride string value and modify the data to 'disable'.
If you do not understand these instructions, make sure you read UsefulRegistryKeys. If the mouse is warping in the game menu, you haven't done it right.
No native dlls are required anymore for the proper operation of this game.
You must run the game from the crack (Dkii.exe) rather than the original executable (DKII.exe). You may do this by changing the properties of the desktop icon, or by using this command to start the game:
Cursor sticks/warps to centre of screen: This is bug 8354. You must apply the MouseWarpOverride UsefulRegistryKey as described above.
Mouse hits invisible corner: Move your mouse to the opposite corner of the screen.
Cursor surrounded by strange black box: Disable Hardware Rendering from the graphics options in-game. Warning: This may cause crashes.
Game does not start / blank screen for 1s: Make sure you use the Windows formatted command for starting the game (wine "C:\Program Files\Bullfrog\Dungeon Keeper 2\Dkii.exe"). Do not directly specify the executable.
Sound issues: Try visiting the Audio options in winecfg and switching between ALSA and OSS, as well as reducing their settings to lower values.
Patch does not finish installing: First run the patch in its own empty wineprefix, then try patching the game again.
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by Rudi Hansen on Tuesday April 24th 2012, 4:53
I do not have the specific error log, but everytime a troll spawns in my dungeon the game crashes for me, it is only the troll
by jamie on Saturday July 16th 2011, 23:12
I'm having mouse issues with the game, but my mouse is not locking to the center or any other point, instead, it's behaving as if it's drunk. It weaves erratically, sometimes decides to cling to the edges of the screen. With a great deal of effort and patience and retries I can eventually navigate to the quit button, and after several more tries I can click the big checkmark to confirm quitting. Just in case the underlying cause is the same as the "center lock" mouse issue, I DID follow the steps for regedit, but it didn't help.