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To make this work:
-Remove or rename the Video directory in Program Files/Cossacks
-Install the ddraw.dll patch found here: http://www.gsc-game.com/index.php?t=downloads&ss=299&s=patch (i ran the self-extractor with wine). The ddraw.dll should be in your Program Files/Cossacks folder.
-I also needed to install a no-cd crack because cossacks couldn't detect my cd through wine.
-I always get a debug report when exiting the application, but just pressing enter works fine (normal resolution also gets restored then)
-The normal, white mouse pointer is still being displayed next to the ingame cursor. To solve this, I aggressively move the mouse to the right when the game starts so I can't see it.
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A way around frozen screens
by Olibrius on Wednesday December 26th 2012, 9:16
To circumvent the frozen screen problem, simply switch to and back from another virtual desktop (CTRL+ALT+DirectionKeys), this will unlock the mouse pointer within a second and without leaving/losing the game...
Yes, it works, but...
by Olibrius on Tuesday December 25th 2012, 10:18
NVidia driver 304.64
wine 1.5.6 (yes, that one...)
Cossacks EW v1.15new
First of all, thank you Alen for the nice trick with ddraw.dll etc. Now, not only does Cossacks EW work, but also the other games from the same company, ie Cossacks-Back to War, Cossacks-The Art of War (I suppose, not tested that one), American Conquest, American Conquest-Fight Back and American Conquest-Divided Nation!
I can also confirm the black screen when trying to change the resolution (in EW only, the other games work fine), so unfortunately we are indeed stuck to 1024x768.
And finally, I can confirm the crash on exit, it happens to me too.
Apart from that, the game is perfectly playable.
Now, about wine...
It is indeed the version that comes with OpenSuSE 12.2 that works, ie the outdated version 1.5.6. The latest version of wine as of writing this comment, ie v1.5.20, does NOT work properly. It crashes or dies silently, some games don't load anymore, very unstable.
I installed manually the packages wine, wine-32bit, wine-gecko, libOSMesa8, libOSMesa8-32bit.