plus WARLORDS and BEYOND THE SWORD expansion packs.
All Civ IV versions have been merged into this one. When submitting test results please add if it's Steam or Retail CD install. Also specify which expansion pack you are using.
- Install the newest patches using the links on the left side (if retail version / non-GOTY edition)
- Steam version comes fully up to date.
Civilization IV - v1.74
Warlords - v2.13
Beyond The Sword - v3.19
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installation (original version and patches), graphics, gameplay, sounds, music, full screen and windowed modes, animations, movies, even the funny mouse cursor
What does not
I tried a "clean" install first -- without following the "how to" procedure -- and found that the installer failed under those conditions.
The desktop (screen and keyboard) tended to become unresponsive if a screen locker/screen saver took over while the game was running in full screen mode. Situations like that proved hard to get out of, and might require an emergency reboot. This could be a general Wine issue - I've seen it in other games, too.
After a failed initial install attempt I followed the extensive "how to" instructions on this page, up to (but not including) the mouse cursor fix. After that the game installed and ran flawlessly. I don't know how much of the "how to" stuff is actually necessary now, but it does seem to be sufficient.
When running the game in full screen mode, do not leave it unattended and in control of your screen - unless you are certain that no other process (such as a screen locker) will attempt to take over. (You can avoid this situation by pressing the Meta ("Windows") key before you leave, to transfer control back to your desktop.)
What was not tested
Multiplayer mode - as the multiplayer server seems to be long gone.
I haven't seen all the different victory conditions play out, nor have I tested all difficulty levels, world map sizes, types of world layouts. Also haven't tried any scenarios.
Version tested: The original CD release, patched up to v. 1.74.
Results may depend on your hardware, particularly your graphics adapter.
The game runs well with my on-board Intel Skylake GPU, but refuses to load to the external Nvidia GPU.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Current||openSUSE Tumbleweed (rolling release)||May 06 2021||6.7||No, but has workaround||Yes||Yes||Gold||Jesper Goll|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Jun 22 2020||5.8-staging||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gold||llde|
|Show||Linux Mint 19.3 "Tricia"||Dec 29 2019||4.21-staging||Yes||Yes||Yes||Silver||Sissikana|
|Show||Ubuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jul 25 2019||4.0.1||Yes||Yes||Yes||Silver||Jaroslav Smutek|
|Show||Debian 10.x "Buster"||Jan 12 2019||4.0-rc5-staging||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gold||Gero45|
|Bug #||Description||Status||Resolution||Other apps affected|
|219||Programs refuse to run because of safedisc copy-protection||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|14003||Civilization 4 City progress bar doesn't display||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|14189||Civilization 4: install failure||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|17284||Civilization IV crashes on Intel gpu||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|17776||Installing on Fat32 partitions seems to be impossible nowadays||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|18027||Switching to another window using Alt+Tab doesn't work if Civilization 4 was started in fullscreen mode||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|21628||Civilization 4 : Civstat uploader causes Pboss to crash||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|22053||Steam games crash on startup if in-game community is not disabled (gcc bug)||CLOSED||NOTOURBUG||View|
|22618||Civ4 crashes after loading correctly||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|25289||Civilization 4: fails with 'error loading shader libraries' unless native d3dx9_26 is used||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|25323||Civilization IV Beyond the Sword crashed when trying to start a new game.||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|26142||Civilization 4: Screen turns black on turn end with built-in msxml||NEW||View|
|26892||Civ4 Beyond the Sword v3.19 mod "Master of Mana" needs msvcp71.?_Myptr@?$basic_string@GU?$char_traits@G@std@@V?$allocator@G@2@@std@@QAEPAGXZ||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|29593||Civilization IV crashes when loading mod and clicking on the menu||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|33907||Civilization 4: missing some sound (could not read file)||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|35361||Multiple games and applications crash or freeze on input (Steam with in-game community overlay enabled, The Scourge Project)(cross-process/thread IME manipulation is forbidden)||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|36711||Sid Meier's Civilization IV crashes while loading saved game (GOG.com complete, Colonization, Warlords, Beyond the Sword)('winetricks -q msxml3' is a workaround)||NEW||View|
|42195||civ 4 warlords freezes just before displaying game map||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|44144||Errors during Civilization IV installation||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|45886||Civilization IV crashes while loading saved game||CLOSED||DUPLICATE||View|
|47507||Regression: can't return to full-screen Civilization IV BTS window after Alt+Tab-ing to desktop since wine 4.10||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|50907||Civilization 4: No hammers displayed on resource tiles||UNCONFIRMED||View|
d3dx9*, msxml3, msxml4, vcrun2003, quartz, devenum. corefonts, lucida, tahoma.
*d3dx9_26.dll, d3dx9_31.dll, d3dx9_32.dll, d3dx9_33.dll
'msxml3r' native <=not a typo
install, run updater, launch game to create .ini file and quit game.
EnableVoice = 0
FullScreen = 0
NoIntroMovie = 1
DisableFileCaching = 1
DisableCaching = 1
ModularLoading = 1
CheatCode = chipotle
D3D9Query = 1
adjust custom resolution to taste/hardware limitations.
Sans Serif Font Fix:
cp ~/.../Assets/res/Fonts/sylfaen.ttf ~/.../windows/Fonts/
Fullscreen Cursor Fix:
mkdir backup ; cp *.ani backup/ ; rm -v *.ani ; cp backup/Pointer.ani Pointer.ani ; cp Pointer.ani Airbomb.ani ; cp Pointer.ani Airlift.ani ; cp Pointer.ani Airstrike.ani ; cp Pointer.ani Build.ani ; cp Pointer.ani BuildLarge.ani ; cp Pointer.ani Claim.ani ; cp Pointer.ani Deplete.ani ; cp Pointer.ani Edit.ani ; cp Pointer.ani EMP.ani ; cp Pointer.ani Found.ani ; cp Pointer.ani GoTo.ani ; cp Pointer.ani Grip.ani ; cp Pointer.ani Link.ani ; cp Pointer.ani Mine.ani ; cp Pointer.ani Move.ani ; cp Pointer.ani Mutiny.ani ; cp Pointer.ani Nuke.ani ; cp Pointer.ani Ping.ani ; cp Pointer.ani Rebase.ani ; cp Pointer.ani Recon.ani ; cp Pointer.ani Repair.ani ; cp Pointer.ani RouteTo.ani ; cp Pointer.ani 'Size All.ani' ; cp Pointer.ani 'Size Diagonal 1.ani' ; cp Pointer.ani 'Size Diagonal 2.ani' ; cp Pointer.ani 'Size H.ani' ; cp Pointer.ani 'Size V.ani' ; cp Pointer.ani 'Split H.ani' ; cp Pointer.ani 'Split V.ani' ; cp Pointer.ani Stasis.ani ; cp Pointer.ani Waiting.ani
illustrated instructions are here:
note: you have to use external msxml3.dll
(I doubt these are not needed anymore msxml3r.dll, d3dx9_26.dll, d3dx9_31.dll, d3dx9_32.dll, d3dx9_33.dll
i ran the game (and the installer) with:
WINEDLLOVERRIDES="msxml3=n" wine "C:\Program Files\Firaxis Games\Sid Meier's Civilization 4\Beyond the Sword\Civ4BeyondSword.exe"
multiplayer over LAN works using vanilla BTS. multiplayer with mods requires DIRECT IP CONNECTION method.
INTERNET GAMES and PBEM were not tested. only multiplayer over LAN is confirmed.