Populous: The Beginning

Version 1.01

  • (In Wine) it works you will only need directx. But It don't work online or you will get color bars and can't move your mouse to the start button.

Application Details:

Version: 1.01
Votes: 3
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.7.3

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What works

Everything I've tried, if you use software rendering. You can play the tutorial and the game (at least through level 6, that's as far as I've gotten so far).

What does not

On my system, Direct 3D ends up scrambling the colors. The game is semi-playable, but not pretty.


What was not tested

Online play, levels > 7.

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Additional Comments

I had problems with the installer. When I run setup.exe, it says estimated file size is 666kb. If you click next, it will give a divide by zero error and exit. However, if you click "Custom Install" then re-click "Standard Install", the correct file size estimate is restored, and the game will install.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowArch Linux x86_64Sep 29 20131.7.3Yes Yes GoldFiku Miku Foo Foo Foo 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 14 20121.5.15Yes Yes BronzeDaniel Williams 
ShowUbuntu 11.10 "Oneiric" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 05 20111.3.34No, but has workaround Yes GoldEzequiel Ferriol 
ShowUbuntu 11.04 "Natty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 10 20111.3.21Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 9.04 "Jaunty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 03 20101.1.42Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
4730 Application hang when using alsa - and stutters when using esd CLOSED FIXED View
8354 Mouse is constantly recentered is some games CLOSED FIXED View
16119 Mouse is not mapped correctly in Populous: the Beginning CLOSED DUPLICATE View
20554 Populous 3 fails to start CLOSED FIXED View
32822 Populous 3: moving mouse cursor to edge of screen causes the game itself to move off-screen UNCONFIRMED View
34984 Original War: intense screen flickering CLOSED FIXED View
35067 Populous: The Beginning crashes on start in D3D mode CLOSED FIXED View
40126 Populous 3: Screen refreshes only when mouse pointer moves CLOSED NOTOURBUG View

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HowTo / Notes

Note and old version support

This game works with Wine 1.1.29, but not with the newer versions until 1.3.32, which works even better!

Additional infor for 1.1.29:


  • Make sure you have the MouseWarpOverride registry key (if it does not exist, you will have to create it).
  • Do not attempt to use hardware acceleration - unfortunate things will happen.
  • In my experience, it works a lot better to run it in a window.
  • If you have difficulty with a non 1:1 mouse movement ratio (e.g. your mouse sometimes pops out of the window before it reaches the edge), try moving your mouse rapidly to another portion of the window, and then slowly approach the portion you wish to reach.
  • Install in win98 mode: when running the installer do not use the autorun, Navigate to $CDROM/setup/English (or whatever your language is) and run the SETUP.EXE found there.
  • Apply patch 1.03
  • Run in win98 mode

Mouse override is not needed anymore!

I suggest to play the game inside a wine desktop due to low resolution supported by the game, however fullscreen should works too


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