Stronghold 2

Deluxe version with new maps and add-ons, bug-fixes …

The update package for all older versions is still available as a Third-party download.

Application Details:

Version: 1.4
License: Retail
Votes: 3
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 3.2

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Test Results

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What works


patch to 1.4.0

play (after workaround):

- custom maps (peace and war)

- play peace campaign

- play sige mode

- play war campaign

- play free build mode

- play kingmaker

What does not

Some custom maps do not work and game if freezing. Could be the custom maps though.

On some maps  there are some black shadow glitches


What was not tested


Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

In order to avoid certain graphic to disappear I had to install d3dx9 dlls in winetricks.I play the game on full/high graphics and it is totally playable. It does not run by default on gentoo (crashes on loading the game itself). This can be fixed by raising the maximum number of opened files. Edit /etc/security/limits.conf and add the following two lines: * hard nofile 10000 * soft nofile 10000 Then do a reboot before you try playing. I use an Nvidia card with the nvidia driver.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 10.x "Buster"Feb 26 20183.2Yes Yes YesGoldErin Yuki Schlarb 
ShowMac OS X 10.9 "Mavericks"Feb 01 20141.7.11Yes Yes NoGoldGuillaume R 
CurrentGentoo Linux x86_64May 17 20121.5.4Yes Yes NoGoldManuel 
ShowMac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard"Feb 14 20121.4-rc3Yes Yes NoGoldan anonymous user 
ShowSidux 64bitMay 30 20101.2-rc2Yes Yes NoGarbageManuel 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
12040 Stronghold 2 1.4: crash when starting the application CLOSED FIXED View
14704 Stronghold 2 1.4.1 crashes with unhandled page fault immediately upon execution CLOSED INVALID View
18995 Stronghold 2: 1.4 patch causes certain graphic to disappear CLOSED ABANDONED View
19000 Stronghold 2: Error at installing 1.4 game patch CLOSED FIXED View
21428 Stronghold 2: some textures are not displayed, map hangs for a while when scrolled; CLOSED ABANDONED View
25857 Multiple games (Stronghold 2, Need for Speed: Carbon demo, Purge) fail to draw correctly because of ID3DXEffectImpl_*Pass calls CLOSED FIXED View
44613 Stronghold 2 Deluxe fails to compile shaders on startup with builtin d3dx9_27.dll NEW View

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HowTo / Notes

Raising the per-application file descriptor limit on your machine

When starting Stronghold 2 on most machines it will silently fail because it cannot open enough files at once.

You can raise this limit, adding (as root)

*               soft    nofile          65535
*               hard    nofile          65535

to /etc/security/limits.conf (replace the * with your username if you believe these limits are anything but stupid and would be unsafe to raise for all users) and logging out and back in.

The limits currently in effect can be checked using ulimit -Sn and ulimit -Hn.

How to use hybrid graphics switch Open Source drivers Intel/AMD, AMD/AMD and improve performance

This should work for any app, if you have Intel + AMD or AMD + AMD with open source drivers. 

If you have laptop with hybrid graphics cards. You can launch game with command:

env DRI_PRIME=1 vblank_mode=0 wine ~/path/to/your/exe/file

In case of using command, you get swich to powerful graphics card and disable vsync for more FPS.

If you have Mesa drivers 17.x.x or more, you can use this command:

env DRI_PRIME=1 mesa_glthread=true vblank_mode=0 wine ~/path/to/your/exe/file

Last command is most best in performance that you can get in this moment, you can use it for any wine application that you need. But argument mesa_glthread=true may not always work, so if your app crash, remove it.

For Steam users, you can set environment variable of any applications in properties. 

DRI_PRIME=1 mesa_glthread=true vblank_mode=0 %command%

(It will work only with native Steam for Linux) For Wine, you have to start Steam or game with those arguments


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