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

Old test results
The test results for this version are very old, and as such they may not represent the current state of Wine. Please consider submitting a new test report.
Selected Test Results

What works

Everything, played with maximum display settings

What does not

The game works with native Directx libraries (like in Windows), but does not work with the WINE-provided ones (hence the game is not Platium).

Also the default file descriptor limit 4096 is too low for the game (it will fail silently when hitting this limit).


Application requires native d3dx9_27.dll: Either download it manually and place it in the Stronghold 2 installation directory or run winetricks d3dx9_27 to install it globally.

Without this the game will fail to compile some of its shaders on startup and crash (see bugzilla#44613). – This only affects the deluxe edition.

The file descriptor limit can be raised by adding

*               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. You can check the limits currently in effect using ulimit -Sn and ulimit -Hn.

What was not tested


CD Protection (SecuROM) – Used NoCD crack because I don't have a CD drive anymore

Hardware tested


  • GPU: AMD
  • Driver: open source

Additional Comments

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentDebian 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 
ShowGentoo 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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