Football Manager 2009

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(Note: download not required for Steam installs as they update automatically.

Application Details:

Version: 9.1.0
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.1.18

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What works

The entire game that I have played so far.

The 3D match works but seems slow compared to 2D.


What does not

Installation (of DVD version - not Steam).


What was not tested

Installation and multiplayer.

Copy protection (executable replaced by one with protection removed).

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Additional Comments

You need to try and install dotnetfx; it will crash but it does something crucial (get a load of Visual basic runtime problems otherwise), then youll need a copy of d3dx9_36 and _37 in your windows/system32 folder. I wouldn't worry about trying to override it in winecfg, you can but I didn't.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 9.04 "Jaunty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 08 20091.1.18Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 19 20081.1.10Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 23 20081.1.9Yes Yes GoldGavin 
ShowUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 21 20081.1.8Yes Yes GoldFootux 
ShowUbuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 21 20081.1.8Yes Yes GoldFootux 

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HowTo / Notes

How to throw away your social life...

Use Steam (see instructions for installing Steam on wine) - you can insert your CD key from retail versions to download and install via Steam.

You must have directx9, dotnet20 and msxml3 installed to run FM2009, these can all be installed with winetricks.

Download the fixed activator (, run the program to extract activator.exe over the one at (default) ~/.wine/drive_c/"Program Files"/Steam/steamapps/common/"football manager 2009"/activator.exe.

Run the new activator from the command line as follows:
wine ~/.wine/drive_c/"Program Files"/Steam/steamapps/common/"football manager 2009"/activator.exe -activate ufhw8eff89ff0nwf08ww

Where ufhw8eff89ff0nwf08ww is the key printed on your manual (if you bought the game through Steam, right click it in My Games and click 'Show CD key' - do NOT paste directly from here, it will not work in uppercase)

Make sure your CD key is all lowercase, and watch out for 1's that look like l's, or o's that look like 0's (use to check your key).

You should now be able to launch the game via Steam. I'll be testing Network mode later and will report back with my findings.

If for some reason it doesn't work, please check ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/profiles/"All Users"/"Application Data"/"Sports Interactive"/"Football Manager 2009 Certificate"/HttpCheck.log and make sure that the end reads something like:

SI Activator: Activation succeeded
Activation reads success.

kEvalTestNumComponents: 1
kEvalTestMatches: 1
kEvalTestTier1Matches: 1
kEvalTestMismatches: 1
kEvalTestInvalidItems: 1
kEvalTestNonces: 1
kEvalTestTier2Matches: 1
kEvalTestNonceDiffs: 1
License reads success.
License key: YOUR_CD_KEY



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