Heroes of Might and Magic IV

The original release with updates applied.

Application Details:

Version: 1.0-3.0
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.3.13

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Test Results

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What works

I get the 'complete' pack: that's it: HOMM IV + 2 expansions.

The autorun.exe runs fine, but when you try to install the game, the installator doesn't show up correctly, so there's only a way to install the game: running directly the setup.exe searching in its folder. Curiously, if you try to uninstall the game it seems to work.

Ingame, in full screen mode everything seems to be fine. Few screen issues: "Windows style" menu bar is persistent on the screen. No way to get rid of it, or at least I have no idea how to. I tried windowed mode, virtual desktop, etc. with same results.

If you run on windowed mode -switching full screen at game configuration- at a different resolution you are (for example: I'm at 1280x1024 and I selected 1024x768 and 800x600), game performance is horrible. Just an slowdown in video performance; sound is OK. Seems not to be a Wine issue, but who knows. I am using last ati's fglrx restricted driver, version 8.50.3, running on Xorg 7.3 and gnome 2.22.2

What does not

As I said, the autorun works fine, but installators don't work at all.

'Home' and 'End' keys seem not to work properly when you try to type write something as server name, player name, etc. I doubt if that is a game or Wine issue, don't remember if in Windows happened the same.


· Internet play goes thru GameSpy, so no way to test it.

· If you try to host a game via LAN (IPX) or Direct TCP / IP, game crashes.

· If you try to join a game via LAN or Direct TCP / IP, same results: game crashes.


What was not tested

Installing and running the two expansions (Gathering Storm and Winds of War).

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

The version I try of HOMM IV is an -out of the box- install. No patches / fixes applied.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowopenSUSE 11.4 x86_64Feb 16 20111.3.13Yes Yes Goldmarc bessieres 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 6.x "Squeeze"May 18 20111.2.2Yes Yes Silverfirencombomaster 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 10 20101.2.2Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Aug 10 20101.2No, but has workaround Yes Bronzean anonymous user 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 6.x "Squeeze"Jul 27 20091.1.24Yes Yes GoldCùran 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
6847 DirectPlay metabug. Implement dplay tcp/ip provider. NEW View

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HowTo / Notes

The game does not run correctly in Wine 0.9.37. Earlier and newer versions work fine

This game requires a crack to work.

Installing the patches is highly recommended, as they provide fixes for serious bugs in the game (not Wine related).

There are different patches for the different versions of the game

UK - various

To get multiplayer working, place dpnsvr.exe and the DLLs in this archive in Wine's windows/system32 directory. Then, start winecfg and add dll overrides (native, builtin) for the following DLLs: dplayx, dpnet, dpnhpast and dpwsockx. Finally, update your registry by running 'wineprefixcreate'.


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