Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War

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Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Winter Assault - Released 2005 - The first expansion pack for DoW - Demo

Application Details:

Version: Winter Assault: Demo
License: Demo
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.3.2

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Test Results

Old test results
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Selected Test Results

What works

Playing the demo (after some heavy tweaking)

What does not

Install (well, in fact it works only half of the way).


What was not tested

Played the entire demo, after the tweaking nothing too strange 

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Additional Comments

What I did to run this one is the following: - First download the demo file (in my case DoWWA_fp.exe) - Then ran it normally with: wine DoWWA_fp.exe - The installer uncompressed the game but a blank screen appeared and didn't installed it, so I closed that window and gone to the wine prefix user directory (in you case .wine-wademo/drive_c/user/your-username/some_random_number/another_random_number) and there was a bunch of files - From that directory I ran the install manually by writing: wine msiexec /i WinterAssaultDemo.msi - That installed the game but I ran into another couple of problems, there was lacking something as at first game refused to start, checking relic's website I found that is also a common problem in windows - So move to your game directory (mine was .wine-wademo/drive_c/Program files/THQ/Dawn of War - Winter Assault Demo) and there, run this command: mkdir GraphicsOptions/Data Engine/Data Profiles - And after that you're ready to play (that's my two cents saving method for a crappy installer that also give issues in windows)

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentUbuntu 9.10 "Karmic" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 11 20101.3.2No, but has workaround Yes NoGoldAthrun 
ShowUbuntu 9.10 "Karmic" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Aug 30 20101.2No Not installable NoGarbageAG 

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HowTo / Notes

directX 9

After you installed the game you may get a performance boost if you use the latest version of DirectX 9.

The easiest way to do so, is using winetricks:

winetricks directx9

Read more about winetricks, here:

Corrupted textures?

If you have problems with completely corrupted textures the problem might be that your systems lacks a library that is used for texture compression in Dawn of War.

Under Debian based system install the package "libtxc-dxtn-s2tc0" and try again.

Tweaking Graphics
Dawn of War's settings are quite careful chosen which means that you could improve the graphics a lot. Here is a guide on tweaking DoW's graphics which sums it up.