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Gothic II

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English Demo version of the game, released in 2005.

Application Details:

Version: Demo (English)
License: Demo
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 3.0.3

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Test Results

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What works

  • Installation.
  • Sound.
  • Saving.
  • Loading.

What does not

  • Playing the game: It crashes after the video, when a new game is started.
  • Music.
  • Running the game in Wine's full-screen mode, causes the game window to get automatically paused when the workspace is changed. (Bug #37937).


  • Disabling music makes the game play without problems. To do it, in file `system/gothic.ini', under the `[SOUND]' section, set `musicEnabled=0'
  • To prevent the game from getting paused when the workspace is changed, run it under Wine's virtual-desktop mode.

What was not tested

  • Playing the game for a long time.

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Intel
  • Driver: open source

Additional Comments

  • Bug #37087 no longer exists!
  • Bug #37937 exists. However, since the game draws the window in a special way, the game window does not get minimized, but gets paused instead. There are no problems though, not even a crash when switching back to the paused window.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentSlackware -currentOct 16 20183.0.3Yes Yes YesGoldMaxim-007 
ShowSlackware -currentJul 03 20183.0.1Yes Yes YesGoldMaxim-007 
ShowSlackware -currentMar 26 20151.7.39Yes No Garbagean anonymous user 
ShowSlackware -currentOct 17 20141.7.29Yes No Garbagean anonymous user 
ShowSlackware -currentAug 05 20141.7.23Yes No Garbagean anonymous user 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes


If you want to start Gothic II with music enabled, you have to use the following native dlls: dmband.dll,
dmusic.dll and

The easiest way is to use winetricks:

$ wget

$ sh winetricks directmusic

WARNING: winetricks sets more DLL overrides than necessary. In my case I had to remove the override for 'dsound' (winecfg -> Libraries) or the game would crash at the main menu: "C: failed to initialize sound, MSS reported: Broken waveOut driver 'buffer done' flag never set".

Otherwise if you don't want to use native dlls, you can explicitly disable music by setting 'musicEnabled=0' in [Gothic_2_Path]/system/gothic.ini, but you shouldn't have to.

Using open source graphics drivers

It is possible to run Gothic II using the open source graphics stack, at least with Intel and Radeon cards. The "i965" (Intel GMA X3100) and "r300" (ATi Radeon 9500 - X1950) drivers are reported to work, others will probably work as well, so please test it and leave a comment below.

What you need is S3 Texture Compression (S3TC), a technology covered by a patent which makes things complicated.

 What you have to do:

- Get the GUI tool 'driconf'. For examle: 'sudo apt-get install driconf'

- Start 'driconf', either from the console or from an entry in your application menu.

- Find the entry "Enable S3TC texture compression even if software support is not available" and set it to "yes"

- Start Gothic normally and hope that it works flawlessly.

Since mesa-7.11 this should also work with gallium drivers without having a

There are issues, for example, the floor might be invisible. Leave a comment :)

Azerty keyboard layout / French version

Azerty layout has numbers accessible with the shift key so switching weapons was broken and there is nothing in the settings to change that.
The workaround was to switch to another layout using : setxkbmap us
Changing it in the Gnome 3.22 menu didn't work.

This is covered by bug #30984.


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by Vladimir on Thursday October 17th 2013, 11:25
>> WARNING: winetricks sets more DLL overrides than necessary. In my case I had to remove the override for 'dsound' (winecfg -> Libraries) or the game would crash at the main menu
In my case game would not crash, but sound is croaking (especially in dialogs). Thank you for advice to remove override for 'dsound', it helps to make sounds clear and still enjoy the music! :-)