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2CD retail version updated with the official 1.1 patch

Application Details:

Version: 1.1
License: Retail
URL: http://defunct
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 7.20

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Test Results

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Selected Test Results

What works

Everything, although some bugs exist that I can't determine if they are part of the game or something odd with WINE

What does not

Several bugs related to DX5; mostly notably the game crashing when you try to save. See workaround configuration below.

Many graphical aberrations are present that can be cleaned up by using dgvoodoo2.

Workarounds

  1. During installation, two CDs will be needed. They will need to both be mounted in advance. When the disc swap is requested, navigation to the Z:/mnt/ folder should be possible within the pop-up window. If for some reason there is only one CD image listed, typing out the full path to the second, mounted image is also possible to achieve 100% installation. The installer will ask for CD1 again, so use whatever method to route it back to that directory.
  2.  The version I had included a NoCD executable (at present, the game is abandonware), which required "dialog", "sc", and "datas" folder contents to be copied to the install directory; along with the .chk files from each disc image. (I don't know if this folder arrangement relieved any buggy behavior vs. when I still had the disc image mounted, so I've listed it here).
  3. Using winetricks, install cnc_draw to assist with several problems relating to DX5 crashes, especially when trying to save the game.
  4. Download dgvoodoo2, manually drop in the ddraw files from the MS/x86 folder and then copy the dgvoodoo.conf and dgvoodooCpl.exe into the game installation folder
  5. Run the dgvoodoo2 setup .exe
    1. The settings that worked best for me were to simply use 4x anti-aliasing while keeping the other settings at default. This sharpened the image quality overall and fixed some color and background rendering abnormalities. Output scaling above standard often caused color rendering problems, so tweak at your own discretion.

What was not tested

I did not beat the whole game. I played probably halfway or so through and had minor bugs, ranging from minor freezing if skipping cutscenes too early, to not being able to access one, narrow, corridor area of a hidden section midway through the game. Overall, very few bugs worth noting with the above configuration.

Hardware tested

Graphics:

  • GPU: AMD
  • Driver: open source

Additional Comments

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
Workaround?
RatingSubmitter
CurrentLinux Mint 20.3 "Una"Nov 13 20227.20Yes Yes YesSilverFudoAkira 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux Unstable "Sid" x86_64Sep 15 20161.9.18Yes Yes NoBronzean anonymous user 
ShowLinux Mint DebianJul 05 20111.3.23No, but has workaround Yes NoBronzeHolly Bostick 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
41327 "Dark Earth" terminated with an error. UNCONFIRMED View

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