Populous: The Beginning

Upgrade to last patch, remove the CD control at startup

Application Details:

Version: 1.03
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 5.7

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Test Results

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Selected Test Results

What works

Starting a single player game, FMV intros, all under software render mode. Application was run directly as the HW/SW swap utility never works even under Windows.

What does not

Direct3D mode will start, but randomly minimises itself and then crashes upon starting a new game.


What was not tested


Hardware tested


  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

Silver rating given as Direct3D mode does not work. Otherwise, the game appears to run flawlessly under software mode.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentUbuntu 20.04 "Focal" (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 08 20205.7Yes Yes NoSilverAidan Rayner 
ShowLinux Mint 17 "Qiana"Nov 16 20141.7.31Yes Yes PlatinumVinay 
ShowMac OS X 10.9 "Mavericks"Sep 26 20141.7.27Yes Yes PlatinumDjango 
ShowLinux Mint 13 "Maya"Aug 22 20131.6Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 7.x "Wheezy" x86_64Mar 10 20121.4Yes Yes GoldNicola Manca 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

  • Install in win98 mode: when running the installer do not use the autorun, Navigate to $CDROM/setup/English (or whatever your language is) and run the SETUP.EXE found there.
  • Apply patch 1.03
  • Run in win98 mode

Mouse override is not needed anymore!

I suggest to play the game inside a wine desktop due to low resolution supported by the game, however fullscreen should works too

Note and old version support

This game works with Wine 1.1.29, but not with the newer versions until 1.3.32, which works even better!

Additional infor for 1.1.29:


  • Make sure you have the MouseWarpOverride registry key (if it does not exist, you will have to create it).
  • Do not attempt to use hardware acceleration - unfortunate things will happen.
  • In my experience, it works a lot better to run it in a window.
  • If you have difficulty with a non 1:1 mouse movement ratio (e.g. your mouse sometimes pops out of the window before it reaches the edge), try moving your mouse rapidly to another portion of the window, and then slowly approach the portion you wish to reach.
Playing multiplayer on LAN without any MP client

steps for HOST

1.Host needs to know his  IP address will be something like  , x being numbers

2.Open command prompt and type 

"poptb.exe /nUserName1 /h tcp /externip HOST_EXTERN_IP "


->UserName1 with the   desired name that you want in game 

->put your ip address  in place of HOST_EXTERN_IP

and hit enter

steps for CLIENT

1.Ask Host for his IP address

1.Open command prompt type "poptb.exe /nUserName2 /j tcp HOST_EXTERN_IP"


->UserName2 with the   desired name that you want in game 

->HOST_EXTERN_IP with host's IP address

and hit enter  that's all you will join the hosts game setup ready to play


for example for users Legend (ip address and BigBang  and Legend is hosting:

Legend types  : poptb.exe /nLegend /h tcp /externip

BigBang types : poptb.exe /nBigBang /j tcp


NOTE: if you want to run the game in hardware mode replace poptb.exe with d3dpoptb.exe


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