original retail version
please patch black and white to 1.10 and post results on that version
The whole campaign works. Normal games against computers work.
What does not
The textures are buggy on the people. The game would crash for no apparent reason, but it happened few times. I could easily do the whole campaign by saving often.
The game does not launch by the command line. You have to start an explorer and execute rungame.exe.
What was not tested
I haven't tested online nor LAN.
Even though it is not perfect. I consider this game to be running really well on recent Wine releases. No lag at all.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Current||Arch Linux x86_64||Jan 01 2017||2.0-rc2||Yes||Yes||Platinum||Gabriel-Andrew Pollo-Guilbert|
|Show||Mac OS X 10.10 "Yosemite"||Sep 18 2015||1.7.51||Yes||Yes||Silver||Sam|
|Show||Debian GNU/kFreeBSD 7.x "Wheezy"||Jun 03 2015||1.7.44||Yes||No||Garbage||Tiago Medeiros|
|Show||Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||May 09 2011||1.3.19||Yes||Yes||Silver||Nick Stuckert|
|Show||Debian GNU/Linux 5.x "Lenny"||Oct 28 2008||1.1.7||Yes||Yes||Bronze||John Haywards|
|Bug #||Description||Status||Resolution||Other apps affected|
|219||Programs refuse to run because of safedisc copy-protection||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|3194||Certain versions of Installshield cause memory leak||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|5694||Lionhead Black & White 2 demo crashes||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|11029||Black & White game does not respond to mouse clicks||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|12651||Bad sound quality in Starcraft when running with hardware acceleration||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|14939||Black & White: DXTC to ARGB converter not implemented||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|34166||Fullscreen flickering on Mac||RESOLVED||NOTOURBUG||View|
|35721||Black and White: crashes on start||UNCONFIRMED||View|
To run Black & White (and Creature Isle) without being affected by bug 14939 (texture bug) and bug 15984 (crash bug), you have to run a version of Wine patched with the DXTn to ARGB texture conversion patch, blitting patch and the button click patch. To install this patched version of Wine, copy and paste the following commands into a terminal:
mkdir ~/src cd ~/src git clone git://source.winehq.org/git/wine.git ~/src/wine cd ~/src/wine wget -O wine-dxt13-to-argb4444-xrgb1555-conversion.patch http://bugs2.winehq.org/attachment.cgi?id=34559 wget -O wine-dderr.patch http://bugs2.winehq.org/attachment.cgi?id=33563 patch -p1 < wine-dxt13-to-argb4444-xrgb1555-conversion.patch patch -p1 < wine-dderr.patchCheck http://wiki.winehq.org/Recommended_Packages to make sure you get all necessary packages, or if you encounter trouble compiling. Then copy and paste the next set of commands:
./configure --prefix=/usr make depend make sudo make install
With these three patches, Black & White is fully and perfectly playable through Wine. If you encounter trouble patching, try looking at the bug threads for an updated patch (they are attended to more frequently than this Howto).
Set wine version to win98 for best results.
For 64 bit wine go to wiki.winehq.org/Wine64.
A picture posted of the intro with the Man and Woman kissing and little kid looking bored is the point at which a stall may occur. Settings for Audio need to be changed from hardware acceleration to emulation at this point. You can track the bug at http://bugs.winehq.org/show_bug.cgi?id=12651.