Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Released 2004 - This is the original game you find on 3 CDs.

Application Details:

Version: DoW: 1.x
License: Retail
Votes: 3
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 3.2

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* Installation

* Running the Game

What does not

* Nothing


What was not tested

* Have not tested multi-player

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Additional Comments

To get it to install, I had to copy all 3 cd's to a single directory and install from there. I am running on x86_64, and using open-source Radeon drivers. To fix graphics corruption, you need to install the S3TC libraries (32-bit) version and everything will work fine.

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ShowArch Linux x86_64Mar 02 20183.2N/A Yes NoPlatinumSinan Ozan 
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Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
2907 Page fault on write access attempting to play SSI Rites of War CLOSED DUPLICATE View
3113 Warhammer 40k bugs CLOSED ABANDONED View
3236 Warhammer 40k doesn't install. CLOSED FIXED View
3276 warhammer 40 k failed to initialize video card - Initialisation of Graphics driver fails in W40K: Dawn of War. CLOSED FIXED View
3749 Failure to install Dawn of War demo CLOSED FIXED View
6608 Dawn Of War Installer Fails CLOSED FIXED View
7411 GLSL shaders work badly with fglrx CLOSED INVALID View
12536 Dawn of War Installer doesnt ask for CD key CLOSED FIXED View
14174 Warhammer 40K - upper line blank (text rendered incorrectly) CLOSED FIXED View
14913 Dawn of war, transperent characters become invisable CLOSED FIXED View
19232 graphics in warhammer40k is not drawn and causes crashes CLOSED NOTOURBUG View
23252 Dawn of War always crashes some seconds after the start of a match CLOSED DUPLICATE View
24170 Warhammer Dawn of war : Fails to install CLOSED FIXED View
24825 Dawn of War: graphics configuration fails to start CLOSED DUPLICATE View
24937 Warhammer Dawn of War requires msvcr71.dll CLOSED FIXED View
26872 Cannot create new profile in Dawn of War demo CLOSED FIXED View

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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:


1.0: Installer crashes with "Fatal Error 1603"

 This happens if you install from the CD version. The installer crashes when you need to enter the next CD.

The solution is to copy all contents from CD1, 2 and 3 to a folder on your disk and run wine setup.exe from there.

The installer will ask for CD1 at the end of the installation. Just press OK and everything will be fine.

Run these steps if you want to copy CD content to a "dow"-called folder in your home folder:

mkdir ~/dow

run this for all 3 CDs:

cp -r /path/to/your/mounted/cd/* ~/dow/

change to the folder and run the installer:

cd ~/dow && wine setup.exe

1.1: Installer crashes

The installer may crash for you when you attempt to install the game. If this happens, try changing your windows version. It seems that if wine reports a high windows version, more advanced, and unsupported(!) functionality is being used which causes the installer to crash.

Tests have been conducted and setting the windows version to "windows 2.0" yielded a install

1.2: Using offline patches isn't working!

Symptoms encountered: installer crashes or takes over the entire session with a dark background.

Again. Using windows version 2.0 seems to make the installers only request much needed functionality which wine already supports. This should fix the crashing. To avoid having the patch installer taking up the entire screen which can stall the patching process for some, one must run the patch within an emulated desktop.
You need not create this in your wine config, a shorter way of having an emulated desktop is to launch the patch installers like so:

wine explorer /desktop=foo,1024,768 dow-patch.exe

1.3: "DawnOfWar - InstallShield Wizard" does not close properly

This is a known bug but does not affect the installation/ gameplay. Just kill the process after installation like this:

pkill IDriver.exe

1.4: Game says my CD isn't inserted, or it's the wrong disc!

This is because wine cannot handle commercial grade copy protection, which is actually something that cedega supports, since Transgaming agreed to pay the fees required and include code which they cannot reveal to any other project.
However, this is only an issue until version 1.50 of the game. Install the offline patches and you are fine.

1.5: I didn't get asked for a serial (CD Key) and can't play online therefore, what to do?

You have to edit a registry key with wine. Open the tool "regedit" and search for this key:


There is also a key "CDKEY_WXP" for the extension "Winter Assault".

1.6: "System Initialization Failed! Errors: Could not find required data. Make sure you are running this utility from your Dawn of War directory."

The installer has a bug that occurs from time to time. This is not a wine bug, it happens under windows as well. The problem is that some directories do not get created. These are empty but neccessary.

Create them by hand in the installation path (e.g. cd to ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/THQ/Dawn Of War/) like this:

mkdir -p Profile

mkdir -p Engine/Data/

mkdir -p GraphicsOptions/Data/

For Soulstorm users

If you plan to install the extension pack "Soulstorm" you should do this before applying patches to Dawn Of War.

Soulstorm is not a stand-alone and will get installed directly into your DoW folder. Patches applied by Soulstorm will downgrade your DoW installation.

Note: This is not a wine issue, the patches just suck.

General hints

1.0: How to determine version number?

Have a look in your W40k.ini which you can find at the path you installed Dawn of War.

For the lazy guys:

grep "gameVersion" W40k.ini

 1.1: How to enable anti-aliasing (this is not wine specific)?

Run GraphicsConfiguration.exe at least once. This will create a Local.ini in your DoW folder.

Open this Local.ini and change this entry:

screenantialias = 0


screenantialias = 1

Note: This is not wine specific.
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.


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002d:err:rundll32:wWinMain Unable to load L"\\dlltie.dll"
by Hahns on Sunday February 23rd 2020, 5:05
I had to force a 32-bit WINEPREFIX or the process would quit pretty much immediately.

If you encounter an error about something not being able to load dlltie.dll (002d:err:rundll32:wWinMain Unable to load L"\\dlltie.dll"), make sure you CD into the game directory before launching. It seems that the game is looking for files in relative paths.