Introduction movies (with one exception, see below), Main Menu.
Game save and load works, entering the game works. Finishing skirmish mission works. Game works quite well using Ultra low, Low and Medium quality.
What does not
Entering game's main menu - crashes with unhandled exception - unless data/movies/SmallRing.vp6 is erased or renamed.
Menu operations often crash.
Changing quality settings often crashes.
Mouse cursor is not redrawn properly (although Wine patch is available).
At High and Ultra-High graphics quality settings parts of screen over the fortress are clouded. Graphical artifacts over unit portraits when building units. Seems alpha / lighting does not work well.
What was not tested
Tested using xorg and nvidia-glx 1.0.9631+184.108.40.206-16.28 on GeForce 7600 GT.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Linux Mint 19.3 "Tricia"||Jun 13 2020||4.0.4||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gold||SteeL1942|
|Show||Elementary OS 5.0 Juno||Mar 23 2020||5.0||Yes||Yes||No||Silver||Cristian Antonioli|
|Show||Linux Mint 19.1 "Tessa"||Dec 23 2019||4.0.3||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gold||Unifying Theory|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Nov 03 2019||4.18||Yes||Yes||Yes||Silver||Jan Havran|
|Show||Debian GNU/Linux Unstable "Sid" x86_64||Aug 28 2019||4.14-staging||Yes||No||Yes||Garbage||Niko2040|
Ensure You've applied the latest patch (65539 - version 1.03) from ftp://ftp.ea.com/pub/eapacific/lotr/lotrbfme/ right after installation and before trying to run the game!
For Wine versions from 0.9.57 to 1.1.11 the mouse cursor is absolutely missing. This is known bug 5828. There is a way how to fix this bug via compiling your own Wine with set of patches, see below:
Uninstall Wine if you have some installed in the system.
Download Wine 1.1.1 sources or source package: wget http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.1.1.tar.bz2
Unpack the Wine archive through the file manager or: tar -xvjf wine-1.1.1.tar.bz2
Enter the Wine directory with: cd wine-1.1.1
Download the cursor patch: wget http://bugs.winehq.org/attachment.cgi?id=14765 -O patch
Apply the cursor patch: patch -p1 < patch
Update wineserver: ./tools/make_requests
Update the configure script: autoconf
Configure Wine: ./configure
Build Wine: make depend && make
Install with 'make install' (as root)
If for some reason installation of game don't work, try installing DCOM98 first.