The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth

Battle to Control Middle Earth

Application Details:

Version: 1.03
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.9.1

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What works

Intros, Game Play, All

What does not

The cursor mouse is not visible but i using show mouse in compiz fision and play de games

What was not tested

Online Game

Additional Comments

The mouse not is a probles - i used showmouse - compiz fusion
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DistributionTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?RatingSubmitter
ShowArch Linux x86_64Jan 14 20161.9.1Yes Yes PlatinumcRaZy-bisCuiT 
ShowUbuntu 13.10 "Saucy" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 30 20131.7.9Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 
ShowLinux Mint 14 "Nadia" x86_64Jun 08 20131.4.1Yes Yes Goldx_dexter_x 
ShowLinux Mint DebianDec 09 20111.3.34Yes Yes GoldJedi 
ShowLinux Mint 11 "Katya"Nov 26 20111.3.33Yes No Garbagean anonymous user 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes


Ensure You've applied the latest patch (65539 - version 1.03) from 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
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 -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.


The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. WineHQ is not responsible for what they say.

Please insert CD-Rom...
by Steve on Wednesday February 1st 2017, 7:35
Using a Mac OS Sierra and the latest wine version. I have the original PC CD Rom and used that to install the game through Wine. All went fine, I get to the main screen and click on 'Play' but then it says 'Please insert the correct CD-Rom, press ok and restart', even though I have the actual CD in my CD drive.

I also tried mounting a CD Image through Daemon Tools, but got a similar message.

Is there anybody who could possibly help please?

How to install
by Garbaz on Saturday July 23rd 2016, 14:45

1) Install as usual (Run AutoRun.exe on CD / mounted ISO)

2) Install OFFICIAL 1.03 Patch ("LotrBfMe-65539-[LANGUAGE].exe" from

3) Install UNOFFICIAL no-CD crack, since the DRM system is unable to read the CD ("LotR BfME 1.03 NoDVD.exe" from

4) Paste the OPTIONS.INI part of this comment into "/home/[USERNAME]/.wine/drive_c/users/[USERNAME]/AppData/Roaming/My Battle for Middle-earth Files/options.ini"
You might have to change the resolution, depending on your PC.


- If you get some CD related error, make sure you applied the right no-CD crack to the right "game.dat" file.

- If you get some access error (Big error window with lots of hexadecimal numbers), make sure you created the options.ini file in the right place. It might be the case that the path is different for your installation of wine or version of the game.

AllHealthBars = yes
AlternateMouseSetup = no
AmbientVolume = 50
AudioLOD = High
Brightness = 50
FixedStaticGameLOD = UltraHigh
FlashTutorial = 0
HasSeenLogoMovies = yes
HeatEffects = yes
IdealStaticGameLOD = Low
IsThreadedLoad = yes
MovieVolume = 70
MusicVolume = 70
Resolution = 1920 1080
SFXVolume = 70
ScrollFactor = 50
StaticGameLOD = UltraHigh
TimesInGame = 55
UnitDecals = yes
UseEAX3 = no
VoiceVolume = 70
Game crashes at splash image
by Darth_Malloc on Sunday May 17th 2015, 11:00
I am trying to run BFMEII on a Linux Mint 17 machine, and whenever I run the program, the splash image flashes on the screen twice, and then nothing.

Could someone please give me a rundown of which Wine apps and dlls are necessary to run the game?
Works with Wine 1.7.8
by Carlos Rodriguez on Tuesday December 17th 2013, 14:18
Tested on:

Wine 1.7.8 (compilado)
Nvidia Drivers 331.20 (.run package)
Linux Mint 15 KDE 32Bit - Kernel PAE
CPU: INTEL Pentium G3220 (Nucleo Haswell a 22nm) 3.0Ghz (Dual-Core) Stock Clock
MEM: 8GB DDR3 1333 (2x4) Patriot value (128 bit dual channel: 21.3 gb/s)
GPU: Zotac Nvidia Geforce GT630 (GK208 28nm: 384 Shaders / 8 ROPS) Zone Edition Passive Cooling 2GB DDR3 1800Mhz a 64Bit (14.4Gb/s)
Works great!
by winmarker on Wednesday July 31st 2013, 7:14
First it started to play slowly but when i changed display setting it worked great and played without problem =)
Installation problem solved
by x_dexter_x on Saturday June 8th 2013, 10:16
hi all,
I was not able to install this game until tried this from PlayOnLinux:
- Create a virtual drive trying installing the game (of course, it will crash :) );
- Click on "Configure" button of the panel;
- Select the virtual drive created before;
- From "wine" tab click on "Task manager";
- From the task manager click on "New task" and browse to "setup.exe".

Only following this strange way I can be able to install the game.
JFI I'm using Mint 14 64bit with wine engine v.1.4.1 from standard repo.

Network (Lan) is working!!
by Alex on Monday January 9th 2012, 16:32
to get it working install this wine:
it was for the game C&C 3 Kane's wath, but it works for Bfme as well. (:
just won't get past the first screen
by Mark  Ackerman  on Wednesday February 16th 2011, 2:38
Help anyone,

I am trying to play BFME1 and 2 and both just won't get past the first screen. This must be a common error, I will answer any responses and I will do so diligently, Mark
BFME I Working Perfectly!
by PB on Monday November 22nd 2010, 10:21
Hey! BFME works great on Wine version 1.1.19! I used PlayOnLinux to configure it.

For those who have trouble with the CD-ROM reading, use an external CD-ROM drive. When it asks for the next disk, unplug the drive, insert the next disk, plug it back in, and mount the CD.

Cursor does show up in this version. Sound works as well.

My experience with BFME II so far is different. In BFME II, all the characters look like they are have Theoden's glorious charge! :) I will continue to play with it until it works.

by mpoloureiro on Thursday September 2nd 2010, 18:51
Hey! I've the same problem.

Any help?!!
lack of DirectX 9 support?
by carga on Sunday August 1st 2010, 12:24
Hello, All!

I just upgraded to wine 1.2 and I wanted some fun with this old game. I installed it without any problems. Sound works in AutoRun etc.

But when I try wine lotrbfme.exe it claims about DirectX error: "Please, make sure you have DirectX 9.0 or higher installed. Also verify that your video card meets the minimum requirements, and that you do not have hardware acceleration disabled in the Display control panel."

After this message box the game exits.

My environment is Ubuntu 10.04 64bit, ATI Radeon 5750 with latest drivers.

I think the key is in the following lines on console:
fixme:cursor:CURSORICON_CreateIconFromANI Loading all frames for .ani cursors not implemented.

err:wgl:X11DRV_WineGL_InitOpenglInfo couldn't initialize OpenGL, expect problems
err:d3d_caps:WineD3D_CreateFakeGLContext Can't find a suitable iPixelFormat.
err:d3d:InitAdapters Failed to get a gl context for default adapter
Direct3D9 is not available without OpenGL.
fixme:winmm:MMDRV_Exit Closing while ll-driver open
err:mmtime:TIME_MMTimeStop Timer still active?!

I think my main problem is some OpenGL or wine misconfiguration. Is there any way to make sure that wine is installed correctly and that it succesfully emulates DirectX? How to tell wine where to get correct OpenGL libs?

The other problem is with cursor: should I do something with it? Have I apply any patches or something?

Thank you in advance,
by burak on Monday June 14th 2010, 8:06
i installed the game succesfuly. but i've got mdf file to crack this game. i mount it by acetoneiso but the game didnt start. how can i play it?
Installation cannot be completed
by Sherlock on Sunday September 27th 2009, 19:42
I am completely new at using wine and relatively new at linux so please forgive my lack of experience and/or knowledge. I recently tried to install Battle for Middle Earth using wine 1.1.27 and the setup ran just fine and it began copying files to the hard disk. However, when it came time to change to the next CD, the setup program did not recognize the 2nd CD. I was able to get around that by putting the CD into a second CDROM drive and the install continued. But shortly there after stopped with an error message that said,

"A problem occurred when trying to transfer the file 'Worldbuilder.exe' from the media. Do you want to retry to copy the file, or cancel the installation?"

Even after clicking the retry button many times still nothing happens and the installation is at a stand still. I tried to find a comment or bug report on this issue but to no avail. I would greatly appreciate an help in this regard. I am using Mandriva 2009.1 and the wine I installed was the version that I found in the install & remove software section of the Mandriva Linux Control Center.
fix for campaigns
by Unifying Theory on Tuesday December 16th 2008, 1:52
For anyone using an intel 915GM graphics card:
I had to turn off direct3D vertex shader support in winecfg to get the campaigns to load without crashing.
World Builder
by Krzysztof Drewniak on Saturday November 8th 2008, 12:13
Does the Worldbuilder work. For me it's "seemingly" hanging (unless it just takes forever to load)
RE: Debugger on running AutoRun.exe
by Krzysztof Drewniak on Sunday October 19th 2008, 9:01
fixed. I had a rouge AutoRun.exe running
Unload debbuger
by Athrun on Sunday July 20th 2008, 5:37
I have an original set of Battle for Middle Earth DVDs, I have installed it several times, even on a brand new .wine directory, followed HowTo, tried a lot of things, but in the end I only get this msg "please unload debugger and try again".

What I'm doing wrong? Is it common?

cursor- add this to howto
by Łukasz on Monday June 16th 2008, 16:05
help from (Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars)

How to compile the custom Wine version witch cursor patch.

Download Wine 1.0-rc5, the cursor patch -

Unpack the Wine archive through the file manager or with 'tar -xvjf wine-1.0-rc5.tar.bz2'

Enter the Wine directory with 'cd wine-1.0-rc5'

Apply the cursor patch with 'patch -p1 < ../cursor-patches-1.0-rc3.patch'

Update wineserver with './tools/make_requests'

Update the configure script with 'autoconf'

Configure Wine with './configure'

Build Wine with 'make depend && make'

Install with 'make install'

Delete the Wine source with 'cd .. && rm -r wine-1.0-rc5'

Now you can run the game by substituting the 'wine' command
Could not connect.
by Ben on Saturday March 15th 2008, 7:21
For God's sake this game just hates me.

After finally getting it to work I try to login and then it gives the error 'Could not connect to Battle for Middle-earth'

Freeze at login screen.
by Ben on Friday March 14th 2008, 15:06
Ok, so I've installed the game and the patch, and it all worked fine until I try to go online. When I'm at the login screen I try to type in my name, but after 5 seconds or so the game suddenly freezes and I can't do anything anymore. I've tried several times, but the same result.
So I tried uninstalling the game, but then I get an error "There is no application associated with the given filename extension. This error will also be returned if you attempt to print a file that is not printable."

no mouse cursor
by Ernst on Friday March 14th 2008, 8:51
I have the same problem as noted in the description. I can not see the mouse cursor, this ruins the game completely. Is there something I can do about it. Are there already patches in a development that i can try?
I can't install the game!
by Ben on Sunday March 9th 2008, 7:25
Hi guys,

Well I'm really frustrated because I can't seem to even install the game. Whenever I open the setup.exe with wine nothing happens, only the wine emulated desktop pops up which is just a green screen and then closes after 5 seconds. With any other .exe file on the disc it is the same.

Please help
Install patch help?
by Mike on Friday March 7th 2008, 17:46
I'm trying to install the update on a OpenSUSE 10.3 system, and have run into a problem trying to apply the update.

There wasn't much info about what files to download, but I downloaded a file named "LotrBfMe-65539-english.exe". When I run it, first it complains that there is a "Missing or Invalid Registry/INI entry". Then it opens a dialog box with a title that has some instructions, but I am unable to read the entire statement because it is too long; it starts with "Find HKLM.Software\Electronic Arts\EA Games\The Battle for M...".

I tried selecting various files but none seem to be the right one, because it says "Old file does not exist" and then quits.

Any ideas?
Debug Error
by Henry on Friday February 22nd 2008, 6:15
I dont know if anyone still reads here and will see this, but oh well.

I'm running gutsy gibbon with wine 0.9.46, I installed the game easily, and it ran fine, then i shut down my computer and started it back up again, now I get a debug error when I try to load it.
It plays the starting movies and crashes just before the menu appears, but i tried again a few more times, and once it got to the menus and crashed as i tried to start a single player campaign.

I have deleted the movie as instructed, but it is still crashing. Here is the output in terminal:

fixme:heap:HeapSetInformation 0x20a0000 0 0x34fe5c 4
fixme:win:EnumDisplayDevicesW ((null),0,0x34f2f4,0x00000000), stub!
fixme:font:WineEngAddFontResourceEx Ignoring flags 30
fixme:font:WineEngAddFontResourceEx Ignoring flags 30
fixme:win:EnumDisplayDevicesW ((null),0,0x34dba8,0x00000000), stub!
fixme:d3d:IWineD3DDeviceImpl_CreateAdditionalSwapChain The app requests more than one back buffer, this can't be supported properly. Please configure the application to use double buffering(=1 back buffer) if possible
fixme:d3d:IWineD3DDeviceImpl_SetSoftwareVertexProcessing (0x4a90020) : stub
fixme:imm:ImmGetDefaultIMEWnd (0x20028 - (nil) 0x11e810 ): semi-stub
err:dsound:DSOUND_MixOne Fatal error. Under/Overflow? primary_done=32832, mixpos=132792/136704 (132792/136704), primary_mixpos=13220, writepos=45924, mixlen=20448
fixme:d3d:tex_bumpenvlscale WINED3DTSS_BUMPENVLSCALE not supported yet
err:ole:CoGetClassObject class {304ce942-6e39-40d8-943a-b913c40c9cd4} not registered
err:ole:CoGetClassObject no class object {304ce942-6e39-40d8-943a-b913c40c9cd4} could be created for context 0x1
fixme:dbghelp:MiniDumpWriteDump NIY MiniDumpWithDataSegs
fixme:winmm:MMDRV_Exit Closing while ll-driver open

Any help?
DirectX error
by John Fante on Thursday January 3rd 2008, 12:37
I have followed the above install instructions to the letter but I get an "DirectX Error" when I try to run that tells me that I have to have DirectX9.0 or higher to be able to run.

The error comes after the loading graphics in the middle of the screen when the actual game tries to run.

I am running 0.52 on openSUSE 10.3, Geforce7800GS with the newest Nvidia drivers.

Any suggestions how to get by that?
by Daniel on Thursday December 13th 2007, 7:30
Despite me trying every variation I can think of of the registry keys supplied on this page, I cannot get rid of the green border. This started pretty much spontaneously, after originally working fine. I have tried with and without the registry keys to no effect.
registry stuff in 0.9.50
by Daniel on Thursday December 13th 2007, 6:16
It appears that if you have any references to GLSL or OffScreenRenderMode or whatever it is in the wine registry, that you will get the green edges in campaign maps and skirmises. Also in the main menu. The game appears to work properly apart from the mouse issue (could someone please fix it?) without any registry tweaks from 0.9.49 onwards.
Entry into skirmishes within campaign game hangs
by Jason on Thursday July 26th 2007, 21:21
I can play through skirmishes fine-- however, when I load a campaign game: the living world map opens and I am able to select an area to launch a skirmish; the screen goes blank, I can see hard-drive activity, and then the thats as far as --- the game hangs. The terminal output doesn't indicate a wine crash.

I'm using wine 0.9.41 on kubuntu 6.10. Also, the game is patched to 1.03, and am using a 1.03 no-cd patch.

Anyone able to play campaign skirmishes okay?

Wine 0.9.28... partially working...
by Antonios Dimopoulos on Thursday January 18th 2007, 7:58
I've installed the game in windows... i tried to launch the game in linux via wine, the intro videos play fine, the menu and the tutorials are working, but when i try to start a campaign, or enter the options menu, wine crashes with a message box:

Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library
Runtime Error!
Program: Z:\media\Documents\lotrbfme\game.dat
This application has requested the Runtime to terminate it in an unusual way
Please contact the application's support team for more information.

Output in console:
err:syslevel:_EnterSysLevel (0x7ec545a0, level 2): Holding 0x7ee1d940, level 3. Expect deadlock!
install trick
by T'aZ on Monday December 11th 2006, 10:38
the game installs fine with this trick :
when the setup is launched, you first select the language of the game, then after an empty white window appears, you need to kill that window (with xkill for example) , then the installation will start

once it's finished, you can try launching the game, you'll only see the introduction movie, then it quits :(
Got to work somewhat
by Derek Walker on Saturday December 2nd 2006, 21:23

Using wine 0.9.26, and using Ubuntu, I was able to install the game and also start the game. When I got to the buttons on where to go, if the button brought up a menu, a debug window would come up and then wine would cancle.
by Wesley on Tuesday November 21st 2006, 22:51
You mentioned a Crack... what is this? I would like to try to install the game with .25 wine. Maybe we'll get some luck...

by kroenecker on Tuesday December 6th 2005, 20:46
Now I've looked at the developers corner that tries to describe how to debug installation/running of games. Is there a more basic place that I can look to figure out how to debug?
Install works
by Jeremy Coleman on Monday November 7th 2005, 21:35
Installation worked for me with Wine 0.9 with DCOM98 installed and winver set at 2000, Game does not launch with wine 0.9, cvswine 20051106, or cedega 4.4.3.
Administrative Permission
by Leandro Cruz on Thursday June 16th 2005, 8:15
Dont install, on click Install popup messange appear "You dont have administrator privilegie for install this game".
This game run in winxp ou win2k not in win98.
Any help is welcome... ^^