Playing (only single player skirmish tested), changing settings and - after months of pain - THE CURSOR (partly)! :-D
What does not
Installing. Since I used Play on Linux it was easy to use another version of wine for the installation (1.0.0).
As in BFME II the cursor disappears when one hovers over clickable objects like units and buildings. And as long as such an object is selected the cursor is invisible. It is possible to play the game anyway.
What was not tested
Shorter to say that only single user skirmish was tested.
The main thing to communicate in this test is that the cursor is back :-D
Please notice that though the game doesn't install under wine 1.1.8 it runs very well under the same version. Use older version of wine to install the game then update wine to 1.1.8 to enjoy the game with cursor. You can also use PlayOnLinux to manage wine versions (I did that). Tested with OffscreenRenderingMode set to fbo and VideoMemorySize. Also tested on Linux Mint 5 Elyssa with the same results.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|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|
|Show||Linux Mint 19.1 "Tessa"||Feb 15 2019||4.1-staging||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gold||Byke|
|Show||Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)||Nov 19 2017||2.0.3||Yes||Yes||Yes||Silver||Jeremy Coleman|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Jan 14 2016||1.9.1||Yes||Yes||Platinum||cRaZy-bisCuiT|
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.