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Everything I tried worked flawlessly.
What does not
Nothing I could find.
What was not tested
Battle.net (normal multiplayer works well)
It does not work well with Compiz/Unity (slow and laggy), so I made a script that I use to launch the game, then added a .desktop-file to ~/.local/share/applications/ and gave it a nice icon from the games image directory to make it show up in the dash. That works very well: (replace "Programfiler" with the correct one in your language)
metacity --replace &
wine "~/.wine/drive_c/Programfiler/Diablo II/Game.exe"
unity --replace # perhaps compiz --replace would be better?
I also had to enable emulated audio, presumably because of PulseAudio.
In spite of these issues, I give it a Platinum rating. I played the entire game in hardcore mode, single player and local multiplayer. No complaints.
Admin note: rating changed to conform to the rating definitions.
If you ever get "Please insert disc", this is NOT a problem with detecting the CD.
The protection system is probably still built into the game even though the CD check itself is
disabled. Make sure you use version 1.12 or later. If you get this problem after having
this version installed, you are likely suffering from a buggy video driver as this is the
only known (and proven possible) cause at this point.
DO NOT USE NOCD PATCHES - They are pointless, and won't fix the real problem.
HOWTO: Blizzard Downloader
for wine versions 1.12 and earlier:
you need a native mshtml.dll and wininet.dll from ie6sp1 in ~/.wine/drive_c/system32
dont forget to set them as native in winecfg
Easy installation: digital download
If you own a legitimate copy of Diablo II, you can register it on battle.net with the serial key, and get a link to an installer (about 1.4GB).
This installer has less issues than the CD version, and is the recommended way to install Diablo II. It works flawlessly (Platinum) from begining to end.
Window managers often have the alt key bound to certain features,
especially the alt-click. This is not a wine bug. If you have problems
with the alt key in any way do not report it. Fix your window manager.
I'm not going to list steps for every one because there are too many
possibilites. Figure out yourself or ask in a help forum (here is
okay... but be warned all I use is TWM). If you are desperate, turn off
window manager managed windows in winecfg.
Go into KDE Control Center, expand Desktop, click window behavior, then
click window actions tab. You can turn off the alt-combos. If you want
to make window specific settings, click on window specific settings
under window behavior on the side.
The option to change the key binding is in System Menu -> Preferences Menu -> Windows.
HOWTO play without mounting a CD
As of 1.12, it is possible to play without using a CD.
The following is an excerpt from the patch changelog:
For users that originally performed a ‘Full Installation’ and wish to run without the CD, all ‘.mpq’ files should be copied from the Diablo 2 CDs to the Diablo 2 directory. Most users will only need to copy D2Music.mpq from the Diablo 2 Play CD and/or D2xMusic.mpq from the Lord of Destruction CD.
Anyone who did not perform a ‘Full Installation’ will need to re-install from CD again to ultimately play without the CD. In this case, a ‘Full Installation’ is required, followed by file copy step noted above.
How-to fix delay in sound
If your game is suffering from a slight delay in sound, then try following these steps:
Open the Wine Configuration Application (Configure Wine)
Click the "Add application..." button
Browse to your Diablo II folder (usually Program Files/Diablo II)
Click Diablo II.exe, and then Open
Select Diablo II.exe from the list: it should turn blue
Go to the Audio tab (it can take a while to load)
Untick ALSA and tick OSS, and you're ready to go!
Installation using the CDs
Running Diablo 2 under Wine
by Jesse Allen the3dfxdude at gmail com
minor updates by Jasmine Iwanek
Last updated 2008-07-11 - wine-1.0.0/1.1.1
Before you get started
HOWTO only lists information specific to this app. Please keep comments
and test reports brief. Please don't post copies of wine logs here! If
you have trouble, see other ways of getting help.
Wine+Diablo 2 Status
Generally perfect for Linux users since wine 0.9.12. FreeBSD kernel 6.2 might work, but copy protection will likely be broken.
winecfg: A drive letter for your cdrom, and running as Win2k, XP or later.
Support for 640x480 and 800x600 video modes.
Correct network configuration for online play.
A REAL COPY OF THE GAME -- The game probably won't work right if you don't have a real copy.
Wine 0.9.20 or later
Linux kernel 2.6.17+ OR FreeBSD 6.2
Video card and driver that supports hardware based acceleration with OpenGL.
It's recommended to not use these versions of software because they break the game's copy protection:
Linux vanilla x86 kernel: 2.6.9, 2.6.10
Linux vanilla x86-64 kernel: 2.6.9-2.6.15
Linux kernel versions less than 2.6
Wine built with GCC 4.0.0-4.0.2
Fedora core 6 modified linux kernel, unless updated to 2.6.18-1.2784.fc6 or later.
Incorrectly installed video drivers
Additionally, FreeBSD kernels less than 6.2 might not work with current versions of wine at all.
Installing the Game
Launch winecfg to perform the following tasks:
sure the Windows version for Diablo 2 is NT 4.0, 2000, XP, or 2003 for
correct copy protection support. Diablo 2 supports Win NT 4.0 or later.
a drive letter for your cdrom if you have not already. For each cdrom
drive letter, click advanced, and set the drive type from automatic to
It helps to add a device node symlink,
so do the following. If your cd-rom drive letter in winecfg is d: and
the corresponding device node to your mount point is /dev/hdc then run
$ ln -s /dev/hdc ~/.wine/dosdevices/d\:\: Note, you *must* have two colons! You can tell what your device node is in /etc/fstab or viewing your boot-log.
For running the multi-disk install, it helps to run the install using the drive letter and to not switch your shell to the
cdrom's path. For example:
~/.wine/drive_c$ wine "D:\setup.exe" (where D: is the assigned letter of your CD drive). If
you run while having a current working directory of /mnt/cdrom, for
example, then you will lock the drive and you won't be able to eject
If during the game's install the progress bar stops,
the game is probably prompting you for the next disc, but the dialog is
under the installer's window. For full install, the order is Install
Disc, Play Disc, then Cinematics Disc. Just swap discs and hit enter
when the progress stops.
Running and Playing Diablo 2
not use the '-opengl' switch to run the game. Blizzard never completed
OpenGL support so they removed it, but left the switch in. All you see
when you run it is a badly initialized DDraw mode.
If you use the window option "-w", the game will drop to ddraw mode no matter what.
Do not use virtual desktop with the game! It's not designed to be windowed like that! It still thinks it's full-screen!
you have missing in-game speech, animation, videos, or crashes between
acts, these problems are typically from using a modified executable.
Install your game properly.
Make sure you have the correct ports open. Open outbound and inbound,
TCP and UDP, port 6112 and 4000. More on Network Ports
If you are going to play a direct TCP/IP game and the game tells you
that it could not detect a valid address, make sure about things:
Have a valid internet addressible IP address for internet play or proper NAT forwarding.
Have a hostname other than localhost.
/etc/hosts, have a valid hostname of your computer listed with your
current IP address you want to use and do not have your hostname listed
with 127.0.0.1. Do not have "localhost 127.0.0.1" listed first either.
Window losing focus
When running the game in Windowed mode (-w switch), if the DIablo II window loses focus, the game freezes. To unfreeze the game press Alt+Enter. So far this has been tested in:
Ubuntu "Hardy" 8.04.1 with Gnome
HOWTO fix the 'patch archive is corrupt' issue
I order to correct this issue Wine must run Diablo II from inside Diablo's installation directory. Here is an example:
Run a terminal
Type: cd ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/Diablo\ II/