Dungeon Keeper 2

All retail versions of full game.

Application Details:

Version: 1.x
License: Retail
Votes: 9
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 5.3-staging

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Test Results

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What works

- Installing

- Navigating in menu

- Changing settings

- Graphics

- Sound

- Videos

What does not

Installing the game with user language (in case of having the MULTi 7 2 CD version) :

When you want to install the game in your prefered language, you have to insert CD2, and game ask for CD1 at middle of install. The problem is that the disc swap doesn't work. Normally on multi disc game i just mount iso over same mount point, and that work fine (just don't forget to call multiple sudo umount).

I also tested to run winecfg and change the drive map to a folder containing the mounted cd1, don't work more.

I finally tried the hard method, extracting the whole disc2, and replacing the files with disc1 when asked for cd1, guess what ? no work !


The solution is to install the game in english with cd1. When install is finished, mount the cd2. You will find some folder with language name (Dutch, French etc...). Enter in the folder language of your choice, copy the folder named "data", and past it into "INSTALL_DIR\", saying YES to ALL when asking for replace files. Tadaaa, you now have text and voice that you're fully understand !

What was not tested

All the game

Network play

Hardware tested


  • GPU: AMD
  • Driver: open source

Additional Comments

After you have installed the game, and copied your language file, there are some extra step for better experience :

1. for the trick on MouseWarpOverride

2. Disable any dll overide (for example, game crash with dxvk, that why i used one wine profile per game, it's so more easy to debug)

3. In winecfg, disable CSMT (or you will have < 0.000001 FPS in main menu)

3. Don't follow PlayOnlinux on using gdiplus dll overide, that just crash the game.

4. Don't follow the tips on using a virtual desktop, game work perfectly fine without this (ok it change the desktop resolution, but he restore it on exit, so what's the problem?)

Info on my software/hardware settings :

- AMD Ryzen 3950x + 5700 XT + 16 GB RAM

- xfce desktop with compositing enabled

- 32 bits wine profile (as i say before, very clean, because 1 game 1 profile)

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentDebian GNU/Linux Unstable "Sid" x86_64Mar 09 20205.3-stagingYes Yes YesGoldSki-lleR 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux Unstable "Sid" x86_64Feb 24 20151.7.37Yes Yes GoldLyn 
ShowFedora 20 x86_64May 23 20141.7.19No Not installable GarbagePatrick 
ShowLinux Mint 17.1 "Rebecca" x86-64Jun 16 20151.6.2Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 13.04 "Raring" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 01 20131.5.31Yes Yes PlatinumLuis Alvarado 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
14340 Dungeon Keeper 2 crashes randomly during gameplay with unhandled page fault NEW View
45896 Dungeon Keeper 2 - Patched v1.8 - doesn't start UNCONFIRMED View
51988 Dungeon Keeper 2 (Retail, German) crashes on startup due to SafeDisc DRM Version 1.11.000 UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes


For those wondering, the reason DK2 fails to work and/or crash is due to the SafeDisc issue in WINE. Once this is solved, this game will function. At this time it has no safedisc support. A few fixes have been posted.

The fix is to get a crack, follow the 'HowTo' below!



Insert your Dungeon Keeper 2 disc, and change into its directory:

wine Setup.exe

Install the game, but do not choose to run the game at the end. We must patch the game first:

wine Dk2Update130to170_English.exe

To avoid safedisc issues (bug 219), your only option is to find a crack. This is illegal in some countries, so you should investigate the legal issues before you to do this.

If you have now obtained a crack in a zip file, simply extract it into the program directory (ensure this is the correct path for you):


To avoid mouse warp issues, you will need to use the MouseWarpOverride key as described at UsefulRegistryKeys. Make sure you have at the latest version of Wine (at least Wine 1.1.3), otherwise this will not work.


Navigate to HKCU / Software / Wine. Create the DirectInput folder/key and create the MouseWarpOverride string value and modify the data to 'disable'.

If you do not understand these instructions, make sure you read UsefulRegistryKeys. If the mouse is warping in the game menu, you haven't done it right.

No native dlls are required anymore for the proper operation of this game.


You must run the game from the crack (Dkii.exe) rather than the original executable (DKII.exe). You may do this by changing the properties of the desktop icon, or by using this command to start the game:

wine "C:\Program Files\Bullfrog\Dungeon Keeper 2\Dkii.exe"


Cursor sticks/warps to centre of screen: This is bug 8354. You must apply the MouseWarpOverride UsefulRegistryKey as described above.

Mouse hits invisible corner: Move your mouse to the opposite corner of the screen.

Cursor surrounded by strange black box: Disable Hardware Rendering from the graphics options in-game. Warning: This may cause crashes.

Game does not start / blank screen for 1s: Make sure you use the Windows formatted command for starting the game (wine "C:\Program Files\Bullfrog\Dungeon Keeper 2\Dkii.exe"). Do not directly specify the executable.

Sound issues: Try visiting the Audio options in winecfg and switching between ALSA and OSS, as well as reducing their settings to lower values.

Patch does not finish installing: First run the patch in its own empty wineprefix, then try patching the game again.