What does not
I have the mouse problem, where the cursor does not display translucency unless hardware rendering is turned off in-game.
What was not tested
Ok, after a few comments from some people that were able to get the game working, I went through the whole process again. Turns out I misinterpreted how to start the game. If you run 'wine DKII.exe' from the Dungeon Keeper 2 folder, then the game will crash if you try to start it. Instead, specify the full path when running wine (which is what is meant in the 'todo'): 'wine "C:\Program Files\Bullfrom\Dungeon Keeper 2\DKII.exe"'. I imagine that by not specifying the full path, some code in the game which points to relative filenames cannot find what they are looking for and, hence, an immediate crash. I'm giving this game gold as opposed to platinum for 2 reasons. Firstly, a cracked exe is needed, from as far as I can discern. Secondly, I have the problem with the mouse refreshing the translucent background (so the box around the cursor keeps pulling information in from the surrounding images) The fix is to turn off hardware acceleration but in doing that the gameplay slows down a bit. Kind of choosing between two evils here (which I suppose is kinda funny, if you think about the content of the game :-p)
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Debian GNU/Linux Unstable "Sid" x86_64||Feb 24 2015||1.7.37||Yes||Yes||Gold||Lyn|
|Show||Fedora 20 x86_64||May 23 2014||1.7.19||No||Not installable||Garbage||Patrick|
|Show||Linux Mint 17.1 "Rebecca" x86-64||Jun 16 2015||1.6.2||Yes||Yes||Silver||an anonymous user|
|Show||Ubuntu 13.04 "Raring" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jun 01 2013||1.5.31||Yes||Yes||Platinum||Luis Alvarado|
|Show||openSUSE 12.3 x86_64||Mar 29 2013||1.5.23||Yes||Yes||Gold||an anonymous user|
SAFE DISC ISSUE
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:
Install the game, but do not choose to run the game at the end. We must patch the game first:
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"
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.