Installation and patching (probably also playing, see the extra comments for further information).
What does not
see extra comments
What was not tested
First: the howto on this page is outdated. A no CD crack is NOT needed anymore, if you install and run the game with Win2k forced, see http://bugs.winehq.org/show_bug.cgi?id=21147 for details about the digital restriction management issue. Afterwards you need to patch the game to 1.70 otherwise you can see a crash (IIRC that is because Win2k support was added with 1.70). I couldn't test playing the game (though it /seemed/ to run fine) because of http://bugs.winehq.org/show_bug.cgi?id=29802 (hence the Garbage rating, if that issue is solved, I'd say Gold or even Platinum should be possible).
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Debian GNU/Linux Unstable "Sid" x86_64||Mar 09 2020||5.3-staging||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gold||Ski-lleR|
|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|
|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|
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.