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

Installation Singeplayer (full playthrough campaign and dungeons) Multiplayer (Hosting and Joining TCP/IP) [WinSock]

What does not



What was not tested

Multiplayer gaming over IPX (will work most likely)

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
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Additional Comments

OS - Mode always set to 'XP', no overrides or other settings. Installed from German CD, patched from 1.3 (initial release) to 1.7 and then applied the 1.7-1.8 fan patch (which removes CD-Check and includes all three content Packs + Editor + Uncut Patch). winetricks directplay needed for IPX to work and show up on multiplayer screen. TCP/IP MP outside the LAN tends to need the host IP address set up in the 'address book' correctly. The last mp mode listed (third if you have IPX enabled) does not work anymore.

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

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
219 Programs refuse to run because of safedisc copy-protection CLOSED FIXED View
1631 Sound underruns occur in directsound CLOSED FIXED View
4590 Dungeon Keeper II Demo (and full versions 1.0 1.7) do not run CLOSED FIXED View
5558 Dungeon Keeper 2 1.7 fails to run since 0.9.16 CLOSED FIXED View
6971 Mouse "escapes" window or is confined to an area in the full screen program CLOSED FIXED View
8354 Mouse is constantly recentered is some games CLOSED FIXED View
8404 Dungeon Keeper 2 crashes after mouse movement CLOSED FIXED View
12035 Keyboard issues in Dungeon Keeper 2 with dinput.dll v4.5.0.155 CLOSED INVALID View
13290 Mouse stuck in center in Zoo Empire CLOSED DUPLICATE View
14306 Dungeon Keeper 2 mouse control is broken CLOSED DUPLICATE View
14308 Dungeon Keeper 2 cursor fails to render correctly with hardware rendering enabled CLOSED FIXED View
14309 Dungeon Keeper 2 refuses to launch without using the CD autorun CLOSED INVALID View
14310 Dungeon Keeper 2 cannot be navigated with the arrow keys CLOSED FIXED View
14340 Dungeon Keeper 2 crashes randomly during gameplay with unhandled page fault NEW View
16559 PixelFormat_WineD3DtoDD Can't translate this Pixelformat CLOSED FIXED View
18894 Dungeon Keeper 2 game (animation) speed is too fast CLOSED FIXED View
19500 Dungeon Keeper II: installer crashes near completion CLOSED FIXED View
22730 Dungeon Keeper 2: 1 fps at menu screen CLOSED INVALID View
22731 Dungeon Keeper 2: panning right and down is uncontrollably fast CLOSED WORKSFORME View
26675 Lots of black surfaces and textures in Dungeon Keeper 2 CLOSED FIXED View
27503 Dungeon Keeper II crashes with Wine default Windows version 'Windows XP' (SafeDisc 1.x secdrv.sys doesn't support Windows version > Win2000) CLOSED DUPLICATE 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.