Beyond Good & Evil

Retail CD/DVD Release with the latest Patch 1.01 applied

Application Details:

Version: 1.01
License: Retail
Votes: 1
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 4.0-rc2-staging

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What works

Nearly Everything worked without problems:

  • Menu
  • Options
  • Graphics
  • User Interface
  • Cutscenes

Worked, with problems:

  • Sound (see "What does not work")

What does not

-Sound Problems, most of the time the sound works normal, but sometimes there are three kinds of problems:

  1. looping sound, as described in Bug 13046
  2. missing sound (especially dialogs and music)
  3. cut sound 

Important in Defense of Wine: These Problems seem to appear on Windows as well.


I tried two solutions, but they did not work for me:

  1. exchange "dsound.dll" (as described in comment 43 of Bug 13046) - no difference, higher cpu usage (40%)
  2. Use "Full Processing.exe" (as described in the Howto; Short Howto: Download the "Full Processing.exe" and put it in the Game Folder, then start the "Full Processing.exe" with wine. If the link in the Howto doesn't work, use Direct Link ) - no difference, very high cpu usage (70%)

Regular CPU Usage (without changes) was around 20-30%.

What was not tested

I only testet the first few levels.

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: open source

Additional Comments


  • DVD-Version

#My System:

  • CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-4160 CPU @ 3.60GHz

#Wine Settings: 

  • Windows Version: Win 7
  • Audio: Pulseaudio
  • Virtual Desktop activated

#Game Settings:

  • #Graphic Options: 
    • All "High"
    • "Triple Buffer" disabled
  • #Audio Options:
    • Audio Output/Card: "Pulseaudio"

#Tip (though obvious):

You can change settings, before starting the Game, with the "SettingsApplication.exe".


Overall the performance is good, if the sound problem would not occur, it could be "Platinum".

#Workarounds that could be tested:

-Install original DirectX9

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentDebian GNU/Linux 10.x "Buster" x86_64Dec 23 20184.0-rc2-stagingYes Yes YesGoldGero 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Mar 22 20151.7.34Yes Yes NoGoldan anonymous user 
ShowSlackware64 -currentJun 11 20141.7.19Yes Yes NoPlatinumDanny Schmarsel 
ShowSlackware64 -currentJan 16 20141.7.10Yes Yes NoGoldDanny Schmarsel 
ShowSlackware 13.1Apr 11 20111.3.16Yes Yes NoGoldDanny Schmarsel 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
13046 Intermittent audio looping in Beyond Good and Evil NEW View
55981 GL applications (and d3d applications using the GL backend) are slow in new wow64 NEW View

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HowTo / Notes

HOWTO: Get the game working properly

Fix 1: Audio and Video out of Sync

When playing cutscenes, audio and video are getting out of sync. This isn't a fault of wine, the game has this issue also on Windows because of CPU power management.

There are two possible solutions to get around this issue:

-If you've got the CD/DVD-version, you can use the following Loader from the Link. Place the "Full Processing.exe" into the folder, where you installed BG&E and run it with wine.

-If you're owner of the STEAM-version, this Loader won't work, because it can't start the BGE.exe directly (blame copy protection!). So you'll have to use another way to let your CPU work at max speed all the time. Type the following into a terminal:

su root
echo "performance" > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/scaling_governor

If you're not using cpufreq, you can try out Slowdown.exe :)

Fix 2: Resolutions and DirectX error

The settings application of the game is unable to detect proper resolutions and refresh rates if you don't run Wine in a virtual desktop. Even if you try to run the game with a resolution that doesn't look weird, it may crash with a DirectX error.

To fix this, update to Wine 1.7.19 or open up


and set a virtual desktop. Now you can run the settings application of the game, choose your resolution and save these configuration. This will work even if you disable the virtual desktop again.

Fix 3: Rendering problems

If you've got some weird graphical glitches, that render the game almost unplayable, you can try these fixes:

1. Disable the triple buffer in the BG&E settings application.

2. Open up

wine regedit

and create a new registry key


Value: fbo

Note: On Wine 1.7.19 I did not encounter any glitches anymore.


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