Magic: The Gathering - Shandalar - Manalink

This is the game inclusive the 1.25 Update.

Make sure to Install the V1.25 update of the game. Otherwise the game won't run and complain about "Dave's extra cool timer". The update is mostly found as a update for "Magic the gathering: Duels of the planesworker" but it will update this game also.

Application Details:

Version: 1.25
Votes: 2
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.3.37

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What works

installation works.

What does not

nothing but installation works. Running Magic.exe, Shandalar.exe or the Deck Builder just gives the following error: err:seh:raise_exception Exception frame is not in stack limits => unable to dispatch exception.

With wine versions around 0.9.5 it was at least possible to run Duels and Tournaments,

while Shandalar (single player campaign) did not work.

See the other test results for older versions of wine which happen to run some limited functionality of this game.



What was not tested

could not reach the main menu, so there is little to test.

Hardware tested


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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowSlackware 13.0Jan 14 20121.3.37Yes Yes NoBronzeClaudio 
ShowSlackware 13.0Jan 21 20111.3.11Yes No NoGarbageClaudio 
CurrentSlackware 12.1Dec 13 20081.1.10Yes No NoGarbageClaudio 
ShowSlackware 12.0Jun 02 20081.0-rc1Yes No NoGarbageClaudio 
ShowUbuntu 6.10 "Edgy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 07 20070.9.34.Yes No NoGarbagean anonymous user 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

HOWTO install from the uha archive

If you are fortunate enough to have the original CDs and patches, you do not need this.

However, if you have one of the distributions with the uha archive, you will need some additional handwork before being able to install the full game. Here is what to do:

under any circumstances, do not run the Setup.bat program: it won't work, and will delete your files.

Instead, rename the u.___ file to u.exe:

mv u.___ u.exe

then run the wineconsole program, as the uha extractor does not work in plain wine:

wineconsole cmd

and from the command prompt run the u.exe extractor:

u.exe x /b4096 data.uha

Then convert all ogg files to wav:

for NAME in `find . -name "*.ogg"`; do
wine o.exe ${NAME}

At this point register the .reg using regedit /s Magic.reg

If you want you can then remove the ogg files, the data.uha archive, the Magic.reg and the u.exe and o.exe programs.

You can then proceed to install Manalink 1.32 and then optionally the fan-made Manalink 2.0

How do make the game work under wine

To get the game to work after installation,

first of all you need to start winecfg, and set the following options:

  • In the Graphics section, enable the virtual desktop, set it to 1024x768.
    Fullscreen without virtual desktop does not work, as the game puts the popup windows on the desktop, which makes them jump out of the game onto your actual X11 Desktop. Instead, by using the virtual desktop, popups will at least be in the correct place.
  • In the Applications section, set the Windows version to Windows NT 4.0. (bypass "extra cool" timer problem).
  • In the Libraries section, setup overrides for msvcrt.dll and msvcrtd.dll . Only the versions provided with the game in the game directory work.

Save and you are done with winecfg. Now copy the libraries (msvcrt.dll and msvcrtd.dll) to C:\windows\system32, replacing the fake wine placeholders (overwrite).
If you don't do this, the game will crash in Facemaker.exe, and you will get text corruption in some text fields in the game.

Now you need to get around the problem with disappearing popup windows.

That is not easy to fix properly, so what I have now is a workaround for wine that is meant for use only with this game. This workaround will force specific popups in the game to be put in the foreground (The cards in your hand and the opponent's hand, the Attack window, the SpellChain window, the Full card popup). This means that the important windows will not disappear as much.

Here is the patch:

Look at the bug references elsewhere in the page.

In specific cases, some of the windows will still fail to draw properly (for example when cancelling an effect, or when the area gets really messy with cards).

When that happens, just right click on your large playing area (your territory), and choose "Duel Options..", then click Ok. This will force a redraw that will fix things for you.

Even quicker, if you know that the opponent is just waiting for you to pass a phase, just press ENTER and you will go to the next phase.


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