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Black & White

Black & White Unofficial Patch v1.42

For more in depth help on installing and running the game please visit this thread:

The patch does the following:

  • Fixed game not running on Windows 7, 8, 10 due to Safedisc DRM.
  • Fixed game crashing at resolutions higher then 1080p or on high DPI displays.
  • Fixed low resolution textures and landscapes on PCs with high video memory.
  • Unlocks all creatures, including the never released rhino.
  • Fixed addons such as football addon not activating once installed.
  • Fixed windowed mode.
  • You can now skip the tutorial on a fresh install of the game.

All credit for making the game playable in modern systems goes to Matt and everyone in the Black & White Community.

Application Details:

Version: 1.42 (Unofficial Fan Patch)
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 7.22

Maintainers: About Maintainership

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Test Results

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What works

Game runs OK windowed and fullscreen.

What does not

Installing without the 1.42 patch. 


I recommend creating a directory named cdrom in your prefix and creating a symlink to it inside dosdevices (e.g., d:). There you can copy the game CD ROM content (nowadays 650 MB is nothing).

Step 1. Create a clean 32 bit prefix somewhere.

Step 2. Create the cdrom directory and copy all the disk (or iso) contents there. Then symlink 'dosdevices/d:' to your recently created cdrom directory.

Step 3. For better results go to the drive_c directory in your prefix and run setup as:

WINEPREFIX="your_prefix" wine "D:\setup.exe"

Installation should start and you can enter your CD Key (a.k.a. serial number). Once you do that, continue with the installation. Don't register online, view the README file nor run the game; just click No until you can Finish the installation. You should not have any problems so far.

Step 4. Download Patch v1.1, Patch v1.2 and Unofficial Patch v1.42 and store them in a directory inside drive_c (drive_c/patches would be OK).


Step 5. Enter your patches directory and install patches v1.1 and 1.2:

WINEPREFIX="your_prefix" wine ./Black_White_Patch_v1.100.exe
WINEPREFIX="your_prefix" wine ./black_white_patch_v1_20.exe

That should go without any issues.

Step 6 (the tricky part). Remove built in mono support in your current prefix (you don't want to break something else) using winetricks. Then install .NET 4.5 (dotnet45):

WINEPREFIX="your_prefix" winetricks remove_mono
WINEPREFIX="your_prefix" winetricks dotnet45

Don't pay attention to some warnings, just get .NET installed. When asked to reboot, say yes (it won't reboot the system). 

Step 7. Install v4.2 unoffical fan patch:

WINEPREFIX="your_prefix" wine ./BWFanPatchInstaller.exe

Leave the Configuration option enabled when the installation finishes, you'll be able to select a nice resolution for the game.

Step 8. IMPORTANT! Navigate to the installation directory in order to run the game, otherwise It won't work. 

WINEPREFIX="your_prefix" wine ./runblack.exe

That's it.

If you want to change the resolution or switch to windowed mode you can always run Setup.exe.

What was not tested

Playing through the whole game.

Hardware tested


  • GPU: AMD
  • Driver: open source

Additional Comments

You can see some screenshots at:

You will need winetricks.

Hint: You can create a shell script that stores your current directory and then goes to the one where the game was installed, in order to run it properly. When exiting you can go back to your previous directory.

Happy gaming.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentArtix LinuxJan 03 20237.22No, but has workaround Yes YesGoldCarlos Salvador PĂ©rez Salgado 

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