Star Wars: Empire at War

Initial release

Application Details:

Version: 1.x
License: Retail
Votes: 2
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.2.1

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Test Results

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What works

Everything with only a few exceptions listed below.

What does not

  • Every time the application is launched I get a warning that sounds might not work. Ignore this message, the audio works fine with the default settings most of the time.
  • When launching a new campaign the story description that is supposed to scroll across the screen (like in the movies) is not visible. Simply wait and the introduction continues on.
  • Occasionally after playing for several hours the sounds suddenly dissappear. Restart the game to restore sound.


What was not tested

Multiplayer was not tested.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

Empire at War on Ubuntu 9.04 (64 bit) installs and runs almost perfectly with the 1.05 patch. It almost deserves a Gold rating, but the occasional sound problem and the fact that I have not tested multiplayer makes it a Silver rating so far. The copy protection almost certainly requires a No-CD patch but you will not find any such material here.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowMac OS X 10.7 "Lion"Jan 02 20121.2.1Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 
CurrentUbuntu 9.04 "Jaunty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 25 20091.1.31Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 9.04 "Jaunty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Aug 29 20091.1.28Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 17 20081.0.0No Not installable Garbagean anonymous user 
ShowSUSE 10.1Mar 03 20070.9.31.Yes No Garbagean anonymous user 

Known Bugs

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Could not initialize Direct3D
by DJ Houba on Friday October 26th 2012, 11:17
When I start this game, I get "Could not initialize Direct3D" every time and game crash.

I wrote all about it in bugzilla (bug 32064)

Please help - how to run game?
by hawake on Saturday February 13th 2010, 16:28
I'm finding some errors launching the game... maybe the problem is mine, when i will resolve that i send the test results.
mscoree.dll dependency issue
by Troy Rollo on Saturday March 17th 2007, 20:59
The main executable (sweaw.exe) exits after calling "GetModuleHandleA" on "mscoree.dll" and receiveing a null handle back.
d3dx9_27.dll - Located
by R Moore on Monday October 23rd 2006, 10:38
I was getting this error as well. It can be fixed by installing DirectX from the SW:EAW disc. After you do that, the DLL should be in the system32 folder.

However, I am still getting an error on mss32.dll, saying that it can't be found, despite it's existing in the appropiate. Going to try the deshrinker, and if that doesn't work, downloading the DLL from a website.

(Using Wine 9.23 in case it doesn't say on here)