Gothic II

Patched version of Gothic II without Addon.

Application Details:

Version: 1.30
Votes: 7
Latest Rating: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 4.20

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What works


What does not

The Game itself. When started a msgbox appears: "Bad communication with service!"


What was not tested

anything but installation - due to the fact that it does not start :(

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Additional Comments

I hadn't time to (s)trace the error back - sorry folx. My wine version is completely unpatched (so no original microsoft dlls at all). Same error appears on fedora9 64 Bit with an up to date patchlevel using the wine out of the fedora repos.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
Showopensuse leap 15.1Jan 12 20204.20No Not installable NoGarbageSchweineschwarte 
ShowUbuntu 10.10 "Maverick" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 23 20111.3.11Yes Yes NoGoldan anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 27 20101.2-rc1Yes No NoGarbagean anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 9.04 "Jaunty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 04 20091.1.18Yes No NoGarbagean anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Mar 01 20091.1.16Yes Yes NoGoldan anonymous user 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes


For working music, the following DLLs need an override with the "native" version (Microsoft's binaries):

  • dmband.dll
  • dmime.dll
  • dmloader.dll
  • dmstyle.dll
  • dmsynth.dll
  • dmusic.dll
  • dmcompos.dll

The easiest way is to use winetricks:

$ wget

$ sh winetricks directmusic

winetricks sets more DLL overrides than necessary. Remove the override for 'dsound', which would otherwise cause problems:

$ winecfg

Azerty keyboard layout / French version

Azerty layout has numbers accessible with the shift key so switching weapons was broken and there is nothing in the settings to change that.
The workaround was to switch to another layout using : setxkbmap us
Changing it in the Gnome 3.22 menu didn't work.

This is covered by bug #30984.


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Gothic 2 Running Plantinum Ubuntu 9.10
by James on Saturday June 5th 2010, 18:01
Ok everyone, this is an overview of how I got Gothic 2 running platinum on Ubuntu 9.10 x64 bit.
This is for Gothic 2 English, without the Night of The Raven Addon.

Gothic 2 Version 1.32 English
Ubuntu 9.10 x64 bit
Wine version 1.1.36
NVidia Graphics card 9800 GT

The game will install without any issues.

I suggest making the .exe file run with Windows XP compatability.

Launching the game however, is a problem. The first problem that you will face is the cd will not be read. You will launch the game and a message will appear stating that there was bad communication with the volume, and the game will crash.

Workaround for this crash:
Download a Gothic 2 game version 1.32 no cd crack. There are plenty that are easy to find by a simple Google.


After this is applied, you will receive a new error. You will get a message upon launch telling you the vdfs32.exe is bad.

Workaround for this crash:
Download the vdfs.exe patch. How to actually make it work right is simple.

1. Run the patch exe.

2. Go to your .wine/drive_c/Program Files/Atari/JoWooD/Gothic2/System directory.

3. You will see vdfs32e.exe and vdfs32g.exe. Delete the vdfs32e.exe, this is the old buggy file.

4. Change the name of vdfs32g.exe to vdfs32e.exe.

5. You're done. Now your game should launch just fine.


There is one more thing you need to do however. I ran into the issue of everything working fine except dialogue. If you have the problem where no one is talking, but you are still able to go through the dialogue choices, I have found the answer for you.

Go into your .wine/drive_c/Program Files/Atari/JoWooD/Gothic2/_work/Data/Scripts/Content/Cutscene directory.

You will see 2 files. OU.BIN and OU.CSL.
Simply change the file names as follows:
OU.BIN --> OU.dat.
OU.CSL --> OU.lsc.

Done. Dialogue will now work properly.

These were all of the necessary fixes I had to make. Everything runs absolutely perfect. Saving, loading, all videos and everything in game. Music will work fine too and you will not need to install any of the extra DLLs listed above.

If I run into any other things I find wrong and fix I will repost. I hope this helps everyone out and gets them playing Gothic 2 on Ubuntu.