Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Dark Crusade - Released 2006 - The second expansion pack for DoW - Demo

Application Details:

Version: Dark Crusade: Demo
License: Demo
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.3.8

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Test Results

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What works

* Installation

* Running a program called GraphicsConfig.exe included in the installation directory via "~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/THQ/Dawn of War - Dark Crusade Demo$ wine GraphicsConfig.exe" without quotes; I selected default and 1024x768 and continued and it showed me an animation of some robot/creature/whatever holding a gun and moving a bit, it looked fine without any problems but after the creature stopped moving, an error message came up with the option to send, I declined and it exited to the command line. Since this exits with error I will include this in What Doesn't Work below, since it exits with error even though it shows the animation just fine.

What does not

~ Shortcut placed on desktop is incorrect
~ Running GraphicsConfig.exe works well through part of it but exits with an error following an animation/graphics test.
* Starting the game via "~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/THQ/Dawn of War - Dark Crusade Demo$ wine DarkCrusade.exe" without quotes at the command line exits with the error:

fixme:actctx:FindActCtxSectionStringW 00000000 (null) 2 L"msvcr80.dll" 0xac7a4c
err:module:LdrInitializeThunk "MSVCR80.dll" failed to initialize, aborting
err:module:LdrInitializeThunk Main exe initialization for L"C:\\Program Files\\THQ\\Dawn of War - Dark Crusade Demo\\DarkCrusade.exe" failed, status c0000142"

~ Uninstalling via ALT+F2 and typing "wine uninstaller" without quotes brings up the program's uninstaller which says it uninstalls it but a check of the install directory reveals tons of files and a few directories; I manually removed them along with the incorrect desktop shortcut.


What was not tested

- Nothing other than GraphicsConfig.exe was tested because loading DarkCrusade.exe fails with error(s).

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 27 20101.3.8Yes Yes GoldKen Sharp 
ShowUbuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 07 20091.1.18Yes No GarbageKen Sharp 
ShowGentoo LinuxOct 29 20070.9.48.Yes Yes SilverAlexander Nicolaysen Sørnes 
ShowUbuntu 7.10 "Gutsy" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 17 20070.9.47.Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 7.04 "Feisty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 15 20070.9.35.Yes Yes PlatinumGerry Cherry 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
3548 .lnk file is created on the desktop together with the program icon... NEW View

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HowTo / Notes

directX 9

After you installed the game you may get a performance boost if you use the latest version of DirectX 9.

The easiest way to do so, is using winetricks:

winetricks directx9

Read more about winetricks, here:


Assuming everything is installed to default directories, following install run the following command:

mkdir ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/THQ/Dawn\ of\ War\ -\ Dark\ Crusade\ Demo/Profiles ; mkdir ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/THQ/Dawn\ of\ War\ -\ Dark\ Crusade\ Demo/GraphicsOptions/Data ; mkdir ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/THQ/Dawn\ of\ War\ -\ Dark\ Crusade\ Demo/Engine/Data ; cd /home/test/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/THQ/Dawn\ of\ War\ -\ Dark\ Crusade\ Demo/ ; wine DarkCrusade.exe

This is fixed in Wine 1.3.8.

Corrupted textures?

If you have problems with completely corrupted textures the problem might be that your systems lacks a library that is used for texture compression in Dawn of War.

Under Debian based system install the package "libtxc-dxtn-s2tc0" and try again.

Tweaking Graphics
Dawn of War's settings are quite careful chosen which means that you could improve the graphics a lot. Here is a guide on tweaking DoW's graphics which sums it up.