installation from AutoRun.exe
skirmishes and war of the ring - singleplayer as well as multiplayer on LAN
(i.e. everything I tested)
works also on 1.00, i.e. without patch 1.06 and without no-cd patch
What does not
What was not tested
Game does not run after installation (however, this is a Windows issue)
With and without patch 1.06 and no-cd crack, the game won't launch. Without no-cd crack there is no error message - it just aborts. With no-cd crack the error message is: "abnormal program termination".
The fix is simple (and having patch or not does not make a difference): Add Options.ini to: 'drive_c/users/YOUR_USERNAME/Application Data/My Battle for Middle-earth(tm) II Files' with the following content
AudioLOD = Low
HasSeenLogoMovies = yes
IdealStaticGameLOD = VeryLow
Resolution = 1920 1080
StaticGameLOD = VeryLow
TimesInGame = 1
(Or whatever resolution you use)
The fix is from here, but the directory suggested there is: 'drive_c/users/YOUR_USERNAME/AppData/Roaming/My Battle for Middle-earth(tm) II Files' but this directory didn't not exist and after creating it and after adding Options.ini as above the game still didn't launch. For me, it had to be 'Application Data/' instead of 'AppData/Roaming'
may crash when alt tabbing, but a simple solution is to just use
'emulate virtual desktop' (in winecfg) and then alt tabbing no longer
there are occasional 1-2 second lag spikes, but game runs still fine
comments for installing patch 1.06 and 1.09:
obtained patches and instructions from here
this site provides you a "patchswitcher" that installs the 1.09 and
later allows you to choose version when running the patchswitcher.
however, patchswitcher does not run and gives error: 0035:err:mscoree:CLRRuntimeInfo_GetRuntimeHost Wine Mono is not installed
After following these instructions here to install wine mono, patchswitcher works fine.
The HOWTOs below were not necessary at all
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Ubuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)||May 20 2018||3.0.1||Yes||Yes||No||Platinum||Luke|
|Current||Ubuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)||May 20 2018||3.6||Yes||Yes||No||Platinum||Luke|
|Show||Ubuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jan 04 2018||2.21||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gold||Wiborg|
|Show||Ubuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jun 11 2016||1.8.2||Yes||Yes||Gold||an anonymous user|
|Show||Gentoo Linux x86_64||Mar 22 2013||1.5.26||Yes||Yes||Gold||an anonymous user|
Installing Wine with Cursor Support
To get proper cursors in the game, you need to patch Wine, which can be done as follows.
tar -xvjf cursor_patches_20070428.tar.bz2 -C cursor_patches_20070428
tar -xvjf wine-0.9.48.tar.bz2
for i in `ls ../cursor_patches_20070428`; do patch -p1 < ../cursor_patches_20070428/$i; done
make depend && make
rm -rf wine-0.9.48 wine-0.9.48.tar.bz2 cursor_patches_20070428 cursor_patches_20070428.tar.bz2
$HOME/wine-0.9.48-bfme2/bin/wineprefixcreate --prefix $HOME/.wine/bfme2
WINEPREFIX=$HOME/.wine/bfme2 $HOME/wine-0.9.48-bfme2/bin/wine AutoRun.exe
Enter following new keys into regedit path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER / Software / Wine / Direct3D
UseGLSL = enabled
OffscreenRenderingMode = fbo
VideoMemorySize = 256
env WINEPREFIX="$HOME/.wine/BFME2/" $HOME/wine-0.9.48-bfme2/bin/wine "C:\Program Files\Electronic Arts\Battle for Middle-Earth II\lotrbfme2.exe"