Black & White

Black & White V1.100 - a few bugfixes and features added

Application Details:

Version: 1.100
License: Retail
Votes: 11
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.5.12

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Test Results

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What works

I found a workaround that makes this game playable, using a wine 0.9.29 (the only wine version that register clicks in this game), I assigned a keyboard key for the right click action and another key to left click action, that make game playable, is not as comfortable as clicking of course, but at least it works. Game runs at full fps. Save, restore and mouse gestures work like a charm.

What does not

Some ingame textures appear as black, trees are invisible, mouse clicks still don't work, options are inaccesible on this wine version (due to the clicking issue), exiting normally (due to mouse clicks you must kill the game).


What was not tested

More than two hours of playing.

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Additional Comments

Tested with a Geforce 7600GT with 169.09 driver. I'm also sure that this trick (assigning keys) can be done on a windows partition or VM, and copying the resulting configuration into wine will work.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowArch LinuxSep 24 20121.5.12Yes Yes NoSilverRuan 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Nov 20 20111.3.33Yes Yes NoSilverCarlos Salvador PĂ©rez Salgado 
ShowUbuntu 11.04 "Natty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 09 20111.3.19Yes Yes NoSilverNick Stuckert 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Mar 10 20111.3.15Yes Yes NoGoldRemco Zoet 
ShowGentoo LinuxNov 22 20091.1.33Yes Yes NoBronzeChristian Weiske 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes


To run Black & White (and Creature Isle) without being affected by bug 14939 (texture bug) and bug 15984 (crash bug), you have to run a version of Wine patched with the DXTn to ARGB texture conversion patch, blitting patch and the button click patch. To install this patched version of Wine, copy and paste the following commands into a terminal:

mkdir ~/src
cd ~/src
git clone git:// ~/src/wine
cd ~/src/wine
wget -O wine-dxt13-to-argb4444-xrgb1555-conversion.patch
wget -O wine-dderr.patch
patch -p1 < wine-dxt13-to-argb4444-xrgb1555-conversion.patch
patch -p1 < wine-dderr.patch
Check to make sure you get all necessary packages, or if you encounter trouble compiling. Then copy and paste the next set of commands:
./configure --prefix=/usr
make depend
sudo make install

With these three patches, Black & White is fully and perfectly playable through Wine.  If you encounter trouble patching, try looking at the bug threads for an updated patch (they are attended to more frequently than this Howto).

Set wine version to win98 for best results.

For 64 bit wine go to

Intro Stall/No In Game Sound

A picture posted of the intro with the Man and Woman kissing and little kid looking bored is the point at which a stall may occur.  Settings for Audio need to be changed from hardware acceleration to emulation at this point.  You can track the bug at