Guild Wars

The current version available for Guild Wars. Includes Prophecies, Factions, Nightfall and Eye of the North.

Application Details:

Version: All Versions
License: Retail
Votes: 153
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 7.15

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowDebian GNU/Linux Unstable "Sid" x86_64Aug 23 20227.15Yes Yes NoPlatinumHonki Tonk 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 11.x "Bullseye" x86_64Apr 15 20216.5Yes Yes YesGoldMagnus Olsen 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 11.x "Bullseye" x86_64Apr 15 20215.0.4Yes Yes NoSilverMagnus Olsen 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 10.x "Buster"Jul 14 20183.12-stagingYes Yes YesGoldJ V 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 9.x "Stretch" x86_64Jun 05 20172.9-stagingYes Yes NoGoldGero 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
5486 Mouse driver cannot load 32 bit cursors CLOSED FIXED View
6250 Mouse cursor is not visible CLOSED FIXED View
6383 Dual-core not being correctly supported CLOSED FIXED View
7049 No mouse in Guild Wars CLOSED DUPLICATE View
7050 No shaders in Guild Wars CLOSED FIXED View
7211 Wine does not correctly launch Guild Wars CLOSED FIXED View
7400 Guild Wars: Mouse Pointer becomes invisible CLOSED DUPLICATE View
7521 err:d3d:IWineD3DImpl_CheckDepthStencilMatch unsupported format pair CLOSED FIXED View
7670 No battle sounds in Guild Wars CLOSED FIXED View
7693 err:dsound:DSOUND_MixInBuffer CLOSED ABANDONED View
7965 Guild Wars locks up with "too many concurrently active lights" error CLOSED FIXED View
8010 Guild Wars pvp viewer freezes with the log-in screen CLOSED ABANDONED View
8299 Enabling Hardware Vertex Shaders crashes Guildwars on intel CLOSED FIXED View
9172 GuildWars no sound at all CLOSED ABANDONED View
9263 Guild Wars terribly slow CLOSED FIXED View
9659 Guild Wars: Rendering of 3D models broken CLOSED FIXED View
10020 Guild Wars install and update fails with 0.9.47 CLOSED FIXED View
10277 Uninstalling software does not remove them from Programs menu CLOSED FIXED View
10416 Guild Wars shines mispositioned CLOSED FIXED View
10826 Guild Wars: Directional character shadows are not rendered. CLOSED FIXED View
10831 Guild Wars: "Observe" menu does not display additional information about selected game CLOSED FIXED View
10893 Guildwars Minimize Bug NEW View
11007 Shadows of character selection boxes appearing in Guild Wars CLOSED ABANDONED View
11135 Guild Wars does not start CLOSED FIXED View
11663 Guild Wars seems to hang with intel X3100 CLOSED FIXED View
12610 Ctrl and Alt do not work in Guild Wars CLOSED FIXED View
12646 Guild Wars hang on : GUild Wars hang on this : err:d3d:IWineD3DDeviceImpl_SetLightEnable Too many concurrently active lights CLOSED FIXED View
12844 Very dark graphics in Mafia, Guild Wars, Sim City 4 on ATI cards CLOSED FIXED View
12870 Guild Wars doesn't start - Error Message: Graphic driver error CLOSED FIXED View
12929 Games crash/wined3d doesn't work with ATI's fglrx driver CLOSED FIXED View
13395 Guild wars not start CLOSED FIXED View
13550 Wrong textures being displayed at wrong places. CLOSED FIXED View
13772 Guild Wars can be launched once out of 10 and no background in the game CLOSED ABANDONED View
13906 Guild Wars crashes on startup, before rendering scene CLOSED FIXED View
14094 Guild Wars crashes after patch screen with pbuffer CLOSED ABANDONED View
14433 GuildWars 3D rendering broken CLOSED DUPLICATE View
14474 Mouse glitches in Guild Wars CLOSED INVALID View
14761 Wine does not support DRM content CLOSED ABANDONED View
14989 guildwars crashes when OffscreenRenderingMode is set pbuffer CLOSED DUPLICATE View
15041 Guild Wars: Typing into Char Fields CLOSED FIXED View
15069 Apps won't minimize and extra caption bar shows CLOSED FIXED View
15280 After minimizing Guild Wars and restoring, the mouse is not respondig correctly CLOSED FIXED View
16486 Apps not restoring correctly after minimizing twice CLOSED DUPLICATE View
16783 Guild Wars: Game window is not displayed NEW View
16988 Guild Wars - 'blocky' graphics CLOSED FIXED View
18675 GuildWars tries to repair the data archive on every start. CLOSED FIXED View
18794 Using FBO as the ORM crashes with (broken) fglrx drivers - not a Wine bug CLOSED INVALID View
18839 Installation crash Guild Wars CLOSED DUPLICATE View
18937 Guildwars fails to Install / Download content CLOSED INVALID View
19582 Guild Wars -- Crash on "patch" screens CLOSED FIXED View
19853 Texture corruption in guild war with fglrx 9.8 CLOSED FIXED View
22023 Incorrect rendering on OpenSolaris CLOSED DUPLICATE View
25872 Guild Wars 'test system' doesn't show test results NEW View
26173 Poor Guild Wars performance with Intel graphics adapter CLOSED ABANDONED View
26490 Guild Wars: Black graphics in the Eye of the North addon CLOSED INVALID View
26499 Guild Wars: Maximizing the game from desktop panel needs lot of time CLOSED INVALID View
28282 Sound constantly crackling in lot of games STAGED View
28591 Guild Wars: the audio track includes loud static bursts while playing the background music CLOSED FIXED View
29118 Guild Wars: Texture is corrupted on some trees CLOSED DUPLICATE View
29350 Ground Control II: opaque water CLOSED FIXED View
29872 Guild Wars: Character graphic is corrupted CLOSED FIXED View
29873 Guild Wars: Water graphic is missing CLOSED FIXED View
29874 Guild Wars: Freezes especially in Eye of the North CLOSED INVALID View
30120 [GuildWars] Some keys don't work CLOSED ABANDONED View
31839 Mouse jumps to the upper left corner of the screen CLOSED ABANDONED View
32060 Guild Wars: Input gets stuck CLOSED FIXED View
32061 Guild Wars: Launcher hangs sometimes CLOSED FIXED View
32062 Guild Wars: Game crashes sometimes on launching CLOSED DUPLICATE View
32063 Guild Wars: Orange square appearing UNCONFIRMED View
32153 Guild Wars 2: Input gets stuck CLOSED FIXED View
34247 "Program Files" is not locale-specific NEW View
34639 Guild Wars: Crash on starting the game CLOSED FIXED View
35686 Guild Wars: Text editor is not starting CLOSED DUPLICATE View
37651 Guild Wars looks like crappy doo doo CLOSED DUPLICATE View
38034 Guild Wars: Game starts sometimes minimized UNCONFIRMED View
38514 Guild Wars: Mouse can get stuck in a small area UNCONFIRMED View
39148 Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2 don't exit properly CLOSED FIXED View
39154 Guild Wars: Game doesn't finish CLOSED DUPLICATE View
39536 Multiple games render black/garbled screen when anti-aliasing enabled (Guild Wars, Eve Online, Gear Grinder) CLOSED FIXED View
39616 Guild Wars: Black screen after loading zone CLOSED DUPLICATE View
40513 Guild Wars problem with mission map UNCONFIRMED View
45204 Rendering issues in Guild Wars since 3.7 CLOSED INVALID View
47633 Guild Wars quits silently after the splash screen CLOSED FIXED View
52429 Guild Wars: login not possible CLOSED FIXED View

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HowTo / Notes


NOTE: Guild Wars usually doesn't require any special settings to get working. The advice listed below is only for those who require help installing, running, or troubleshooting Guild Wars.


Simply use the installer found at Unzip the installer and run it using Wine:

wine GwSetup.exe


WINEDEBUG=-all wine "C:\Program Files\Guild Wars\Gw.exe"

WINEDEBUG=-all will stop the flood of fixme messages generated from normal use. If you require debugging, omit this option.


  • Make sure 3D works in native applications before blaming Wine. Try glxgears, or a 3D game such as etracer or supertuxkart.
  • Use the latest version of Wine. Type 'wine --version' to check.
  • Use the latest version of your graphics driver.
  • Try different versions of Windows in winecfg, such as Windows XP and 98.
  • Under the winecfg Graphics tab, try experimenting with the window settings if you have window/resizing issues. It is recommended to run the game in a virtual desktop for performance and other reasons.
  • Turn off Compiz Fusion or KDE desktop effects.
  • "Guild Wars has encountered an unrecoverable graphics driver error and must terminate" (bug #12870) is caused by fglrx, not Wine.
  • OSS graphics drivers (aka radeon/radeonhd/nouveau/intel) will provide poor performance with wine games, it is recommended to use the binary nvidia driver or fglrx for ATI.

If you are having graphics issues, use regedit to try some registry keys:

  • UseGLSL=disabled (Use this if you have a low end graphics card, Intel graphics, or if you are having performance problems.)
  • DirectDrawRenderer=opengl (Already the default with up to date versions of Wine)
  • OffscreenRenderingMode=fbo (Already the default with up to date versions of Wine)
  • Multisampling=enabled (Already the default with up to date versions of Wine)
  • RenderTargetLockMode=auto

Appending these flags to the run command may help you:

  • -dx8 - Uses DirectX 8
  • -noshaders - Disabled shaders, along with -dx8 this will improve performance (but make the game look pretty bad)
  • -dsound - Uses DirectSound
  • -nosound - Disables sound

Other tips:

  • In Options > Graphics, set the refresh rate to 60hz or the highest you have listed that is within your monitors range and turn on vsync for improved responsiveness in some cases.

Using FBO as the ORM crashes with fglrx drivers

This is not a Wine bug, it is a fglrx bug. Please do not open a bug for this, it will just be closed.

See the fglrx bug for more details, or check the HOWTO for this app for a workaround.


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