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Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Jun 27, 2013.

  • by booman, Jun 27, 2013 at 9:09 PM
  • booman

    booman Grand High Exalted Mystic Emperor of Linux Gaming Staff Member

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    Dawn of War: Dark Crusade is another Warhammer 40,000 franchise release in the real-time strategy genre. This expansion doesn't require the original Dawn of War game, so you can play skirmishes and the whole campaign without purchasing the original.

    • Two new playable races - Tau and Necron
    • Brand new Single Player Campaign experience
    • Playable by all seven races
    • Non-linear game-play - attack any part of the planet at any time
    • Non-linear story from each race's perspective
    Follow this step-by-step guide on how to install Dawn of War: Dark Crusade in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This tutorial applies to the retail version only. Steam versions and download versions may require extra steps


    Tips & Specs

    To learn more about PlayOnLinux and Wine configuration, see the online manual:
    PlayOnLinux Explained

    Mint 13 32-bit
    PlayOnLinux ver: 4.0.14
    Default Wine ver: 1.5.16

    PlayOnLinux Setup

    Launch PlayOnLinux

    Click Install.

    You can search for Warhammer but my version of PlayOnLinux only came up with "Space Marine"
    Click "Install a non-listed program"

    Click Next

    What would you like to do?
    Select Install a program in a new virtual drive
    Click Next

    Click Next

    PlayOnLinux Configuration

    Check all the following:
    • Use another version of Wine
    • Configure Wine
    • Install some libraries
    Note: You can check "Use another version of wine" but Dawn of War worked fine in my current version of Wine 1.5.16

    Click Next

    Wait while Virtual Drive is being created.
    Wine configuration loading.

    Note: If you are running a 64-bit system, PlayOnLinux will prompt if you want to use a 64-bit or 32-bit virtual drive.

    Wine Configuration

    I don't normally set anything here, but if you want the Windows 7 structure, select Windows Version to Windows 7. Also, if you want a Virtual Desktop that appears when you launch a game, Click on Desktop Integration tab and set a resolution for the virtual desktop.
    Click OK

    PlayOnLinux Libraries

    Libraries (also known as DLLs and Components or Packages).
    These are Windows compatible files that help your games to run properly.
    If you followed my previous tutorials, this step will be very quick!

    Check the Following:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_d3dx9_36
    • POL_Install_d3dx9_40
    • POL_Install_directx9
    Click Next

    Installing Dawn of War

    Choose a way to to install your program
    Select CD-ROM: DISK1
    Note: "Select another file" is a way to install your downloaded games where you don't have to use a CD or DVD
    Click Next

    Click Install the Game

    Preparing Setup
    InstallShield Wizard
    Click Next

    License Agreement
    Select "I accept the terms..."
    Click Next

    Select Features
    Leave defaults
    Click Next

    Enter CD Key.
    Click Next

    Begin Installation
    Click Install

    Setup Status
    InstallShield Wizard Complete
    Leave defaults
    Click Finish

    Xfire Setup
    You won't need Xfire to play Dawn of War.
    Click Cancel

    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Create a Shortcut to Dawn of War: Dark Crusade
    Select DarkCrusade.exe

    Click Next
    Name the shortcut
    I named it: Warhammer DOW

    Click Next
    Another shortcut?
    Select "I don't wan to make another shortcut"
    Click Next

    Launch Dawn of War: Dark Crusade

    When PlayOnLinux is done configuring, Select Warhammer DOW and click RUN
    Dawn of War Graphics Configuration
    This configuration should be the first thing you see when you launch the game the first time.

    Select Optimal Configuration
    Click Next

    Select your video card on the drop-down menu
    Click Next

    Resolution and Refresh Rate:
    Select your resolution and click Test to see if you get a decent frame rate with your video card.
    If the frame rate is too low, decrease the resolution and try again.

    Frame Rate Test

    Render test completed
    Click Yes

    If the test displays without any artifacts and a good frame rate...
    Click Next

    Dawn of War Graphics Configuration
    Click Finish

    Playing Dawn of War

    Dawn of War menu screen
    Set your options and then begin playing.
    I didn't have any problems running Dawn of War: Dark Crusade at all!
    Everything worked fine right out of the box.







    Last edited: Dec 27, 2013
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Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Jun 27, 2013.

  1. booman
    High Res Screenshots:

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  2. rolandttg
    Thank you!
  3. Falconius
    Thanks for this guide. The game runs smoothly in NetRunner.
    Imho this is a much better game than supreme corporal.
  4. Daerandin
    I absolutely love these games! In case anyone are wondering, steam version of Dawn of War 1, and all three expansions, work in a default steam install with wine 1.7.8, no libraries required.
    rolandttg likes this.

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