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Old 02-07-2008, 07:15 PM   #1
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Arrow Has anyone got Starcraft: BW/ working?

I haven't had any luck getting it full functional. I actually did learn that will work under Wine 9.13, but the sound doesn't work and that bugs me. So has anyone had any sucess getting this SC: BW playable or
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Old 04-04-2008, 07:29 PM   #3
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Hey yeh, it can be really annoying to get working.

Its been a while since iv done it, and cant remember what wine version i used, and you really sort of need a windows install to get it working properly, or at least that is the only way i managed, i sort of cheated a bit.

The BNet updater always caused wine to crash, so i installed the game on a windows box, updated Bnet there, then copied the programme files across to my wine drive.

the Bnet GUI doesnt work 100% with wine either. Its just a plane black backgroud and you get the white text of the buttons and peoples names and text. Also when you click on a button it just draws the next screen on top of the last screen so you just get a massive build up of text.

It works perfect for playing games though, and even in the map dl screen it works fine. I had no problems with sound at all. Maybe try and older version of wine?

If you do have a windows box to try this method though, it might be just as easy to run the game in virtual box. I cant remember the minimum spec but if you have a decent enought cpu, then i think the 8meg card Virtual box uses might be enough, and you could play it in that?

Hope this helps a bit

Old 04-15-2008, 07:51 AM   #4
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Post Playing StarCraft with wine: Common hints


Battlenet works fine but you may need some additional configurations:

First of all you need [ipx | ipxutils | ipx-utils | ncpfs | ipxrip] depending on your distro.

Now you have to edit /etc/ipx.conf and add the following entry:


Fire ipx up: /etc/init.d/ipx start

Crash during connecting

Sometimes wine crashes during connecting to the battlenet. This can be caused due a font problem and it helps sometimes to delete (or move) the following fonts:

sserife.fon, ae_AlBattar.ttf, samanati.ttf located in either wine/fonts or fonts/truetype/ttf-*


Another hint for NVIDIA users to improve performance:

Start your regeedit and go for "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wine\". Add the key "Direct3D" and add

1. string "DirectDrawRenderer" with value "opengl"
2. string "RenderTargetLockMode" with value "readtex"

That does the trick for a smooth starcraft with NVIDIA

Playing without cd

On older versions you had to use a crack or mount a selfmade iso from the game cd before playing. Cracks usually damage the battlenet part anyway. With the latest version SC-1152 it is possible to play legally without cd. For this you need the latest patch and copy "INSTALL.EXE" from your cd to "StarCraft.mpq" in your starcraft folder. INSTALL.EXE is about 605M so it doesn't matter if you go for the iso-way or the blizzard-way.

This is how my script looked like.


if [ -f /media/cdrom/sc.ico ]; then
echo Game-CD already mounted
echo Mounting Game-CD
mount /home/beko/iso/starcraft.iso

wine ./starcraft.exe $@

umount /home/beko/iso/starcraft.iso
And this is how my fstab looks like (you may use sudo of course, too)
/home/beko/iso/starcraft.iso /media/cdrom iso9660 ro,noauto,user,exec,loop 0 0
Old 07-21-2008, 04:36 AM   #5
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Thank you so much for that registry tip. I had this same problem and adding those registry keys fixed it. Now Starcraft runs just as well as it did on windows.
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I'm running this on sabayon/gentoo with wine-1.1.15.

I cannot connect to bnet. Everything else works great.

I have a legit copy and key. bnet reports: error message is as follows: was unable to properly identify your application version. Please uninstall and then reinstall the application. If the problem persists then you may have a computer virus. For information on detecting and removing this virus you may contact us by email at

Any ideas?
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I have the same issue, and I'm having no luck with it.

Also installing ipx seems like a waste of time, that'd only be for LAN and you'd want to use udp anyway.
Old 01-27-2010, 10:03 PM   #8
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I have the same issue, and I'm having no luck with it.

Also installing ipx seems like a waste of time, that'd only be for LAN and you'd want to use udp anyway.
I found a way to fix this by doing the following:

-Downloaded the newest patch from

-Went into winecfg, and unchecked 'allow to decorate window' and 'allow to control window' under the 'Graphics tab'

I'm not an expert or anything and I'm still having problems with other things (in game on BNET is fine, it's just navigating the BNET menus is annoying cause text is overlapping etc.)


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