[Wine] Re: DirectX troubles - Running Civilisation IV: Beyond the Sword

dimesio wineforum-user at winehq.org
Wed Jul 14 14:00:52 CDT 2010

WarKirby wrote:
> Hi Dimesio, thank you for the reply.
> Is there some internal how-to on getting this game working? A man has to work with what he's got.
> My wine version is 1.2 rc6 according to winecfg.
> I was unable to get winetricks working. IIRC it gave an error about not being able to find the DOS directory. Instead, I installed the dlls as the linked page mentions - by downloading the linked files and placing them in the game directory. Have I done something wrong here?
> I just gave the Virtual Desktop a try. Same error as before.My version is Civilisation IV and Beyond the Sword on seperate disks.
> The popup box cites "Initialize renderer failed" which would seem to indicate an issue with direct x. Does anyone have suggestions on how to improve/fix this?

There's a reason we don't support outside howtos: they are often wrong. Msxml3 can't simply be copied, it has to be installed. Winetricks does it properly. The problem you had with winetricks suggests that there's something wrong with your wineprefix or the way you are running winetricks. 

Follow the instructions here for winetricks: http://wiki.winehq.org/winetricks

Start over with a clean wineprefix. Delete or rename ~/.wine, then run winecfg to force creation of a new wineprefix. If there are no problems with that, use winetricks to install msxml3 and d3dx9. If winetricks fails again on the clean wineprefix, post the terminal output. 

If it works, then install Civ IV and BTS. Consult the AppDB for any specific instructions for your version of the game.  http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=application&iId=2514

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