Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War

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Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War
Dawn of War box art.jpg
Developers
Publishers
 
Release dates
Windows
September 20, 2004
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War at Steam Charts
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War at SteamDB
 Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War at Wikipedia
Warhammer 40,000
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Key points

Information Expansions are highly modifiable and several high quality mods are available.
Disadvantage Online server browser for non-Steam versions no longer works due to GameSpy services being shut down.

General information

More information Lexicanum - A huge wiki for the Warhammer 40,000 series
More information Dawn of War Wiki
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums for game series

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys
Retail Disc checkCD/DVD key (no activation) DRM: SecuROM
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg

Essential improvements[edit]

Higher resolution models[edit]

Information These enhancements are significantly more performance intensive. Ensure your PC is significantly more powerful than the recommended system specifications to ensure there is no loss of performance.

Fix Full resolution modelsLink

  1. Open the local.ini file in the Dawn of War file folder.
  2. Add the following line to the file: fullres_teamcolour=1
  3. Save and close the file.

Fix Fix crash on startup (Steam)Link

  1. Goto the game install directory.
  2. Right click on the "W40k.exe" and click properties.
  3. Click Compatibility, then check "Run this program in compatibility mode for:" and click "Windows 98/ME"
  4. Click Apply

Fix High Poly Models (non-Steam)Link

  1. Right-click on your shortcut for Dawn of War.
  2. A menu will pop up, select the "properties" option.
  3. Find the box that is labelled "target".
  4. It should already say something like "C:\Program Files\THQ\Dawn of War\w40k.exe". Add -forcehighpoly after that line. If there are quotation marks present make sure to add it outside of those marks.
  5. Click Apply/OK.

Fix High Poly Models (Steam)Link

  1. Find Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Soulstorm in your Steam Library
  2. Right-click the game name
  3. Select Properties
  4. Select Set Launch Options...
  5. Input -forcehighpoly
  6. Press OK
  7. Launch the game

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

  Location 
Windows <path-to-game>

Save game data location[edit]

  Location 
Windows <path-to-game>\Profiles

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Hackable WSGF WS Bronze.svg See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor Impossible False icon.svg
Field of view (FOV) Hackable See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed Native Must be configured through external graphics utility.
Borderless fullscreen windowed Impossible
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Impossible
Anti-aliasing (AA) Hackable See Anti-aliasing (AA).
Vertical sync (Vsync) Hackable See Vertical sync (Vsync).
High frame rate Unknown

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Disadvantage This fix works only for versions 1.2 and 1.3. This will NOT work for Steam version because it is patched to 1.51. You can still use this fix and get game run in your native resolution, but game will be in 4:3 with black bars on sides.

Fix Widescreen resolutionLink

  1. Download and apply patch 1.3 from Widescreen Gaming Forum.
  2. Run game at least once to generate .ini file.
  3. Navigate to installation folder and open Local.ini.
  4. Locate lines screenheight=xxxx and screenwidth=xxxx and change it to your desired resolution.
Advantage This fix works for the latest version of DoW.
Disadvantage The minimap becomes half unusable with this fix. Also, editing the binaries might trigger anti-cheat protection.

Fix Widescreen resolutionLink

  1. Run game at least once to generate .ini file.
  2. Navigate to installation folder and open Local.ini.
  3. Locate lines screenheight=xxxx and screenwidth=xxxx and change it to your desired resolution (some people claim that rounding out these values, e.g. 1366x768 -> 1360x760, fixes the minimap issue, but I haven't been able to replicate this).
  4. Download any Hex Editor.
  5. Open W40k.exe with your Hex Editor of choice and find ABAAAA3F.
  6. Replace it with 398EE33F for 16:9 or CCCCCD3F for 16:10.
  7. Repeat for Platform.dll, spDx9.dll and finally for UserInterface.dll (you will find two occurences in this last file, replace them both).

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Advantage This fix will greatly enhance zoom capabilities.

Fix Field of view (FOV)Link

  1. Download Camera Zoom Mod.
  2. Copy .lua file to Dawn of War\Engine\Data\

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

Disadvantage Forcing AA will render fonts blurry and harder to read.
Advantage Forcing AA via graphics driver will result in greater AA. INI fix is probably only 2x AA.

Fix Anti-aliasing (AA)Link

  1. Run game at least once to generate .ini file.
  2. Navigate to installation folder and open Local.ini.
  3. Locate line screenantialias=0 and change it to screenantialias=1.

Vertical sync (Vsync)[edit]

Fix Enable vsyncLink

  1. Run game at least once to generate .ini file.
  2. Navigate to installation folder and open Local.ini.
  3. Locate line screennovsync=0 and change it to screennovsync=1.

Input settings[edit]

In-game control settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Impossible
Mouse acceleration Impossible
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native
Controller
Controller support Impossible

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native
Surround sound Impossible
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Native in cut-sense there are closed captions
Mute on focus lost Native

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Native Native
French Native Unknown Unknown
German Native Unknown Unknown
Italian Native Unknown Unknown
Spanish Native Unknown Unknown

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play Native Removed from the Steam version.[1]
Online play Native 8 Server browser no longer works for non-Steam versions.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking Native
Peer-to-peer Native
Dedicated Impossible
Self-hosting Native
Direct IP Native Removed from the Steam version.[1]

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
UDP (outbound) 6112

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
98, 2000, ME, XP
Processor (CPU) 1.4 GHz Intel Pentium III or AMD Athlon XP processor 2.2 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent
System memory (RAM) 256 MB 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
4.5 GB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0b compatible
nVidia GeForce 3
ATI Radeon 8500
64 MB of VRAM

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 LAN match problem :: Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Game of the Year Edition General Discussions