Populous: The Beginning

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Populous: The Beginning
Populous: The Beginning cover
Bullfrog Productions
Electronic Arts
Magic Carpet
Release dates
Windows September 15, 1998
Populous: The Beginning at Wikipedia
Populous 1989
Populous II: Trials of the Olympian Gods 1991
Populous: The Beginning 1998

Key points

Poor compatibility with modern systems.

General information

Populous Wiki - A small wiki for the Populous series
Populous: Reincarnated - A fan site dedicated to Populous: The Beginning
Populous: Reincarnated Wiki - A wiki for Populous: The Beginning
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Updated for compatibility with modern systems.
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The GOG.com and Origin versions include the Undiscovered Worlds expansion.[1]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Populous: The Beginning - Undiscovered Worlds

Essential improvements[edit]


The latest official retail patch available is Patch 1.01. The GOG.com version comes with this pre-installed.
The unofficial Collective Populous Patch includes 1.01 fixes as well as a network hosting bug fix. It also removes the CD check and adds a restore tool along with an update tool. This patch will update the game to the US version.
The unofficial PopEnhance contains a fix for graphics corruption bug in d3d mode, options for changing resolution and many other options for cheats and enhancements.

Displacements Patch[edit]

The unofficial Displacements Patch improves all landscape textures. This affects both the base game and its expansion.

Higher Resolution[edit]

Normally the game only allows for resolutions up to 800x600.

Add parameter to game[2]

Add -allres as a parameter to D3DPopTB.exe or PopTB.exe.


May cause some graphical glitches.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.
In-game Direct3D settings (only when running the game with hardware acceleration).
In-game Direct3D settings (only when running the game with hardware acceleration).
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
Supports up to 1280x800. GOG.com version only.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use dgVoodoo 2.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Use dgVoodoo 2.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Use dgVoodoo 2.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Uses QSound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
4 Official servers have been shut down.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Original matchmaking service is no longer available. Use the Populous Reincarnated Matchmaker
Direct IP


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
UDP 7575
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.
This is the default port used. It can be changed in-game by the user

Issues fixed[edit]

Game crashes on startup (AMD/ATI GPUs)[edit]

This will also fix any rainbow colour issues
Game will suffer from mouse drift on multi-monitor setups
Use dgVoodoo 2[citation needed]
  1. Download and setup dgVoodoo 2.
  2. Once the initial setup is done, go to the MS subfolder.
  3. Copy the D3DImm.dll and DDraw.dll files and paste them into <path-to-game>.
  4. Update the game's atiumdag.dll file. See Graphics card not detected for AMD/ATI GPUs for full instructions.
  5. Enable the following compatibility settings for the D3DPopTB.exe and PopTB.exe files (located in <path-to-game>): Compatibility mode (Windows XP (Service Pack 2)) and Run this program as an administrator.
  6. Run the game (D3DPopTB.exe for hardware mode, PopTB.exe for software mode).

Game lag[edit]

Add parameter to game[3]
  1. Force vsync off.
  2. Add /frameratemouse as a parameter to D3DPopTB.exe or PopTB.exe.


May cause some slight screen tearing.

Graphics card not detected for AMD/ATI GPUs[edit]

Replacing the outdated atiumdag.dll file[citation needed]
  1. Download the updated atiumdag.dll file.
  2. Move the new file into the installation folder, replacing the existing file when prompted.
  3. The game can now be run in hardware mode with ATI/AMD cards.

Graphics Problem - Windows 7[edit]

See Rainbow color problems in older games for solutions.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 6
Software renderer
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Audio QSound

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95 98, ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 133 MHz 600 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 100 MB 250 MB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 6 compatible