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The patch is available in the following languages:

  • English (EN)
  • German (DE)

It is recommended to install this patch after updating the game to version 112100 / retail patch.

 

It fixes the following problems:

  • Application will not start. It exits as soon as it is run with no errors or warnings.
  • Application will not detect or display the Direct3D video driver as a valid video option at startup.
  • Joystick buttons cannot be bounded.
  • In addition to the main retail patch we have also issued a smaller code-only patch that deals with some specific issues.




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      ------------------------------
      Black & White® 2 
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      ------------------------------
      BLACK & WHITE® 2 BY LIONHEAD STUDIOS.
      ------------------
      Table Of Contents
      ------------------
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      ------------------------------
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      ------------------------------
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      ---------------
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