I have recently been trying to get Age of Empires 2: The conquerors running on my computer. I managed to get it installed, however, when I try to play it the loading screens comes up and then wine crashes. According to the WineHQ site, I need to install a no-CD crack to the game to get it to run. How do i go about doing this? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
Start by following advice at WineHQ searching AppDB for your game. You are fortunate that the Conquerers expansion pack is being used as it is the only Platinum result on that page. Selecting the Conquerers reports and then looking near the bottom of page will give "How to's" additional to what is in the filed reports and may provide useful additional information.
The link given at the appdb page for the No-CD patch your game is for the official game patch if you have the german dvd. Which does not contain a no-cd patch. Searching on the same site lists one link for a no-cd patch for your game which can be found here There is no obvious means of "how to" instruction or how to confirm what the download contains.
You will need to replace fixed.exe with original.exe if you wish to use the online/multiplayer options of the game.
There may be additional instructions that will be available from the site where you got the fixed.exe.
As a fixed.exe needs an installed game to load it is not considered a crack but allows the use of the game without the cd/dvd in optical drive.