Mike's Enhanced Dune 2000 Trainer

January 12th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Dune 2000I'm a sucker for this classic game. Originally the trainer stopped working after Windows 98SE, most likely due to the slight architecture differences between Win9x and WinNT (2000 and XP were based off NT.) I paid someone on RentACoder.com to patch up Razor's trainer so it would work under Windows XP, and he did a pretty good job. All of the features appear to work, except for "Show Map (F4)".

If you play multiplayer practice games, It appears that enabling Atreides = Player 1 (you), Ordos = Player 2 (computer), Harkonnen = Player 3 (computer) - the colors and units will not coordinate, but you can enable instant build for the other two players (which can be very fun, racing against the computer. It's almost impossible.)

Your Dune 2000 must be updated to version 1.06 - which is included below as well. It can be applied to the stock install without an issue.

Update: I am now hosting a neat collection of maps below thanks to the folks at FED2k/Dune2k.com. It appears their downloads are offline and I could not find any other place with them. Someone was nice enough to email them to me and I am hosting them here now for everyone to enjoy!

NOTICE: A lot of people claim this is a virus. I've ran multiple virus checkers and programs for years and have used this for years without a problem. I believe it is a false positive due to the fact that it is a program which alters the memory of another program - which is probably typical virus behavior. If anyone can identify what this supposed "virus" actually does I'll be more than happy to pay someone to investigate and fix it. However, I have never seen any malicious stuff on my system because of this, and if it was a true virus, it would be caught by all the major ones that I have used. So, don't use it if you're scared; it is no skin off my back. For the thousands of downloaders (including myself) who use it without being paranoid it's a virus - enjoy!

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  1. Rene D.
    August 17th, 2010 at 14:21 | #1

    Thank you so much for that trainer! It even works in "practice" under multiplayer. I am running Dune 2000 on Windows 7 64 bit. Since the game won't install from the disc, I went to this following website and downloaded the game legitimately. Here is the website:

    http://forum.dune2k.com/index.php?topic=22419.0

    P.S. The game file size is approximate 515 Mb and it comes with version 1.6. This file has been tested to work on Windows Vista and Windows 7.

  2. Frogga
    October 5th, 2010 at 16:06 | #2

    this trainer appears to have a malware virus in it.. .shame..

  3. mike
    October 5th, 2010 at 17:40 | #3

    @Frogga
    I think it's a false positive. Probably because it has to alter another programs memory like a virus would.

    This has been scanned by a ton of people and only specify programs report it. I've used it for years and nobody has complained yet about whatever this supposed virus inside of it does.

  4. Bend3r
    December 21st, 2014 at 03:50 | #4

    I'm sorry for digging up an old topic but I need to ask nevertheless: I'm trying to run the trainer with GruntMods of D2K (version 1.6.1.9) but without success. Anyone has found a fix around this?

    Thank you

  5. mike
    December 21st, 2014 at 08:33 | #5

    Not a problem!

    I have no idea honestly. :) It seems like because it's a trainer, there's very specific conditions that can mess with it. Virus scanners and other "malware" protection (because that's essentially what viruses and malware do - mess with other programs' execution), and platform as well. For all I know, getting this ported to work in WinXP and Win7 might not work in Win8, maybe they changed something under the hood. No idea. I refuse to run Win8. :)

  6. Bend3r
    December 21st, 2014 at 09:30 | #6

    @mike
    hello Mike,
    Kaspersky is pretty good at detecting false positives so I have no problems on that front. Plus I ran it on virtual sandbox machine for test purposes. Might be that both systems are 64bit Win7 versions. i'll try to setup a winXP one for teh sake of tests.

  7. mike
    December 21st, 2014 at 09:33 | #7

    @Bend3r
    That's a good point. Back when I was running this it was still 32-bit XP. I swear I have used it on Win7 64-bit though.

  8. Blacke
    January 3rd, 2015 at 01:36 | #8

    Utter bullshit passing the error to something else instead of looking into the trainer installation files 1st from this site. I was able to play Dune 2000 with/without working trainers just before installing the updated v1.06 available for download here. My OS is win xp sp3. Chrome is my browser and btw, it detected the trainer as being a malicious tool. I have no anti-virus programs installed in my system to manipulate with the safe/danger levels of file downloading as I know the safe zones enough & how to go about to remove them manually anyways. My original .exe file is dated 17th Aug 1998. When I downloaded and installed the v.106 update accordingly, it replaced certain files & folders. That was certain & no doubt about it! It never replaced the original .exe and therefore the mentioned dated file remains same without change.
    What it affected was that when I chose to run a loaded game, the list of the saved games does not show and instead comes out with a game embedded message saying only "This is a spawned game. You may only ~multiplayer/LAN...mumbo jumbo... Please insert your cd... crap!"
    Your patches affected my installation. PERIOD! FIX IT & don't blame it on those with pirated games and shit!

  9. mike
    January 18th, 2015 at 18:25 | #9

    @Blacke
    Took me a while to get around to answering this.

    a) I did not originate these patches/updates. These are from the game publisher themselves, AFAIK.
    b) I did not originate the trainer. I took the trainer that worked prior to Windows XP, and I paid someone to make it work on modern Windows (note: there might be issues in 64-bit Windows. I haven't tried it in a while.)
    c) There are no viruses or malware in the files, AFAIK. Anything detected has got to be a coincidence. This stuff was created long before anything could have been developed that would have been legitimate malware or a virus. It just so happens that they trigger something nowadays.

    I'm not "passing the error on to someone else" - I have had plenty of good reports and my own personal usage of it (on a couple different Windows versions - I am not sure if I have played on my current system or not) and I know everything works fine.

    tl;dr - not really my problem. If it doesn't work for you, I apologize. Nobody is forcing you to use it. :)

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