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booman Wednesday 22 May 2013 at 22:23
booman

A user was installing Star Wars:  Knights Of The Old Republic in Wine.  Here were his steps:

[code]1. create new prefix for kotor $ winetricks prefix=$HOME/.local/share/wineprefixes/kotor winecfg 1a. let winecfg do its thing 
2. Install Steam $ WINEPREFIX=$HOME/.local/share/wineprefixes/kotor wine msiexec -i $HOME/.cache/winetricks/steam/SteamInstall.msi 
3. Run Steam properly $ cd $HOME/.local/share/wineprefixes/kotor/drive_c/Program\\ Files\\ \\(x86\\)/Steam/ && WINEPREFIX=$HOME/.local/share/wineprefixes/kotor wine ./Steam.exe -no-dwrite 
4. Install Kotor (wait 20minutes) 
5. Run it from steam (click play now).... game doesn't appear (it's running as visible with `ps -fe | grep kotor`) [/code]

That is a LOT of stinking Terminal work!
PlayOnLinux does it all with scripts and Graphical User Interface!

Thank you again PlayOnLinux developers for making PC Games a reality in Linux!

Edited by booman


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Ronin DUSETTE Wednesday 22 May 2013 at 22:40
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Exactly. :)

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booman Wednesday 22 May 2013 at 22:43
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One mis-typed command and you get errors or nothing... how the heck do you troubleshoot this?

Wine needed PlayOnLinux from the beginning!

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ionamartin123 Thursday 13 June 2013 at 4:13
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Nice acknowledgement for playonLinux guys, congos!
waymond.young Friday 21 June 2013 at 0:01
waymond.youngAnonymous

I'll use this as my intro post and say I'm impressed with POL these days.

I had trouble with it in the past, but recently it works like a charm.

Here's what I'm using it on:

OS: Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit
Video: AMD Radeon HD3870 512MB
System: AMD Phenom II X4 955 w/ 8GB RAM

What I use it for:

GoG games:
-Puddle
-Sim City 2000
-Syndicate
-Commando Ammo Pack
-Sid Meier Alpha Centauri
-Torchlight
-Fallout 1 and 2
-Leisure Suit Larry: Love for Sail (manually installed, but working)

Other games I have but can't/haven't installed:
-Empire Earth - Gold Edition (haven't)
-FTL: Faster than Light (haven't)
-Gangsters (haven't)
-Thief Gold (can't, yet)
-Stronghold HD (can't, yet)
-Ultima 7 (haven't) 
-Steam (haven't)

My time is limited these days, so I can't play like I used to, but so far I'm liking what I've been able to install with POL so far.

I was planning on getting Crossover since the site plugs it, but I can't find any reliable reviews of the software.

Anyhow thanks, it's free software, but it's mighty damn good and decently supported free software. Y'all are becoming like Honda with the improvements on design.

Edited by waymond.young

booman Friday 21 June 2013 at 0:07
booman

Exactly how I feel too!
Thanks for posting your review and success with PlayOnLinux
I have been making a huge list of every successful game with PlayOnLinux.
click the link in my signature and you'll see!

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waymond.young Friday 21 June 2013 at 0:22
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Perused your list, booman and I have some of these games on Steam. Think I'll try to test if POL will work with Steam. I'll try it with Portals tonight.
booman Friday 21 June 2013 at 0:28
booman

If you already have Portal in windows, there is a "beta" version in Linux Steam.
Try that first. I tested it last week and it runs GREAT. no need for PlayOnLinux with that one!

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waymond.young Friday 21 June 2013 at 0:34
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Ok, then I'll try Half Life 2. Glad to see Valve is adding more Linux betas to the list.

EDIT: Oh and thanks for the info, sorry, where are my manners?

Edited by waymond.young

Ronin DUSETTE Friday 21 June 2013 at 0:35
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Portal 2 worked great through POL for me. Though, I have been playing it on xbox.

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booman Friday 21 June 2013 at 0:42
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On my list I post if it has native Linux support or not.
Valve is porting all of their games to Linux natively:
Half-Life
Half-Life 2
Half-Life 2: Deathmatch
Portal
Team Fortress 2
Counter-Strike: Source
Counter-Strike
Left4Dead 2

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waymond.young Friday 21 June 2013 at 1:05
waymond.youngAnonymous

Ok, so I've installed the Ubuntu Steam (*sigh* now I have a Canonical account) and I see what booman is talking about. Cool, guess I'll try and download it. But I need a POL test as well, so I'll try Mass Effect tonight. Thanks again, booman.
booman Friday 21 June 2013 at 1:33
booman

No problem... I'm pretty impressed with Valves work and so far Half-Life 2, Counter-Strike:Source and Portal are running Great!
I've also tried Serious Sam 3:BFE and Red Orchestra... all run GREAT with no problems.
Not to mention the install is seamless.

The only side affect I've had is the game won't initially launch. Its a permission issue. I have a feeling you can just sudo chmod +x the executable for each game.
I always chmod the entire folder, but I know that is a security issue.
Post you problems in a new thread and we'll help you.

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waymond.young Friday 21 June 2013 at 3:40
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Ok, so downloaded HL2, got an opengl error. Other forums talk about installing the latest open source vs. proprietary AMD driver, and I know that's just going to lead to a night of painful tweaking. So, I'll stick with GoG games for now.

EDIT:
Ubuntu/Linux has come a long way since I started, maybe I have as well.  Anyhow, the uninstall/reinstall of the AMD driver went better/easier than expected.

As for the Steam HL2 beta, it's outstanding, I never thought I would see Linux handle HD graphics that well. I just wanted to do a little test, and wound up losing four hours playing the first stage w/ no problems.

Edited by waymond.young

booman Friday 21 June 2013 at 14:15
booman

My experience exactly!
Welcome to gaming in Linux! Finally!
Spread the word because its only going to get better!

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waymond.young Saturday 22 June 2013 at 6:03
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Sigh, my love/hate relationship with Linux got tested today.

The update manager loaded some kind of mesa updates along with Steam and then POL would not load giving "opengl libary not found" errors.

Reinstalled POL, Wine, and my ATI drivers, still wouldn't work. Come to find out the problem was caused by the fglrx driver being blacklisted in the local xorg config file.

Too many ways to break the wonderful machine. But anyway, now that I've got Ubuntu running Netflix, Steam, and GoG ; I may just delete my Windows partition. I'm not going to rag on Microsoft like many do, I simply got tired of endless updates, security programs sapping resources, and long boots and shutdowns.
Ronin DUSETTE Saturday 22 June 2013 at 7:42
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I always have to reinstall my graphics drivers whenever a kernel update happens.

No matter what problems I have had with Linux, they are NOTHING compared to the years of headache Windows caused me. hahahaha.

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waymond.young Saturday 22 June 2013 at 11:39
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Trying to manually install Fez using POL, but it's rough going. It runs, but it shrinks the screen, displays a garbled screen, then crashes. Think I'll leave this one for tomorrow or until a POL script comes out.

EDIT:

Got it working, so yeah, I'm using POL for Fez on GoG.  Fez does not like a full screen and only works with a 1280x720 windowed desktop for me. Problem with Fez is it has weird glitches as part of the gameplay.  Really messes with someone thinking it's a Wine issue.

Edited by waymond.young

booman Saturday 22 June 2013 at 14:47
booman

I still use Windows for games these days. I'm the guy that is used to all the "work arounds" just to get things running. Which made it so easy for me to learn Linux.
I'm patient enough to keep trying thing until it actually worked!

My goal is to go full Linux for all of my PC's one day because I like a FREE operating system and not having to deal with malware as much. Otherwise everything else I do is similar to how I use Windows.

By the way, when you say "windows desktop" do you mean a "virtual desktop" setup in Wine configuration?
I found "virtual desktop" to be very successful with messing with screen resolution. Some games just won't work without it. So I'll set my "virtual desktop" to 1024x768 and then change the resolution in-game and the "virtual desktop" will adjust properly.

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Ronin DUSETTE Saturday 22 June 2013 at 18:30
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Thats all that I run. I play most of my games on my hacked xbox now, and only use windows for work (actually just a virtual machine) and performing live music (I cant risk a crash during a performance). Other thant that, 6 out of 8 computers in the house are linux machines. lol

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