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Need help with The Sims 3 / Origin

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oz1sej Thursday 1 August 2019 at 13:21

[EDIT: I uninstalled *everything*, installed wine from Software Center, installed PlayOnLinux from Software Center, installed Sims 3 via built-in feature (remember to enable the "no-cd"-thing even if you have the cd!)]


For the past three days, I've been trying to install Origin / The Sims 3 on my computer using PlayOnLinux. This is day four. I still haven't even gotting through creating the virtual drive.

I read somewhere on the WineHQ website, that the recommended distribution for this was Debian 10, so I made a fresh install of Debian 10 on a 500 GB drive. Since then I've installed and uninstalled and reinstalled and reuninstalled dozens of versions of wine, wine32, wine:i386, PlayOnLinux from the Debian software center, PlayOnLinux with sudo apt install, PlayOnLinux downloaded from the PlayOnLinux website. Nothing has worked so far.

I need help before the final remains of rage turns into pure apathy.

Some websites say to install wine before PlayOnLinux.

Some websites say to install PlayOnLinux first, then wine through PlayOnLinux.

Some websites say to install the latest stable version of wine, some to install the latest staging version, some to install the latest development version, some to install version 1.8, some to enable 32-bit packages, some to delete from the user's .wine-directory.

My current problem is that PlayOnLinux hangs when creating the virtual drive.

I started using Linux in 1995, and I have never encountered a problem this massive and confusing.

Can someone please point me in the right direction?

Edited by oz1sej

Dadu042 Sunday 4 August 2019 at 7:07

Hello, I see that a member (LinuxScripter) has upgrade the 2013 script (in 2018). I approve this script in order to make it runnable from the POL GUI.
Please go to POL -> Install , 'update' (the apps listed), then retry.


FYI used guide:

FYI best way to provide logs :


Edited by Dadu042

booman Wednesday 7 August 2019 at 21:47

On a fresh installation of Linux I normall setup for gaming like this:

  • Install Updates
  • Install 32-bit libraries (Mint still supports ia32-libs)
  • Install Wine from Package Manager
  • Install PlayOnLinux
  • Use Wine Manager in PlayOnLinux to install Wine versions
  • Download current Wine Stable (32-bit & 64-bit)
  • Download Wine staging versions (32-bit & 64-bit)
  • At first launch, PlayOnLinux might complain about xterm and MS Fonts
  • Install xterm with Synaptics Package Manager
  • Allow PlayOnLinx to install MS Fonts
  • Start Manual installation of first game

I have been installing games on my computer for years now and I have almost all of the packages cached in my /home/username/.PlayOnLinux/resources directory.  So any time I install a game the vcrun, dotnet, d3dx packages no longer have to download.  They just install.  In fact, I've backed them all up on my server just in case.  so much quicker than downloading all of them again.

Edited by booman

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