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Optimizing a Windows Game in Wine - Administration

If you've come to Linux Ubuntu from Windows, you probably left behind a few favorite computer games. You may already know that Wine can help you play them again; in some cases, however, the solution is less than perfect.That's where this tutorial can help.

  1. Configure Wine Ubuntu For Running Windows Based Games
  2. Does Wine Support the Game?
  3. Optimizing a Windows Game in Wine
  4. Implementing the Wine Recommendations for the Game
  5. Configuring Wine for Gaming: Important Note
By: Codex-M
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August 04, 2010

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To illustrate the rest of the configuration process, let's use an actual example. Suppose I want to play Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas in Wine. The following are the things that I've already done (before game optimization).

Step 1. I copied the game folder to C:Program Files in the Wine Linux Ubuntu directory. (see screen shot below):

You can locate the C:Programs Files in Applications => Wine => Browse C: Drive => then double click Program Files.

Step 2. The game was then executed by double clicking the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas folder, right clicking on gta_sa.exe , and then clicking “Open with Wine Windows Program Loader.”

Step 3. I tested the game, and it was not in the optimal mode. Two problems were found. First, the game was a bit more laggy overall than it played in Windows. Second, the frame movements or frame rate was a bit slow.

Step 4. According to the Wine database, the game is fully supported, and it is rated as “Gold” with the following technical requirements (for version 1.0):

  • Wine version 1.2
  • Setting Vertex Shader Support to None (procedure to be discussed in the next section)
  • Allow Pixel Shader (details in the next section)

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