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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.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  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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