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Implementing the Wine Recommendations for the Game - 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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Let's implement the Wine recommendations for the game step by step:

Upgrading Wine Version to 1.2

Currently I am using Ubuntu 9.10, and the Wine version installed is 1.0.1. If you do not know your Wine version, you need to go to Applications => Wine => Configure Wine => click “About” tab.

The wine version needs to be upgraded to 1.2. The procedure is explained below.

Step 1. Go to System => Administration => Synaptic Manager. Under Quick search, type wine. You will then see different wine versions in the repository. Click the version to which you would like to upgrade and hit “Apply.”

Warning: Upgrading Wine is not recommended if you have a lot of working programs (applications and games) using the old Wine version. They might not work with the new version.

Step 2. You will know that your version of Wine has been successfully upgraded if you see the recent version with a light green square next to it in the Synaptic manager. See the screen shot below:

Step 3. It is a good idea to restart your Linux computer to refresh it from the changes.

Changing the Graphics Settings as Suggested in the Wine Application Database

To change the graphics settings, you will need to go to Applications => Wine => Configure Wine => Click “Graphics” Tab.

Make the following changes:

Step 1. Set Vertex Shader support to “None.”

Step 2. Check “Allow Pixel Shader.”

Step 3. Click OK.

Re-testing the game for improvements

The game works excellently under the above settings. The lag was drastically reduced, and the frame rate improved.



 
 
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