Configuring Wine for Gaming: Important Note - 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.
You should note the important information below pertaining to configuring wine for the best gaming experience.
First, your wine registry is only one area (similar to Windows). So your optimal Direct 3D settings, as suggested by the Wine application database, or any related registry tweaks, might only work for a single game -- but drastically affect the performance of your other games. In this case, make sure you note the settings so that you can revert to them any time you need to play another game in the future.
Second, as I noted before, upgrading your version of Wine is only recommended if you are sure the upgrade will not affect previously working applications and games. In this tutorial, the Wine version has been upgraded to conform to what was suggested in the Wine application database. But note that this will have drastic consequences when you have several programs installed.
If upgrading happens to break several of your applications that previously worked perfectly, you can revert to the old version of Wine by simply reversing the process (checking the old version in the Synaptic manager and then applying changes).
The synaptic manager will remove the new version and replace it with the old version. Do not forget your old graphics settings in the wine configuration menu so that you can re-adjust them when needed.
The good thing is that your registry will not be altered during the upgrading and downgrading of Wine versions.