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SimCity 4 Deluxe



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NameSimCity 4
VersionDeluxe
License Retail
URLhttp://simcity.ea.com/
Votes 14
RatingPlatinum
Wine Version1.7.16
Maintainers of this version:
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Description
SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition
Selected Test Results (selected in 'Test Results' table below)

What works

  • Installation through Steam
  • Launching
  • Fullscreen mode at 1600x1200
  • Gameplay


What does not


What was not tested

  • The hardware renderer

I was able to use the hardware renderer on the main menu, but it's known to cause crashes on Windows, so I switched to the software renderer in the options menu.

  • Windowed mode


Additional Comments

Worked perfectly running through steam in the default 64-bit Wine prefix.

I used an Asus X401A Laptop with an Intel Pentium B970 CPU and Integrated Sandy Bridge Graphics running kernel version 3.14.

I added "-CPUCount:1" to Launch Options in Steam, as multicore CPUs are known to cause crashes in Windows.

The PC Gaming Wiki has information on bugfixes for SimCity 4.
http://pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/SimCity_4
Test Results
DistributionTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?RatingSubmitter
CurrentArch Linux x86_64Apr 15 20141.7.16 Yes Yes Platinum Doctor Worm 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Mar 13 20141.7.13 Yes Yes Silver Everdras 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 20 20141.7.12 Yes Yes Silver Anthony Choate 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Jul 17 20131.6-rc5 N/A Yes Gold Justin Dray 
ShowopenSUSE 12.3 x86_64Mar 19 20131.5.23 Yes Yes Gold an anonymous user 


Known bugs
Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
33877 AutoRun.exe for SimCity 4 Deluxe segfaults when trying to install program UNCONFIRMED View

 
How To Install
The easiest way to install the game is to copy the first CD to a folder on your hard drive, put the second CD in your CD drive, and run the installer from the folder you copied. This has worked for me all the time. Also, if you have two CD drives, just put one CD in one of the drives and the other in your other drive and it should work (haven't tested though), just make sure that noth are set up in winecfg. And by the way, the game probably won't start unless you have a NoCD crack. I'll let you find that on your own.

 
How to speed up the game

I got this from the Howto on the SC4 Rush Hour entry and it sped up mine considerably:


Open regedit with the command "wine regedit" (no quotes) to change the values.

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wine\Direct3D]
"VideoMemorySize"="NNN"

Replace NNN with the amount of VRAM your card has.

By default wine guess you have only 64.



[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wine\Direct3D]
"DirectDrawRenderer"=""

gdi - Use GDI to draw on the screen (slow but reliable) (default) 
opengl - Use OpenGL (fast but not all programs work correctly)]


Since most user do not have a clue about debugging wine, you can set the following variable:

WINEDEBUG=-all

wine will have no verbosity and will not display any debugging information.

Also, adding -d:opengl to the end of the launcher can increase performace, but TBH I don't notice that much of a difference between that and software rendering. I personally use -d:software, which to me works best and is most playable, but you can try opengl if you want.

Here's the command that I use to start simcity 4:

WINEDEBUG=-all wine C:\\Program\ Files\\Maxis\\SimCity\ 4\ Deluxe\\Apps\\SimCity\ 4.exe -d:software -intro:off


 


 



 
If you have a lot of plugins and the game isn't working right
Try this, I had 1.2 GB of plugins and my game just wouldn't' work right, this fixed it nicely: http://sc4devotion.com/forums/index.php?topic=4051.0 You might need to add a few dll files, read the readme file that comes with it. You'll need to be registered and logged in to the BSC LEX/

 
If your game is crashing randomly...

If your game is randomly crashing every ~20 minutes or so, try adding this to your launcher:

-CPUCount:1

It seems to be an issue with dual core CPUs that previously didn't cause problems (by the way it has problems with dual core CPUs in Windows too sometimes), and I tried taskset and it didn't seem to help, but so far adding -CPUCount:1 seems to have fixed it.


 
How to use custom resulutions

By default, SimCity 4 only allows you to use resolutions up to 1280x1024, but it's very easy to use any resolution you want, just add this to your launcher/start script:

-CustomResolution:enabled -r1920x1080x32

Replace 1920x1080 with your desired resolution.


 




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