First make sure you have Timidity installed on your computer. It's a native application that plays the midi output from the game. On Ubuntu and other Debian based systems you can install Timidity by running the following command:
sudo apt-get install timidity
Start the game and choose TiMidity port 1 to be the output device.
Sound volume turning to 0% when closing the game
Synthesia tries to fix a bug in windows sound systems by decreasing the master sound volume when closing the game. On Wine Synthesia will turn the sound volume to 0%. This feature can be disabled by making the following registry change to the settings of the game:
"Disable Auto Volume"="1"
Renderer: OpenGL vs Direct X
The game comes with two renderers: the OpenGL one and the Direct X one. Both are working perfectly under wine, but Direct X needs some tweaking.
If you want to use the OpenGL renderer add the following registry entries:
by Chris Spencer on Wednesday September 10th 2008, 19:24
I found a "virtual desktop" emulation option in winecfg. Is this what you were referring to? Setting its screen size to a resolution smaller than my desktop does cause the game to start in a Gnome window. Unfortunately, this doesn't seem to improve stability.
by Chris Spencer on Sunday September 7th 2008, 10:11
The general consensus seems to be that you can't force window mode unless the game specifically supports it. There seem to be a few apps that claim to do this, but the reviews say they're more likely to crash the app than force it into window mode.