The release of Version Update 10.0 in August, 2009 represents a major overhaul of EU, with a transition to CryEngine2 from the previously used Gamebryo game engine and a concurrent redesign of the entire game world.
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Launcher, starting the client but it crashes or wont respond when you login.
What does not
The game itself.
In 1.1.33 there are some ploblems with the Launcher but it still works to start EU.
If you downgrade to 1.1.32 it will work fine but you cant start EU so its pointless.
The buttons under where you type your password when you have started EU.
What was not tested
You need to have 1.1.33 to be able to start EU.
If you haven't got it it will just be a empty window
And please don't complain if i took the wrong rating.
For any brave souls who want to try it, there has been a success at logging in reported using a new installation of wine 1.0.1 and the directX 10 library, even on a system with an (older) nvidia card. The good news is obviously that getting into the game is possible under the right circumstances. The bad news is that it seems to require a set of conditions not yet fully understood. This is the process:
(The DX10 on WinXP library linked above)
$> wine /location/of/vcredist_x86.exe
(This security patch for 2005 SP1 VCRUN library.)
$> wine /location/of/entropia_universe_setup.exe
As for newer versions of Wine, this is the only one way to get EU to the point that the client will run. It still always freezes or crashes on login.
sudo apt-get install wine
(Allow it to try to install the VC runtime files; it then fails trying to install DirectX and exits)
sh winetricks directx9
(Even though winetricks recommends it instead of directx9, d3dx9 does NOT work for me: it causes a problem with the VC runtimes)
(Again allow it to install the VC runtime; it should finish the installation--note that if you have to try this whole process again, installing on top of the previous EU installation is very fast and simply resets it back to VU10.0.)
sh winetricks wmp9
(Try to log in, loader patches to latest version. Try to log in again and the client comes up with the login prompt. Sound seems to work, too, but in the process of logging in, it dies)
For some reason, EU is extremely susceptible to corruption of the VCRUN settings, meaning if you deviate from this order, you will probably get an error when you try to run the client loader. I suspect this is due to EU requiring the version of VCRUN2005SP1 with the security update. If anyone has greater success than a login screen, please report.
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Fixing Low Shaders
by SinKillerJ Tachikawa on Sunday August 26th 2012, 19:50
As many guides suggest it is possible to avoid the artefacts by setting shaders to high. However, if your machine can not run the game with good performance with them set that high there is a easy fix.
1. Set the shaders to High then apply and exit the game.
2. Navigate to "~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Entropia Universe/public_users_data/public_users_data", or wherever you installed the game.
3. Edit settings-ce.cfg with a text editor, for example gedit.
4. Find the following lines and change them to 0, or whatever is most appropriate for your system:
q_ShaderFX = 2
q_ShaderGeneral = 2
q_ShaderGlass = 2
q_ShaderHDR = 2
q_ShaderIce = 2
q_ShaderMetal = 2
q_ShaderPostProcess = 2
q_ShaderQualityDummy = 2
q_ShaderShadow = 2
q_ShaderSky = 2
q_ShaderTerrain = 2
q_ShaderVegetation = 2
q_ShaderWater = 2
You will now have artefact free graphics and much better performance, you can set all the other settings however you like in game.
This method works because setting shaders to high in game changes a few other settings, I have not nailed down which exactly causes the artefacting, but until someone does more testing this should help.
Modified installation instructions
by Axel Norstedt on Thursday January 21st 2010, 18:17
This may not work further than ClientLoader.exe
$> winetricks directx9
$> winetricks wmp9
$> winetricks vcrun2005sp1
$> wine /location/of/DirectX\ 10.exe
# No longer necessary, it was caused by a bug in Planet Calypso
# $> wine /location/of/vcredist_x86.exe
$> sudo apt-get install wine-gecko
$> wine /location/of/entropia_universe_setup.exe
# If it doesn't load automatically (it did for me)
# $> cd ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/Entropia\ Universe/
# $> wine ClientLoader.exe
Only problem so far is that the auto-updater seems broken, however, it still locates the update so you can use wireshark to find out where the update is located.
As of Jan 22 01:06 AM GMT+1 2009, it's located at dlmirror.entropiauniverse.com/entropia_universe_10.6.4/entropia_universe_10.6.4.39182_setup.exe .
I'd imagine reading the filename and some guesswork is enough to figure out where the future updates are located.
It would seem that the manually downloaded setup works just fine, installing right now.
I'll report back tomorrow (GMT+1 here, or currently 01:16 AM) when I know if it worked :)