Total Annihilation plus Core Contingency plus Battle Tactics pl 1.0-3.1c patch
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Everything in the single player campaign/skirmish against AI. The game play is very fluid and responsive. I did not have to set a virtual desktop or anything.
What does not
Nothing. At least what was tested
What was not tested
I am giving it a silver because you need to install msvcrun2008 with winetricks into its own prefix so that it will run the game. It will run the installer without doing this but the game will crash otherwise. The steps I took where:
"$ winetricks prefix=.winta msvcrun2008"
the prefix=foo in winetricks makes a new wine prefix at /home/$user/.local/share/wineprefixes/foo so now I did
"$ WINEPREFIX=/home/$user/.local/wineprefixes/.winta winecfg"
and set the version of windows to Windows 95 and did a native override for msvcp90.dll (which is what the winetricks command installed in this prefix).
Then installed TA to this prefix.
Note also that the first time I started the game it gave me the error "anims/fog.GAF" in a dialog box. This happens because there are too many .hpi files in the install directory. Rename some of these files to *.ufo instead of *.hpi and this will fix the issue. For some reason there was a limit on hpi files but not ufo files.
Anyway happy gaming!
is not implemented natively within wine, but it works using the native
directplay dlls. There is a section about multiplayer configuration
Installation and configuration
you're not sure which version of wine to use, use 1.1.27, otherwise you
could try using the version of wine that comes with your distribution,
and then, if that doesn't seem to work, you could try 1.1.27.
Wine basic configuration
- In winecfg, set "windows version" to "Windows 95"
Install TA original from cd
- run winefile
- in winefile, click on the drive icon corresponding to your cd, for example it could be "D:"
- in winefile, double-click SETUP.EXE
- at the end you will likely get an error "cannot open readme.txt"
- you can ignore this error (fixed in wine 1.1.27)
Install Core Contingency
- the bad news is that you can't install core contingency using
setup.exe, because it will complain that TA isn't installed yet (fixed in 1.1.27)
- you can install via the installer SETUP.EXE on the cd, or by simply
copying the .CXX files from the DATA directory of the Core Contingency
cd into the directory where you installed TA original to
- it is recommended to just copy the files across, otherwise the 1.0-3.1c patch may not install correctly
Install Battle Tactics
- Just copy the .CXX files and .UFO files across as from the cd into
the directory where you installed ta to, since this ensures that the
1.0-3.1c patch will install correctly.
Install 1.0-3.1c patch
- this should be installed last
- it will ask you for the location for where you installed TA original, so give it the location and this will work fine ( correctly detects location automatically in 1.1.27 )
Wine configuration for single player play:
You may find that TA runs out of the box, if so: good!
wine/ta complains that it can't find an appropriate resolution -
perhaps you are running on a 800x480 screen - then you could try the
following, in winecfg:
- In the 'Applications', create a new application setting for TotalA.exe
- this is important, because otherwise winecfg itself will run in the
virtual desktop you're going to create, and it is not always easy to
use winecfg in a virtual desktop
- select the "TotalA.exe" application setting
- switch to the 'graphics' tab and:
- select 'Allow DirectX apps to stop mouse leaving the window'
- unselect 'Allow the window manager to decorate windows'
- unselect 'Allow the window manager to control windows'
- select 'Emulate a virtual desktop', and try putting the resolution of your screen, which, strangely, seems to work great!
may have scim installed or similar. If this is the cause, you may get
the keyboard working by typing in front of wine "XMODIFIERS=''":
XMODIFIERS='' wine /my/ta/directory/TotalA.exe
instructions were tested with the sound set to 'alsa' in winecfg, and
with pulseaudio entirely uninstalled from the machine. I'm not
recommending you uninstall pulseaudio, but if the sound doesn't work
for you, then you might consider doing this.
If game won't start at all
- the game probably won't run without the 1.0-3.1c patch applied
if your screen won't run at 640x480, you could try creating a virtual
desktop, see 'Wine configuration for single player play' above
note that these instructions were tested on wine 1.1.26 and wine
1.1.27, so if the game still won't run you might consider installing
- if the game still won't run, please add a
comment and / or bug report, providing as much information as possible
on hardware, operating system, packages installed, screen hardware,
console trace, and so on.
You can mount .iso images of the cd, for example on a netbook which doesn't have a cd player, but you won't get any music.
might think that a .iso image is an image of an entire cd, but
actually, a .iso image of a TA cd is just an image of the data track of
the cd. The music is stored in the subsequent audio tracks. The
original TA cds are mixed-mode cds.
To get sound using a
virtual cd, it is not sufficient to create and mount a .iso image: you
need to get an image of the entire cd, for example, by creating a
Once you have a cue/bin image, you can load it
as a virtual cd from within linux using cdemu. If you're not sure
which version of cdemu to use, or if the one packaged with your
distribution doesn't seem to work correctly, you might consider getting
the 1.2.0/1.2.1 version - you may need to build from source - which
works just fine.
You don't need to "mount" the virtual cd
using "mount": it is enough to "cdemu load" the cd, and wine should
automatically see the virtual cd. You can check that the audio tracks
are visible by opening RhythmBox or similar. The first track should be
about 28 minutes or so: it is the data track that contains TA itself.
If you're not sure whether to use --bus=system or --bus=session , --bus=session seems to work just fine.
You might consider creating a new wine prefix to keep everything
neat. By using a new prefix, you can keep your ta wine configuration
separate from your other wine program configurations. You don't have
to; things will most likely work without doing this, but they might
break more easily, or something might not work and you're not sure why.
To use a wine prefix, simply, whenever using wine or winecfg, instead of typing just "wine" or "winecfg", type:
This will create a new wine configuration directory at /home/user/wineta
can delete the directory /home/user/wineta/drive_c/windows/gecko , if
it exists, which takes up 30M of space, and is not needed.
How well does it run?
It runs great! Very fluid, even on an ancient netbook with a 600megahertz Celeron.
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how to dismiss the directx warn dialog?
by fpemud on Sunday February 24th 2013, 22:36
"On start up I get a warning that my version of Direct X may not be compatible with the game"