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SimCity 4

SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition

Application Details:

Version: Deluxe
License: Retail
URL: http://simcity.ea.com/
Votes: 15
Rating: Platinum
Wine Version: 1.9.19

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Test Results

Selected Test Results

What works

Everything.  Full installation, including all patches.  Building Architect Tools (BAT) and Network Assist Module (NAM).  Everything runs smooth, even on this old machine (2007 Sony Vaio).  All modes tested: OpenGL, DirectX, and Software. 

What does not

The only thing that doesn't work is the GMAX program that's needed for the BAT (it's listed separately on this appDB with garbage ratings).  This program is used for compiling your own buildings, which isn't really needed for typical user game play.

What was not tested

Nothing.  I ran a full test. 

Additional Comments

Runs great even on this old machine (2007 Sony Vaio).
selected in Test Results table below
DistributionTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?RatingSubmitter
CurrentLinux Mint 18 "Sarah"Sep 18 20161.9.19 Yes Yes PlatinumJeff 
ShowUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Sep 25 20161.9.18 Yes Yes GoldJoe 
ShowMac OS X 10.9 "Mavericks"Jun 29 20161.9.13 Yes Yes BronzeConnor Ganuelas 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Dec 06 20151.8-rc3 Yes Yes GoldMike 
ShowFedora 21 x86_64Mar 21 20151.7.38 Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
22692 Multiple applications fail to update progress bar during lengthy copy operations (missing CopyFileEx progress callback support)(Total Commander 8.x, SimCity 4 installer) STAGED View
41581 SimCity 4: Application hangs, stack overflow outputted UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes

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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