SimCity 4 Deluxe

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NameSimCity 4
License Retail
Votes 14
Wine Version1.7.38
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SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition
Selected Test Results (selected in 'Test Results' table below)

What works

Almost everything.

Hardware rendering seems to work well.

What does not
I did notice that the graphics can be a bit wobbly when moving around cities, and that shadows seemed a bit overdone.  The roads also have odd looking gradients, but look mostly correct.

What was not tested
Extended gameplay.

Additional Comments

Dell Inspiron 3542 with an Intel Core i3-4030U and 8 GB RAM.  This system has Intel 4400 Graphics.
Test Results
DistributionTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?RatingSubmitter
CurrentFedora 21 x86_64Mar 21 20151.7.38 Yes Yes Gold Ian Peters 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Apr 15 20141.7.16 Yes Yes Platinum Doctor Worm 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Mar 13 20141.7.13 Yes Yes Silver an anonymous user 
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 

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.


Replace NNN with the amount of VRAM your card has.

By default wine guess you have only 64.


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:


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: 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:


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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by Alastair on Monday August 11th 2014, 17:03
Encountered the following issues on my dual-screen setup.

In windowed, virtual desktop mode, SimCity 4 never shows up. This appears to be because the change to resolution settings by the game.

In desktop integrated mode, the game appears to read the combined width of both of my monitors and the height of the smaller of the two, then mirrors the image onto both screens. This means that the image ends up being squished vertically, the cursor position is correct when moved horizontally, but incorrect when moved vertically (cursor points higher than what is shown on screen).

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