SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition from the CD
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.
Runs great even on this old machine (2007 Sony Vaio).
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Current||Linux Mint 18 "Sarah"||Sep 18 2016||1.9.19||Yes||Yes||Platinum||an anonymous user|
|Show||Ubuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Sep 25 2016||1.9.18||Yes||Yes||Gold||Joe|
|Show||Mac OS X 10.9 "Mavericks"||Jun 29 2016||1.9.13||Yes||Yes||Bronze||Connor Ganuelas|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Dec 06 2015||1.8-rc3||Yes||Yes||Gold||Mike|
|Show||Fedora 21 x86_64||Mar 21 2015||1.7.38||Yes||Yes||Gold||an anonymous user|
|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|
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 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.
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:
Replace 1920x1080 with your desired resolution.