Selected Test Results (selected in 'Test Results' table below)
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).
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.
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.
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:
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:
Replace 1920x1080 with your desired resolution.
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by Intrepid on Monday July 25th 2016, 11:09
I was researching how to install from the disks when I learned this technique:
Insert CD1 and start the installation (usually browse to the CDROM drive and double click setup.exe). Once you get to the "Insert Disc 2" message, open a terminal window as root. Inside the terminal, type the following:
this will pop the disc tray open allowing you to insert disc 2 into the drive. You should then be able to go back to the insert disc 2 message during installation and continue the installation.
This is only a possible fix, but this worked for me.