SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition from the CD
Installs fine when following the instructions in the how to below. Game is playable with minor graphical glitches (pop up help balloons sometimes remain flickering on screen longer than they should) when using software rendering so long as you don't scroll too fast (see below).
What does not
Scrolling too fast can cause the game to end abruptly, though there are no crash messages in the console. So can edge scrolling--disabling it in the game options improved stability somewhat. Hardware rendering basically works, though moving objects (cars, windmills, etc.) are incompletely rendered, and it does seem to crash more often.
What was not tested
I've only created one city so far; I haven't yet tried to create multiple cities in the region. I also haven't tried adding any Sims to the city yet.
Do not use the autorun to install the file; a previous rater reported that it does not work. I installed by running setup.exe directly from a mounted iso of cd1, with cd2 mounted in my real drive, and it worked fine.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Nov 21 2022||7.18||No, but has workaround||Yes||Yes||Gold||MasteryOff|
|Show||Manjaro Linux 18.1.5||Feb 11 2020||5.0||Yes||Yes||No||Silver||Eray Erdin|
|Show||Debian 10.x "Buster"||Aug 26 2018||3.14||N/A||Yes||No||Platinum||GrÃ©goire Seux|
|Show||Void Linux||Feb 20 2018||3.1||Yes||Yes||Yes||Silver||pfudke|
|Show||Linux Mint 18 "Sarah"||Sep 18 2016||1.9.19||Yes||Yes||Platinum||an anonymous user|
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.