SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition from the CD
|Version:||CD - Deluxe|
|Latest Wine Version Tested:||7.18|
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Gameplay works fine, though there are a few visual artifacts. Performance is actually better than in Windows.
What does not
Had some problems with the installer. I could install the first disk, then it hanged when it was time to change cds. But the game works fine if you copy both cds to a folder in you wine folder without using the installer.
Hardware rendering would cause the game to crash on startup, requires software rendering. Start the game with " WINEDEBUG=fixme-all simcity\ 4.exe -d:Software "
Game won`t run with the .exe included on the CD due to safedisc anti copy protection, you`ll have to download a no-cd patch.
What was not tested
my sim mode
Didn`t use the installer, copy contents of both discs to folder in wine drive.
|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|
|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|
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.
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by GrÃ©goire Seux on Sunday August 26th 2018, 12:18
It does not solve completely the bug (or at least the game keep crashing every ~1h instead of ~10minutes) but keep a very good performance of the game.
Before launching the game, run this in a terminal:
> sleep 300; taskset -c -p 0 $(pgrep SimCity\ 4.exe)
and launch the game.
by Intrepid on Monday July 25th 2016, 11:09
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.