SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition from the CD
Everything, I tried all the options and stuff and it all works fine.
What does not
There are some transparency issues, when building a road/avenue/highway/zoning etc. you will not see the transparent image that you are meant to see. This is worse on 32-bit but it might be not so bad as I'm on a better PC with 64-bit.
What was not tested
To be able to install this I had to, mount the first CD ISO, copy all the contents of the CD into a folder. Unmount it, then run the setup. Then when it prompted me to insert CD 2 during the installation. I had to mount the CD 2 and then install. I do have this running in a window but it should work fine when not in a windowed mode. This also did work fine with an Intel Core i7 machine, nVidia 9400GT, 6GB DDR3. It doesn't really murder the performance on the PC.
|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.