SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition from the CD
UBUNTU 11.04 wine 1.3.21 (with a fix added today).
Users should be aware that there is absolutely no difference between SimCity 4 Rush Hour and Deluxe.Â Only the packaging is different to confound the end users.
The whole program works in software rendering mode.Â Frequent crashes to the desktop are caused by bugs in the program that have been known for many years.Â Because of some hardware problems, I am unable to run tis very long onÂ hardware rendering, but this is a fault in my machine.
Â The frequent crashes are caused when the program makes a queuing error of some kind, and stores a zero pointer in its task list.Â When this is dereferenced, a program scrub takes place.Â Â This is not a wine problem.Â The work around is to save frequently (CTRL+s), and especially if you have the NAM and are using puzzle pieces.
What does not
I have been playing this program on wine for several years.Â Other than problems with early betas of 1.3, which seem to have been weathered, the whole program works as well as can be expected considering the neglect from the vendor.
What was not tested
Nothing was left untested.
Most of the slings and arrows for this program come from new users who innocently purchase it and expect it to work. Registered users should get the two updates supplied by EA on their site unless it was purchased from an official download site with the patches installed. You can tell if it is successfully patched by examining the program version number. If the build number is greater than 639 (third number in the list) you are fine and fully updated. For the most active user site try www.simtropolis.com
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|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|
|Show||Ubuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Sep 25 2016||1.9.18||Yes||Yes||Gold||Joe|
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.