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Application Details:

Version: 1.0
License: Retail
URL: http://gamecenter.oberon-media...
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Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.1.15

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 24 20091.1.15Yes Yes NoPlatinuman anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 29 20081.0-rc2Yes Yes NoGoldReece H. Dunn 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
13459 Oberon game launcher (incl. buttons) does not work CLOSED FIXED View
16594 Oberon game launcher does not show the buttons to launch the game. CLOSED FIXED View

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HowTo / Notes

1.    Setup

The installer for Oberon games works, so run the downloaded exe via wine, e.g.

    wine build-a-lot.exe

When the installer completes, there is a checkbox to run the game. This will run the Launch.exe program from the installed directory.

NOTE: The links on Launch.exe don't work in Wine (last tested in 1.0rc2), so you need to follow the rest of this guide.

2.    Running The Game

In order to run the game, you need to run the game executable (not Launch.exe) directly from Wine. You can do this by looking in the directory where the game was installed.

The game executable takes the name of the game itself; therefore, running Build-a-lot, you need to run:

    wine "c:\\program files\\oberon media\\build-a-lot\\buildalot.exe"

NOTE: If you are playing an unregistered version, the application will terminate after an hour.

3.    Registering A Game

If you have purchased a game that you like and want to register it, using Launch.exe does not work, but all is not lost.

First, run:

    wine regedit


Navigate to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Oberon Media".

In this key are other keys that are a series of numbers. These are all the Oberon games you have installed. You can find the one that corresponds to the game you want to register by looking at the LaunchPath value.

Enter the registration key you were given in the ActivationKey field.

Enter the email address you used to register the game with in the ActivationName field.

Change Registered from 0 to 1.

You'll need to repeat this for "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Oberon Media".

4.    Enjoy

That's it! Most of the games should work, allowing you to experience hours of fun on your Linux or Mac.


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