Old versions from 1.0 to 1.2
The English USA Version updated to 1.2, installs and plays in full screen with no obvious graphical (See exception in "What does not work") or sound issues. Although I only tested the first four or so levels of the siege campaigns.
What does not
The game plays noticeably sluggish on the same hardware when compared to having run it on Windows XP Professional. And the mouse input, particularly the mouse button are very unresponsive or lagged. Unfortunately, this little problem makes game play frustrating and not worthwhile to enjoy doing so for very long. Also, the resolution does not keep it's correct aspect ratio in full screen. It stretches out to fill the whole monitor. Which makes the proportions look incorrect on my 21" LCD widescreen monitor. A user here suggested that I try running it in a virtual desktop, as he has been successfully running it that way on his computer. While this does correct the whole aspect ratio problem. It does not improve the performance and mouse lagging. And introduces another problem of the mouse pointer leaving the window. Which is not corrected with the option in Wine configuration of "Allow DX apps to stop the mouse from leaving their window".
What was not tested
Multiplayer, seige maps, custom maps, freeplay/freebuild, and economic campaigns, playing without the no CD crack, and uninstall.
This is an update to my prior test data post of Oct 28, 2009. I could not find a way to edit or delete my prior post. So if an administrator here can delete that prior post, and/or explain to me how to go about editing my own test data post, I would be grateful. Additional information: I'm using the Nvidia proprietary Linux graphic driver version 180. Hardware: AMD Athlon XP 1800+ (1.53Ghz) Abit KR7A-133R motherboard (Via KT-266A chipset. Onboard RAID is disabled in BIOS, using a single hard drive.) 1GB of DDR266 RAM Nvidia Geforce 7600GS AGP graphics card with 256MB of RAM. (Motherboard only support AGP 4x) Acer P221w 21" widescreen LCD monitor connected using DVI port.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Gentoo Linux||Jan 24 2021||5.0.3||Yes||Yes||No||Platinum||K1773R|
|Show||Debian 10.x "Buster"||Feb 27 2018||3.2||Yes||Yes||No||Platinum||Alexander Schlarb|
|Show||Ubuntu 16.04 "Xenial" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jun 06 2017||2.0.1||Yes||Yes||Platinum||Jaroslav Smutek|
|Show||Ubuntu 14.04 "Trusty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Nov 19 2015||1.7.55||Yes||Yes||Platinum||Jaroslav Smutek|
|Show||Linux Mint 16 "Petra" x86_64||Mar 08 2014||1.7.13||Yes||No||Garbage||an anonymous user|
This should work for any app, if you have Intel + AMD or AMD + AMD with open source drivers.
If you have laptop with hybrid graphics cards. You can launch game with command:
env DRI_PRIME=1 vblank_mode=0 wine ~/path/to/your/exe/file
In case of using command, you get swich to powerful graphics card and disable vsync for more FPS.
If you have Mesa drivers 17.x.x or more, you can use this command:
env DRI_PRIME=1 mesa_glthread=true vblank_mode=0 wine ~/path/to/your/exe/file
Last command is most best in performance that you can get in this moment, you can use it for any wine application that you need. But argument mesa_glthread=true may not always work, so if your app crash, remove it.
For Steam users, you can set environment variable of any applications in properties.
DRI_PRIME=1 mesa_glthread=true vblank_mode=0 %command%
(It will work only with native Steam for Linux) For Wine, you have to start Steam or game with those arguments