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Spore

Application Details:

Version: 1.0
License: Retail
URL: http://www.spore.com/
Votes: 36
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 2.2

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Test Results

Selected Test Results

What works

The whole game.

What does not

Nothing as of yet.

What was not tested

Online features were not tested.

Additional Comments

The ground had some odd malformations that made it hard to play.
selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?RatingSubmitter
CurrentUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Mar 01 20172.2Yes Yes PlatinumJacob Cameron 
ShowUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 04 20172.0Yes Yes SilverJacob Cameron 
ShowUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 07 20171.9.24Yes Yes SilverJacob Cameron 
ShowLinux Mint 17.3 "Rosa"Jan 19 20161.9.1Yes Yes GoldTranslator5 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Jan 23 20151.7.34Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

HOWTO: Play Spore with minimal problems

The easiest way to play Spore without problems in Wine:

  • Make sure youre using wine version 1.1.26 or greater.
  • Start Spore using the -safe flag, e.g.

    ­­wine Sporebin/Sporebin.exe -safe
  • If you have problems: In the Settings menu, in Graphics, set the Lighting to the lowest possible quality. This is a useful workaround for almost all in-game crashes.
  • Also: Turning off shadows allows paint mode to work properly.
  • Enjoy.

If you experience problems:

  • Make sure the current working directory you run this from is the SPORE folder, not the Sporebin folder - it'll spin forever looking for the data folder otherwise.
  • If it hangs on start-up then try to rename DMCmdPortalClient.dll(also a problem on Windows):

    mv Sporebin/DMCmdPortalClient.dll Sporebin/DMCmdPortalClient.dll.bak

  • Make sure you're passing the -safe flag.
  • If you are using PulseAudio: this is not officially supported by Wine, but some users have reported success using the ESD or OSS audio driver instead of the ALSA driver. This is configurable in winecfg. It is recommended that you do not use PulseAudio with Wine.
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WARNING: Common pitfalls

If you experience graphical problems, please try to run your copy with the -safe flag, then file a bug with whether it works differently or not.

If you have problems with reaching the license server, please build from GIT or use this patch.

Experimenting with Offscreen Rendering mode (AKA: fbo vs backbuffer vs pbuffer)
If you're experiencing terrible performance, then playing with the OffscreenRendering key might be something you should try. Go to the key in the registry (use regedit) - http://wiki.winehq.org/UsefulRegistryKeys lists the useful Wine registry keys, where they are, and how to edit them.
Works for NVIDIA
I noticed that the game works perfectly in NVIDIA video cards with closed-source driver installed. However, users using an Intel card with open-source driver may experience missing textures and more problems - not playable.

Comments

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not found:gl 5626
by Jon Paul Sapsford on Saturday February 28th 2015, 20:38
Installed the game just fine, no issues whatsoever. When I run it (either from the menu or in terminal with the -safe flag) it sits there for like 2 minutes and then pops up a menu that says not found:gl 5626

After some googling I found that the error occurs in Windows a lot when the user's registry is borked up. Can't seem to find anything about fixing it for WINE.

I'm assuming that I need to install something via winetricks, but can't figure out exactly what and don't want to just install stuff for the heck of it.

Any tips would be awesome!
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