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Parkan: The Imperial Chronicles

Newer than 'box' version - with patch included, fixing some non-critial bugs (game is very stable), and adding buggy and broken '3d support' for 'shooter-mode' (not works even in Windows).

Application Details:

Version: Non-box
License: Retail
URL: http://www.parkan.ru/imperium/...
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.1.20

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Test Results

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Selected Test Results

What works

Everything except movies and installer. Movies works with external codecs - see HOWTO Movies.

What does not

  • Installer (pinst.exe) crashes - this is bug of the game itself, installer don't work in windows above 98. See howto for workaround.
  • Sometimes it plays wrong track from CDROM, not related to the current system

Workarounds

What was not tested

Nothing

Hardware tested

Graphics:

  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

Movies requires external codecs, but they do this in windows too, so this isn't problem of wine. Kernel: 2.6.29-gentoo-r1 CPU: AMD Athlon X2 64 4200+ GPU: ASUS NVidia 7600GT 256Mb, nvidia-drivers-180.51

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
Workaround?
RatingSubmitter
CurrentGentoo Linux x86_64May 02 20091.1.20Yes Yes PlatinumNight Nord 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

HOWTO Installation
  1. Add you cdrom mount as CD-ROM into winecfg->Drives. Remember the letter you've assigned
  2. Create gamedir:
    $ mkdir ~/.wine/drive_c/PARKAN
    		
  3. Copy all, but *.nav, files from cdrom mount into gamedir:
    $ find /mnt/cdrom/ -maxdepth 1 -type f -not -name '*.nav' -exec cp '{}' ~/.wine/drive_c/PARKAN \;
    		
  4. Adjust correct permissions on files (not read-only):
    $ cd ~/.wine/drive_c/PARKAN
    $ chmod 664 *
    		
  5. Create new file cd_rom.cfg inside gamedir, with cdrom letter from step 1 and colon:
    $ echo 'D:' > cd_rom.cfg
    		
  6. Turn off "3d" engine, by replacing 1 with 0 inside nik3d.cfg:
    $ echo 0 > nik3d.cfg
    		
  7. Create parkan.reg file and apply it to registry, to mark Parkan as installed:
    $ cat <<'EOF' > parkan.reg
    REGEDIT4
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PARKAN Release]
    "DisplayName"="PARKAN Release"
    "UninstallString"="D:\\uninst.exe"
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Nikita\PARKAN Release]
    @="C:\\PARKAN\\"
    EOF
    $ wine regedit parkan.reg
    		
Tips
  • You probably want to switch on Virtual Desktop inside winecfg->Graphics, because game works only at 640x480
  • You can configure controls by starting setup.exe, there is no in-game configuration
  • It's best to switch of any debug messages, unless you're catching any bug, this make performance better:
    $ WINEDEBUG="-all" wine parkan.exe
    		
  • To watch movies you have to install external codecs (not listed into winetrics). They called Ligos Indeo Codec - see HOWTO Movies for details
Warning

If you are using legal CD, with music on non-data tracks, please, be sure, that your cdrom device is /dev/hd* or /dev/scd* or, at least, it have such symlink.

Otherwise wine won't find CD - you can check it by launching winecfg->Drives, and looking into assigned CDROM serial number - if it is 0, check your system configuration.

HOWTO Movies

Thanks to Dmitry Timoshkov from bugzilla for pointing me on missing codecs and fast reply.

Movies for 'Parkan: IC' contained into .nav files on your CD - this is compressed IV32 (Intel Indeo) AVI files. So you need Intel Indeo codecs, but codecs which installed by various codecs packages from winetricks are too new. That it - you need 3.2 version from Ligos Indeo Codec.

  1. Download Ligos Indeo Codecs package (from here, for example) - it mustn't be too new - in newer codecs Indeo 3.2 codec not availible, 5.11 version just ok.
  2. When installing - choose Custom, and be sure to switch off everything except Indeo Video 3.2 Codec (especially any Help components - they failing installation)
  3. After installation you will able to watch videos
There is still two videos, that are not shown - two small text screens, which seems to be coded into very old MRLE codec, which are very hard to find. But, probably, wine catches wrong header field (it takes it as '^A'), so if somebody can test it on other program, please, reopen bug about videos with this update.

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