-Install using PlayOnLinux was smooth. NoCD patch is required to get past the splash screen even on purchased copies of the game (for legal reasons I can't say where I got the patch, though I will offer a semi-related gem of advice: using POL the game installs to ~/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/TheSims3/drive_c/Program Files/Electronic Arts/The Sims 3/Game/Bin)
-The game plays fine, no observable glitches. It did not crash or hang during the three or so hours I played. An earlier report indicated that travelling places increased the likelihood of a crash, this was not my experience. Controls were snappy, no lag in response times.
-Audio was flawless, although the characters' words were unintelligible I strongly suspect this was not a wine problem. :)
What does not
-Graphics were a little poorer than what I would expect on a new laptop with a good graphics card playing a recently released game. Gradients and textures were okay, but the edges seemed rough and pixellated at times. It was not significant enough to impede gameplay, but it didn't look any diferent than the Sims 2.
-Save times were excessive- five or six minutes per save. As I have played this game only briefly in a non-wine install it's entirely possible that this is not a wine problem. However, it was enough to get annoying, especially since reports of instability had me saving three or four times a day (in-game) to avoid data loss. The load time at the beginning of the game, when it's loading the neighborhood, was also longer than I remember it being when I played on a windows box.
What was not tested
-Downloaded content system and screenshots/video record
-Play with compiz effects enabled (earlier reports indicated that these would cause problems)
My system information: System 76 "Pangolin Performance" (panp5) Notebook Kernel: 2.6.28-11-generic Distro: 32 bit Linux Mint 7 "Gloria" Processor: Dual core Intel Pentium Dual T3400 ("Core Duo") System Memory: 3 GB - DDR2 Graphics: 512 MB DDR2 nVidia GeForce G105M (1680x1050) w/ proprietary nvidia driver enabled Audio: Intel 82801I (ICH9 Family) with ALSA
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Debian GNU/Linux 10.x "Buster" x86_64||Jul 10 2019||4.12.1-staging||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gold||Alex S.|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Dec 01 2018||3.21-staging||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gold||Alexandr Oleynikov|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Oct 07 2018||3.17||Yes||Yes||No||Silver||xavery|
|Show||Ubuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)||Jun 23 2018||3.10||Yes||Yes||Yes||Bronze||Alexandr Oleynikov|
|Show||Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)||Mar 02 2018||3.0||Yes||Yes||Yes||Silver||Murteza|
|Bug #||Description||Status||Resolution||Other apps affected|
|18879||The Sims 3: Textures go Black and sometimes Abnormal patterns.||NEW||View|
|22160||The Sims 3: Sims3Launcher.exe doesn't show web site when started second time||NEW||View|
|23807||Unsupported texture formats: DF16, DF24, RAWZ: format unrecognized(909198916)||NEW||View|
|30988||Multiple .NET applications using System.Windows.Forms.WebBrowser crash with Wine-Mono (libgluezilla needed for Mono.WebBrowser/Mono.Mozilla support)(Ragnarok download manager, The Sims 3 Launcher)||NEW||View|
|33261||Sims 3 pause key (`) doesn't work with Spanish keyboard||UNCONFIRMED||View|
To use the launcher you need to install dotnet20 via winetricks!
Receiving the following?
fixme:actctx:parse_depend_manifests Could not find dependent assembly
err:module:attach_process_dlls "MSVCR80.dll" failed to initialize, aborting
err:module:LdrInitializeThunk Main exe initialization for
L"\\Program Files\\The Sims 3\\Game\\Bin\\TS3.exe" failed, status c0000142
Fix by installing vcrun2005sp1 with "winetricks vcrun2005sp1"
If you have nvidia card and are having brightness issues, after entering the game, use the command 'nvidia-settings -l' (in terminal) or just launch the nvidia panel to solve the brightness problem. If the problem appears again, just repeat the command.
For ATI on Ubuntu 10.04 x64 the following works fine; Go to System->Control Center->ATI Catalyst Control Center->Color and click the Default button. The colors now change back to normal.
Bug 18991 (crash loading a town) fix:
env WINEPREFIX="~/.wine" TZ="America/Bahia" wine "TS3.exe"
Note: It might be best to change America/Bahia to your own TimeZone
Note that Greg Noe was able to download content (at least the Rivertown) by launching the Launcher from within the game, killing the TS3.exe process (launcher won't let you download while the game is running), and then just downloading like usual.
Here are the patch links: (if you have any more, feel free to post them)PLEASE VIEW HERE FOR MORE PATCHES: http://forum.thesims3.com/jforum/posts/list/175477.page
Sending test reports, checking the bugs and posting into the threads helps us all.
If you have issues with the game, ask help. It's important to get those bugs closed which aren't up to date anymore.