Sins of a Solar Empire

Sins of a Solar Empire without any expansion

Application Details:

Version: 1.x
License: Retail
URL: http://www.sinsofasolarempire....
Votes: 15
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.6.2

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Test Results

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Selected Test Results

What works

Installing the game through wine. Tested one quick map to see if the game loads.

What does not

When I closed the game I had a series of "fixme:d3d_surface:IWineD3DSurfaceImpl_LockRect >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> GL_OUT_OF_MEMORY (0x505) from glMapBufferARB @ surface.c / 1178" statements in my console log. I suspect that the game if played with version 1.0 is prone to crashes.


What was not tested

Rest of the 1.0 version game.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

I selected bronze rating because I have really only tested the 1.0 version to see if the game installs properly. Users have reported before that they could not install the game through Wine, with wine 1.1.12 I managed to do that without errors. My real test will be with the 1.12 updated version.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 23 20141.6.2Yes Yes NoSilveran anonymous user 
ShowLinux Mint 11 "Katya"Nov 08 20111.3.30Yes Yes NoGoldan anonymous user 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux Unstable "Sid" x86_64Jan 13 20111.3.10Yes Yes NoSilverCaleb Totten 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 04 20101.2Yes Yes NoSilveran anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Aug 10 20101.2N/A Yes NoBronzean anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
11640 Unable to use multiplayer in Sins of a Solar Empire: unknown address family CLOSED FIXED View
14477 Installer of sins of solar empire is not copying any files at all CLOSED FIXED View
14557 Sins of a solar empire straddles both monitors in xinerama mode CLOSED FIXED View
16456 Games crash with GL_OUT_OF_MEMORY error CLOSED DUPLICATE View
16504 Multiplayer in Sins of a Solar Empire not working CLOSED INVALID View
17015 Sins of a Solar Empire: In-game fonts appear too large CLOSED FIXED View
18932 Installshield installer text not being bolded (appinstall) CLOSED FIXED View
21384 Sins of a Solar Empire crash on exit CLOSED FIXED View
21859 Sins of a Solar Empire: Main menu does not respond to mouse clicks CLOSED FIXED View
29142 Sins of a Solar Empire Trinity causes GLXBadDrawable CLOSED FIXED View
29149 Sins of a Solar Empire: first letter of the game name is cut off in the installer CLOSED ABANDONED View
29479 Sins of a Solar Empire: can't change screen resolution CLOSED INVALID View

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HowTo / Notes

Install how-to

There's a quite detailed howto on installing the game on stardocks own forum, check there for the most up to date information:


Font fix

Fix 1

1. In the game's directory inside the "Font" folder are 3 .ttf files, you have to copy to your local font folder (if you use gnome you can open with gnome-font-viewer and click on install). and in a terminal run:
fc-cache -fr ~/.fonts

2. Using a terminal enter the game's Font directory and run:
sed 's/SinsAgencyBold/AgencyFB-Bold/g' -i.bak *.font 

Thanks to Marcos

Fix 2

Download fixed fonts from here  unpack and copy to Font sub-directory in Sins of a Solar Empire folder.
This fix is from the "Unofficial guide to SoaSE under Wine"  .


None of this is perfect, particularly the fix 2 which just edits the fonts to be smaller. It is possible that some text will still overlap.
For more detailed explanation of the problem see:

Changing resolution

When using NVIDIA proprietary drivers, game resolution cannot be changed in game. You need to change it manually in user.setting file located in ".wine/drive_c/users/username/Local Settings/Application Data/Ironclad Games/Sins of a Solar Empire/Setting/".

Resolution can be changed just fine with mesa drivers. I haven't tested fglrx.


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