The only version ever published. It's stable on Windows, BUT only works under Windows 95/98 or (on higher Windows versions) in compatibility mode for Windows 95/98.

Application Details:

Version: 1.00
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 5.0.3

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What works

Pretty much everything.

Runs fluently without lags or peripheral problems.

BioSys.exe will only run if in wineconfig Windows Version 95 or 98 are selected for it.

Double-click BioSys.exe or type "wine BioSys.exe" (see HOWTO 2 below) and it will start.

What does not

Five problems occur, the first two have a solution (see HOWTO for solutions, see screenshots for examaples):

1. Videos will not play !
If started after Installation unchanged, the videos will sound and look very scrambled.
Solution in HOWTO.

2. Path Issue
If BioSys.exe is opened from Nautilus with a double click it works, but if you type "wine /path/to/application/BioSys.exe" BioSys will have a severe "Overlay Problem". All "removable objects", those which are normaly dislayed in front of the "background" graphic, will neither be visible nor "touchable". Also the "Bio/Sys 4"-GUI does not work. This is a "Present working directory" issue since the Readme.txt points out screenshots will be saved in the present working directory the program is aware of this variable which will differ from the Biosys folder if you type start it with "wine /path/to/application/BioSys.exe". I suspect BioSys.exe searches for some files in the present working directory which it cannot find there.
Solution in HOWTO.

3. Some Displays don't work
The In-Game displays seem to share the same engine but only some of them (biome sensors and surface equipment controls) work. Almost all displays in the service basements (tide machine is the only exception I found) show neither status bars nor data in numbers. (May be related to 4)

4. Font colour
Some (not all !) non-static writings in the game have black as font colour, which is not optimal since most backgrounds are dark themselves. Under Windows they mostly have green or red as font colour. (This does NOT apply to the "Bio/Sys 4"-GUI).


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Additional Comments

Since it seems based on the same technology as Myst many technological correlations might be the same.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 20.10 "Groovy" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 09 20215.0.3Yes Yes NoSilverLaKoon 
ShowUbuntu 20.10 "Groovy" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 09 20215.0.3Yes Yes YesBronzeLaKoon 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 7.x "Wheezy"Sep 28 20121.4.1Yes Yes GoldLaKoon 
ShowUbuntu 10.10 "Maverick" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 12 20111.3.18Yes Yes GoldLaKoon 
CurrentDebian GNU/Linux 7.x "Wheezy"Jun 09 20121.2.3Yes Yes GoldLaKoon 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

NOTE: Font colours work for WINE > 1.4.1
WINE 1.4.1 seems to have resolved the non-black font colour issue that rendered many in-game displays unreadable. Now they display the correct colours like they do under Windows.
HOWTO 1. Videos
To get the videos in BioSys running copy the msvidc32.dll from a generic Windows installation ("C:/windows/system32/msvidc32.dll" for me) to the respective folder in your wine directory tree ("$HOME/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32/" for me). Then set in the wineconfig -> Library menu msvidc32 to "Native (Windows)" only.
Tested with msvidc32.dll file Version 5.1.2600.0 (size 25 kB) on Ubuntu 10.10 and Debian and 7.0 .
HOWTO 2. Path Issue
To start BioSys.exe from the command line without problems you have to make the BioSys directory your present working directory by typing cd /path/to/BioSYS ("cd '$HOME/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Jumpstart Solutions/Biosys'" for me) before running BioSys.exe with "wine BioSys.exe".
Tested in Ubuntu 10.10 and Debian and 7.0 .