Install, Login, Update, FFXI Updates and Launches as well.
Notably, on my 64-bit installation, the first command passed to the testbed had to be run with WINEARCH=win32 ...understandable, given that wine would likely try to emulate wintendo64 (catch the pun?) on a 64-bit system
What does not
Everything that was tested appears to be in sound working order... after making up a new testbed using WINEARCH=win32
What was not tested
Only two functions of the PlayOnline Viewer were not tested, those being the Messenger function, and the Email function. as stated above, all tested functions are in sound working order.
I'm rating this Gold due to the fact that the installer will not work properly without WINEARCH=win32 (which, I suppose, classifies in the category of "other settings") ... If not for that little caveat, It would likely be Platinum-worthy. Do note that I am running this with gitwine. My results are likely to be more indicative of what 1.5.31 will be.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Gentoo Linux x86_64||Jun 24 2019||4.11||Yes||Yes||No||Silver||Chiitoo|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Sep 06 2014||1.7.26||Yes||Yes||Platinum||an anonymous user|
|Show||Debian GNU/Linux 7.x "Wheezy" x86_64||May 12 2014||1.6.2||Yes||Yes||Silver||an anonymous user|
|Current||Gentoo Linux x86_64||May 20 2013||1.5.30||Yes||Yes||Gold||Pandoraxero|
|Show||Gentoo Linux x86_64||May 15 2013||1.5.30||Yes||Yes||Gold||Pandoraxero|
The PlayOnline Viewer and Final Fantasy XI installation/data files can be downloaded from the PlayOnline website(s):
During the installation process of Final Fantasy XI, a window with only borders, and no rendered content may be seen, and the 'msiexec' process can be using up to 100% of a single CPU core while possibly processing the 'FINAL_FANTASY_XI.msi' file probably. This can take up to at least four (4) minutes, but should eventually complete.
Last updated until this point: 2019-06-14
Windows 7 needs to be set as the reported Windows version, or the game client will crash after accepting the licence agreement.
Everything imaginable in-game works, though the game can be quite heavy, depending on settings (especially due to the shadows). Using CSMT from Staging helps with FPS by allowing more CPU to be used.
A PS2-controller via a simple USB-converter works flawlessly (aside from sometimes when entering the game, and the analog mode is off, the player character and the camera will start moving by themselves, but they stop when the analog mode is enabled (whether or not this would happen on Windows as well is unknown at this time)).
Requires the Japanese PlayOnline Viewer software, as is intended (using 'uim' to switch input methods).
Works while in PlayOnline Viewer, but not while in-game. This may be due to how things are built-in. It is possible to paste text from outside the PlayOnline Viewer into it, but the same is not true for the actual game client.
The following information may be largely out of date since 2016-12-19 or earlier.
HOWTO - Final Fantasy XI: The Ultimate Collection 2011
This HOWTO will help you get Final Fantasy XI setup on your machine using "The Ultimate Collection 2011" retail package, or equivalent media. Here you will also find a guide to get the PlayOnline Viewer running. This HOWTO is complete to the best knowledge of its creators, however, there may be some errors that have not been resolved.
Please note that in order to run this game, you will most likely NEED the proprietary drivers for your graphics card(s). Open-source drivers are known to have problems with 3D rendering, and may render many things incorrectly or slowly. Please bear this in mind when submitting test results, as well.
Running more than one instance of FFXI:
WINEPREFIX="/home/$USER/.wine-second" wine /path/to/first/full/FFXI/Install/pol.exe
/home/yourname/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/PlayOnline/ and one copy of that install in: /home/yourname/.wine-second/drive_c/Program Files/PlayOnline/
WINEPREFIX="/home/$USER/.wine-second" wine /path/to/copy/of/full/FFXI/Install/pol.exe