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The "Battlefield 3: Special Edition".

Application Details:

Version: Battlefield 3: Special Edition
License: Retail
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.8-rc3

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Test Results

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browser initiation & server connection of punkbuster


origin client

What does not

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bf3 graphics window

bf3 stack call to origin.


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Additional Comments

d3d ,mscoree & mscv dll overrides to builtin. Origin in virtual desktop Origin launches bf3 but without command line options provided previosuly,and fails. bf3.exe manually invoked from q4wine with all start arguments,and shows that the stack call for origin isnt working,although origin is running without error,stack & thread issues. Debug Options invoked.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 11 20151.8-rc3Yes No GarbageKari Saaranen 
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Mar 21 20151.7.38Yes No GarbageKari Saaranen 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 8.x "Jessie" x86_64Oct 28 20141.7.29Yes No GarbageScott Weldon 
CurrentUbuntu 13.10 "Saucy" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 22 20141.7.11Yes Yes BronzeJeff 
ShowUbuntu 13.10 "Saucy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 02 20141.6.1Yes Yes BronzeJeff 

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HowTo / Notes

EULA - Warning

Keep in mind that before you can install Origin you have accept an EULA that entitles the software to crawl through your wineprefix logging everything. I highly recommend both removing the "Z" link to your / in winecfg and installing BF3 in it's own prefix.


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Can't even install it anymore
by Sabun on Monday March 4th 2013, 9:31
Used to be able to install BF3 at least, even though it wouldn't play.

Now, Origin has really ruined things. Can't download BF3, can't install it from my discs, can't reload/refresh the game's list using a backup install from Windows.

What I get now is "Windows prevented the application from creating a download directory. Please accept the UAC prompt to begin downloading this game."

As far as I know, Wine doesn't have UAC. I tried XP and Windows 7 in winecfg, no dice.

This was all tested using Wine 1.5.25, 1.5.23, 1.5.11 and even 1.3.17 on Ubuntu 12.10 64Bit. Even tried some self-compiled versions of 1.5.25 with double buffer patch and crysis patch, just to see what might happen. So this new problem isn't Wine, it's Origin. Almost feels like EA is paying the developers to put in Anti-Linux/Anti-Wine code in their work.
RE: Can't even install it anymore-bf3 -install working
by Jeff on Wednesday January 1st 2014, 23:22
The bf3.exe now loads with Origin and via the web browser,i have PB installed and both PnkbusteA & B running ,alogn with eacoreserver,easonar,origin client service,with the option string after the bf3.exe .

To get awc.dll errors to be corrected the following string after the bf3.exe without quotes and must be used ,some of the data is only available if you have purchased the item from EA.

The following string is available via windows string information when running the game.

-webMode MP -Origin_NoAppFocus -onlineEnvironment prod -AuthCode thiscodeisperpurchasefromwindblowsinbf3startstring -requestState State_ClaimReservation -requestStateParams logintoken=thiscodeisperpurchasefromwindblowsinbf3startstring levelmode=mp personaref=thiscodeisperpurchasefromwindblowsinbf3startstring role=soldier gameid=thiscodeisperpurchasefromwindblowsinbf3startstring putinsquad=true

Wine Version wine-1.6.1
Hardware Clevo p150 ,i7 haswell & GTX765

If it complains about unable to grab the display eg:place $DISPLAY as your current display ,to show this in a normal console echo $DISPLAY

I have also disabled dx9,10 & 11 in the wineconfig application settings ( libraries).

Only Error now is :

fixme:win:EnumDisplayDevicesW ((null),0,0x33dc38,0x00000000), stub!
fixme:heap:HeapSetInformation (nil) 1 (nil) 0
fixme:heap:HeapSetInformation (nil) 1 (nil) 0
fixme:system:SetProcessDPIAware stub!

Still to test /correct is the actual screen display and play.

COD4 was misbehaving with display errors will i unplugged the external monitor (hdmi),it now plays great,this didnt fix the display errors in bf3,yet.

Any help with these errors would be appreciated.

fixme:win:EnumDisplayDevicesW ((null),0,0x33dc38,0x00000000), stub!
fixme:heap:HeapSetInformation (nil) 1 (nil) 0
fixme:heap:HeapSetInformation (nil) 1 (nil) 0
fixme:system:SetProcessDPIAware stub!
by Morion on Monday October 31st 2011, 17:03
The game can use 10 and 11 directx.
But when I run game, the it try to find d3d11.dll and crashes at startup. Do someone know, how I can use d3d10.dll?
RE: Direct3D
by Galym Kerimbekov on Wednesday November 2nd 2011, 1:45
RE: Direct3D
by Coxtor on Friday November 18th 2011, 8:49
Sadly this does not work - All dll's are registerd and listed in winecfg and the files are all located in system32 directory. Still I too get this message.
Any ideas why ?
RE: Direct3D
by rocko on Thursday November 24th 2011, 21:37
It looks like you can fix this by creating a symlink to one of the d3dx11_4x.dll files:

cd /drive_c/windows/system
ln -s d3dx11_43.dll d3d11.dll

But I can't test it further yet because it crashes shortly afterwards complaining that BCryptGenRandom is unimplemented, which is because none of the bcrypt functions are implemented yet in wine.
RE: Direct3D
by rocko on Thursday November 24th 2011, 21:42
Oops, I meant cd /drive_c/windows/system32.
RE: Direct3D
by rocko on Thursday November 24th 2011, 21:45
And after reading what the posting has done to my cd command (it removed the 'insert your wine folder here'), I'll try again.

If, say, your wine folder is /games/bf3/wine, then this is the command to use:

cd /games/bf3/wine/drive_c/windows/system32
ln -s d3dx11_43.dll d3d11.dll
RE: Direct3D
by teepean on Saturday February 4th 2012, 3:50
Does it work with a real bcrypt.dll from Vista/Windows 7?
RE: Direct3D
by rocko on Saturday February 4th 2012, 3:56
I have tried using both a bcrypt.dll from XP and from Win7, and neither work.
RE: Direct3D
by teepean on Saturday February 4th 2012, 4:00
What kind of error does Wine output?
RE: Direct3D
by rocko on Saturday February 4th 2012, 16:36
With bcrypt.dll from Win7:

err:module:import_dll Library API-MS-Win-Core-ProcessThreads-L1-1-0.dll (which is needed by L"C:\\windows\\system32\\bcrypt.dll") not found
err:module:import_dll Library API-MS-Win-Security-Base-L1-1-0.dll (which is needed by L"C:\\windows\\system32\\bcrypt.dll") not found
err:module:import_dll Library bcrypt.dll (which is needed by L"Z:\\bf3\\Battlefield 3\\bf3.exe") not found
RE: Direct3D
by teepean on Sunday February 5th 2012, 3:26
According to Dependency Walker both API-MS-Win-Security-Base-L1-1-0.dll and API-MS-Win-Core-ProcessThreads-L1-1-0.dll do not need any additional dlls so you can copy them from Windows without fear of getting to dll-hell.

I'll have to try this myself as well.
RE: Direct3D
by rocko on Sunday February 5th 2012, 23:08
I'm pretty sure that at the time I was trying to get it to work that I copyied these DLLs across into wine's system32 folder, but wine still couldn't load them.

If you *do* get it working, please post back because maybe I mixed up the 64 and 32 bit version of these files.