This is the last released patch for Master of Orion 3. Lots of bug fixes and some features were added since v1.00
What does not
Playing the game at full screen, see comments for more
What was not tested
Multiplayer, but doesn't use directplay and has worked perfectly in the past
After lots of fiddling around I discovered the secret to getting it working; You _MUST_ run the game in a virtual desktop of 800x600, otherwise you'll get a blank screen. A virtual desktop bigger then that also has the problem. You might be able to get around this by changing the res of your monitor to 800x600 but I wasn't willing to do this.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Ubuntu 20.04 "Focal" (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Oct 13 2021||6.0.1||Yes||Yes||Yes||Silver||axm|
|Show||Ubuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Mar 27 2016||1.9.6||Yes||Yes||Silver||Maquis196|
|Show||Ubuntu 14.04 "Trusty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jun 21 2014||1.7.19||Yes||Yes||Silver||Robert Zenz|
|Current||Gentoo Linux x86_64||Jul 10 2011||1.3.23||Yes||Yes||Gold||Maquis196|
|Show||Gentoo Linux x86_64||Apr 25 2011||1.3.17||Yes||Yes||Gold||Maquis196|
|Bug #||Description||Status||Resolution||Other apps affected|
|2028||DSound and DDraw improvement for better gamesupport||CLOSED||INVALID||View|
|4273||Animated cursor does not appear in Master of Orion 3. Function call CreateIconFromResourceEx failed to use resource bitmap header||CLOSED||DUPLICATE||View|
|9254||Master of orion 3: blank screen as unable to access directx surface||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|13519||Master of Orion 3 shows black screen||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|27835||Freespace 1 hangs on startup with a blank screen||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|29301||Master of Orion 3 shows only a portion of the screen when screen resolution >800x600||NEW||View|
An updated version of this document can be found here
Master of Orion 3 HOW-TO
1-Insert the first disk(installation) on your cd-rom drive.
2-Open the cd
3-Right-click the setup.exe archive. Left-click WINE.
4-The inicial installation screen will open up. Click "NEXT".
5-The game's License Agreement will be shown. To continue you will have to accept.
6-Read the License. To continue with the installation, check the box which says "I Agree".
7-Click the "NEXT" button.
8-Link creation will be offered. Just click "NEXT".
9-Ready to copy files to your HD. Click "NEXT" again.
10-Wait until file coping finishes. Be patient.
11-When the coping ends you will be required to register your game's copy. Although you can register, I recommend you don't. If you desire to register, insert you age and click "NEXT".
12Otherwise click "CANCEL" and go to step 15
13-(OPTIONAL) If you chosen to register, your browser will open and you will be given the opportunity to register in the vendor's page.
14-(OPTIONAL) Insert your birthday, platform(PC), and Master of Orion 3, then click "CONTINUE". After that you will have to input your name, address....
15-(OPTIONAL) Roll down your browser and click the "SUBMIT REGISTRATION" to conclude
An error message will appear. Don't worry, just click "OK" it doesn't affect anything.
16-The next screen will ask for you to install Gamespy. Leave the field "NO, INSTALL GAMESPY ARCADE LATER" checked and click "NEXT".
17-In the following screen, leave "NO" checked and click "NEXT".
18-Click "NEXT" Again.
19-As you can see below, the game was successfully installed. You can now click in the icon WINE created to play it.
20-I recommend you update your Moo3's version to v1.25. Download it here and extract it somewhere. Right-click the executable archive and left-click WINE.
21-Another screen will show up. Click "INSTALL".
22-Click in the "DONE" Button.
23-You will be asked whether you want to read the patch's readme. If don't want to read it, go to step 25.
24-(OPTIONAL) If you click yes, the picture below will appear. Close WINE's notepad to proceed.
25-WINE hasn't implemented securom(It's an anti-copy protection method). This means you will have to download a "No-CD" file to be able to play (disk 2 won't be necessary anymore). Please remember that you may only use that file if own the game (a.k.a. bought it in stores). The message below will appear if try to use disk 2 without that file, so continue reading this tutorial.
that "No-CD" file, overwrite the original Moo3.exe with the
one you just acquired in the directory
Interactive/Master of Orion 3" as in the example below.
27-All set up. Click in the created icon to play.