Rosetta Stone

Advanced Language learning software.

Application Details:

Version: 5.0x
License: Retail
Votes: 2
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 7.5

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  • GPU: AMD
  • Driver: open source

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowPop!_OS 21.10Apr 27 20227.5Yes Yes NoPlatinumG. Luz 
ShowLinux Mint 20.3 "Una"Mar 24 20227.0Yes Yes YesGoldIan 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Jan 03 20182.22Yes Yes YesGoldTyler Gannon 
CurrentAntergos x86_64Dec 19 20172.21-stagingYes Yes NoPlatinumJhackler 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 9.x "Stretch" x86_64Mar 25 20171.8.7Yes Yes PlatinumSarah White 

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HowTo / Notes

Troubleshooting Audio and language pack install issues

For some, such as myself, rosetta stone works out of the box on a 64bit prefix and using pulseaudio so long as volume is set just right. However, many others are having issues with sound or the Program simply not adding or running language packs. If this is you, you may want to try the following :

  • create a 32 bit wineprefix 
    • WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX="path_to_wineprefix" winecfg 
      • path_to_wineprefix is the folder where everything goes. The default prefix is already at $HOME/.wine so you may want to use '$HOME/.wine32' for example 
  • install Rosetta to new wineprefix 
    • WINEPREFIX="path_to_wineprefix" wine start /unix "path_to_Rosetta_installer" 
  • Run Winetricks to set ALSA env 
    • WINEPREFIX="path_to_wineprefix" winetricks --gui
      • This will open winetricks tool from which you can set alsa as the sound server. There are other ways to to set alsa without winetricks should you not wish to install or use it.

P.S. I borrowed and slightly edited the work around posted in the comments by another user as they were fairly concise. So special thanks to "PE3GN9O" from whom I borrowed this. Also thank you to the person who submitted the test results that also mentioning this work around.


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For dummies
by smurf_goddess on Tuesday May 22nd 2018, 5:08

I am not a tech person and just want a few apps to work in Ubuntu. It has been a few years where I have tried to make this work and given up because I don't get it.

Where can I find something easy on where you install an outside program on Wine? I don't understand. The above comment said it might work straight out of the box but I am not sure what that means. What were people doing that made it work that way?

I also don't understand how to create a path for my DVD drive if I have to go through the terminal. This is all 100% new to me. All I have is Ubuntu and I need this and Overdrive. It is not anywhere on the internet and I am a librarian so that is saying something. I read the basic Ubuntu book. It does not teach Wine.

Thanks for your help
RE: For dummies
by Jhackler on Tuesday May 22nd 2018, 23:05
IS your version of Rosetta stone 5.0 or newer. Also have you installed the wine program. (If not use the software store/ center to search for and install wine.) Wine was not covered in the ubuntu material because it is actually its own separate program you install. What wine does is it try to translate programs that where intended for windows into something linux can understand. Assuming your rosetta stone is a valid licence of version 5 or newer I should be able to help you get it working.
Lessons Not Working
by PE3GN9O on Tuesday February 27th 2018, 8:55
After hitting the button 'Start Level X Now' nothing happens. Just a blank screen. 'Help', 'Course Contents' and 'Return to Home Screen' doesn't work either. I tried both Wine 3.0 and 3.2 on Ubuntu 16.04. The only thing that works is the alphabet. Do I need some additional software like flash to make this work?
RE: Lessons Not Working
by Jhackler on Wednesday February 28th 2018, 1:07
I will retest with wine 3.x series when I get a chance it has been a bit sense I tested it. No it did not previous require additional software other than a language pack be installed. Do you have a language pack installed?
RE: Lessons Not Working
by PE3GN9O on Wednesday February 28th 2018, 4:58
Yes, a language pack is installed. Did the same with Adobe Flash and AIR on Wine (didn't do the trick and was not necessary as I now know.). The ALSA workaround also didn't work for me though with ALSA enabled I can choose the correct sound device.
RE: Lessons Not Working
by Jhackler on Wednesday February 28th 2018, 12:30
I should have a chance to test it tomorrow, one last question. Is this a purchased copy of the software? I ask because I have observed radically different behavior between my purchased copy and my attempt to run a cracked copy in wine.
RE: Lessons Not Working
by PE3GN9O on Wednesday February 28th 2018, 13:44
It's an unlicensed copy. However CrossOver 17 will run it including support for microphone via ALSA.
RE: Lessons Not Working
by PE3GN9O on Wednesday February 28th 2018, 14:41
After comparing what Crossover and Wine does I found the issue. It turns out that Crossover uses by default a 32 bit environment whereas Wine uses 64 bit. This means setting up a 32 bit wineprefix is the solution. Now everything works.

// creating 32 bit wineprefix
WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX="path_to_wineprefix" winecfg

// path_to_wineprefix is the folder where everything goes
// default is $HOME/.wine
// use '$HOME/.wine32' for example
// folder will be created automatically

// installing Rosetta to new wineprefix
WINEPREFIX="path_to_wineprefix" wine start /unix "path_to_Rosetta_installer"

// running Winetricks to set ALSA
env WINEPREFIX="path_to_wineprefix" winetricks --gui
RE: Lessons Not Working
by Jhackler on Friday March 2nd 2018, 22:29
My system still works on 64bit. That said I am now wondering if this is a system specific issue ie software config or certain hardware or if it is yet another bug specific to workaround used for the crack. I noticed one of the test head the same issue and also solved it with a 32bit prefix. I will likely add this to the general trouble shooting
installer fails...
by Dan Gillmor on Thursday March 23rd 2017, 17:54
"The installer has encountered an error and is unable to proceed."
RE: installer fails...
by Jhackler on Thursday March 23rd 2017, 21:49
I am away from my computer right now, when I get a chance I will look into it. to make sure there is not a wine regression. I recall someone else having a similar issues and solving it by renaming Setup. exe to setup. exe. if I remember correctly it gave error created new files and there was a setup among those files, I will have to review the conversation. I never had that particular problem. what os and wine version are you running?
RE: installer fails...
by Dan Gillmor on Friday March 24th 2017, 18:10
Thanks for suggestion. The setup file is lowercase. I'm using Ubuntu 16.04.02 and Wine 2.0.
RE: installer fails...
by Sarah White on Friday March 24th 2017, 16:23
I had the same issue on Debian 9 and installing to a clean 64-bit Wine prefix fixed it for me.
RE: installer fails...
by Dan Gillmor on Friday March 24th 2017, 18:11
Apologies, not sure precisely what you mean by "clean 64-bit Wine prefix"...
RE: installer fails...
by Jhackler on Friday March 24th 2017, 19:46
Before following steps bellow right click your setup file and make sure under permisions the make executable box is check. Now in regards to the clean prefix question.

Wine has a default prefix and you can create separate prefixes. (Prefixes are special folders with libraries, programs and configurations. Each one can hold different configurations) Because various installation and changes can break one thing and not another it is often recommended to use different prefixes for various programs. A clean prefix would be one without any previous modifications or changes, such as ones created by wine tricks or dll overrides.

Given that you are not clear on this I will assume you are using the default prefix. To get a new clean prefix simply go to your home folder, ctrl + h to show hidden folders. Then find the .wine folder. Delete this folder, If you have anything installed with wine this will cause you to lose it. (Alternatively you can read on how to create and select prefixes.) After you install if it fails still go into the .wine folder and search through it to see if the installer created its own files and directories. If it has there should be another setup file in there.

If that is the case run the setup present in there. It seems people uses some languages have had to do this though I have not experienced this myself. Some have also reported it working under wine stagging for them but not under regular wine. If any of this works let me know and I will help you file some test results and look into the issues, so I can add the appropriate information to the page.
RE: installer fails...
by Dan Gillmor on Saturday March 25th 2017, 9:46
OK, will give this a try. One issue is that I'm trying to install from the DVD, so the setup.exe file can't be modified as executable. I'm doing the full download now and will make sure that setup.exe file is set that way.
RE: installer fails...
by Jhackler on Saturday March 25th 2017, 2:35
Hey Sarah glad it worked well in a clean prefix, if you find the time would you mind adding your test results?
RE: installer fails...
by Sarah White on Saturday March 25th 2017, 15:47
Done! :)
Pulse Audio
by Jhackler on Monday August 15th 2016, 0:53
I managed to reproduce the issues with pulse audio and the mic. If using pulse audio you can't have you mic set to high or low. Set the volume in pulse mixer to where it barely registers noise when not talking.This should be at about half of the first bubble fills up occasionally in volume control. When you speak it should go at least half way up. After this it works with pulse audio for me.
RE: Pulse Audio
by Sohrab on Saturday November 26th 2016, 21:17
Hey i can't get it to work. in RS 4 TOTALe with wine version 1.9.21 in, tells can't find any mic
Pulse is installed and works fine on linux
RE: Pulse Audio
by Jhackler on Sunday November 27th 2016, 2:19
well first go into here and post this under the correct version. that said run winecfg in terminal then go to audio section and make sure it is set to use pulse audio. However It seem that many older versions of rossetta stone have issues. I cannot test this myself as i only own a license to the latest version. That said if you post in the correct version i will try and help you out. What is the exact full length version number?