Original & Gold editions
What works Installation. Play, with recent ddfix multicore fix
What does not
What does not Sound Acceleration without setting to emulation On a multiprocessor machine (dual core here), it hangs with the well known DarkEngine bug. It can be worked around with a (recent, mine is 1.5.5) ddfix and multicore fix. You can configure ddfix graphically if you install dotnet2.0 with winetricks. Don't use imagecfg.exe, it doesn't work on wine, either patching the exe or running a patched exe (it ignores the affinity change). Using taskset or other linux affinity tools on the process wine launched: wine thief.exe & sleep 2 taskset -cp 0 $! appears to work for a while, however the game itself appears to change the affinity after before running the movie of the first mission - it hangs and taskset reports a changed affinity. Only other two solutions i found were setting the affinity on the wine taskmgr clone, or using this utility: http://www.activeplus.com/us/freeware/runfirst/
What was not tested
There is a trick to set winecfg settings to specific executables from the command line (so you don't have to keep the .wine dir). In this case it is: wine reg add "HKCU\\Software\\Wine\\Appdefaults\\THIEF.EXE\\DirectSound" /v "HardwareAcceleration" /t REG_SZ /d "Emulation" Admin note:rating changed to conform to the rating definitions.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Funtoo Linux AMD64||Jul 11 2017||2.10-staging||Yes||Yes||Platinum||Anonymous Anonymous|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Feb 07 2017||2.1||Yes||Yes||Platinum||P. Neidhardt|
|Show||Ubuntu 15.04 "Vivid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jun 16 2015||1.7.45||No, but has workaround||Yes||Gold||Ezequiel Ferriol|
|Show||Ubuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Apr 14 2014||1.7.16||Yes||Yes||Gold||an anonymous user|
|Show||Ubuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Apr 12 2014||1.6.1||Yes||Yes||Bronze||an anonymous user|
Thief is an old game that will have problems on modern hardware, Windows or Wine. Therefore you must install TFix to run the game.
TFix might prompt a warning on language settings for the GOG version: you can safely ignore it.
It may prompt an error message at the end of the process. Do not confirm or it will revert the install. Kill wine instead.