Thief II: The Metal Age

Application Details:

Version: 1.x
License: Retail
Votes: 10
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.5.17

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What works

Installation, running after ddfix multicore fix.

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: The affinity fix in tafferpatcher or the ddfix included there don't work either. One uses imagecfg, and the ddfix release is very old and crashes wine. Be aware if you want to install the other things in tafferpatcher that it always installs the latest patch so the exe is replaced. Only install a recent ddfix after running tafferpatcher.


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Additional Comments

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"

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 12.10 "Quantal" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 13 20121.5.17Yes Yes NoGoldan anonymous user 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Dec 21 20111.3.35Yes Yes NoPlatinumSerge Hooge 
CurrentUbuntu 10.10 "Maverick" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 27 20101.3.5Yes Yes NoGoldi30817 
ShowUbuntu 9.04 "Jaunty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 24 20091.1.26N/A Yes NoGoldMichael Abbott 
ShowUbuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 19 20091.1.21Yes Yes NoBronzeYfrwlf 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
40284 Unable to change resolution for LVDS panels (laptop), on which only one resolution is available (ex. 1680x1050) UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes

video/startup problems

you MUST install "iv5play.exe" from the game disc

if you want to view the cinematics then you will also need a native quartz.dll

Running on multicore systems
I am told that the command taskset -c0 wine thief2.exe is needed (and sufficent) to run Thief and Thief2 on a multicore system.


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