It was not possible, at least from the GUI, to install directly from CD. The install CDs will not automatically mount. I did not wish to bother with wrestling with this problem, so I went over to my Windows box, copied the contents of each CDs to a separate directory, and copied those directories over via the network to my Linux box. The game WILL install directly from the hard drive using the files copied from the CDs. All that is required is the serial number for validation.
In order to play the game, you will also need the original CD, unless you have a No-CD patch.
I applied the trick mentioned here about MFC42. I don't know whether it is necessary or not. I also applied the tip about Pidgin.
I was able to update the game from 1.03 to 1.10 by selecting the Update option, which downloads updates from Microsoft.
I applied a No-CD patch, replacing aomx.exe.
The game cannot use in a proper manner my monitor's full resolution, because the graphics driver used by the game is out of date. Often at the highest resolution, the menu would scroll off the screen at the bottom. In order to regain control, I learned by trial and error to press Alt-Enter. Instead of using high resolution, I resort to 1280 by 1024, which has fewer problems.
In order to specify command-line options, I created a launcher with this command: "wine "aomx.exe" xres=1280 yres=1024 bpp=32 +noIntroCinematics". The launcher has this for a working directory: "/home/igor/.wine/dosdevices/c:/Program Files (x86)/Microsoft Games/Age of Mythology".
I have also downloaded a great many patches and add-ons from Age of Mythology Heaven and suggest that all users explore that worthwhile site that adds so much value to the game.
What does not
I was not able to play with the highest resolution, 1600x1200. Possibly this is due to not having the correct graphics driver. However, my rating is still platinum, because the game is old and designed for older graphics cards.
What was not tested
I did not play online and did not try campaigns.
Copy protection on the CDs will pose a small problem with installation unless circumvented.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Aug 05 2018||3.13||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gold||Isira Seneviratne|
|Show||Ubuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jul 24 2016||1.9.15||Yes||Yes||Platinum||Isira Seneviratne|
|Show||Ubuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jun 20 2014||1.7.18||No, but has workaround||Yes||Silver||Thor|
|Current||Ubuntu 13.10 "Saucy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Dec 29 2013||1.6.1||No, but has workaround||Yes||Silver||an anonymous user|
|Show||Fedora 19 x86_64||Aug 25 2013||1.6||Yes||Yes||Gold||albert|
These errors/problems have been reported on older versions of wine, but are listed here (along with possible solutions) in case they pop up again.
Problem: Flickering water and/or memory leak
Solution: Set graphics detail to low and increase your swap size.
Problem: MS EULA Appears below AoM logo on first launch.
Solution: Focus the window using the taskbar or Alt+Tab and then use Alt+A to agree.
Problem: You need MSXML 4.0
Solution: Use the version included on the install CD. Type "wine msiexec /i msxml.msi" to install.
Problem: The installer can't find PidGen.DLL.
Solution: Copy PidGen.DLL from the installation CD and place it in C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32.
AoM installation may require:
If nothing happens after you click "Next" on the CD Key input screen, you may need this file.
Download this file from dll-files and place it in C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32. Add a new override (see below).
Adding an Override
Run "winecfg" from the command line. Click the "Libraries" tab at the top of the window that appears.
Type the name of the library into "New override for library:" (type "pidgen" for PidGen.DLL). Click "Add",
make sure that "(native, builtin)" appears next to the library you just added. If it doesn't highlight the newoverride and click "Edit" select "Native then builtin" and click "OK" and finally click "OK".