The benchmark program installed without a problem using the defaults. The benchmark and the demo both play in both low resolution and high resolution mode.
What does not
While running the benchmark, not a single character would appear. While running the demo, a few characters would appear but rarely. When they do appear, they don't appear correctly. That is, they would appear as one solid color and be missing parts of their bodies.
What was not tested
Different configurations and DLLs.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Oct 17 2010||1.3.5||Yes||Yes||Platinum||Dereck Wonnacott|
|Show||Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Oct 17 2010||1.2.1||Yes||Yes||Platinum||Dereck Wonnacott|
|Show||Ubuntu 9.04 "Jaunty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Oct 04 2009||1.1.30||Yes||No||Garbage||Jeremy Riley|
|Show||Ubuntu 9.04 "Jaunty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Sep 05 2009||1.1.29||Yes||Yes||Garbage||Jeremy Riley|
|Show||Ubuntu 9.04 "Jaunty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Sep 01 2009||1.1.28||Yes||No||Garbage||Jeremy Riley|
Going to perform some house work here the next few days as a lot of this information is outdated and could easily be condensed and/or eliminated altogether. If anything, having everything neat and trim will make me happy and no doubt fellow viewers interested in getting Final Fantasy XI up and running via Wine will appreciate as well.
Download the program. The program can be found at http://www.playonline.com/ff11us/download/media/benchmark01.html?pageID=media.
Install and run the program. To get optimal performance for the benchmark tests, disable all debug messages. To do this, type in "WINEDEBUG="-all" wine "/path/to/FFXiBench3.exe"".
The Final Fantasy XI Official Benchmark utility is not a required application to install and run Final Fantasy XI.
However, what the utility does offer is insight into the potential performance your system may have during game-play.
Although not a requirement, having this application run flawlessly would be beneficial to not only players of Finally Fantasy XI via Wine, but Wine itself would bennefit in obtaining the ability to smoothly run this utility. No doubt there are other applications that will benefit from the lessens learned getting this application to work.
There are a few results from older versions of Wine on older versions of operating systems that place this application as gold and performing the task the application was built to do. Tests using more recent versions of Wine upon newer versions of operating systems however appear to fail. This may be indicating that some kind of regression may have taken place within Wine. Then again, the operating system version used for testing may have played role into whether or not this application works. Something to keep in mind given the recent overhall the Xorg team has performed to the X11 window manager, which in turn effects all Linux/Unix operating system distributions that use the latest X11 window manager.