Homeworld's epic tale begins in the far reaches of the universe. You were the benign lords of a peaceful society located in the center of a lush spiral galaxy. For as long as anyone could remember, no one challenged your peaceful existence. But then came the conquerors, invading with the sole purpose of overtaking your world. Billions died, and the survivors were relocated to a cold, lifeless planet on the edge of the galaxy. Hundreds of years later, all knowledge of your previous existence has been lost. Only vague myths remain, until the discovery of an ancient tablet buried within the ruins of a half-destroyed craft in the great-banded desert. This Guidestone reawakened the knowledge of your ancestry, and set your race on the path home - coordinates leading straight into the heart of the galaxy. Sixty years ago, construction began on the giant Mothership that will carry millions of your people into deep space. Construction is now complete. Your journey to the Homeworld begins here...

Application Details:

Version: 1.05
Votes: 1
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 4.12.1

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What works

Having been through the other case files, I found that with sound disabled in Wine, the game plays much better. (see:  ) I was able to select 32bit gfx and choose resolutions other that 640x480. Also the game starts up every time.

On my system (Intel E5200, nVidia 7100, 2gb RAM) performance was snappy, and the game looked great at 1024x768x32bit windowed.

What does not

Sound does not work (although there is a work around), also, keyboard support was iffy. The game would register the first couple of key presses and then the keyboard would stop responding. I tried changing my default keymap, but this had no effect. This could be my keyboard since I use an old Mac Pro keyboard, but no other application has this issue, and even with the keymap set to "generic 105 key" I had the same issue. 


What was not tested

I did not test D3D GFX, network play, or the sound work around. Also, since I have a large widescreen monitor, I only used the windowed mode.

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Additional Comments

In my case, I found that the installer would not run without sound enabled, so in order to play the game, first run the installer, then create an application specific config for homeworld.exe with sound disabled and virtual desktop set to 640x480. Launch the game, choose options, video and choose opengl as the renderer. set the resolution and color depth as you like, then choose accept. the screen will resize and you should still be able to choose ok. Quit the game, return to winecfg and using the per-application setting for homeworld.exe set the virtual desktop to whatever resolution you choose in game, and away you go! (Assuming your keyboard works better than mine ;) ) NOTE! Never set the systemwide defaults in wine to a 640x480 virtual desktop, as winecfg will not fit in a 640x480 screen (The ok and cancel buttons are cut off) and you'll have a heck of a time getting it out of that mode... In digging around, it's possible that my keyboard errors have to do with the combo of nVidia drivers, compiz and OpenGL... (See: )

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Jul 28 20194.12.1Yes Yes YesGoldJames Edmonds 
ShowMac OS X 10.9 "Mavericks"May 24 20151.7.38Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 
ShowopenSUSE 13.2 x86_64Dec 07 20141.7.32Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 
ShowLinux Mint 12 "Lisa"Jan 04 20131.5.21Yes Yes GoldBrian Cesar 
ShowUbuntu 11.10 "Oneiric" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 08 20121.5.1Yes Yes GoldNasra 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
23714 Homeworld : Can't change resolution NEW View
38763 Homeworld hangs when changing screen resolution or switching renderer NEW View

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