The installer works, but only with some hackery. The problem is that there is one file on Disc 1 with a filename encoded in Japanese characters, and under Wine the installer fails to find this file. The only solution I've found is as follows:
- Copy the entirety of Disc 1 into a temporary directory, and make the copied files writable.
- Rename the file in the DirectX/ subdirectory whose filename is non-ASCII to something ASCII of the same length in bytes (e.g. "abcdefghijklmn.txt")
- Open the file data1.hdr in a binary file editor like GHex, find the non-ASCII filename (it's right before GA_start.exe) and overwrite it with the same thing you renamed the actual file to.
- Run the modified installer and it will successfully install all the Disc 1 files from the temporary directory. When it asks for Disc 2, you can change the install-from path to your CD-ROM drive and install the remaining files from the original discs.
The troublesome file isn't actually part of the game and isn't needed after installation; it's just Microsoft's README file for the DirectX 8.1 installer that comes with the game.
Note that the installer must be run under Japanese locale settings (in Wine, LC_ALL=ja_JP), or the text will be illegible.
What does not
The game itself does not start. When executed, it produces a message box with the following error message (original message is in Japanese; translation by me):
Some kind of error occurred while accessing the base table. It is necessary to recheck the system requirements.
What was not tested
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Gentoo Linux x86_64||Feb 02 2011||1.3.12||Yes||Yes||Garbage||an anonymous user|
|Current||Fedora Core 5 x86_64||Oct 21 2006||0.9.22.||Yes||No||Garbage||an anonymous user|