Installing, character creation and logging in. Slow frame rates still on wine 0.9.33. The hacks from http://repo.or.cz/w/wine/hacks.git fixed the cursor problem. Using fbo sped things up enough to play a character up to level 20.
What does not
Trees are buggy but improving. Leaves are now showing up except the Z-order iand scale is reversed so that all the leaves that are supposed to be small and far away are large and in your face and vice-versa. They can be turned off by going into in-game graphics setting for performance. Frame rates were exceedingly slow, unless you use fbo, however, there is no terrain or models with fbo. Yet, if you turn on NPC names and add a little bit of grass, you can sorta see the terrain and target monsters by name and thus kill them.
What was not tested
Some graphics settings hang my machine. I gave up testing after restarting from hard lock 3 times nVidia 97.55 no Beryl or anything and no messages that I can see would cause it. Seems like a driver problem.
Playable, if you like text adventure. You could also work diplomacy or crafting. Poor graphics are improving, however.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Debian GNU/Linux 6.x "Squeeze"||Jun 15 2010||1.2-rc3||Yes||Yes||Garbage||Colin Wetherbee|
|Show||Fedora 11||Nov 06 2009||1.1.32||Yes||Yes||Gold||an anonymous user|
|Show||openSUSE 11.1||Jan 26 2009||1.1.13||Yes||Yes||Silver||an anonymous user|
|Show||Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Dec 24 2008||1.1.10||Yes||Yes||Silver||Kelly Mendenhall|
|Show||Sabayon Linux 3.5||Nov 24 2008||1.1.9||Yes||No||Garbage||Samuel Nelson|
Mouse Cursor Hacks
Mouse cursor should work fine now, so skip this section.
If for some reason you can't see your mouse cursor and you are familiar with git, you can get many of the latest wine hacks and fixes that are reported to work, including cursor hacks:
git fetch repo.or.cz/wine/hacks.git master:hacks
git checkout hacks
The following hack should no longer be necessary. It is included for posterity. If nothing else works, this will prevent wine from hiding the standard X cursor so you will at least have some kind of cursor to see where your mouse is. It won't be all fancy and it won't morph during mouse-overs but at least you will be able to see it!
File to change: wine-source/dlls/winex11.drv/mouse.c
void X11DRV_SetCursor( CURSORICONINFO *lpCursor )
if (!lpCursor) return; /* quick hack, until .ani cursors are supported */
Run "make" from within the wine-source/dlls/winex11.drv/ and it will build a new winex11.drv.so which you can copy to where you installed wine (usually /usr/lib/wine or /usr/local/lib/wine)
Wine >= 0.9.61 automatically runs wineprefixcreate so just omit this step. Otherwise, open a terminal as a user, preferably not sudo or root account as this would give wine unnecessary priviliges on your system. (If you accidentally ran "sudo wineprefixcreate" you may have to restore your user permissions to the hidden .wine folder: chown user:user -R .wine)
install wine_gecko component by browsing to a web site:
$ wine iexplore http://winehq.org # any web site will do. click yes to install wine_gecko
Game crashes: Wine's built-in d3dx9_36.dll does not yet include code for D3DXCompileShader and D3DXGetShaderConstantTable so copy d3dx9_36.dll from dllfiles.com or from the game DVD into the game folder and wine will use that instead.
Now you can run the patcher. Prepare for a long download and patch session:
$ wine explorer /desktop=foo,1024x768 wine Vanguard
Perforamnce tweaks: Use regedit and add these keys under HKCU//Software//Wine//Direct3D:
For more information, check the appdb for other Sony games, such as EverQuest II http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=version&iId=358
Be sure to check http://www.station.sony.com/support/ for KNOWN ISSUES that affect Windowsâ„¢ (and possibly Linuxâ„¢)