-launching the game
-character selection screen
-moving about the world, interacting with NPC's
Framerates through out character selection, in game and running around in game (through a busy town too) were excellen, between 50fps(character selection) and 20fps(the town)
What does not
-HTML areas displayed by gecko appear as badly garbled textures (such as EULA and patch notes on the patcher/log in thing)
-mouse cursor is not visible in game at all
-setting the game performance to anything other than 'high performance' or 'highest performance' results in everything being lit up really bright and framerate drops to 1 or 2 fps
-moving the mouse while holding one of the buttons to rotate the camera only works a bit as the cursor moves out of the window; the application doesnt seem to be able to 'lock' the cursor position when the button is pressed.
-weird clipping issues when moving around the world, artifacts appear from nowhere in front of me.
-enabling the registry setting: OffscreenRenderMode=pbuffer results in all the UI disappearing
What was not tested
-sound (had my on board sound disabled in BIOS)
-fighting (was on my main character and didnt really want to fight a monster and suddenly find a bug that stopped me fighting and got me killed!)
Like one of the people who left a comment below stated, this game actually runs pretty well and would be perfectly usable if the issues with the mouse were fixed, which has only recently become the case. Before the game was completely unusable running at 1-2fps but since the last time i tried it, ive upgraded from kubuntu 7.04 -> kubuntu 7.10, wine version from 0.9.43 -> 0.9.46 and Vanguard has been patched with game update 3, so I have no clue which of these three is responsible for making this game work-
|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„¢)