Battlefield 1942 with the 1.6 patch from www.ea.com. This patch includes new multiplayer levels, new weapons, and an updated physics engine.
CD check (SafeDisc protection).
No graphics problems with 3d hardware acceleration on nVidia GeForce Go. FPS better than on Win$.
Sound (with minor glitches).
Multiplayer on servers without PunkBuster.
What does not
Multiplayer with PunkBuster. On version 1.61b (last update) servers, if you use the old PunkBuster (installed with game), you get kicked. After manually updating PunkBuster, when you connect to a server, the screen begins to flicker, and in a few seconds you are kicked because the two new PunkBuster services (PnkBstrA and PnkBstrB) cannot communicate with each other.
Sound. Randomly, some samples get truncated or don't play at all, for example when you shoot Vulcan in A-10. Sometimes you hear this nice rattle, sometimes you don't.
What was not tested
Multiplayer on BF1942 version 1.6 (older) with the old PunkBuster (may work, as there are several servers using this configuration).
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Pop!_OS 20.10||Apr 09 2021||6.0||Yes||Yes||No||Platinum||Henrique Terto|
|Show||Debian GNU/Linux Unstable "Sid" x86_64||Apr 02 2019||4.5-staging||Yes||Yes||No||Platinum||Honki Tonk|
|Show||Debian 10.x "Buster"||Jan 28 2018||3.0-staging||Yes||Yes||No||Platinum||EETagent|
|Show||Linux Mint 17.1 "Rebecca" x86-64||Aug 25 2017||2.12-staging||Yes||Yes||No||Platinum||Mark Arb|
|Show||Ubuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jul 20 2016||1.9.14||Yes||Yes||Platinum||JeffZ|
To start the game from a terminal: $ cd ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/EA\ Games/Battlefield\ 1942 $ wine BF1942.EXE
The main menu resolution being different from the in-game resolution is normal: the game programmers hard coded the menu screen to a fixed resolution.
If you want a faster startup time, you can delete the .bik files in the Movie folder and it will load directly to the menu.
There is some confusion over whether or not online play works with Punkbuster.
Punkbuster works for up to 30 minutes, thereafter it attempts to update itself, when the update occurs it fails to run correctly causing you to be kicked from a punkbuster enabled server.
Servers that do not require punkbuster work 100% - there are several out there.
This note is true of wine version 0.9.58.
Punkbuster enabled servers appear to work ok with Wine 1.1.10 or greater.
Atleast with 1.1.13 and 1.1.14, online play has stopped working
Unfortunately due to the design of Punkbuster it will never work in Wine without the cooperation of Evenbalance, it is designed to compare the internals of Windows while the game runs to make sure nothing is modified. As Wine is not Windows, it will always detect a problem.