Descent 3

The windows version of the fantastic FPS 3D Shooter!

Use standard multi-CD installation procedure:

  1. Map your CD-ROM to a drive (say d:) using winecfg
  2. Insert CD and mount it
  3. From outside of CD-ROM mount point (cd ~) run wine 'd:\setup.exe'
  4. When prompted for CD2, in the separate terminal run wine eject d:
  5. Repeat steps 2 - 4 for each CD

Descent 3 downloads, including 1.4 patch

Application Details:

Version: v1.4 US
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.2.3

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Test Results

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What works

Fresh install, everything works - no work arounds needed. You can even use a USB HID device fine. I dug out my old Logitech Wingman Extreme joystick to play the game, and also tried a USB game pad (not as much fun as the old school joystick though). No work arounds were needed to select the video driver (I seen a report that it may crash when you try to configure the video - I didn't experience it).

What does not

Didn't find anything that didn't work.


What was not tested

I didn't try the game with the video to set to Direct 3D Direct Draw drivers (I just used the first option which was Open GL)

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

Dug the game up from the grave as I wanted to play something different and nostalgic. I did uncover one (very small) problem. The loader causes buffer overruns to the sound system as it makes noise when you move the mouse over the selection buttons. It's not a big deal unless you roll the mouse around a lot over all the selection buttons on the game loader continuously for approximately 30 seconds - then (and only then) the loader may crash due to all the buffer overruns. My Wine is configured for ALSA, and I didn't try any of the other sound system selections (not sure if the overruns are limited to the ALSA system or my ALSA configuration). The loader will not crash otherwise (ie: loading it and letting it sit there). So when the loader appears, select what you want do do (ie: Setup or Play) instead of rolling the mouse around over all the buttons continuously for 30 seconds... If your using a modern video card, then don't forget to go into the options menu and max out everything for the video settings once in the game. ;-)

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentUbuntu 11.10 "Oneiric" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 11 20111.2.3Yes Yes Platinumandrew 
ShowUbuntu 10.10 "Maverick" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 25 20101.2.1Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 13 20101.1.42Yes No Garbagean anonymous user 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux Unstable "Sid" x86_64Aug 28 20091.1.28Yes Yes GoldLiam Busey 
ShowopenSUSE 10.2Aug 27 20070.9.44.Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
3596 Civ Call to Power, Descent 3: mouse tracking really slow CLOSED FIXED View
26468 Descent 3: graphics garbled with OpenGL CLOSED INVALID View
26522 Descent 3: game unbearably slow with D3D CLOSED FIXED View

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