Guild Wars All Versions

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NameGuild Wars
VersionAll Versions
License Retail
Votes 153
Wine Version1.8-rc2
Maintainers of this version:
The current version available for Guild Wars. Includes Prophecies, Factions, Nightfall, and Eye of the North.
Old test results
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Selected Test Results (selected in 'Test Results' table below)

What works

-everything works perfect

What does not

What was not tested
I didn't install in this version of wine, i installed with version 1.1.20

Additional Comments

It runs perfect. Played it for like 2 and a half hours without any problems at all.
it is alittle laggy at times but that is probably due to background downloading(where guild wars is still downloading content while your playing)

computer specs:
1.4 ghz amd athlon xp
768mb ram
nvidia video card.
xubuntu 9.04 "jaunty"
Test Results
DistributionTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?RatingSubmitter
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 8.x "Jessie" x86_64Feb 02 20161.9.2 Yes Yes Gold Gero67 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Dec 07 20151.8-rc2 Yes Yes Platinum pezz 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Nov 18 20151.7.55 Yes Yes Bronze pezz 
ShowUbuntu 13.10 "Saucy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 05 20141.7.16 Yes Yes Platinum an anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 01 20141.7.8 Yes Yes Bronze Sworddragon 

Known bugs
Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
10893 Guildwars Minimize Bug NEW View
16783 Guild Wars: Game window is not displayed NEW View
25872 Guild Wars 'test system' doesn't show test results NEW View
29872 Guild Wars: Character graphic is corrupted NEW View
31839 Mouse jumps to the upper left corner of the screen UNCONFIRMED View
32063 Guild Wars: Orange square appearing UNCONFIRMED View
34247 "Program Files" is not locale-specific NEW View
37651 Guild Wars looks like crappy doo doo UNCONFIRMED View
38034 Guild Wars: Game starts sometimes minimized UNCONFIRMED View
38514 Guild Wars: Mouse can get stuck in a small area UNCONFIRMED View


NOTE: Guild Wars usually doesn't require any special settings to get working. The advice listed below is only for those who require help installing, running, or troubleshooting Guild Wars.


Simply use the installer found at Unzip the installer and run it using Wine:

wine GwSetup.exe


WINEDEBUG=-all wine "C:\Program Files\Guild Wars\Gw.exe"

WINEDEBUG=-all will stop the flood of fixme messages generated from normal use. If you require debugging, omit this option.


  • Make sure 3D works in native applications before blaming Wine. Try glxgears, or a 3D game such as etracer or supertuxkart.
  • Use the latest version of Wine. Type 'wine --version' to check.
  • Use the latest version of your graphics driver.
  • Try different versions of Windows in winecfg, such as Windows XP and 98.
  • Under the winecfg Graphics tab, try experimenting with the window settings if you have window/resizing issues. It is recommended to run the game in a virtual desktop for performance and other reasons.
  • Turn off Compiz Fusion or KDE desktop effects.
  • "Guild Wars has encountered an unrecoverable graphics driver error and must terminate" (bug #12870) is caused by fglrx, not Wine.
  • OSS graphics drivers (aka radeon/radeonhd/nouveau/intel) will provide poor performance with wine games, it is recommended to use the binary nvidia driver or fglrx for ATI.

If you are having graphics issues, use regedit to try some registry keys:

  • UseGLSL=disabled (Use this if you have a low end graphics card, Intel graphics, or if you are having performance problems.)
  • DirectDrawRenderer=opengl (Already the default with up to date versions of Wine)
  • OffscreenRenderingMode=fbo (Already the default with up to date versions of Wine)
  • Multisampling=enabled (Already the default with up to date versions of Wine)
  • RenderTargetLockMode=auto

Appending these flags to the run command may help you:

  • -dx8 - Uses DirectX 8
  • -noshaders - Disabled shaders, along with -dx8 this will improve performance (but make the game look pretty bad)
  • -dsound - Uses DirectSound
  • -nosound - Disables sound

Other tips:

  • In Options > Graphics, set the refresh rate to 60hz or the highest you have listed that is within your monitors range and turn on vsync for improved responsiveness in some cases.


Using FBO as the ORM crashes with fglrx drivers

This is not a Wine bug, it is a fglrx bug.  Please do not open a bug for this, it will just be closed.

See the fglrx bug for more details, or check the HOWTO for this app for a workaround.


The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. WineHQ is not responsible for what they say.

For OpenSuse users
by Bart Vaes on Wednesday December 31st 2014, 3:58

I'm posting my latest experience here - for reference - but also because the search for a solution nearly drove me insane, and there are enough nutcases in the world already :)

Note: following may be useful to OpenSuse-users only, since I never had GW-problems on my previous Ubuntu / Mint distributions.

First, my current system for playing Gw:
- OpenSuse 13.2 KDE
- AMD FX-4100 Quad core CPU
- Asus AMD HD6670 video card
- PlayOnLinux 4.2.5 / Wine 1.7.31
- OSS radeon driver

Notice the last point - OSS radeon driver. I was using the proprietary AMD driver before, but I never got GW working with
it on my system. Installation went well, but when starting gw I never got past the update screen. It just stood there, at 100% and never continued to the actual login screen. No music playing or anything. After a minute or so the process would lock up and I had to kill it.

I've searched weeks on end for solutions, tried *everything* on this page (and more) - but there were no error messages, nothing showed up in playonlinux.log file when debugging...

The "solution" in my case was to install the radeon driver, and now gw works with no additional tweaks needed.
Needless to say I'm still flabbergasted as to why this happened, and because my "solution" is hardly a solution at all.

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Guild Wars Crashing
by John Smith on Wednesday October 15th 2014, 5:18
Hi Guys,
Whenever I want to install Guild Wars on Ubuntu 14.04, the launcher crashes when all the GW files are downloaded. I have been waiting for 4 Hours but the installer just wont finish. I have Wine 1.6.2, Ubuntu 14.04 and a Radeon R7 260X running the lastetst drivers.

Best regards, John

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Catalyst 12.6 - 12.8 + Wine 1.5.12: no Guild Wars
by Emanuele on Saturday September 8th 2012, 7:08
Hi guys!

This message to report my experience with Guild Wars and the new version of Wine: bug 16783 (no login screen displayed) and also keyboard 'seems' not to work. Maybe, due to the fact that the text field are not appearing (just the cursor is flashing) the keyboard does work but the screen shows anything.

Anyway with my previous version of Wine (I cannot remember which one, maybe 1.5.3... or some 1.5.x) I had no problems at all.

SO if your Guild Wars game IS working fine PLEASE do not upgrade Wine nor AMD Catalyst driver :)

Just to recap:
Wine 1.5.x < 1.5.(maybe)5 + Catalyst 12.6 -> GW OK!
Wine 1.5.12 + Catalyst 12.6 OR 12.8 -> GW goes from platinum to garbage.

P.S.: of course I tried all the workaround (also if I'm not happy because the previous version does not need any of them!!!) but the only partial solution is to set Win98 as system. Ok, you'll have the screen with that but forget about keyboard: nothing can be pressed and so it is not possible to perform the login.

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in osx lion / mountain lion crashing bug
by Jerry Chan on Friday August 17th 2012, 11:40
when i pressing command to show the in-game NPC names or item name, plus you using mouse rotating, the game will crash in OSX lion or mountain lion.

in debug there leaving these message, hope to be having advice about this.

fixme:keyboard:X11DRV_MapVirtualKeyEx keyboard layout 0x0 is not supported
err:wgl:internal_SetPixelFormat Invalid operation on root_window
jerrychf-MacBook-Air:Guild Wars jerrychf$ wine -version
Dynamic session lookup supported but failed: launchd did not provide a socket path, verify that org.freedesktop.dbus-session.plist is loaded!
wine: cannot find L"C:\\windows\\system32\\-version.exe"
jerrychf-MacBook-Air:Guild Wars jerrychf$ wine --version

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looks great until
by Matt on Wednesday July 25th 2012, 8:35
My guild wars runs flawlessly until about 5 minutes in and then I loose my screen all together. what could be the cause?

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Graphic Flashings while playing Guild Wars on Snow Leopard (2007 iMac)
by steven on Monday July 16th 2012, 11:36
i recently installed Wine on my 24" 2007 iMac to play Guild Wars. Everything runs smoothly and the game looks great. However, there is one glitch.

On certain character, mainly ranger's pets, the pet has this flashing lines coming out of the character, and after a while, it really hurts your eyes looking at all the flashing graphic lines (not sure if you call that artifact or not - i'm trying not to get seizure while playing guild wars :D)

Graphic card is ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO and I'm running snow leopard (using X11 that came with snow leopard, not XQuartz)

I've tried googling for this issues, but can't really find any solution.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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GW Running Slowly
by Panama Craig on Tuesday March 13th 2012, 23:03
Ok a few things here...

I just freshly installed 11.10 and barely have anything on the system at all. I installed Wine immediately, got all of it's dependencies, then downloaded and installed Guild Wars! I've tried every registry key entry that is listed to help improve performance. I even used the tags -dx8 -noshaders and saw litterally no performance increase. I ran it as a desktop module, and made sure to update my drivers to the proprietary drivers from nvidia... by the way, here are my machine's specs...

Intel Core i7
NVidia GeForce 260 GTX
4 GB of DDR3 RAM
Ubuntu 11.10 32 bit
Current NVidia Drivers: 295.20 32 bit drivers

The 260 GTX is an 896 DDR3 GPU that could run this game and WoW, or SWTOR fine under Wine. It's not a top of the line graphics card, but it's by no means a bad one either. It's a very nice card. Anyways... Can someone help me figure out how to get Gw.exe running pretty decently? I know when I've had Ubuntu on my computer before, it ran fine, and I think the only thing I've done to my computer is replace it's video card since then. Is upgrading really downgrading in Ubuntu? LoL... 10-15 fps is unacceptable... 25-30+ is acceptable, someone help me get it to this point. I don't care how it looks in the end, and yes I've tried tanking the display settings... it still doesn't seem to increase performance.

If someone wants to debug whats going on, I can provide logs. Provided you show me how to make those logs lol.

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Guild Wars Trial, OSS Radeon driver & Wine 1.4 rc4
by Martin on Friday February 24th 2012, 8:18
I recently switched to the OSS Radeon driver instead of the proprietary one. Sweet performance boost, especially with Compiz. However with Guild Wars, not so much.

Wine: 1.4 rc4
OS: Ubuntu 11.10
Kernel: 3.0.0-16-generic
xserver-xorg-video-ati/radeon: 1:6.14.99+git1202211255.688c8a~gd~o
mesa: 8.1~git1202220907.ab79d2~gd~o

The Guild Wars start up screen simply hangs when it begins to load the game.

No errors are generated.

My current results in tracing this, are that it hangs right after 'WineD3D_CreateFakeGLContext getting context...'.

I'm still trying to figure out what may be causing it. Whether it is a driver issue, or wine issue still remains a question. Xorg.0.log by default reveals no culprits. But it is most likely a driver issue.
Nothing's set in stone yet though.

What I've tried so far:
All Windows compatibilities.
-dx8, -noshaders, -nosound, -dsound.
Compiz enabled and disabled.
With and without virtual desktop.

If anyone has had any luck playing Guild Wars with OSS Radeon driver, please let me know. Whether it's bad performing or not.

Should you run into the same issue then install the proprietary drivers instead. They do work.

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Guild wars failed
by bailey on Saturday January 14th 2012, 10:37
So I installed wine....Downloaded and installed Guild Wars. Started up fine right after install...but i couldnt connect to the server. So I did a reboot, and went to go fire it back up and Guild wars will not fire up. :\ chrome shockwave player now crashes. I need some asstance

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Works superb!
by Speed on Friday January 13th 2012, 19:39
Testing and it seems that the only thing killing the framerate is the Shadows setting, Medium or High bring the framerate from 60 FPS down to 10-15 FPS. I have 6GB of RAM and ATI HD 58xx with 1GB of memory using the newest mesa build with gallium.

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Updated Ubuntu to 11.10 and now nothing works
by Paul Hughes on Saturday December 3rd 2011, 12:45
Decided to finally update from 11.04 to 11.10 and after re-installing ubuntu I cannot load guildwars.

Have tried playonlinux, crossover trial, wine versions 1.2.3 and 1.3.28.

In 11.04 all of those had actually worked. Using AMD64 bit version of Ubuntu.


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no sound
by Thomas allen on Saturday November 26th 2011, 16:51
hi mine loads up just fine the only thing is theres no sound no login screen music no nothing im using 11.10

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  • RE: no sound by Astohan on Sunday November 27th 2011, 7:13
  • RE: no sound by Sworddragon on Tuesday April 15th 2014, 22:22
Guild Wars crashes on start
by Wazle on Saturday November 5th 2011, 10:37
installing worked perfect. but if i start Guild Wars the screen resolution changes and i still see my desktop, but having the guild wars cursor. what can i do? i am using wine 1.3.31

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Game Freezes after update
by Joshua on Saturday October 22nd 2011, 22:51
The game installs fine, goes through the update, but when it goes to open the main game window, it freezes, and stops responding.

I've tried adding the suggested registry keys in various combinations to no luck. Anyone happen to know what I might try next, or what I'm missing?

Just installed Ubuntu 11.10 the other day. Wine 1.3.31, and if the video card helps any lspci says I have a "intel corporation mobile 4 series chipset". Tried in the default unity at first, but now on the gnome classic with no effects.

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by James Knight on Thursday September 15th 2011, 12:39
My main desktop is in the middle of a refit so I'm trying to get GW to run on my laptop. It's running the latest version of lubuntu with WINE 1.3.28 and I've successfully downloaded and installed GW. When I run the exe the launcher turns the screen black, the cursor changes to the ingame cursor, but then it freezes; when I go back to the desktop it says that there's an error and to contact WINE.

I couldn't fine anything specific about WINE and lubuntu, so I wondered if that might be the problem? I should add that although my laptop is old and feeble (Dell Inspirion 1300) it did use to run GW natively on Windows XP, so I know the hardware is capable.

No idea where to post this, so I hope this is ok - if not, feel free to direct me elsewhere. Many thanks!

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  • RE: Lubuntu by Sworddragon on Tuesday April 15th 2014, 22:19
Wine 1.3.23 and Ati HD4650 (catalyst 11.6) problems
by thedukesd on Wednesday July 6th 2011, 13:44
Wine 1.3.23
Catalyst 11.6
Ubuntu 11.04

To make the game actually work I had to make this settings:


(this seams to be set by the Wine profile for Guild Wars, without it Guild Wars use the dx8 engine, set to disabled it actually has the same effect as using -dx8 or -noshaders)


(to be honest I think this is completly useless, with or without it I get same fps so i belive it's the default)


(without it after I start the game everything is black, after login most of the texture are black)


this last setting i needed to fix some texture coruption (the texture coruption is really annoying), but the main problem is that with this on i have ~50% less fps then without it and this cause around 15 fps in some area.

I tryed the settings in the how to posted here and the settings from here, all of them seams not to have any effect.

Is there any way I get more fps without using -dx8 or/and -noshaders

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can't insert @ in the login screen
by Chaya on Thursday June 2nd 2011, 6:01
i installed Guild Wars on my mac with wineskin and it works perfectly fine. But i can't manage to login because i am not able to insert the "@" in the login screen. i've already tried copy and paste, alt+l and to insert it as a special sign but nothing seems to work. (i'm using 1.3.21)

thanks for your help

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cannot connect to AreaNet
by Richard Gionfriddo on Monday May 2nd 2011, 15:13
the game installer downloads the client, but then when the game goes to update, I get the following message:

GuildWars is unable to connect to the AreaNet network. Please verify that your Internet connection is working, or try again in a few minutes.

It does this every time, and I checked my Internet, and it works fine. I am even using the same computer to type this right now.

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Game not loading...
by Ashley on Saturday February 26th 2011, 4:18
This is a "New" bug that I'm getting after installing some updates on Ubuntu 10.10.
I installed the game first thing, and didn't have much of a problem (apart from the graphics being all weirded out) and put this down to that I needed to update my OS.

Then, when I did all the updates, and restarted y machine, Guild wars no longer loads fully. Instead what happens is that the ArenaNet screen loads up, then the bacground music begins to play, but nothing else comes up.

Any help would be welcome, and I hope this information helps resolve the issue.



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Doesn t start
by Davide on Sunday February 6th 2011, 11:00
Hello i have installed Guild Wars from playonlinux, but it doesn t start just resigne the desktop resolution and nothing more :-( some ideas please?

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graphic stretching? i think
by Pete Sadler on Thursday December 23rd 2010, 17:23
not sure what you would call it
so far ive only seen it happen to this cat model and a cape or 2

im using winebottler as i couldnt quite figure out how to install wine otherwise, running on an imac os x 10.6.5

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by Angus Hedger on Monday December 13th 2010, 0:31
Try turning off GLSL.

Also, can you pastbin and link a full log from running at terminal?

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Low FPS using given tweaks
by René on Friday December 3rd 2010, 21:11
i got about 16 fps regardles of what graphic settings i set, high or low.
i get no advantege of using the tweaks, if i stand still i get 70fps that drops to 16 every 3-4 seconds, running around gives me even less frames.

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laggy game play
by Redleer on Thursday December 2nd 2010, 12:08
im using wine 1.3.8 and when i run gw i get really laggy game have tryed changing my refresh rate and things, how could i make game run smooth?

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GW Installer
by Rick Thomas on Friday October 29th 2010, 20:34
I ran the installer through wine, and it loaded. When I choose the directory to install Guild Wars, a guild wars icon appeared on my desktop, and then my whole computer becomes non-responsive. I cant click on anything, though my skype call was still running. I had to force shut down. Any ideas why this happened? Was using 10.04 ubuntu.

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by Lanseril on Thursday October 14th 2010, 21:17
Sorry for the double post. If i have the time, i will post my settings when using fglrx. I am using Radeon HD3200 on my netbook. It runs guild wars ok, but not as smooth as windows. Still playable by a large scale.

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by Angus Hedger on Wednesday October 13th 2010, 15:32
What kind of problems are you having?

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  • RE: by Henne on Thursday October 14th 2010, 5:41
    • RE: by Lanseril on Thursday October 14th 2010, 21:15
      • RE: by Henne on Tuesday October 19th 2010, 7:41
        • RE: by Angus Hedger on Tuesday October 19th 2010, 9:23
        • RE: by Lanseril on Tuesday October 19th 2010, 14:50
          • RE: by Lanseril on Tuesday October 19th 2010, 15:03
            • RE: by Lanseril on Tuesday October 19th 2010, 15:03
              • RE: by Henne on Friday October 22nd 2010, 8:46
Guild Wars and fglrx
by Henne on Wednesday October 13th 2010, 5:23
I only can see, that Guild Wars works well with the NVIDIA support.
I´m using a 5870Ati Videocard. And the game always stucks while playing the game.

I´ve tried any possible regedit mode. Nothing changed. Is there anyone who plays Guild Wars well with a ATI-Video card?

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by Angus Hedger on Saturday October 9th 2010, 10:48
Just incase you dont see the response to the other thread, I will be on in #winehq

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  • RE: IRC by James on Saturday October 9th 2010, 14:32
Wine version
by James on Saturday October 9th 2010, 10:42
All i really know because Im pretty new to linux is that im running wine version 1.1.42. And i have no idea if it even has a GPU driver...But give me a time sometime this late afternoon of when u can help me via IRC cause this messaging just takes too long(Central time). Thanks dude

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When screen minimized Comp seems to shut down
by James on Saturday October 9th 2010, 9:13
Im running linux mint 9 and if i run wine "C:\Program Files\Guild Wars\Gw.exe" it works but its full screen and extremely laggy, i know if i can get it to be minimized it would work but when i try to minimize it, it just like halfway shuts down the comp to where i have a black screen and cant do anything. The same black screen comes up if I run wine "C:\Program Files\Guild Wars\Gw.exe" -windowed This problem is really starting to annoy me, is there any option that allows me to get by it? (Ive already tried WINEDEBUG=-all wine "C:\Program Files\Guild Wars\Gw.exe" just in case u were wondering, it is still super laggy)

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by Lanseril on Thursday October 7th 2010, 13:30
I can confirm that GW works with DirectSong installed. Follow the instructions for directsong as if using windows. Then use winetricks to install wmp10.

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Random crashes since 1.2
by Chris on Sunday August 15th 2010, 21:11
Hi all. I've been running GW on wine for ages now. I'm currently staying on 1.1.44, because it works pretty close to perfectly, and because starting with the 1.2-rc releases and 1.2 final, I get random crashes in the game with do not happen with 1.1.44. This happens almost always when inventory is open and I'm mousing over something within it.

Anybody else experience this? If so, is it fixed in 1.3?


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by HaTeMe on Thursday August 5th 2010, 17:22
Hey, thanks i will try this too tomorrow. Performance is good - but can be a bit better (Spikes sometimes).

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  • RE: by HaTeMe on Thursday August 5th 2010, 17:23
Low Framerate
by HaTeMe on Thursday August 5th 2010, 7:51
If you have a realy low Framerate with a moderate PC try to set the Refresh Rate in the Options from Standard to ~50 Hz (or what is aviable to you and supported by your Monitor).

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new to linux
by Charlene on Saturday May 15th 2010, 8:46
So i am new to linux and very new to wine. I am trying to run guild wars and it loads just fine, but when i get to the login screen while the boxes to put my info are fine the background is just a solid wall of black. and once i log in i can see the smaller boxes with the backgrounds but the characters don't appear in them and the background behind them that usually has the characters standing there before u select who you want o go in as is also solid black. how do i fix it / what is the problem? sorry if this seems like a stupid question with an obvious answer.

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Low Frame-rate
by Cindy on Saturday March 6th 2010, 19:07
When I load GW it loads fine, but when I get the character screen it's frame-rate drops. Its like watching a slide show. When I enter the game, the frame-rate is just as bad. I am running the game on Ubuntu 10.0 and wine1.2 version 1.1.31-ubuntu3. I have an XFX nForce 630i mother board with an onboard GeForce 7150 and 2 gigs of ram... if that helps.

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error GLXBadDrawable
by Ixidor Boulemans on Sunday February 28th 2010, 4:47
I've installed GW with playonlinux. When loading it in the terminal, window shuts with next error:

X Error of failed request: GLXBadDrawable
Major opcode of failed request: 154 (GLX)
Minor opcode of failed request: 5 (X_GLXMakeCurrent)
Serial number of failed request: 1025
Current serial number in output stream: 1025

I'm running Ubuntu 9.04 with the RadeonDriver for Radeon Xpress 1150. I've tested with wine version 1.1.10 en 1.1.38 with both the same result. I can accually run the game after the next command:

export LIBGL_DRIVERS_PATH=/usr/lib32/dri

but it is then very slow and with a few graphical bugs ('noise' and upside-down things)

I've turned Compiz to none effects, glxgears does work (around 400 FPS). I've changed the regestry keys like recommended (UseGLSL=disabled, DirectDrawRenderer=opengl, OffscreenRenderingMode=pbuffer, RenderTargetLockMode=auto) and also tried the Multisampling, without result.

I believe that I'm not the only one with this problem, but I've only found problem-cases and not the solutions ...

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1.1.38 woes
by JuPi on Tuesday February 16th 2010, 15:10
openSUSE 11.2, fglrx 10.1

1.1.37 worked just fine, though since 1.1.38 I randomly get the following issues:
- GW crashes before the login screen with
err:seh:raise_exception Exception frame is not in stack limits => unable to dispatch exception

- PixelShaderMode set as enabled will most of the time result in an upside-down picture

- Degraded performance/fps (in the 40-50% range), which also happens in Dark Age of Camelot

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no anti-aliasing possible
by Will Wisp on Thursday February 11th 2010, 9:10
Hi all,

does anybody have an idea, why it is not possible for me to switch on anti-aliasing?

I am using a newer ATI graphic card and the fglrx driver with wine 1.1.37 on Ubuntu Jaunty, 32 bit. Multisampling is enabled in the registry.

I can switch on best graphics, but in the field 'anti-aliasing' only 'none' can be chosen.

Thanks for any suggestions

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ArenaNet Error
by Jesse Green on Tuesday January 26th 2010, 18:37
The game when it first loads attempts to connect to the ArenaNet server, however, the game cannot seem to access the internet despite the fact that my internet connection is stable. Does anyone know how to let Wine utilize the internet?

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Guild Wars Rendering Issue
by Chris on Thursday December 17th 2009, 0:59
I've gotten Guild Wars running at an acceptable level using 1.1.34 on Karmic however I'm experiencing a graphical error.

I seem to recall seeing this issue before. Has anyone seen this before or know anything about it?

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by Lam on Monday December 14th 2009, 4:32
My system:

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
ATI Radeon 5750 -- Catalyst 9.11 (fglrx)
Kubuntu Karmic 9.10
Wine Version 1.1.34

I will detail the steps I used to get Guild Wars to work on my system. It was not as easy as I had anticipated as I am using the fglrx drivers.

1. Install the game as normal.

2. Run the registry editor (regedit) and navigate to the following location:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER / Software / Wine / Direct3D

Create a new key for Direct3D if it does not exist.

3. Add the following string values:

DirectDrawRenderer opengl
OffscreenRenderingMode backbuffer

That's all I did to get this game to work. Here are the reasons why they differ or not including from the values everyone else gives:

a. A lot of the other keys are not necessary. As per this document,
most of the other values are already default. For example:

PixelShaderMode enabled (default)
RenderTargetLockMode auto (default)
UseGLSL enabled (default)

b. My OffscreenRenderingMode was chosen to be backbuffer because it was the only thing that worked. As per the document in (a), the three values that this parameter can accept are fbo, pbuffer, and backbuffer. I tried fbo and it caused system lockups in full screen and program-reported errors in windowed mode. pbuffer worked, but the character slots after getting past the login screen were not being rendered correctly (as in they were rendered but rendered with something completely irrelevant). This leads me to believe that it would cause other rendering issues. Thus, left with only backbuffer, I tried it out and it worked.

Now, what could be done differently:

* I did not try UseGLSL as disabled. You can give that a shot, but enabled worked fine for me. Your mileage may vary.

I hope this helps someone somewhere in getting this game to work with fglrx. It seems the NVIDIA guys have it easier.

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Mouse cursor vanishing
by Béla Gyebrószki on Sunday December 13th 2009, 10:51
Has anyone else noticed the following: after 3-4 hours of (perfect, glitch-free) gameplay the mouse cursor has vanished. That was the only bug I encountered while playing the game so far.

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Guild Wars Prevent Laggs
by Carsten Tewes on Wednesday November 18th 2009, 16:42
Just don't forget to install the d3dx9 package with winetricks:
(I have installed corefonts and ie6, too, but I think, d3dx9 should do it alone xD )
I had terrible fps and a ping over 600ms before I installed it, after it all worked perfectly, no laggs, ping between 50 and 150ms good fps-rates.

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Disappearing Cursor
by devosion on Wednesday October 14th 2009, 5:11
The game runs absolutely wonderful on my ubuntu machine, better than Vista, after tweaking the registry and the wine configuration. The only bug I couldn't work around is involving a disappearing mouse cursor after playing the game for an extended period of time, usually over 2 hours. The cursor does not reappear and I am forced to restart. Any workarounds or fixes?

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Using Synaptic and Playonlinux only, Gold performance.
by Lanseril on Thursday September 10th 2009, 12:12
Ok, here's a quick howto on how i solved various problems with GW on wine.

Firstly, i am running a 64 bit machine. my graphics cards are 2x 8600 GT nvidia. This is for nvidia only. This is done under Debian Sid Unstable. Apply the appropraite changes if you are using another distro or version.

1) Install correct drivers. I decided to upgrade my debian Lenny to Sid, and using the sid repos and only synaptic, installed an nvidia kernel and nvidia-glx. It'll be much easier if you're on a clean install. Make sure you do not mix repos, but the non-free official repos for your own distribution. Also, if you want to enable antialiasing, install nvidia-settings, read step 10 for more information.

2) Install using playonlinux. The wine version i used to install was 1.1.10. Two executables should be available, "Guild Wars" and "Update Guild Wars"

3) Using playonlinux, go to tools->manage wine versions. Select 1.1.27 and install it. click on the applications tab. Select "Guild wars" and switch the version to 1.1.27. Select "Update Guild Wars" and make sure the version is 1.1.10, which it should be. Otherwise, change it to 1.1.10.

4) Guild wars may still have choppy graphics, if you are running on a 64 bit machine. Open synaptic and install nvidia-glx-ia32. This allows GW to run properly. GW may run on the first try without nvidia-glx-ia32 but on subsequent tries, it will fail, giving a message "Failed to initiate 3D..."

5) run "Update Guild Wars", this may take a while.

6a) In playonlinux, click on guild wars and configure this application. First, select configure Wine. set windows version to XP. Click on the graphics tab. Make sure Pixel Shader is enabled, allow window manager to decorate the windows and allow window manager to control the windows. Everything else should be deselected. Vertex Shader support is to be set to hardware.

6b) Next, select Registry Editor. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER->Software->Wine->Direct3D. If Direct3D is not there, right click and add new Key. Add the following strings
* UseGLSL=disabled
* DirectDrawRenderer=opengl
* OffscreenRenderingMode=fbo
* RenderTargetLockMode=auto

7) Do not run Guild Wars just yet. If you have compiz installed, right click on your fusion icon and select Window Manager->Metacity. Restart your computer. It is essential to restart after disabling compiz, not the other way round. Don't ask me why you need to restart the computer.

8) Once your computer starts, do not compiz or any compositing manager. Run playonlinux.

9) Check if Guild Wars run smoothly. Turn off shadows( and reflections until you are sure you can run them.).

10) Only do this if you believe your graphics card is capable of running antialiasing. After, installing nvidia-settings, run it. Do this by opening a terminal(not root) and typing nvidia-settings. Under antialiasing settings, set to Override and 2x/4x. I do not recommending exceeding 4x. Anisotropic settings should be off as well as texture sharpening. This replaces the method of adjusting antialiasing through the in game menu, which is unavailable to you.

11) Enjoy the game. If your game doesn't run smoothly, or doesn't run at all, move to step 12. Remember, each time you turn off compiz to play gw, restart your computer. Thi

12) check your xorg.conf file situated in /etc/X11. Go to the appropraite folder and type gedit xorg.conf. Make sure your BusID is stated under devices. an example of my xorg.conf device section. Make sure your driver is the right one, nvidia in this case.

Section "Device"
Identifier "Device0"
Driver "nvidia"
VendorName "NVIDIA Corporation"
BoardName "GeForce 8600 GT"
BusID "PCI:3:0:0"

You need to state the BusID especially if you are running SLi like me.

My screen section is as follows. Add the right options if necessary, do not copy this blindly. Obviously, the resolution is unnecessary and SLi is unnecessary if you only have one graphics card..

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Device0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
DefaultDepth 24
Option "AllowGLXWithComposite" "True"
Option "AddARGBGLXVisuals" "True"
Option "metamodes" "1680x1050_60 +0+0; nvidia-auto-select +0+0"
Option "SLI" "SFR"
Option "TripleBuffer" "True"
Option "NoLogo" "True"
Option "RenderAccel" "true"
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24

Make sure you backup your xorg.conf before doing any changes.

-Black/transparent textures. This solved when i migrated to Sid and played using playonlinux. New players entering the area, or when changing armor, problem still happens, but this doesn't cause any performance issues and solves once you load the next area. This may also be seen as 'hair not loading properly' when someone removes helm, such that he looks bald. As long as the next area load with the person not having the helm on, it fixes by itself.
-Shadows. Shadows look odd, thus my instruction to disable it.
-Options. When changing graphics settings, there may be a slight pause or hang, unlike when running in windows. Wait till the new settings are loaded, just don't change the graphics settings so often.

These bugs are very minor and you may not notice them at all. Good luck with your installation and i hope this helps. The performance I must say is Platinum. Minor rendering issues but only occurs under certain conditions. Gameplay is unaffected.

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Display Settings
by Guy on Tuesday August 18th 2009, 15:02
I was able to install Guild wars but when I try to run it X11 opens with a blank white screen and the sounds of the game are playing. When I looked at the terminal I saw this error message:

err:x11settings:X11DRV_ChangeDisplaySettingsEx No matching mode found 800x600x32 @0! (NoRes)

I am not sure how to fix this, but this seems to be the only problem I have so far.

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Black textures on body
by Lanseril on Tuesday June 9th 2009, 16:26
Ok, not sure if anyone seen this, but below i saw someone posting similar, but i'm not sure if its exactly the same. Here are some screenshots.

I installed gw on a 1.0.1 version, and then upgraded to 1.1.22. I used all 4 of the edits to the registry, because of some minor texture glitch. At first, guild wars runs perfectly fine, i'd say faster than my vista even on antialiasing. Loading a new area, occasionally, body parts of some players, sometimes myself, may load as black, and remain black.

Making any change to the graphics setting, such as ticking vsync, will cause it to become normal again, till you load a new area.

I'm going to put a link to a screenshot.

This problem is present in both 1.0.1 and 1.1.22

Anyone found a fix?

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Character Stuck in Borlis Pass
by N C on Saturday June 6th 2009, 11:37
I updated to version 1.1.22 this morning - everything was going fine until I tried to enter the Borlis Pass mission outpost - where the client hanged.

I tried my other characters and couldn't get past the loading screen with any except one.

So I rolled-back to version 1.1.20 - now it appears I can log on to my other characters except the one that is stuck in Borlis Pass. It still hangs on the loading screen.

This character is now totally inaccessible and I am out of ideas, even though I am using a previous version of Wine.

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Since 1.0.22 installer & some downloads fail
by Boo Radley on Sunday May 31st 2009, 5:46
Testing GW on Wine 1.0.22 - Installer fails unpacking data from the CD. If you copy over an install from another box, the game runs OK - except it finds "errors" in it's Gw.dat file and repairs them every time on startup.

Removing Gw.dat should force the App to re-download all these bits, but this fails in the same same way the installer does.

If you simply wait for the installer to repair the .dat every time, it runs fine. NOTE: You want a late-model NVIDIA driver though.

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Guild Wars on post-1.1.20 versions
by JuPi on Saturday May 23rd 2009, 13:13
As experienced by other users, GW gets stuck at the startup window and never makes it to the login screen unless:
- Pixel shaders are disabled, or
- UseGLSL is set to enabled

That's in Ubuntu 8.04.2 32bits with 2.6.24-24-generic kernel, Radeon HD4830 with fglrx 9.3 (9.4 and 9.5 don't play nice with Wine for me).

1.1.22 also made GW go through the data file repair which takes a good 20 minutes. Mind you, I've only launched 1.1.22 twice to check the difference between UseGLSL enabled and disabled, before rolling abck to 1.1.20.

With UseGLSL on I get some glitches with textures, the most annoying one being armor pieces getting stretched across the screen (think of a warrior having boots made of rubber, pinning them on the gorund and running towards the other side of the map).
Some other textures get bland, the profession "icon" on enchantments are missing and a few colors are wrong.

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Won't install
by Micheal Wilkinson on Saturday May 23rd 2009, 12:42
Ok, Running wine 1.1.22 on ubuntu 9.04 (32), Nvidia 8600 GT (using nvidia's own drivers)
Downloaded the client as per starts installing fine gets to a point with around 5745 files remaining to download, the window disappears.
Running in terminal provides a large number of fixme: messages and then one final /err:seh:raise_exception Exception frame is not in stack limits => unable to dispatch exception./ but that appears way before the crash.... anyone got any ideas

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Game window is not displayed
by Peter on Friday May 15th 2009, 17:11
Guild Wars: Game window is not displayed wine 1.1.21
i start update ok but Game window is not displayed for set my login for enter in follow but not work for me

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THis and 3DS MAX 7
by killpotts on Friday March 13th 2009, 3:35
After getting 3ds max 7 to work, this game no longer works. I get No screen. Not a black screen, NO SCREEN. I can hear the sound, it loads, but there is no window or game screen.

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A couple of problems
by Steve Lewis on Tuesday March 10th 2009, 8:50
First I'd like to note that i've tried all of the troubleshooting options here, and none of them helped. Also, I'm using wine 1.0.1 and native linux 3d games work fine. I'm using an ATI Radeon HD GPU.

When I load guild wars with the "Allow Pixel Shader (if supported by hardware)" box checked, I get music and a flawless background, and I can access all of the items at the login menu, I just can't see them. I see just the background and a cursor flashing if I have one of the text boxes selected.

When I load guild wars without the pixel shading box checked, I can see all of the text boxes and items, but the background has a few white lines running through it. After I log in, I can see my characters fine, although some of the graphics in the background are a bit off. The smoke and fire look wrong, and certain things like that. Also, every time I log in my characters have different colored armor - as if I had changed the type of dye applied to it in game (and all of the pieces are 'dyed' the same color)

Finally, when I try to minimize or restore the program, it's as if it chops my desktop up into tiny bits... everything still functions as it should, except i can't see anything - it's all broken and I can't make anything out. The only way I can fix this is by finding the edge of the window by noticing where my cursor changes from the guild wars cursor to my chosen cursor, and clicking (presumably where the close button is). This closes the program without a hitch and I'm back staring at my desktop.

Nobody else seems to be having serious problems like this, so I'm left assuming that I have done something wrong.

Thanks in advance :)

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guild wars running kind of slow
by josh hanley on Thursday February 26th 2009, 17:20
guild wars is running kind of slow and every once and a while it laggs really bad for a couple seconds. my fps is 18 and my average ping is 301. i already put all the graphic settings to the lowest they can go. i dont know what else to do?

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Black Screen on Load
by Jeff Hoogland on Wednesday December 10th 2008, 18:50
So installing works fine but when ever I try to load the game itself all I get is a black screen with the cursor... Any ideas what I can do to make this work?


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