Entropia Universe

The major VU 9.0 was released on Oct 2007 and the most recent VU brings the game to 9.4.x. Notable additions since the major VU are ma­ny new weapons and armors, with significant updates to many object models and the graphics engine and a corresponding focus on expanding the crafting and beauty professions to allow more customization and elaboration of manufactured goods and avatar appearance. Many new items connected with this expansion were added, and some revisions were made to the way that clothing and armors decay when worn or used.

The new graphics make use of Pixelshader 3.0 and DirectX 9.0C, requiring that the latest DirectX library from Microsoft be installed on Wine to function properly.

Application Details:

Version: 9.x
License: Free to use
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.1.20

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What works

All game mechanics work, but controlling the interaction is problematic (see below). The work on shaders in wine3d has brought texture to avatars and other objects, but it's not perfect...

What does not

Some shaders fail, making some objects (e.g. avatars in part or wholly) invisible. In fact, the avatars and mobs are only visible "indoors"! This is obviously a serious issue. The workaround is to disable shaders as described below.

Mouse control is severely limited due to its tendency to leave the game window. This is not affected by setting wine to prevent the same from happening. This is a known issue for many DirectX games and there is unfortunately no easy fix.


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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentUbuntu 9.04 "Jaunty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 06 20091.1.20Yes Yes NoBronzeDoer 
ShowUbuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 09 20091.1.10Yes Yes NoBronzeDoer 
ShowUbuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 28 20081.1.9N/A Yes NoBronzeDoer 
ShowUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Sep 07 20081.1.4N/A Yes NoBronzeDoer 
ShowUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 25 20081.0.0N/A Yes NoBronzeDoer 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
6971 Mouse "escapes" window or is confined to an area in the full screen program CLOSED FIXED View
14140 Entropia Universe installer hangs CLOSED FIXED View
15185 Many objects invisible in Entropia Universe CLOSED ABANDONED View

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HowTo / Notes


The game does run on wine, but it will require some libraries to be installed. Fortunately, this process is simplified greatly by the Winetricks script.

I am testing using Kubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) on two systems: a dual processor Pentium III/Geforce 4200 desktop (running an x86 compiled system) and a Core2/Geforce 9600 desktop (with the AMD64 compilation). Both systems can run Entropia Universe reasonably well on wine.

I will leave the old instructions for those who prefer to know exactly what is going on and complete control over what is installed on your system. If you just want fast&easy, follow the italicized instructions. Taking that route, you should be up and running in less than 15 minutes if you already have an installation of EU on a partition somewhere.


  1. Setup DirectX 9.0C
    • Install and test DirectX 9.0C following the guide on Wine Review or the more robust and elegant but slightly less well documented guide on Lone-Wolf Scripts. Note: You must change your windows version to w2k for this step to work!
      Download this script and run it (sh winetricks). Select DirectX from the menu that pops up. Follow the directions. Watch the output closely as it may warn that you need to install a de-cabbing program. If so, cancel and install that utility first.
    • When you run dxdiag, it may indicate that ddrawex.dll is not properly installed. Copy it from the WINDOWS/system32 folder of an existing windows install or download it from the 'Net to your wine windows/system32 directory.
      The same applies. Run dxdiag (wine dxdiag) in the .wine/drive_c/windows/system32 directory and let it test directX. ddrawex.dll is usually not installed automatically so copy it manually if you see that it's missing.
  2. Install the Visual C runtime files
    • Winetricks can simplify this process (this applies, do the same). Save this script to your drive and then type: sh winetricks vcrun2005sp1
    • Copy WMVcore.dll and its dependencies (wmasf.dll, wmasf.dll) from the windows partition (in windows/system32) to the ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32 directory and set wine to use these native DLLs as you did in the DirectX 9.0C installation or download the files from the 'Net and do the same.
      Install Windows Media Player 9 using winetricks. The rest of the instructions apply to all installs.
  3. Install Entropia Universe:
    • Simplest: If you have installed Entropia on a windows partition, make sure that partition is mounted. You can run EU directly from that directory.
    • At your own risk: If no previous installation exists, you can get a friend to send you the contents of Windows/Program Files/Mindark/Project Entropia/ (leaving out the /data subdirectory, which is huge) and run wine CLDLLPatcher.exe to download the data and update the install. However, this method seems to corrupt the VC runtime setup on wine, so backup the contents of ~/.wine and overwrite it after updating fully via CLDLLPatcher.exe.
  4. Run Entropia Universe
    • cd into the EU directory of the windows partition and type:
      wine Entropia.exe
    • To update the installation after VUs, run CLDLLPatcher.exe with wine. It was previously possible to pass parameters to Entropia.exe as the client loader would, but that seems to cause a version error now. If someone discovers how to specify settings, please let me know. These settings were:
      • -df (full screen)
      • -k? (language, where ?=1 is English)
      • etc.


With the recent wine versions, mobs and avatars are not visible unless indoors. This seems to be the result of a patch that changed the nature of blitting, but that's just a guess.

A workaround for this is to go into the wine configuration and uncheck the box on the graphics tab that enables pixel shaders. That will bring back mobs, but as claymation objects (flat grey).


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