lol, EVERY SINGLE time i recommend 32bit linux for people that want to run Wine and windows software i get flamed and told it is not recommended. Yet this kind of topic pops up all over the place and they go on for pages trying to make stuff work on 64bit where as in 32bit you click and install and its done in matter of minutes without hassles or problems....
The Main reason most users install 64bit coming from windows is because they are under the assumption "if you have more than 4GB ram install 64bit", Where as 32bit Mint is PAE enabled, it reads more than 4Gb ram ( my PC has 8GB ram, i run Cinnamon 32bit and it shows available ram as 7.9GB ), and dont give me that nonsense of running 64bit is faster and makes more use of your CPU.... People running wine and windows software are FAR better off just installing 32bit and then running wine hassle free....
This topic is prime example of why i always recommend Wine users to simply install 32bit linux, because i too was a windows user, i too came from windows to linux and installed 64bit, then i struggled for days with Wine and eventualy i said screw it, installed 32bit and its been a smooth ride since then.
VERY few apps will make full use of 64bit CPU, VERY few, and regular windows users will RARELY run any such app.... keep that in mind when you again recommend 64bit please.
This poor guy after a few days will start to hate Linux and end up going back to windows, where as his first few days should have been pleasant ones and could have been had my advice been followed at the start.
The only time i would ever run 64bit or recommend 64bit is if the user is actualy going to run any app that will make use of 64bit. other than that its just a waste in my eyes, it eats more ram, has more compatibility issues and is DEFINITELY not wine friendly ...
Coming back to Wine, if you eventualy get wine going do yourself a favour and install the following :
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.netframework 1.1, 2.0, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 <--- many games will use these, and it will make running stuff so much easier in the long run.
MSXML 3.0 < --- quite a few games make use of this.
d3dx9_36 <--- this is required by ANY game.
All the Runtimes VC++ 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010 <--- these too are used by many games and apps.
If you get the above installed, your wine experience will be SO much smoother and less headaches. the netframeworks can be tricky to install, but they do work. The trick with .netframework is to skip past the errors. 1.1 gives an library error, yet says sucessfully installed, so move onto 1.1sp1, it will do the same so ignore error, move onto 2.0, it will give error as well, run it again and choose repair, it should work, then run 3.5 and if it gives any errors then install it manualy and it should work, any errors ignore and re-run and choose repair. ( if you get stuck with frameworks just check WinHQ, alot of work arounds on there ) Once you get past 3.5 its all downhill, 4.0 should install without any problems and i actualy think 4.0 fixes alot of the errors the others popup cause once its installed everything just works.
Im currently running my 3 favorite games via wine, Torchlight II, Need4speed Hot pursuit 2010 and Elder scrolls skyrim. and they all work without problems, just click, install, put shortcuts on desktop and play ...