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Trying to run a few old games

Post by Kit » Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:11 pm

Hi, not sure how to proceed with this. trying to run CIV Call to Power and it lacks font in the option buttons and crashes. Am I better of trying to run a VM (which kinda ruins some of the reasons for moving to Linux) or does anyone know if there is a fix in WINE? Tried running a log but either there isn't one or I totally fail using terminal. :(

Does anyone know if there are likely to be problems running Dungeon Keep, Might and Magic VI, Space Crusade (Dos game) - as I've also got issues trying to install Civ III Complete as well.

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Re: Trying to run a few old games

Post by austin.texas » Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:34 pm

It would help to know what version of Mint you are using. 18.2?
Desktop? Cinnamon?
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Re: Trying to run a few old games

Post by Kit » Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:11 pm

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           Desktop: Cinnamon 3.6.7 (Gtk 3.18.9-1ubuntu3.3)
           Distro: Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia
Machine:   Mobo: ASUSTeK model: M5A97 R2.0 v: Rev 1.xx
           Bios: American Megatrends v: 2501 date: 04/07/2014
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Re: Trying to run a few old games

Post by austin.texas » Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:14 pm

Thanks, but you missed this part -
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Re: Trying to run a few old games

Post by ArtGirl » Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:17 pm

Here's a Might & Magic 6 guide: http://www.gamersonlinux.com/forum/thre ... #post-7372 :) If you search further on Booman's excellent site, you may find the other games too.
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Re: Trying to run a few old games

Post by Nate » Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:51 am

Make sure you have both the wine and wine tricks packages installed. The lengthy way to get any given game working is trying it out with multiple versions of wine, going through the settings until you find what works. Alternatively the easier route is installing PlayOnLinux and seeing if it has an installer to do it all for you or see if there's a wine wrapper. read the instructions for the latter, install any packages it will require in advance, then run it via the terminal and it will automate the whole experience. Windows fonts can be installed and will sometimes help, alternatively some older games have Dos versions and a dos emulator might give you a more accurate experience than a Windows version via Wine.

One thing I do know which might be an option for you if you don't mind spending a little bit of money, is that I have seen a native Linux version of Civilisation: Call to Power floating around from Loki software. Their online store has closed, but I have had luck getting some of their games from online sellers like those on Amazon. I don't have that particular game, but do have some of their other titles. You might need to do some kernal rebuilding due to their age, but there are guides for that and once you've done that, they'll run a lot better than a Windows version through Wine.

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Re: Trying to run a few old games

Post by Kit » Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:17 am

I'll give that Playonlinux a go.

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Re: Trying to run a few old games

Post by hattpa » Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:28 am

Looks like it's been like that for a while

https://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager. ... on&iId=713
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Re: Trying to run a few old games

Post by Kit » Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:44 am

Yeah, can't get call to power or civ3 to load. Not sure how hopeful I am for the other games.

Anyone got info on running VM?

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Re: Trying to run a few old games

Post by JerryF » Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:06 pm

Kit wrote:Yeah, can't get call to power or civ3 to load. Not sure how hopeful I am for the other games.

Anyone got info on running VM?
With your computer specs, you got the CPU and RAM to run a VM very easily. There are links on this forum regarding setting up VMs.

Good luck!
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Re: Trying to run a few old games

Post by whm1974 » Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:35 pm

Check gog.com. They have the updated version for Windows, but it should run in Wine without any issues. Every Windows game I have from them works just great in Linux using Wine or PlayOnLinux.

https://www.gog.com/game/call_to_power_2

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Re: Trying to run a few old games

Post by Citizen229 » Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:05 am

Some general tips:

Make sure you get a more updated version of WINE. the one in the software manager is outdated.

I had trouble with diablo 2. POL would error when using discs. I had no copy installed on windows partition to copy. So i went to WINE site got the lastest version and installed from discs. Opening the install.exe by right click and open with WINE program loader. I was then able to cycle the discs.

And remember for disc swapping never use the button on your drive. unmounting will fail. Always use the eject button for the drive on file system screen.
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Re: Trying to run a few old games

Post by Nate » Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:04 am

Citizen229 wrote:I had trouble with diablo 2. POL would error when using discs. I had no copy installed on windows partition to copy. So i went to WINE site got the lastest version and installed from discs. Opening the install.exe by right click and open with WINE program loader. I was then able to cycle the discs.
What a coincidence, I just installed Diablo 2 and the expansion yesterday. One thing I recommend for Blizzard's classic games is registering them on battlenet, downloading the classic clients they have available and installing those versions. They have an activation code on the page showing you own them and don't require any of your discs for installing or playing. Suits me personally a lot as it's very rare I have a machine with an optical drive of any kind these days.

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Re: Trying to run a few old games

Post by Citizen229 » Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:20 am

Median XL, best thing to happen to D2.
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Re: Trying to run a few old games

Post by Kit » Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:35 pm

Updated to Wine 3 (finally worked out how) Call to Power crashes entire system on attempt to play game :lol: but get a little further in installing Civ 3 (install crashes on disk 2 rather than on disk one :roll: ). Kinda wonder if system will become possessed if I install Dungeon Keeper :twisted:

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