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Battlefield 1942 & Mods Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Oct 14, 2016.

  • by booman, Oct 14, 2016 at 1:24 PM
  • booman

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    Battlefield 1942 is the original WWII vehicular combat first person shooter featureing maps from Europe and Japan. Select from several classes on foot or hop in a tank, plane, boat or jeep and flank the enemy. There are also literally hundreds of mods and total conversions.

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    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Battlefield 1942 in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the Retail version of Battlefield 1942. Other versions may require additional steps.

    Tips & Specs:

    To learn more about PlayOnLinux and Wine configuration, see the online manual: PlayOnLinux Explained

    Mint 17.3 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.10
    Wine: 1.8.4

    Wine Installation

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 1.8.4
    Select it
    Click the arrow pointing to the right
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    Click Next

    Downloading Wine
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    Extracting

    Downloading Gecko
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    Installed
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    Wine 1.8.4 is installed and you can close this window

    Copy Disk Data

    Before you install Battlefield 1942
    Create a new folder on your Desktop
    Enter Disk1 and copy every into the new folder
    Then copy all of the .cab files from the remaining Disks
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    PlayOnLinux Setup

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Install
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    Click "Install a non-listed program"
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    Click Next

    Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
    Click Next
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    Name the virtual drive: battlefield1942
    Click Next
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    Check all three options:
    • Use another versions of Wine
    • Configure Wine
    • Install some libraries
    Click Next
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    Select Wine 1.8.4
    Click Next
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    Select "32-bits windows installation"
    Click Next
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    Wine Configuration

    Applications Tab
    Windows version: Windows 7
    Click Apply
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    Check "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
    Click OK
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    PlayOnLinux Packages (DLL's, Components, Libraries)

    Check the following:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    Click Next
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    Note: All packages will automatically download and install

    Installing Battlefield 1942

    Select "Select another file"
    Click Next
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    Navigate to the folder on your Desktop
    Select "Setup.exe"
    Click Open
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    Click Next again

    Click OK
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    Click Next
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    Check the features you want to install
    Click Next
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    Enter KEY
    Click OK
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    Click OK
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    Check "No, install GameSpyArace later"
    Click Next
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    Click Next
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    Uncheck "Create shortcut to Battlefield 1942 on desktop"
    Uncheck "View the readme file"
    Click Finish
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    Click Register Later
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    Click OK
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    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select "BF1942.exe"
    Click Next
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    Name the shortcut: Battlefield 1942
    Click Next
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    Select "I don't want to make anothe shortcut"
    Click Next
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    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Select "Battlefield 1942"
    Click Configure
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    General Tab
    Wine Version: 1.8.4
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    Note: Click the + to download other versions of Wine. Click the down-arrow to select other versions of Wine

    Display Tab
    Video memory size: Enter the amount of memory your video card/chip uses
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    Close Configure

    Launching Battlefield 1942

    Select Battlefield 1942
    Click Run
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    Note: Click debug to see errors and bugs

    Optimization

    Click Options
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    Click Video
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    Adjust:
    • Display Mode
    • Graphics Quality
    • Effects Quality
    • Environment Mapping
    • Lightmaps
    • Shadows
    • Texture Quality
    • View Distance
    Click Save
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    Note: The changes will not be immediately applied until you load a map

    Patches and Mods

    At this point you can play Vanilla Battlefield 1942 without any patches.
    If you want to play any mods, the official patches need to be applied.

    Battlefield 1942 1.6.19 Patch
    http://www.fileplanet.com/112888/110000/fileinfo/Battlefield:-1942-v1.6.19-Patch-
    or
    http://www.moddb.com/games/battlefield-1942/downloads/battlefield-1942-v16-patch

    Battlefield 1942 1.61b Patch
    http://www.fileplanet.com/148134/140000/fileinfo/Battlefield:-1942-v1.6---v1.61b-Patch
    or
    http://www.moddb.com/games/battlefield-1942/downloads/battlefield-1942-v161-patch

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Select Battlefield 1942
    Click Configure
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    Miscellaneous Tab
    Click "Run a .exe file in this virtual drive"
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    Navigate to the Battlefield 1942 1.6.19 patch
    Click Open
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    Click OK

    Click Next

    Select "Install Punkbuster"
    Click Next

    Click Yes

    Click Finish

    Miscellaneous Tab
    Click "Run a .exe file in this virtual drive"
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    Navigate to the Battlefield 1942 1.61b patch
    Click Open
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    Click OK

    Click Next

    Click Finish

    Desert Combat Installation

    Download the installer
    http://www.moddb.com/mods/desert-combat-07/downloads/desert-combat-07
    or
    http://www.gamershell.com/download_5060.shtml

    Miscellaneous Tab
    Click "Run a .exe file in this virtual drive"
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    Navigate to the Desert Combat installer
    Click Open
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    Click Next

    Select "I agree to the terms..."
    Click Next

    C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\Battlefield 1942
    Click Next

    Shortcut Folder
    Click Next

    Summary
    Click Next

    Shortcut on Desktop?
    Click No

    Click Finish

    PlayOnLinux Shortcut
    Back to Configure
    General Tab
    Click "Make a new shortcut from this virtual drive"
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    Click Browse
    Click Next
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    Click Browse
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    Navigate to:
    Code:
    /home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/battlefield1942/drive_c/Program Files/EA GAMES/Battlefield 1942
    Select BF1942.exe
    Click Open

    Click Next again
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    Name the shortcut: Desert Combat
    Click Next
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    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next
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    General Tab
    Select "Desert Combat"
    Arguments: +restart 1 +game DesertCombat
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    Now you can launch Desert Combat Mod

    Conclusion:
    Both Battlefield 1942 and Desert Combat ran GREAT. The only issues I had was changing maps because the menu is 800x600, the game had a hard time changing resolution back to 1280x960 and would crash. The solution is to use the Virtual Desktop in Wine Configuration and set it to 1280x960. Unfortunately you can only play multi-player on a Local LAN configuration.

    Gameplay Video:

Comments

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Oct 14, 2016.

  1. booman
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    mrdeathjr28 likes this.
  2. mrdeathjr28
  3. booman
    Thanks! Battlefield 1942 is a classic and should live on in any operating system. I'm happy that it runs in PlayOnLinux/Wine without any issues

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