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Battlefield Vietnam Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Oct 7, 2016.

  • by booman, Oct 7, 2016 at 1:47 PM
  • booman

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    Battlefield Vietnam takes the franchise to the next level with vehicular warfare. Control the sky and the land in larger maps, 60's modern tanks, planes, helicoptors, and new character classes. Battle on either side in the Vienamese war among treacherous locations like Ho Chi Min trail, Hue, Quang Tri and many more.

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

    Note: This guide applies to the retail version of Battlefield Vietnam. 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 Disks to folder

    Create a new folder on your Desktop
    Copy everything from the first Disk
    Copy the .cab files from the rest of the 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 your virtual drive: battlefieldvietnam
    Click Next
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    Check all three options:
    • Use another version 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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    Graphics Tab
    Check "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
    Click OK
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    Note: Virtual Desktop is also helpful when you have mouse or screen related issues.

    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

    Installation

    Select "Select another file"
    Click Next
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    Click Browse

    Navigate to the new 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 the first two:
    • Battlefield Vietnam Game
    • PunkBuster for Battlefield Vietnam
    Click Next
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    Enter the KEY
    Click Next
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    Check "No, install GameSpy Arcade later"
    Click Next
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    Click Next again
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    Uncheck "View the readme file"
    Uncheck "Create shortcut to..."
    Click Finish
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    Click OK
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    Click "Register Later"
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    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select "bfvietnam.exe"
    Click Next
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    Name your shortcut: Battlefield Vietnam
    Click Next
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    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next
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    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Select "Battlefield Vietnam"
    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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    Launching Battlefield Vietnam

    The highest resolution Battlefield Vietnam can set is 1280x960
    I reccomend setting your Linux Desktop to this resolution first.

    Select "Battlefield Vietnam"
    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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    Select a preset

    Adjust:
    • Resolution
    • Graphics Quality
    • Geometry Quality
    • Texture Quality
    • Lightmaps
    • Shadows
    • Gamma Control
    • Contrast
    • Brightness
    Click Save
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    Note: You won't immediately see the result of the changes. They will happen when you load a map.

    Conclusion:
    Once I set my Desktop resolution to 1280x960 I was able to play the game fullscreen. The menu is 800x600 and can appear really small, but after loading a level everything looked great and ran great. I also didn't need to install any patches because I was using the Redux Retail versions. No Mods were tested.

    Gameplay Video:


    Screenshots:
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Comments

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Oct 7, 2016.

  1. mrdeathjr28
    Very good classic and actually runs without problem

    Good screens too

    :)
  2. booman
    Agreed! Vietnam is definitely a classic. I've been playing it ever since it was released. The redux edition helped include the patches and some fixes as well.
    For example, you can repair a helicopter while you are riding in it.
  3. Duapruis
    Oh man... the nostalgia in this one is big...
  4. booman
    Tell me about it!
    I still love playing 1942 and Desert Combat as well.
    I remember playing the Pirates mod and 1918 WWI mod as well. Totally cool games!

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