DiRT needs not introduction!
Racing outdoors is the game....
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Dirt 3 Complete in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of Dirt 3 Complete. 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
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 1.8.4
Click the arrow pointing to the right
Wine 1.8.4 is installed and you can close this window
Go To: http://www.steampowered.com
Click Install Steam
Do not click "Install Steam Now"
It will automatically install Linux Steam
Select Windows Steam instead
click "Windows" under the green button
Navigate to your desktop
Click "install a non-listed program"
Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
Name your virtual drive: dirt
Select all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine 1.8.4
Select "32 bits windows installation"
Windows Version: Windows 7
Check: Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows
Check: Emulate a virtual desktop
Desktop size: 1024x768
PlayOnLinux Packages (Libraries, Components, DLL's)
Check the following libraries:
Note: All packages will automatically download and install
Navigate to your desktop
Check: I accept the license...
Click the "X" to close Steam login
Name your shortcut: Dirt 3 Complete
Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
Back to PlayOnLinux
Note: Click the + to download other versions of Wine. Click the down-arrow to select other versions of wine
Video Memory Size: Select the size of Memory your video card/chip uses
Setting DirectX 9
Without forcing Dirt 3 to run in DirectX 9 it will crash because Wine does not support DirectX 10/11 yet.
Note: Replace username with your loginCode:/home/username/Documents/My Games/DiRT3/hardwaresettings/
Look for these lines
Change toCode:<directx forcedx9="false" />
Code:<directx forcedx9="true" />
Select Dirt 3 Complete
Note: Click debug to see errors and bugs.
Click "Login to existing account"
Go to your Library
Select "DiRT 3 Complete"
Uncheck "Create desktop shortcut"
Uncheck "Create start menu shortcut"
Wait while Dirt 3 Complete downloads
Click "Graphics Options"
- Refresh Rate
- Aspect Ratio
- Night Lighting
- Distant Vehicles
- Vehicle Reflections
- Post Processing
- Ambient Occlusion
Rule of Thumb:
High settings = More detail, lower frame rates
Low settings = Less detail, higher frame rates
Dirt 3 Complete ran really well on my Geforce GTX 950 in PlayOnLinux. I didn't change any of the default graphical settings and it still ran perfectly. Unfortunately it didn't recognize my Logitech Dual-Shock controller. So I had to play with the keyboard. I was also told that you can boost the frame rates by renaming the effects.xml in postprocess folder, but I didn't test this due to great frame rates.