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Dirt 3 Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Dec 9, 2016.

  • by booman, Dec 9, 2016 at 12:45 PM
  • booman

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    DiRT needs not introduction!
    Racing outdoors is the game....

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    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
    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

    Downloading Steam

    Go To: http://www.steampowered.com
    Click Install Steam
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    Do not click "Install Steam Now"
    It will automatically install Linux Steam
    Select Windows Steam instead
    click "Windows" under the green button
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    Navigate to your desktop
    Click Save
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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: dirt
    No spaces
    Click Next
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    Select 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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    Configure Wine

    Applications Tab
    Windows Version: Windows 7
    Click Apply
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    Graphics Tab
    Check: Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows
    Check: Emulate a virtual desktop
    Desktop size: 1024x768
    Click Ok
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    PlayOnLinux Packages (Libraries, Components, DLL's)

    Check the following libraries:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    • POL_Install_vcrun2010
    Click Next
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    Note: All packages will automatically download and install

    Installing Steam

    Click Browse
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    Navigate to your desktop
    Select: SteamSetup.exe
    Click Open
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    Click Next

    Click Next

    Check: I accept the license...
    Click Next

    Click Next

    Click Next

    Click Install

    Click Finish

    Updating Steam

    Click the "X" to close Steam login
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    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select Steam.exe
    Click Next
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    Name your shortcut: Dirt 3 Complete
    Click Next
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    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next
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    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Click Configure
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    General Tab
    Arguments: -no-dwrite
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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: Select the size of Memory your video card/chip uses
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    Close Configure

    Setting DirectX 9

    Without forcing Dirt 3 to run in DirectX 9 it will crash because Wine does not support DirectX 10/11 yet.
    Go to:
    Code:
    /home/username/Documents/My Games/DiRT3/hardwaresettings/
    Note: Replace username with your login

    Open
    hardware_settings_config.xml
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    Look for these lines
    Code:
    <directx forcedx9="false" />
    Change to
    Code:
    <directx forcedx9="true" />
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    Save it

    Launching Steam

    Select Dirt 3 Complete
    Click Run
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    Note: Click debug to see errors and bugs.

    Click "Login to existing account"
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    Login
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    Go to your Library
    Select "DiRT 3 Complete"
    Click Install
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    Uncheck "Create desktop shortcut"
    Uncheck "Create start menu shortcut"
    Click Next
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    Click Finish
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    Wait while Dirt 3 Complete downloads
    Click Play
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    Optimization

    Click Options
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    Click "Graphics Options"
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    Adjust:
    • Resolution
    • Refresh Rate
    • Multisampling
    • Vsync
    • Aspect Ratio
    • Gamma
    • Detail
    • Night Lighting
    • Shadows
    • Particles
    • Mirrors
    • Crowd
    • Groundcover
    • Distant Vehicles
    • Objects
    • Trees
    • Vehicle Reflections
    • Water
    • Post Processing
    • Skidmarks
    • Ambient Occlusion
    • Cloth
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    Rule of Thumb:
    High settings = More detail, lower frame rates
    Low settings = Less detail, higher frame rates

    Conclusion:
    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.

    Gameplay Video:


    Screenshots:
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    Last edited: Dec 21, 2016

Comments

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Dec 9, 2016.

  1. cloasters
    Wow booman, you really are the very best!
  2. booman
    Thanks, just doing my duty
    cloasters likes this.
  3. mrdeathjr28
    Good game and good screens too

    However which nvidia driver used in this game and how much fps give you ??

    :)
    booman likes this.
  4. booman
    I posted these specs in the Youtube video.
    Mint 17.3 64-bit
    GeForce GTX 950
    Nvidia 370
    PlayOnLinux 4.2.10
    Wine 1.8.4

    I don't remember what frames per second I was getting, but it ran smoothly.

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