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Fable III Guide

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  • by booman, Jan 27, 2017 at 12:37 PM
  • booman

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    As the third installment of the Fable series, you can play as the Prince or Princess to save the Kingdom from your evil brother. Play mini-games to earn coins, explore forests, caves, dungeons and even bandit camps. Quests range from typical go-get-me-this-item and save us from the zombie boss, to silly re-enacting ghost plays. There is always something to do in Fable III.

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

    Note: This guide applies to the Retail DVD version of Fable III. 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: 1.8.5

    Wine Installation

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 1.8.5
    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 1.8.5 is installed and you can close this window

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Install
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    Click "Install a non-listed program"
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    Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
    Click Next
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    Name the virtual drive: fable3
    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 1.8.5
    Click Next
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    Select "32 bits windows installation"
    Click Next
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    Wine Configuration

    Applications Tab
    Windows version: Windows XP
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    Note: It is important to leave Windows XP as the default. Otherwise GFWL activation will not initiate at first launch.

    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 (DLL's, Libraries, Components)

    Check the following:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_msxml3
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    • POL_Install_vcrun2008
    • POL_Install_vcrun2010
    Click Next
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    Note: All packages will automatically download and install

    Installing Fable III

    Select "Select another file"
    Click Next
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    Click Browse

    Navigate to your DVD
    Select "Setup.exe"
    Click Open
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    Click Next again...

    Click "Custom Install"
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    Uncheck Shortcuts
    Click Next
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    Click Accept
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    Enter KEY
    Click Next
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    Click Finish
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    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select "FableLauncher.exe"
    Click Next
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    Name the shortcut: Fable III
    Click Next
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    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next
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    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Select Fable III
    Click Configure
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    General Tab
    Wine version: 1.8.5
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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

    Games For Windows Live Work-around

    Before we launch Fable III, we have a work-around for GFWL since the service no longer exists.

    Go to: http://timeslip.users.sourceforge.net/
    Click: GFWL remover (0.11)
    Save to your Desktop

    Open with Archive Manager
    Click Extract
    Navigate to:
    Code:
    /home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/fable3/drive_c/Program Files/Microsoft Games/Fable III/
    Click Extract
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    Note: This will extract an xlive.dll that will override GFWL, but the game will still need to activate

    Launching Fable III

    Select Fable III
    Click Run
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    Note: Click debug to see errors and bugs

    GFWL Activation

    Click Continue
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    Click Next
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    Click Activate
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    Click Start
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    Optimization

    Rule of Thumb:
    High settings = More detail, lower frame rates
    Low settings = less detail, higher frame rates

    Before you can change in-game options, you will need to start the game up to the character select screen.

    Click Options
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    Click "Game Settings"
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    Adjust:
    • Aspect Ratio
    • Screen Resolution
    • Full Screen Mode
    • Gamma
    • Vertical Sync
    Click Accept
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    Detail Settings

    Adjust:
    • Model Detail
    • Landscape Detail
    • Effects Detail
    • Tree Detail
    • Texture Quality
    • Shadow Quality
    • Water Quality
    • Draw Distance
    Click Back
    Click Accept
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    Blur and other options

    To further improve the game performance you can manually adjust some features.

    Go To:
    Code:
    /home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/fable3/drive_c/Program Files/Microsoft Games/Fable III/
    Open VideoOptionsConfig.xml
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    There is a nasty blur with animation in-game
    Reduce blur at these three lines
    Try setting them all at zero
    Save and make read-only (otherwise the game will reset the values)
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    Conclusion:
    Once I realized that Windows XP had to be initially set in order to activate the game, it ran perfectly. There is a nasty blur effect that looks really bad, but it can be adjusted. Also, I noticed an outdoor pillar asset that would appear as black squares. Otherwise, my GeForce GTX 950 handled the game really well.

    Gameplay Video:


    Screenshots:
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Comments

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Jan 27, 2017.

  1. mrdeathjr28
    Very good game and good screens too

    :)

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