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Mechwarrior Online Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Jul 7, 2017.

  • by booman, Jul 7, 2017 at 1:24 PM
  • booman

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    Battle in 3-story high Mechs in epic landscapes of Battletech Universe. Select from hundreds of mechs and customize their skill trees. Join factions or fight in teams with your friends in skirmish modes or capture point modes.

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

    Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of Mechwarrior Online. Other versions may require additional steps.

    Tips & Specs:

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

    Mint 18.1 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.10
    Wine: 2.11-staging

    Wine Installation

    Note: Wine versions older than 2.0.2 and 2.12-staging no longer work with Steam.


    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 2.11-staging
    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 2.11-staging 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: mechwarrioronline
    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 2.11-staging
    Click Next
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    Select "32 bits windows installation"
    Click Next
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    Configure Wine

    Applications Tab
    Windows Version: Windows XP
    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_d3dx9_43
    • POL_Install_dotnet40
    • POL_Install_msxml3
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    • POL_Install_vcrun2010
    Click Next
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    Note: All packages will automatically download and install

    Installing Steam

    Click Browse

    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
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    Steam "might not" have any fonts due to dwrite functionality
    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: Mechwarrior Online
    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 -no-cef-sandbox
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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

    Launching Mechwarrior Online

    Select Mechwarrior Online
    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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    Search Steam Store for Mechwarrior Online
    Click Play
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    Uncheck "Created desktop shortcut"
    Uncheck "Create start menu shortcut"
    Click Next
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    Click Finish
    Wait for Mechwarrior Online to download
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    Click Play
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    Video Card error
    Click OK
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    Login with your Mechwarrior Online account
    Click Login
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    Optimization

    Click Settings
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    Click Video

    Adjust presets or:
    • Screen Resolution
    • Windowed Mode
    • Direct X Version
    • Motion Blur
    • 3D Vision Mode
    • V-Sync
    • Brightness
    • Gamma
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    Click Advanced
    Adjust:
    • Effects
    • Object Detail
    • Post Processing
    • Shading
    • Shadows
    • Texturing
    • Environment
    • Anti-Aliasing
    Press ESC to apply
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    Conclusion:
    Mechwarrior Online ran well enough to play online in PVP team skirmishes. Sometimes it would lag a bit even on medium settings with my GeForce 1060. It may be due to the video card error when launching the game, or driver related. I read that some Windows gamers had to update their drivers to remove the video card warning, but I'm not sure how that is configured for Wine in Linux...

    Otherwise, there are additional steps that can be taken to gain a few frame per second. Like using Openbox windows manager or DEBUG flags in PlayOnLinux Configure.

    Gameplay Video:



    Screenshots:
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    Last edited: Aug 22, 2017

Comments

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Jul 7, 2017.

  1. stryder57
    I followed your guide and every thing seems to be up and running at about 80fps (windows runs at 120fps) but then I get fps dips of about than 15 fps. I see this on older wine setups .Any idea what could be going on?
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  2. booman
    Yeah, me as well. Even on my GTX 1060. You can always lower the video options like Anisotrophic and disable Anti-Aliasing. This should help your frame rates. Other than that, it may just be a limitation with Wine converting Direct X to OpenGL.
  3. cloasters
    Didn't know that ~65 fps was considered bad. Thank you for your intense work on this, booman!
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  4. booman
    Of course not... but anything below 30 fps is really going to get choppy. Below 20 fps is unplayable.
  5. cloasters
    Choppy games are not much fun. 20fps? Agreed, terrible.

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