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Medal of Honor: Airborne Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Jan 4, 2014.

  • by booman, Jan 4, 2014 at 10:41 PM
  • booman

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    Medal of Honor franchise has had a long history of World War II titles in the last 10 years. Starting with Allied Assault and finishing off with Airborne.

    Visuals and special effects are beautiful and each of the maps are non-linear. You can choose your own route as the battle moves forward.

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    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Medal of Honor: Airborne in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the Retail version of Medal of Honor: Airborne. Other versions may require additional steps.

    Tips & Specs:

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

    Mint 14 32-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.2
    Wine: 1.7.8

    Installing Wine

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.8
    Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging

    Select it
    Click the arrow pointing to the right
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    Click Next

    PlayOnLinux will automatically download it and save it in this directory:
    /home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wine/linux-x86
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    Note: username is where you put your login name

    Its a good idea to backup this directory to another computer because you won't have to keep downloading wine versions when you need them.

    Extracting
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    Downloading Gecko
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    Installed
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    Wine 1.7.8 is installed and you can close this window

    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: mohairborne
    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 1.7.8
    Click Next
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    Note: If you are running a 64-bit system, PlayOnLinux will prompt if you want to use a 64-bit or 32-bit virtual drive.
    Always select 32-bit virtual drive.

    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"
    Check "Emulate a virtual desktop"
    Desktop Size: 1024x768
    Click OK
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    Installing Windows Packages (Components/Libraries)

    Check the following packages:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_dxfullsetup
    • POL_Install_vcrun2005
    • POL_Install_vcrun2008
    • POL_Install_tahoma

    Do not install Physx because the game can not over-ride the POL Physx.

    Click Next
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    Note: All packages will automatically download and install. If there are any errors or crashing, just download them later in PlayOnLinux Configure. Some libraries are required to install a game, so you may have to start over due to a crash.

    Installing Medal of Honor: Airborne

    Select "CD-ROM: Airborne"
    Click Next
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    Click Install

    Enter key
    Click Next

    Check "I accept the license agreement"
    Click Next

    Installing Physx

    Click Finish

    Check "I accept the terms..."
    Click Next

    Check "I accept the terms..."
    Click Next again

    Click Next

    Click Install

    Installing...

    Click Finish

    Select "Quit"
    Click Finish

    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select MOHA.exe
    Click Next
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    Name your virtual drive: MOH: Airborne
    Click Next
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    Select "I don't want to create another shortcut"
    Click Next
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    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Click Configure
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    General Tab
    Wine version: 1.7.8

    Note: Click the + to download newer versions of Wine. Click the arrow to select newer versions of Wine
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    Display Tab
    Direct Draw Renderer: opengl
    Video memory size: Amount of memory on your video card (see Systems Tab below)
    Offscreen rendering mode: fbo
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    Wine Tab
    Its always a good idea to do a Windows reboot
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    Close Configure

    Launching Medal of Honor: Airborne

    Select MOH: Airborne
    Click Run
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    Medal of Honor: Airborne Setup

    Video Tab

    Resolution:
    Set the resolution to match your Linux desktop. The virtual desktop will automatically allow fullscreen windows.

    Vertical Monitor Sync: Leave unchecked unless you are using a modern dedicated video card

    Texture Detail: Start with low and work up to high (Depends on the speed of your hardware)
    Model Detail: Start with low and work up to high (Depends on the speed of your hardware)
    Decals: Start with low and work up to high (Depends on the speed of your hardware)
    Post-Processing Effects: Start with off and work up to full (Depends on the speed of your hardware)

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

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    Note: You may get a performance warning.

    Click ok
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    System Tab
    Displays your processor video capabilities.
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    Play Medal of Honor: Airborne

    Conclusion:
    Airborne ran very smoothly on my GeForce 550 Ti without any problems. Since all of the Medal of Honor games are made with Unreal engines, opengl has been developed extensively. So all of them should run really well. Of course the older games will run better on older computers or laptops.
    The visuals are stunning and the action is very typical of MOH games and the Call of Duty games.

    Screenshots:
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    Last edited: Jan 13, 2016

Comments

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Jan 4, 2014.

  1. booman
    High Res Screenshots:
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  2. danrok
    One of the best in the series. I think parachuting in was quite a novelty at the time.
    booman likes this.
  3. booman
    Yeah, I'm glad they waited for Unreal Engine 3 to develop this game. Really added some great features and graphical capabilities. I love seeing the water reflections between the bricks on the floor. The large open-maps are really cool too.

    I'm not so fond on the checkpoint saving. I'm finding that I have to play the same area's over and over if I die.

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