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Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Aug 15, 2014.

  • by booman, Aug 15, 2014 at 1:46 PM
  • booman

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    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the Downloaded version of Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn. Other versions may require additional steps.

    Tips & Specs:

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

    Mint 17 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.4
    Wine: 1.6.2

    Wine Installation

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 1.6.2
    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

    Downloading Wine
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    Extracting

    Downloading Gecko
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    Installed
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    Wine 1.6.2 is installed and you can close this window

    Download Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn

    Go to: http://www.gamershell.com/download_87172.shtml
    Or other mirrors: Darkest Dawn
    Click Download
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    Navigate to your Desktop
    Click Save
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    Note: You will need to extract the game files to your desktop

    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: wingcommander
    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 1.6.2
    Click Next
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    Select "32 bits windows installation"
    Click Next
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    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 Packages (Libraries, Components, DLL's)

    Check the following:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_dotnet20
    • POL_Install_gdiplus
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    Click Next

    Note: All libraries will automatically download and install

    Installing Wing Commander

    Click Browse
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    Navigate to your Desktop
    Select darkest-dawn-setup.exe"
    Click Open
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    Click Next

    Click Next
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    Click Next
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    Check "I agree to these terms..."
    click Next
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    Click Install
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    Installing...
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    Leave "Install OpenAL" checked
    Click Finish
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    Open AL Installation
    Click OK
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    Complete
    Click OK

    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select "wcsaga_sse2.exe"
    Click Next
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    Name your shortcut: Wing Commander Saga
    Click Next
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    Click Next

    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Select Wing Commander Saga
    Click Configure
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    General Tab
    Wine Version: 1.6.2
    Note: Click the + to download other versions of Wine
    Note: Click the down-arrow to select other versions of Wine
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    Display Tab
    Video Memory size: Select the amount of memory your video card/chip uses
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    Wing Commander Resolution

    Wine Tab
    Click Registry Editor
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    Go To: HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Volition/WingCommanderSaga
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    Right-click and select: New, String Value
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    Name it: VideocardFs2open

    Double-click VideocardFs2open

    Value data: OGL -(1920x1080)x32bit
    Click OK
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    Note: Enter the resolution to match your Linux desktop

    The entry should appear like this
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    Close the Registry

    Wine Tab
    Click Windows Reboot
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    Close Configure

    Launching Wing Commander Saga

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Select Wing Commander Saga
    Click Run
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    Note: Click debug to see console errors and bugs

    Click Options
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    Click detail
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    Adjust Model, Nebula, textures, particles, impact effects, shield effects, stars, lighting, planets, weapon extras
    Click Accept
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    Conclusion:
    Wing Commander Saga: Darkest Dawn runs great in PlayOnLinux with my GeForece 550 Ti. Once you get past setting the fullscreen resolution in the registry, everything looks beautiful. I'm also pleased with the mouse integration. Very professional for a free game.

    Screenshots:
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    Last edited: Jan 13, 2016

Comments

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Aug 15, 2014.

  1. mrdeathjr28
    Good guide as always and good game too

    :)
  2. unixjedi
    I see that this guide was written over four years ago, but maybe someone might still have an answer. I have followed the guide to the letter, but when I get ready to make changes to the registry, there is no

    Code:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Volition/WingCommanderSaga
    I have removed and re-did this install from beginning to end, but each time, there is Volition/WingCommanderSaga to make any changes. Is there anyway to create a Volition/WingCommanderSaga directory in order to add the key?
  3. booman
    Hmm, strange... so you don't see a Volition folder?
    Yes you can create it, but if its not there, it probably didn't install correctly.
    Can you play it in the original resolution? 800x600
    Maybe the game has to be launched one time for the Volition folder to populate.

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