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Grim Dawn Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Jan 2, 2015.

  • by booman, Jan 2, 2015 at 1:19 PM
  • booman

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    Grim Dawn is an action hack-n-slash created by the makers of Titan Quest. Slaughter minions and bosses in a dark fantasy world of exploration, loot, hacking, slashing and a lot of skills! Do not miss this game! You will love the AAA experience from a small indie team who are very talented and passionate about Action RPG's!



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

    Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of Grim 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: 4.2.6
    Wine: 1.7.39staging

    Wine Installation

    Note: Versions of Wine older than 2.0.2 and Wine 2.12-staging no longer work with Steam

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"

    Select it
    Click the arrow pointing to the right

    Click Next

    Downloading Wine


    Downloading Gecko


    Wine 1.7.39staging is installed and you can close this window

    Downloading Steam

    Go To: http://www.steampowered.com
    Click Install Steam

    Do not click "Install Steam Now"
    It will automatically install Linux Steam. Since Grim Dawn isn't made for Linux, we will download the Windows Steam instead.
    click "Windows" under the green button

    Navigate to your desktop
    Click Save

    Setup PlayOnLinux

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Install

    Click "install a non-listed program"

    Click Next

    Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
    Click Next

    Name you virtual drive: grimdawn
    Click Next

    Select all three options:
    • Use another version of Wine
    • Configure Wine
    • Install some libraries
    Click Next

    Select Wine 1.7.39staging
    Click Next

    Select "32 bits windows installation"
    Click Next

    Configure Wine

    Applications Tab
    Windows Version: Windows 7
    Click Apply

    Graphics Tab
    Check: Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows
    Check: Emulate a virtual desktop
    Desktop size: 1024x768
    Click Ok

    Install Libraries

    Check the following libraries:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    • POL_Install_vcrun2010
    • POL_Install_vcrun2012
    Click Next
    Note: vcrun2015 will be installed later in PlayOnLinux configure

    Installing Steam

    Click Browse

    Navigate to your desktop
    Select: SteamSetup.exe
    Click Open

    Click Next

    Click Next

    Check: I accept the license...
    Click Next

    Click Next

    Click Next

    Click Install

    Click Finish

    More downloading, updating, extracting and installing

    When Steam is done installing the login screen will pop up. You probably won't see any text because there is a font bug.
    Click the "X" to close Steam login

    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select Steam.exe
    Click Next

    Name your shortcut: Grim Dawn
    Click Next

    Click Next

    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Click Configure

    General Tab
    Wine version: 1.7.39staging
    Arguments: -no-dwrite -no-cef-sandbox
    This fixes the missing font and store problem

    Display Tab
    Video Memory Size: Select the size of Memory your video card/chip uses

    Installing vcrun2015

    Note: vcrun2015 has to be installed before first launch of Grim Dawn. Otherwise the game installs vcrun2015 for you and breaks Wine. If you accidentally launch Grim Dawn one time, you will have to delete the virtual drive and start over from the beginning.

    Miscellaneous Tab
    Click "Open a Shell"
    wget  https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Winetricks/winetricks/master/src/winetricks
    Press Enter

    chmod +x winetricks
    Press Enter

    WINEPREFIX=/home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/grimdawn ./winetricks -q vcrun2015
    Press Enter

    Note: Replace "username" with your login

    Close Shell

    Close Configure

    Launching Steam

    Select Grim Dawn
    Click Run

    Click "Login to existing account"


    Steam Overlay

    Steam overlay has been known to cause problems launching games.
    Click Steam menu
    Click Settings

    Select "In-game"
    Uncheck "Enable Steam Community In-Game"
    Click OK

    Installing Grim Dawn

    Click Library
    Select Grim Dawn
    Click Install

    Click Next

    Click Next

    Click Finish

    Wait while Grim Dawn downloads

    Click Play


    Click Options

    Click Video
    Change Window Mode to Fullscreen
    Select Resolution to match your Linux Desktop

    Anisotropic Filtering
    Detail Level

    Vertical Sync
    Triple Buffering
    Detail Objects
    Post Processing
    Depth of Field
    Soft Particles

    Click OK to apply settings

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

    Grim Dawn didn't have too many problems with my GeForce 550 Ti. Tested with Wine 1.7.39 staging and now everything runs beautifully with hardly any lag. There were a few times when the game slowed down because of all the minions in the screen. Lowering the anti-Alias and Anisotropic filtering helped. I also tried adjusting fX and Lighting to produce better performance while it didn't affect the visuals. There were a few occurrences where my character had invisible texture upon loading. Quitting the game and launching again would fix this problem.

    Texture/Font Bugs:
    There is some texture reload issues in Grim Dawn that can be resolved by adding launch option in Steam:
    To fix any missing textures:
    1. Configure
    2. Wine Tab
    3. Registry
    4. Navigate to
    5. right-click Direct3D
    6. Select New
    7. String Value
    8. Name:
    9. Value: enable

    Gameplay Video:









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Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Jan 2, 2015.

  1. mrdeathjr28
    Good guide as always, titan quest creators very interesting

  2. booman
    Grim Dawn is very impressive for an indie development team. The game progresses just right... not too fast not too slow. They have all the Action RPG elements that make it a LOT of fun! A lot of detail is presented to your character and character development. So you can micro-manage your character and design the class you want.
  3. booman
    Updated Grim Dawn guide to work with vcrun2015
  4. Destep

    Hoping I can get some current info from you about the Crash after Cut Scene issue...
    I keep seeing your username pop up about it (i.e. On github). It all seems related to this: "wine: Call from 0x7b83f812 to unimplemented function api-ms-win-crt-math-l1-1-0.dll._except1, aborting".

    All the forum posts about it just kind of end:( Anyways, any help or direction would be much appreciated.

    POL Debug here.
  5. booman
    Welcome to the forum. Yes I have been posting on Reddit and the Grim Dawn forums. For a long time I wasn't able to launch the game because of their Visual C+ 2015 upgrade. Finally there is a fix and the game launches, but I still can not get past the loading screen. I've tried everything I know. So we are still stuck at the same place.

    The last I've seen about it is on Github
    I have been busy testing other games to continue troubleshooting Grim Dawn.

    Your log looks just like mine. Same errors
    I am curious is someone figures out what is missing in vcrun2015 because I would like to Play Grim dawn again some day
  6. Destep
    Well thats too bad:( Thanks for the reply and the guide as well. I'm no Linux guru but I'll keep tinkering with it. Let you know if I find a solution:)
  7. booman
    If I hear anything... I'll definitely post it here
  8. booman
    Guess What???
    It works! Try this guide again and don't install dotnet40
    The winetricks was updated for vcrun2015
  9. Skawt05
    Hi there, thank you for the guide.

    I have followed the installation however when I tried to launch the game, on the main screen of GD, my graphics is checkered. Is there a file that I need to install to so I can play it properly? I am running it on Korora 25 with native gfx ( wayland ). I would really appreciate your help.
  10. booman
    Thanks for posting... unfortunately I do not have any knowledge of Korora 25 or Wayland. I tested Grim Dawn in Mint 17.3 and Mint 18 with a GeForce video card and Nividia 370 drivers.
    Recently they updated visual C and it stopped running, but I found a work-around and now it runs pretty well.
    I normally have some graphical problems like missing textures, but not checkerboard textures.

    I suggest you make sure the proprietary drivers are installed for your video card.
    Everything else in this guide should get it working.
  11. Skawt05
    Thanks for the response. I am new to Linux. Still looking for some guide on how to install AMD drivers on Korora 25 ( Fedora 25 ). I have an old Powercolor Turbo Duo 7790 running on the system.
  12. booman
    I have read that the open-source drivers provided by Linux has pretty good performance for AMD video cards, but you may want to try using a more popular distro if you are planning on playing a lot of games.

    This is why I stuck with Mint. It is based on Ubuntu which is based on Debian. All three distros are pretty popular for gaming needs. I initially used Fedora, but installing drivers was quite a pain.
  13. Skawt05
    Yeah, read that too on some forums. However, I am planning to familiarize myself on RedHat based distro for career purpose. It just makes me sad that I can't play this game on Korora/Fedora 25.
  14. booman
    Ok, that makes sense. I have used Fedora and CentOS, which are Red Hat derivatives.
    I didn't do a lot of gaming on them, but I've read that Fedora can run games.
    It isn't so much your Distro but the hardware that can provide issues. Mostly because of drivers.
    Can you play any other games in Korora 25?
    Make sure to install the 32-bit libraries as well.

    Grim Dawn has not been an easy game to setup in PlayOnLinux, but it does run on my GeForce systems.
  15. Skawt05
    I tried installing it again and this time the gfx on the main screen is now fixed. Though I can't click any options from the menu, lol
  16. Skawt05
    All right it's working now. I can now play the game. Btw, do you have any advice if there are adjustments that I can make coz everytime I do Alt+Tab, the stuttering on my linux machine is terrible.
  17. booman
    Ooh, almost there.
    I haven't experienced that problem, but I've had missing graphics. Like an invisible character.
    Sometimes killing the game and re-launching will fix it.
  18. dlf
    Would we follow mostly the same steps to get the GOG version of GD to play? I think I followed it mostly (excluding anything steam related) and it launches but as soon as the opening cinematic plays it crashes. Oh and the menus do work, but the text seems somewhat (if not 100%) illegible.
  19. booman
    Welcome to the forums!
    Yes, I think everything would be the same except instead of installing/updating Steam you would just install the GOG version.

    Just follow any of our GOG guides and replace the name with grimdawn. GOG games are always easier to install with less steps than Steam games.

    I wish I had the GOG version.

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