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Sid Meier's Pirates! Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Feb 14, 2014.

  • by booman, Feb 14, 2014 at 2:43 PM
  • booman

    booman Grand High Exalted Mystic Emperor of Linux Gaming Staff Member

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    Sid Meier's Pirates is an adventurous action strategy game where you pilot your own ship and crew through the dangerous Carribean waters. Fight against the Spanish, English, French and Dutch and plunder the loot from your victory. Dig up treasure, Attack ports, Romance the Governor's daughter and dual with fierce captains.


    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Sid Meier's Pirates in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the retail version of Sid Meier's Pirates. Other versions may require additional steps.

    Tips & Specs:

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

    Mint 16 32-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.2
    Wine: 1.5.18

    Installing Wine

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"

    Look for the Wine Versions: 1.5.18

    Select it
    Click the arrow pointing to the right

    Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging

    Click Next

    PlayOnLinux will automatically download it


    Note: PlayOnLinux may also install the compatible version of Gecko also.


    Wine is installed and you can close this window

    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 your virtual drive: sidmeierspirates
    No spaces
    Click Next

    Check all three options:
    • Use another version of Wine
    • Configure Wine
    • Install some libraries

    Click Next

    Select Wine 1.5.18
    Click Next

    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

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

    Installing Libraries

    Check the following libraries:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_dxfullsetup
    • POL_Install_tahoma

    Click Next

    Note: All libraries will automatically download and install

    Installing Sid Meier's Pirates!

    Select "Select another file"
    Click Next

    Click Browse

    Navigate to your Sid Meiers Pirates DVD
    Select Setup.exe
    Click open

    Click Next

    Click OK

    Click Next

    Click Yes

    Click Yes

    Click Next

    Desktop icon?
    Click No


    Click Finish

    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select Pirates!.exe
    Click Next

    Name your shortcut: Sid Meier's Pirates!
    Click Next

    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next

    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Click Configure

    General Tab
    Wine version: 1.5.18
    Click the + to download other versions of Wine
    Click the arrow to select another version of Wine

    Wine Tab
    Click Configure Wine

    Libraries Tab
    Type "ms" into text area
    Click the arrow and scroll to msvcp71
    Select mscvp71
    Click Add

    Now msvcp71 is on your list of libraries
    Click OK

    Back to PlayOnLinux Configure

    Display Tab
    GLSL Support: disable
    Select Video Memory Size
    This is the amount of Memory your video card/chip has

    Close configure

    Launch Sid Meier's Pirates!

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Select Sid Meier's Pirates!
    Click Run

    Note: Clicking Debug will show you output errors and bugs.

    Video Settings

    Click "Change Your System Options"

    Click "Video Settings"

    Adjust your resolution to match your Linux desktop
    Wine virtual desktop will automatically resize and your game will appear fullscreen

    Adjust detail and lighting as needed.
    Performance depends on the video card you are using

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

    I had a hard time getting Sid Meier's Pirates! to appear fullscreen on my system.
    Its an older game and doesn't seem to support all widescreen resolutions. I ended up changing my desktop resolution to 1400x1050 then matching in game resolution to 1400x1050
    Then the game appeared fullscreen.

    I also had issues with performance as well. It didn't matter how high or low the graphics setters were... I found that Wine 1.5.18 performed well enough, but there was still a game lag when sword fighting. Everything else ran well.





    Last edited: Jan 13, 2016


Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Feb 14, 2014.

  1. booman
    Yeah it is some kind of library but can't remember what it was for... to busy to google right now
  2. steve723
    It looks like if we ever figure out how to get msvcp110.dll in the wine prefix then the game might run.
  3. steve723
    Looks like Visual Studio 2012.I used BING to search since Google is in my opinion a bunch of criminals who data mine peoples personal information to use for all kinds of undesirable Purposes. Even children aren’t safe. Google has trillions of dollars in various countries in pending lawsuits against them but they still cause trouble.
  4. booman
    It appears that its part of Visual C 2010 not 2012
    Guess you could always try it the windows way....

    I recommend starting over at this point because you already installed vcrun2010 and they might conflict
  5. steve723
    I thought of trying to install that already. I thought that might be a problem since its not a POL script. If I start over it will be the 5th time that I start over. I thought POL was supposed to easily run Windows games on Linux. This one seems to be very difficult to get running.
  6. booman
    I'll be honest, its not easy to install any games when you do manual installation all by yourself. I have spent hours installing games like Crysis over and over again. Trying different versions of Wine, different libraries and different configurations. It can be very frustrating.
    90% of the time the game eventually runs and this is why I started doing guides. Why should everyone else get stuck with scripts that don't work and have to try repeating all the steps I have done. I try to put it all together for you in a way that runs the game.

    Ace Patrol seems to be in the 10% of games that have a hard time running. What really sucks, is the debug isn't telling us very much.

    So its your call. There is a chance it might fix the problem or it might not. I've had to scrap some games because they just don't run at all.
  7. booman
    By the way, I was reading your output again and the font errors are because of xactengine and xaudio.
    I know there is an xact package you can install and xaudio is there as well... I think.

    I recommend doing a manuall installation this time and use the packages we have talked about. Make sure to turn off GLSL in PlayOnLinux configure and do the typical Steam -no-dwrite and turn off overlay.
    Then post the debug again at PlayOnLinux.
  8. steve723
    I found xact but their doesn't seem to be a script for installing xaudio. Some of them have such small names that its hard to tell what they are.
  9. steve723
    wine 1.7.14 was released on Friday but POL dosn't have it yet. Acorrding to Alexandre Julliard's email it has more More VisualBasic interfaces in MSXML.

    https://bugs.winehq.org/show_bug.cgi?id=35645 Maybe wine fixed it. At least we know they know about it.
  10. steve723
    Oops, I looked in the wrong place. When I run the game using wine 1.7.14 I get 'Unable to find a version of the run time to run this application.'
  11. steve723
    I will try another reinstall later using the new wine version. Now its time for some Skyrim.
  12. booman
    Ah yes! After 90 hours, I decided to take a break from Skyrim and move on to Assassin's Creed Brotherhood. One day I will go back and play it again.
  13. steve723
    I have 58 mods and something appears to be breaking the game. I had to disable several modes just to get the menu to work. For some reason when I start a new game the town takes so long to open the gate that the patching seems to break preventing the game from working properly. The horses pull the carts straight into the house which gets the game stuck! I suspect I just need to figure out which mods to disable. My laptop can only do directx9c but is a multimedia pc so it does better than your average laptop. It doesn’t help that the FPS looks to be about 1 or two FPS! I will try tweaking the graphics to see if I can improve that.

    BTW: check this out Bugzila Bug 35645:

    "> Anastasius Focht 2014-03-12 05:33:21 CDT
    Hello folks,

    use the following link so you can check Wine source by yourself each time a new Wine version is released:


    --- snip ---
    3894 @ stub _Xtime_get_ticks
    --- snip ---

    'stub' on _Xtime_get_ticks() -> it's not implemented.

    There is no need to re-confirm every release.
    Maybe revisit every half year or so ;-)


    It seems Sid Meier's Ace Patrol and games like it will not work in wine until they get around to implementing this.
  14. booman
    Holy Moses! Wow, 58 Mods! I was playing Vanilla
  15. booman
    Ace Patrol actually looks like a cool game! I finally took a look at it. Its not exactly a Skyrim or Borderlands 2 AAA title... so you would think it could run in Wine...
    Its only $5 on Steam right now
  16. steve723
    All via the Steam Work Shop.
  17. steve723
    I got it via the Humble Bundle late last month for $25.00 with several other games including Sid Meier's Railroads Civ 5 complete, Civ 4 complete, Civ3, ect...
  18. booman
    Yeah, I remember seeing that.
    What also sucks is you can't test it in older versions of Wine because of Steam. Any Wine 1.7.8 or older (Except stable 1.6.2) do not work with Steam. Crashes every time.
    If you had the retail version, there is a chance it might work with older Wine versions like Pirates does.
    Thanks Steam! :mad:
  19. steve723
    Yep Steam really messed up on wine versions below 1.7.8 and they also messed up the Steam overlay. You'd think they would have fixed this by now.

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