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The Lord of the Rings Online Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Apr 24, 2015.

  • by booman, Apr 24, 2015 at 2:11 PM
  • booman

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    Explore the Middle Earth fantasy world of J.R.R. Tolkien through renowned locations including the Shire, the Mines of Moria, and Lothlórien. Customize your own character in this online MMORPG and fight alongside Dwarfs, Elves and Humans against the minions of Dark Lord Sauron. Leveling up, looting, cooperative skirmishes, exploration... its all there.


    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Lord Of The Rings Online in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of Lord Of The Rings Online. Other versions may require additional steps.

    Tips & Specs:

    Try SteamPlay before using this guide as Valve now uses a fork of Wine called Proton and should run most Windows games.

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

    Mint 17 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.6
    Wine: 1.7.40

    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"

    Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.40

    Select it
    Click the arrow pointing to the right

    Click Next

    Downloading Wine


    Downloading Gecko


    Wine 1.7.40 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
    Select 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 your virtual drive: lotro
    No spaces
    Click Next

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

    Click Next

    Select Wine 1.7.40
    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_corefont
    • POL_install_d3dx9
    • POL_install_d3dx10
    • POL_install_tahoma
    • POL_install_vcrun2008
    • POL_install_vcrun2010
    • POL_install_xact
    Click Next

    Note: All packages will automatically download and install

    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

    Updating Steam

    More 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: Lord Of The Rings Online
    Click Next

    Click Next

    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Click Configure

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

    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

    Close Configure

    Launching Steam

    Select Lord Of The Rings Online
    Click Run

    Note: Click debug to see errors and bugs.

    Click "Login to existing account"

    Search Steam for "The Lord Of The Rings Online"

    Click Play Game

    Click Next

    Uncheck both shortcut options
    Click Next

    Click Finish

    Wait for Lord Of The Rings Online to download 20GB

    Click Play

    Click "Yes" for high resolution data files

    Click "I Agree"

    Check "I Agree"
    Click Next

    Click Close

    Launcher Patching

    Wait for the launcher to patch another 2GB

    When its finally done
    Click Play

    Another license agreement
    Click I Agree


    Press Esc
    Click Options

    Adjust Display:
    • Resolution
    • Windowed
    • Fullscreen
    • Aspect Ratio
    • Antialiasing

    ADV Graphics

    Adjust Objects:
    • Draw distance
    • Model Detail
    • Material Detail

    Ajust Scenery:
    • Landscape Draw Distance
    • Frill Distance
    • Atmospheric Detail

    • Texture Detail
    • Texture Filtering
    • Anisotrophic filter quality


    Lord Of The Rings Online ran perfectly on my GeForce 550 Ti. I was able to crank all the settings to the max with a resolution of 1680x1050. The graphical quality isn't quite as high as other MMO's like Neverwinter or Age of Wushu, so it should be able to run on most laptops. To my surprise the Steam In-Game Community overlay didn't have to be disabled with Wine 1.7.40

    Gameplay Video:







    Last edited: Dec 12, 2019
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Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Apr 24, 2015.

    thanks for you guide . nice job
  2. booman
    No problem, let me know if it works for you
  3. Vale
    Every time i will start the launcher it freez:/ but thanks for the guide!
  4. booman
    Welcome to the forum!
    What version of Linux are you using?

    Try the launcher one more time...
    Try clicking "no" for the high resolution textures
  5. Marlhin
    I just want to try out lotro on my notebook but the problem is that I don't have access to the lotro page on steam to start downloading the game because steamwebhelper.exe constantly crashes and the shop page can't get drawn correctly...
  6. vashin
    I'm going to try this with the 1.7.53-steam_crossoverhack and just switch wine bottles after installing the game to see if it works.
  7. vashin
    Changing steam to Windows XP under Wine, Configure Wine will allow access to the store.
  8. vashin
    Once I got to the high resolution data screen it froze on download. After a few tests I finally changed to wine bottle 1.8-rc2-staging changed back to windows 7 and it downloaded the High Resolution files. I got the steamwebhelper.exe error but did not close it (don't know if that's important or not, also not sure if 1.8-rc2 is necessary either but it worked.) I added the client and launcher to winecfg as windows 7 so it checks for updates as windows 7. Runs great for me on the highest settings.

    Attached Files:

  9. booman
    Awesome! Glad its working for you
  10. Marlhin
    Thank you very much, vashin!
    It's finally running, even on my old intel i3 with HD 3000 laptop ;)
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  11. vashin
    Np, I was hoping someone would find it useful :D
  12. Xenarc
    Thank you, I just used this to install the game without Steam. I grabbed the install file from Turbine's site, followed your instructions until it got to the Steam section, skipped that, continued through the install/patching/log in. The install when great.

    The only issue with play so far is that the game stays in a small window in the center of my screen with all the UI elements overlapping each other. Settings changes haven't fixed that but I'll keep trying and update when I find a fix. I just wanted to say thank you for the clear and well done guide and let you know that your process works to install without Steam as well.
  13. booman
    Oh, I didn't realize there was an installer from Turbine's site... what is the link?

    Did you enable virtual desktop?
    Make sure to set the screen size to match your Linux desktop
  14. Xenarc
    The link I used is this: https://www.lotro.com/en/game/download

    I do have the virtual desktop enabled. I just saw that I had wine config set to XP instead of win7. Changing that to win7 makes it accept most of the resolution sizes, but not 1920x1080 which is my monitor's native and my linux desktop setting.

    On that setting it doesn't show me the game screen. I have sound, can hear my character is moving and taking actions when I hit keys, and the mouse cursor changes as I move it over where things should be on the screen but all I can see is my linux desktop. When I kill the game and restart it defaults back to the lowest resolution, so at least that change didn't stick long term.
  15. booman
    That is very strange, I rarely experience resolution problems with virtual desktop. If you don't use it, I have experienced the Linux desktop resolution defaulting when closing the game. So this is pretty common, but not if you set the game to the same resolution as your Linux desktop.
    You may have to keep tinkering with it.
    Did you remember to click "no" for high resolution textures?
    Also experiement with newer versions of Wine: 1.7.55-staging or 1.8-rc4
  16. Wayne
    If I already have the Linux version of steam downloaded on my computer, can I still use this method? I'm running on Ubuntu 16.04.
  17. booman
    Unfortunately, no...
    You will need the windows Steam to download and play Lord of the Rings Online. Just follow all of the steps above and make sure to use a newer version of Wine like 1.8.5
  18. Wayne
    Oh I know I need the Windows version of steam, I was just wondering if the files would conflict each other. Since I already have Linux steam version installed with games installed too.
  19. booman
    Oh, I see now
    Since PlayOnLinux creates a "wineprefix" or also known as a "Virtual Drive"
    It is like a sandbox for your game. Basically it uses the bare-minimum of Windows dependencies to use your program. So they won't conflict with the Linux Steam.

    Thanks for asking.

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