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    Force a Wine Virtual Desktop Size?

    Hi there!

    I recently downloaded an old game, Dune 2000, that I used to play when I was a kid off Abandonia.com and tried to play it in Wine. The mouse sometimes gets tricky when scrolling around the map, so the workaround that I employ is to run it in a virtual desktop, as suggested by heading 7.8 on the Wine FAQ's : http://wiki.winehq.org/FAQ

    However, the game runs at a resolution of 640x480, which is way too small for my modern screen. I would like to run it at 800x600 or 1024x768, but I am unable to force that size. It always resizes the virtual desktop to 640x480 as soon as the game loads.

    Is there any way to work around this behaviour and/or force another desktop size? The game offers no screen size option.

    Thanks!
    Etienne Snyman
    Living life in danger is real living. The rest is television.

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    Re: Force a Wine Virtual Desktop Size?

    I had a look at this a while back and based on this link, came pretty close.

    1. Install necessary components:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install xserver-xephyr x11vnc xtightvncviewer
    2. Start a nested X session:
    Code:
    Xephyr :5 -ac -screen 640x480 &
    3. Start the wine app in the nested x session:
    Code:
    DISPLAY=:5 wine DUNE2000.EXE &
    ...then minimize the Xephyr window (better performance if there aren't 2 seperate screen redraws happening).

    4. Start the X11vnc server and attach it to the correct display:
    Code:
    x11vnc -nocursor -localhost -scale 2:nb -display :5 &
    ...(note the scaling parameter - scale to twice its size)

    5. Connect using a vncviewer:
    Code:
    xtightvncviewer -compresslevel 0 -nojpeg localhost
    Viola! The only issue I had was somewhat sluggish performance as compared to a regular wine run.
    Last edited by Toz; March 3rd, 2012 at 06:11 PM.

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    Re: Force a Wine Virtual Desktop Size?

    Thank you so much, Toz.

    I'm struggling a little bit, being a bit of a n00b. But I figure with some trial and error I'll eventually get there.

    Hopefully one day there is a simple fix in WineCFG.
    Etienne Snyman
    Living life in danger is real living. The rest is television.

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