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    HOWTO: Get Grim Fandango Working with Wine

    This is a game I had trubble getting to work. It will function somewhat good without these steps, but it might cause wine to crash (something that never happened to med after I did this).

    I could not find any good tutorial for this on the forum (or on the net), so I decided to compile one myself

    Step 1: Getting Wine
    For this you need the official build of Wine (not the ubuntu build), in case you haven't already added this repository, this is how you do it:

    Open up a terminal and type these commands (for gutsy, if you use a different version of ubuntu, follow the instructions here: Wine Download
    ):

    Code:
    wget -q http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/387EE263.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add -
    sudo wget http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/sources.list.d/gutsy.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/winehq.list
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install wine
    This build works on both x86 and amd64!

    Step 2: Configuring Wine
    Grim Fandango will not run in full screen (or windowed, as is made possible by the launcher you will get later), but rather, you need to configure wine to emulate a virtual desktop, and run the game in full screen inside that (which will work best).

    Type in your terminal:

    Code:
    winecfg
    Click on the "Graphics" Tab and check "Emulate a virtual desktop", now you need to define the size for this desktop. I prefer 1024x768 since I think it gives me enough room to actually do something, but that is up to you (and the game will scale it anyway).

    Now, click "Apply" and close the configuration window

    Step 3: Installing Grim Fandango
    Now, simply pop the Grim Fandango CD1 into your drive and launch the installation program. Install the game to wherever you like.
    Do not install the patch yet! (released by LucasArts to fix some bugs and add Windows XP compability), that comes later!


    Step 4: Getting a Custom Launcher
    Download and unzip this file


    Create the folder .grimfandango in your home directory ("mkdir .grimfandango" in your console), and move "Grim Launcher.exe" to this directory.

    Step 5: Setting It Up As a Menu Item

    Download this icon to the .grimfandango directory.

    Now, type in terminal:

    (if you are using Kubuntu, replace gedit with kwrite, if you are using Xubuntu replace it with mousepad)

    Code:
    sudo gedit /usr/bin/grimfandango
    Now, copy paste this into the file (make sure to replace: <yourusername> with your username)

    Code:
    #!/bin/bash
    
    cd /home/<yourusername>/.grimfandango/
    wine Grim\ Launcher.exe
    Save and close.
    Now, type in terminal:

    Code:
    sudo chmod +x /usr/bin/grimfandango
    Now, type this in your terminal:

    Code:
    sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/grimfandango.desktop
    And copy & paste this into the newly opened file (Again: make sure to replace: <yourusername> with your username):

    Code:
    [Desktop Entry]
    Version=1.0
    Encoding=UTF-8
    Name=Grim Fandango
    Comment=Classic adventure game
    Exec=grimfandango
    Icon=/home/<yourusername>/.grimfandango/15895.jpg
    Terminal=false
    X-MultipleArgs=false
    Type=Application
    Categories=Application;Game;Adventure;
    Save and close.
    You should now be able to find "Grim Fandango" in your games menu.

    Step 6: Starting the Launcher for The First Time
    There are still some things to be done for the game to run well. Start the launcher from the menu (notice the emulated desktop around the launcher window).
    The Launcher should comment on that you have not installed the patch for the game, and if you would like to do so now. Let it install the patch (this is the only way I got the path installation program to work). Follow the instructions for the installer.

    When the patch is installed, click "Options" and then "Run Grim From Hard Drive"
    The Launcher will ask you to place CD1 in the drive, do that and let it continue. It may seem to freeze, but it is simply working. After a while it will ask for CD2, pop it in the drive and continue.

    The game may crash if you use the CDs while playing.

    Step 7: Starting the Game

    The Game is now ready for play. Make sure to always start it with the "Play Fullscreen" button.


    Known Problems
    The game will run fine, but with some flaws.
    Your character will leave black tracks where he moves (this isn't to bad though, it will not obstruct the game).

    Also, the sound may become funky at times, the only workaround for this that I can find, is to save the game, and restart (the sound should be fine again). This does not happen very often, so it shouldn't be a big problem.

    You may sometime find that all keys don't work, just click the game window and it should start working again.


    Enjoy the game!!
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    Re: HOWTO: Get Grim Fandango Working with Wine

    thanks!

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    Re: HOWTO: Get Grim Fandango Working with Wine

    Good guide and fun game
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    Re: HOWTO: Get Grim Fandango Working with Wine

    very good guide, thank you. The game works but only in a small window... any ideas on how to get it full screen? I setup winecfg as stated in the guide but doesn't seem to have an effect, always goes to a 800x600 window....


    thanks!

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    Re: HOWTO: Get Grim Fandango Working with Wine

    I used an ugly fix and just lowered my screen resolution so the game took up more of the screen... not clean but works

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    Re: HOWTO: Get Grim Fandango Working with Wine

    Excellent post, thanks Kimm. I'll now try and get some more windows games going with wine.
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    Re: HOWTO: Get Grim Fandango Working with Wine

    So let me preface this with the statement that I'm a total Linux newb. I started playing with Ubuntu 8.10 about three days ago, and I'm starting to earn the ropes. The other day I decided to try and use Wine to get Grim Fandango to run (on my own, mind you, it never even occured to me that someone else would want to as well >.<). It was a spot of fun, since I have an Eee PC (no cdrom), but I eventually got it working. Almost. Upon game load, it pops up with an error: "Grim Fandango could not initialize your hardware. Please make sure your not running any DirectX apps that take exclusive control of your hardware."

    After I found this tutorial I tried following it to the letter, and still get the same error. My theory is simply that my hardware isn't quite up to spec, but if so that would be lame, since it passed all the render tests that the game's Troubleshooter offers. Any thoughts?

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    Re: HOWTO: Get Grim Fandango Working with Wine

    Thank you for the tutorial! I got the game set up and running but unfortunately it is in a small window. I followed every step in the tutorial too, any clue how to fix this?

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    Re: HOWTO: Get Grim Fandango Working with Wine

    Just a side note; anyone having problems installing the patch should probably read this:

    http://bugs.winehq.org/show_bug.cgi?id=5224

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    Re: HOWTO: Get Grim Fandango Working with Wine

    thank you very much, now I have something to do for the weekend

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