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September 20th, 2008, 07:23 PM
okay, as you all know I am new to linux although loving every minute of it
(including the penguin invasion of my desktop) but now, I have something that might require wine, wich I have no clue on how to use. my question is this, on a windows comp i have tf2 installed and running, but i dont feel like switching my graphics card back and forth every time i want to play tf2
I read somewhere that games run faster on wine in linux on windows
(i have no clue how valid this statement is, just stumbleupon it) but my overall question is this:

How can I run steam games on linux?

September 20th, 2008, 07:26 PM
I use CS and DOD from steam, and you can just go to their website and download the .msi file and install it like normal.

First you will need to install wine tho:

sudo apt-get install wine

some people like playonlinux, but I disagree, wine really works well enough.

Steam works well too.

September 20th, 2008, 07:49 PM
what is a msi file and how do i install it?

September 20th, 2008, 07:52 PM
dont forget to download sudo apt-get install wine first, then goto http://store.steampowered.com/ and it is on the left side, a green button, just put it on your desktop and double click it like a normal windoze program and it will bring up the installer.

Its pretty simple, just dont over think it.

and an msi file is an installer from windoze, its their attempt to throw off wine I think because it used to not support it at all. :)

September 20th, 2008, 08:04 PM
why would theyy want to throw off wine?

September 20th, 2008, 08:08 PM
I was kidding actually, I was referring to the fact that for the longest time wine did not support msi files. I was pleasantly surprised one day when it suddenly worked w/o an issue. I mean what is the point of having an msi instead of an exe to install the program?

Did the program install like it should for you?

September 20th, 2008, 08:52 PM
wine is installed, and installing TF2, lol now i have 1 gb of hard drive space left after tf2 is done, gonna open a thread to figure out how to take the hard drive in my hand and "mount" or whatever linux does to get it to try to get some more memory.

September 20th, 2008, 09:08 PM
you should be very careful and not fill up the hd, i have crashed my system many times that way. i use the 33 percent available rule: always leave 33 percent available.

Good luck

September 20th, 2008, 09:20 PM
uh oh-- better get that second one in quick!

September 20th, 2008, 09:49 PM

now when i run tf2 i get a full black screen, and when i move my mouse around i hear little *tck* *tck*'s


September 20th, 2008, 10:02 PM
Under the "My games" tab:

right-click "Team Fortress 2", select "Properties"

click "Set launch options..."

add "-dxlevel 81"

should work after that. I have "-dxlevel 81 -window" to get mine to play in a window.

TF2 works okay, but I'd rather just reboot and play it under windows if I know I'll be spending more time playing.

September 20th, 2008, 10:22 PM
the comp im on deosnt have A windows or B enough space to put windows on it

September 20th, 2008, 10:41 PM
okay, i did that, but i still get the same result with 3 exeptions

A i see a dude witha a valve on his head before startup, along with the name of the developer

B during the black screen with the *tck* noises i see a ligher batch of grey where the valve head was, although it is not much brighter that the rest

C i get to listen to cool spy action music at the black screen


September 20th, 2008, 11:50 PM
can anybody help me heree

is there hope or should i just uninstall

btw, does no tf2 mean no portal?

September 21st, 2008, 12:07 AM
ok i give up, somebody tellme how to get tf2, steam, and wine COMPLETELY off my system!!!

September 21st, 2008, 12:21 AM
you could try opening a new thread in the gaming section.

And you should try googling your problem, but after those things do not work,

sudo apt-get remove wine will.

Good luck with your issues.

September 21st, 2008, 12:46 AM
will removing wine kill the steam and tf2 files?

September 21st, 2008, 12:57 AM
It should get rid of wine and all programs installed under it, if it does not, wine's folder is .wine under your home partition and after you uninstall wine, you can safely remove that folder. That is where all files are written to when installing programs under wine.

September 21st, 2008, 01:53 AM
thank you.. well ill just wait untill i get another computer to try again.

awww well

thx anyways...