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WINE! (The program, not the Beverage)

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Significant advancements made today in my Linux world. I managed to install Internet Explorer 6, Windows Media Player, and Lockdown Mu (guide found here) on my SuSE Linux system, using WINE. This was by no means an easy task for me. Installing Lockdown Mu alone took about 3 hours (the installer went incredibly slow), not to mention that the download took about 6 hours (I had to restart 3 times!). But, once I got that installed, I went to installing IE6 and WMP, using the sidenet wine configuration utility (see here). Since the guide said to use version 1.8.1, I used that and ran the setup shell script. Everything went fine, but I received an error message going into stage 3:

Setting up wine configuration ...
Downloading Internet Explorer 6 setup ...
./ie6setup_EN-US.exe: Permission denied
ERROR: Download failed, Please download ie6setup.exe manually and try again.
Setup aborted.

So, I went to the website and looked if there was any different version that would perhaps work. To find out what WINE version I was using, I did:

********@linux:~> wine
Wine 20050725
Usage: wine PROGRAM [ARGUMENTS...] Run the specified program
wine --help Display this help and exit
wine --version Output version information and exit

Turns out that there was a fix for WINE versions 200507* (version 1.8.4). So, I downloaded that, and once again attempted to install. Luckily, the download worked this time and I was able to download ie6setup.exe. After that, the download of WMP followed. Once the downloading was done, the ie6setup was launched. Sadly, the display was not readable (as in no text showed up). Slightly discouraged, I Googled ie6setup.exe and found a nice walkthrough with pictures, so I knew what was happening. The install/ setup for both IE6 and WMP was successfully and IE6 was launched. Although the internet connection didn't initially work, I configured the Internet Options and got it online. IE worked well, but extremely slow. The most simple text-based website took minutes to load. Annoyed, but happy that IE worked, I went on to configuring LockdownMu. Copying the necessary fonts as the guide directed, I was able to get LockdownMu.exe running. This too took an extremely long time and the resolution was terrible. I tried to change the settings, but to no avail. I had gotten as far as to get the game to work, and that was my initial goal (not to get it running with supreme graphics and lightening fast gameplay). Sadly, I received many errors about missing files and odd configurations so I just decided to bump it. I had gotten as far as I wanted, and that was good enough for me. In retrospect, I suppose I should have started installing easier programs and not a full fledged MMORPG. My knowledge of WINE has just begun to accumulate, so any further advancements I make in the world of Windows programs on Linux, will promptly be posted on this blog. Until then, I think I will enjoy a good hour of surfing the web.
posted by linnerd40, Sunday, April 30, 2006


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