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Battlefront 2 Guide

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

  • by booman, Jul 24, 2015 at 1:53 PM
  • booman

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    Star Wars Battlefront 2 is a team-based FPS much like the Battlefield series. Conquer maps by taking bases in many new locations like Mygeeto, Utapau, Naboo, Hoth, Mustafar, Yavin, the Jedi Temple and the Death Star. Play as 5 different classes and even earn a chance to play as a Jedi hero or a Sith Lord.

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    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Battlefront 2 in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the Retail (CD ROM) version of Battlefront 2. Other versions may require additional steps.

    Tips & Specs:

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

    Mint 17 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.8
    Wine: 1.7.46

    Wine Installation

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.46
    Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging

    Select it
    Click the arrow pointing to the right
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    Click Next

    Downloading Wine
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    Extracting

    Downloading Gecko
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    Installed
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    Wine 1.7.46 is installed and you can close this window

    Copy CD ROM Data

    Create a Battlefront2 folder on the desktop
    Enter CD1
    Copy all data from CD1 to the Battlefront2 folder
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    Enter CD2 and copy the GameData folder to the Battlefront2 folder
    Check "Apply this action to all files"
    Click Merge
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    Enter CD3 through CD5 with the same "Merge" steps

    PlayOnLinux Setup

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Install
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    Click "Install a non-listed program"
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    Click Next

    Click "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
    Click Next
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    Name your virtual drive: battlefront2
    Click Next
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    Check all three options
    • Use another version of Wine
    • Configure Wine
    • Install some libraries
    Click Next
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    Select Wine 1.7.46
    Click Next
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    Select "32 bits windows installation"
    Click Next
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    Wine Configuration

    Applications Tab
    Windows version: Windows 7
    Click Apply
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    Graphics Tab
    Check "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
    Check "Emulate a virtual deskop"
    Desktop size: 1024x768
    Click OK
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    PlayOnLinux Packages (Components, Libraries, DLL's)

    Check the following Packages:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    Click Next
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    Installing Battlefront 2

    Click "Select another file"
    Click Next
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    Click Browse

    Navigate to the Battlefront2 folder on your desktop
    Open GameData folder
    Select "setup.exe"
    Click Open
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    Click Next

    Click Next
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    Enter Key
    Click OK
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    Check "I accept the terms..."
    Click Next
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    Check "No, I don't want to install xfire"
    Click Next
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    Check "No, install GameSpy Arcade later"
    Click Next
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    Click "Automatic"
    Click Next
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    Desktop Shortcut
    Click No
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    Installing
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    Uncheck "I would like to view the README file"
    Uncheck "I would like to launch Star Wars Battlefront II"
    Click Finish
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    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select "BattlefrontII.exe"
    Click Next
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    Name your shortcut: Battlefront II
    Click Next
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    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next
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    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Select Battlefront II
    Click Configure
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    General Tab
    Wine version: 1.7.46
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    Note: Click the + to download other versions of Wine, click the down-arrow to select other versions of Wine

    Display Tab
    Video memory size: Enter the amount of memory your video card/chip uses
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    Close Configure

    Launching Battlefront II

    Select Battlefront II
    Click Run
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    Note: Click Debug to see output of errors and bugs while playing

    Optimization

    Click Options
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    Click Video
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    Adjust:
    • Brightness
    • Contrast
    • VSync
    • Overall Quality (Presets)
    • View Distance
    • LOD Distance
    • Resolution
    • Antialiasing
    • Texture Quality
    • Water Quality
    • Shadows
    • Lighting Quality
    • Light Bloom
    Click Accept
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    Rule of thumb:
    High settings = More detail, lower frame rates
    Low settings = Less detail, higher frame rates

    Conclusion:
    Battlefront 2 installed and played perfectly. Any level I loaded played and performed just as well as Windows on my GeForce 550 ti. I had everything set to high except view distance and LOD distance.

    Ironically in Windows 7, Battlefront 2 would crash over and over. It turns out there is some audio bug with Realtek chips and it causes a crash when a level is loaded.
    I was able to host the game in Linux and connect from the Windows client, but not the other way around.

    Gameplay Video:



    Screenshots:
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    Last edited: Jan 13, 2016
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Comments

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

  1. mrdeathjr28
    Excellent classic game and very good guide as always

    In my case have steam version and works good too

    :)
  2. booman
    Thank you! I had a lot of run re-visiting the series! I'm surprised how well it ran, even without the CD ROM in the drive.

    Unfortunately I was unable to join a Linux (Wine) Hosted game on my LAN
    Only the Windows computer was able to join the Linux (Wine) Hosted game.

    I have all the firewalls off, but the connection would time out each time.

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