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Borderlands 2 Guide

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    Borderlands 2 continues the story of vault hunters pilgrimagging to Pandora. It is superior in every way over Borderlands with a lot more of everything.

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    More weapons, more upgrades, more beautiful visuals, more enemies, more locations... on and on and on

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

    Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of Borderlands 2. Other versions may require additional steps.

    Tips & Specs

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

    Mint 14 32-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.1
    Wine: 1.7.8

    Installing Wine

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.8
    Select it
    Click the arrow pointing to the right
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    Click Next

    PlayOnLinux will automatically download it and save it in this directory:
    /home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wine/linux-x86
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    Note: username is where you put your login name

    Its a good idea to backup this directory to another computer because you won't have to keep downloading wine versions when you need them.

    Extracting
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    Downloading Gecko
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    Installed
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    Wine 1.7.8 is installed and you can close this window

    Downloading Steam

    Go To: http://www.steampowered.com
    Click Install Steam
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    Do not click "Install Steam Now"
    It will automatically install Linux Steam. Since Borderlands 2 isn't made for Linux, we will download the Windows Steam instead.
    click "Windows" under the green button
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    Navigate to your desktop
    Click Save
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    Setup PlayOnLinux

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

    Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
    Click Next
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    Name you virtual drive: borderlands2
    No spaces
    Click Next
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    Select all three options:
    • Use another version of Wine
    • Configure Wine
    • Install some libraries

    Click Next
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    Select Wine 1.7.8
    Click Next
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    Note: If you are running a 64-bit system, PlayOnLinux will prompt if you want to use a 64-bit or 32-bit virtual drive.
    Always select 32-bit virtual drive.

    Configure Wine

    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 desktop
    Desktop size: 1024x768
    Click Ok
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    Install Libraries

    Check the following libraries:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx11
    • POL_Install_dxfullsetup
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    • POL_Install_vcrun2008
    • POL_Install_vcrun2010
    • POL_Install_xact

    Click Next
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    Installing Steam

    Click Browse
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    Navigate to your desktop
    Select: SteamInstall.msi
    Click Open
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    Click Next
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    Click Next

    Check: I accept the license...
    Click Next

    Click Next

    Click Next

    Click Install

    Click Finish

    Updating Steam

    More updating, extracting and installing

    When Steam is done installing the login screen will pop up. You probably won't see any text because there is a font bug.
    Click the "X" to close Steam login
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    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select Steam.exe
    Click Next
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    Name your shortcut: Borderlands 2 Steam
    Click Next
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    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next
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    More PlayOnLinux Configuration

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Click Configure
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    Select Borderlands 2 Steam virtual drive

    General Tab
    Arguments: -no-dwrite
    This fixes the font problem
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    Note: -no-dwrite only works if you launch Steam from PlayOnLinux. Steam is automatically set to launch when Windows starts, which means if you do a "Windows Reboot" from the Wine tab -no-dwrite won't execute. Just close Steam and try again.

    Display Tab
    Direct Draw Renderer: opengl
    Video Memory Size: size of memory on your video card
    Offscreen rendering mode: fbo
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    Close Configure

    Select Borderlands 2 Steam
    Click Run
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    Click "Login to an existing account"
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    Login
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    Steam Overlay

    Some games will not work with Steam Overlay
    Click Steam Menu
    Click Settings

    Select "In-Game" on the left
    Uncheck "Enable Steam Community In-Game"
    Click OK
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    Install Borderlands 2

    Find Borderlands 2 in the Library list
    Click Install
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    Note: With expansion packs Borderlands 2 is about 12 and a half Gigabyte download

    Click Next
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    Uncheck "Create start menu shortcut to Borderlands 2"
    Uncheck "Create desktop shortcut to Borderlands 2"
    Click Next
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    Click Finish
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    Shortcut to Borderlands

    When Borderlands is done downloading, we need to create a shortcut to the game because the Launcher doesn't work.

    Switch Back to PlayOnLinux while Steam is still open
    Click Configure
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    General Tab
    Click "Make a new shortcut from this virtual drive"
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    Select Borderlands2.exe
    Click Next
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    Name the Shortcut Borderlands 2
    Click Next
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    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next
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    General Tab again
    Select "Borderlands 2" on the left side
    Arguments: -NoLauncher
    This allows Borderlands 2 to start without the launcher
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    Close Configure

    Launching Borderlands 2

    Select Borderlands 2
    Click Run

    Note: Clicking Debug instead will allow you to see errors and bugs in order to troubleshoot any problems.

    Video Options

    Click Options
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    Click Video
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    Click Resolution to go full screen
    Select the Resolution of your Linux desktop and the virtual desktop will automatically resize
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    Other settings can help or hurt your frame rate

    If you find the game is very slow try this
    Ambient Occlution = Off
    Depth of Field = Off
    Foliage distance = Low
    View distance = med or low
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    General Rule-of-thumb:
    Higher settings = More detail, lower frame rate
    Lower settings = Less detail, higher frame rate

    Conclusion:
    Borderlands 2 ran exceptionally well on my GeForce 550 Ti in PlayOnLinux.
    I was able to complete quests, level up, use the menus and mouse just fine. So far I have made it to Level 9 going solo. I did not have a chance to play cooperative with Windows clients.
    The only bug I noticed was zooming created some tiny pixel artifacts.
    Unfortunately all of the fancy DirectX 11 special effects won't work because we are limited to DirecX 9 in Linux.

    Screenshots:
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    Last edited: Jan 12, 2014

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Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Dec 21, 2013.

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