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Crysis Warhead Guide

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    Crysis Warhead is the next chaper in the Crysis franchise. All of the hyper-realistic graphics, interactive physics and explosive action is there. Utilize your suit's ablities to overcome hordes of enemies... Cloak, Strength, Speed and Shield will give you the advantage as you take on soldiers, tanks, aliens and more...

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

    Note: This guide applies to the Amazon Download version of Crysis Warhead. Other versions may require additional steps.

    Tips & Specs:

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

    Mint 16 32-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.2
    Wine: 1.7.8-d3d_DoubleBuffer

    Installing Wine

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 1.5.28-Origin and 1.7.8-d3d_doublebuffer
    We need both Wine versions because we will install Origin & Crysis Warhead with 1.5.28-Origin first.
    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 1.5.28-Origin an 1.7.8-d3d_doublebuffer is installed and you can close this window

    Note: Before we start, make sure to download Crysis Warhead from Amazon first.

    Installing Origin

    The Amazon Downloaded version of Crysis Warhead included the EA Downloader (Origin client) so we need to install Origin first. Otherwise the installation will crash every time.

    Go To: https://download.dm.origin.com/origin/live/OriginSetup.exe
    Save OriginSetup.exe to your desktop
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    PlayOnLinux Setup

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Install
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    Click "Installa 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 your virtual drive: crysiswarhead
    No spaces
    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 1.5.28-Origin
    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.

    Wine Configuration

    Applications Tab
    Windows Version: Windows XP
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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 Packages (Windows Components/Libraries)

    Check all of the following:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_dxfullsetup
    • POL_Install_msvc90
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    • POL_Install_vcrun2008
    • POL_Install_vcrun2010

    Click Next
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    Note: All libraries will automatically download and install

    Installing Origin

    Click "Select another file" If you have a Disc in the drive
    Click Next
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    Click Browse
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    Select OriginSetup.exe
    Click Open
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    Click Next
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    Uncheck all the options
    Click Install
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    Installing Origin
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    Check "I have read and accept..."
    Click OK
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    Login to your Origin account
    Click Log in
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    Origin might ask for a verification
    Click Close
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    To redeem other games
    Click Origin
    Click Redeem Product Code
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    Exit Origin
    Click Origin
    Click Exit
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    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    For future games its not a bad idea to make a shortcut to Origin.
    Otherwise, we are not going to use it at all.

    Note: The current setup and libraries might not work for all Origin games.

    Select Origin.exe
    Click Next
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    Name your shortcut Origin
    Click Next
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    Select "I don't wnat to make another shortcut"
    Click Next
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    Installing Crysis Warhead

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Click Configure
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    Select crysiswarhead virtual drive on the left
    Click Miscellaneous Tab
    Click "Run a .exe file in this virtual drive"
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    Navigate to your Crysis Warhead download
    Select setup.exe
    Click Open
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    Select Language
    Click Ok

    Click Next

    Enter Key
    Click Next

    Check "I accept the license..."
    Click Next

    Click Next

    Click Next

    Click Next

    Click Next

    Click Next

    Installing

    Click Finish

    Securom installation
    Click Finish
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    Configure PlayOnLinux

    Back to PlayOnLinux Configure

    General Tab
    Wine version: 1.7.8-d3d_doublebuffer
    Click the + to download different versions of Wine
    Click the "down arrow" to select 1.7.8-d3d_doublebuffer
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    Click "Make a new shortcut from this virutal drive"

    Select Crysis.exe
    Click Next
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    Name your shortcut: Crysis Warhead
    Click Next
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    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next
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    Display Tab
    GLSL: disable
    Direct Draw Renderer: opengl
    Video memory size: The amount of memory on your video card
    Offscreen rendering mode: fbo
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    Close Configure

    Launching Crysis Warhead

    Select Crysis Warhead
    Click Run
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    Note: Clicking Debug will output any errors or missing libraries

    Optimization & Video Settings

    Click Options
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    Click System Settings
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    Adjust video mode

    For fullscreen, match the same resolution of your Linux Desktop
    Click Apply
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    Adjust Anti-Aliasing Quality
    Click Apply
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    Advanced
    Use the "Change all settings to" at the bottom
    Select an option:
    • Minimum
    • Mainstream
    • Gamer
    • Enthusiasts

    Click Apply
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    Rule of Thumb:
    High settings
    = More detail, lower frame rates
    Low settings = Less detail, higher frame rates

    Conclusion:
    Crysis Warhead runs pretty good with the doublebuffer version of Wine.
    I noticed the shadows are missing just as in Crysis and Crysis 2, but the ambient occlusion is there giving objects depth. Otherwise, the game looks utterly beautiful.
    I played at least 5 hours worth with no crashing. There was a point where the game seemed to stutter badly and later a crash, but if Warhead is running slow on your system, lower the graphical settings and resolution is needed. Don't forget to match your Linux Desktop to the game resolution.

    Screenshots:
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