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Far Cry Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Jul 2, 2013.

  • by booman, Jul 2, 2013 at 10:39 PM
  • booman

    booman Grand High Exalted Mystic Emperor of Linux Gaming Staff Member

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    Every review of Far Cry will tell you that it was under-rated and way before its time. Featuring Super High quality textures, bump mapping, soft shadows, huge maps, advanced A.I. and sandbox game-play. Honestly a lot of modern games have been inspired by Far Cry elements.
    Lets see how it runs in the Linux environment...

    Follow this step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Far Cry with PlayOnLinux.


    Note: This guide applies to the retail version of Far Cry. Other downloaded versions (GOG, Steam) 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
    Wine: 1.4.1

    Copying CD ROM data

    The original Retail version has 5 CD ROMs and I've never had much success with multiple-disk installations. So lets copy all of the data from the CD ROM's to your hard drive first.

    Create a new folder on your desktop: farcry
    Insert Disk 1: FARCRY_1

    Copy everything on Disk 1 to the new "farcry" folder

    Insert Disk 2: FARCRY_2
    Only copy .cab data files: Data1.cab

    Insert next DISK and copy .cab files only.

    When you are done you should have these .cab files:

    Installing Wine with PlayOnLinux

    Installing different versions of Wine is necessary for running different games because one Wine doesn't work for them all. PlayOnLinux makes it possible to download, install and test your game in all the versions of Wine until you find the right one for your speicific game.

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Tools
    Click "Manage Wine Versions"

    Wine versions manager
    Select 1.4.1
    Click the right-arrow

    Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging

    Wine wizard
    Click Next




    Setting up PlayOnLinux

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Install

    Manual Installation

    Click "Install a non-listed program" farcry03.png

    Click Next

    Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
    Click Next

    Name your virtual drive: farcry
    Click Next

    Check all three:
    • Use another version of Wine
    • Configure Wine
    • Install some libraries
    Click Next

    Select previously downloaded 1.4.1
    Click Next

    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.

    Wine Configuration

    Application Tab
    Windows Version: Windows 7
    Click Apply

    Graphics Tab

    Check: Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows
    Check: Emulate a virtual desktop

    Desktop size: 1024x768
    Click Apply

    Note: I alway initially test games with 1024x768 before setting a higher resolution like in the screenshot.


    Drives Tab

    Click Autodetect
    Drive Mappings should be:
    C: ../drive_c
    D: /media/username/FARCRY_1
    H: /home/username
    Z: /

    Note: "username" is where your Linux login should be

    This Drive Mapping step is important because FarCry won't launch if it can't find the DISK 1 (FARCRY_1)

    Click OK

    Windows Components (Libraries & Packages)

    Select the following Package:

    Click Next

    Installing .NET Framework 2.0

    This will automatically install vcrun2005 service pack 1 too

    Far Cry Installation

    Select "Select another file"
    Click Next

    Note: Remember we aren't installing from the Disk but from the folder we created


    Select file
    Click Browse

    Navigate to the farcry folder we created on the desktop
    Select "Setup.exe"
    Click Open

    File to run

    Click Next


    Click Next

    License Agreement
    Select "I accept the terms..."
    Click Next

    Destination Folder
    Click Next

    Uncheck "Start menu entries" and "Desktop shortcut" because PlayOnLinux will create them for us.
    Click Next

    Additional Features
    Its ok to leave DirectX 9.0b checked because we aren't even going to use it.
    I unchecked Acrobat Reader because we won't be using it either
    Click Next

    Summary of installation
    Click Next

    DirectX Setup
    Click Yes

    Installation complete
    Uncheck "View Readme" and "Register Far Cry"
    Click Next

    InstallShield Wizard Complete
    Click Finish

    Click No

    Explorer.exe lockup
    Every time I installed Far Cry it would freeze or lockup after the installation was complete.
    Open your System Monitor and select: mscorosvw.exe
    Click "End Process"

    End Process

    Click "End Process" farcry31.png

    Select iDriver.exe

    Click "End Process" farcry32.png

    End Process

    Click "End Process"

    Then PlayOnLinux should continue the installation...


    Select: FarCry.exe
    Click Next

    Shortcut Name

    Name your shortcut: FarCry
    Click Next

    Done with Shortcuts

    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next

    OpenGL and PlayOnLinux Configuration

    Navigate to the Far Cry folder: /home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/farcry/drive_c/Program Files/Ubisoft/Crytek/Far Cry

    Note: Username is where you put your login

    Open: system.cfg

    Find the line: r_Driver = "Direct3D9"

    Change to: r_Driver = "openGL"
    Click Save

    PlayOnLinux Configuration

    In PlayOnLinux click Configure
    Select your FarCry Virtual Drive farcry40.png

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

    Wine Tab
    Click "Windows reboot"

    Note: Its always a good idea to "Windows Reboot" after making changes or installing in the configuration.

    Launching Far Cry

    Auto Detec
    When you launch the first time the Configuration Tool will launch

    Far Cry Configuration Tool

    Video Options Tab
    Renderer: Directx3D9 will be grayed-out because we set it for openGL
    Screen Resolution: I recommend 1024x768 for initial testing
    Anti-Aliasing: should be set low for initial testing

    Note: After Far Cry proves to play with a decent frame rate, we'll increase these settings in-game.


    Advanced Tab

    Use the presets on the right to set all the advanced features.
    Start with low or medium during the testing phase.

    Note: I found that shadow quality can kill your frame rates

    In Game Graphics Options

    I ended up settling with 1440x900 resolution
    Texture Quality: Very High
    Texture Filter: Trilinear
    Anisotrophic: 2
    Particle Count: Very High
    Speical Effects: Very High
    Environment Quality: High
    Shadow Quality: Medium
    Water Quality: Very High
    Lighting Quality: High

    Note: These video options gave me a decent frame rate on my GeForce 550 Ti

    Usually the first time I launch Far Cry from PlayOnLinux it will crash. But go ahead and launch again.... then it will work fine. Make sure Drives are setup in Wine Configuration.
    Also, you need to have Disk 1 inserted to play the retail version.

    Everything seems to work really well. Animation, collusion detection, binoculars, map, health/armor kits and save/load features.

    The only Gliches I found was the crash at launch and some flashing black textures when grenades explode.

    Last edited: Jan 13, 2016


Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Jul 2, 2013.

  1. booman
    I love Far Cry! Live on forever!
  2. booman
    High Res Screenshots:

    farcry45.png farcry46.png

    farcry47.png farcry48.png

    farcry49.png farcry50.png

    farcry51.png farcry52.png

    farcry53.png farcry54.png

    farcry56.png farcry57.png
  3. booman
    Looks like you did everything right...
    Try launching it with Debug and pasting the results.
    Make sure to create a new thread instead of pasting it here.
  4. booman
    You could always try purchasing the GOG.com version because its DRM free and you won't need the CD disk.
  5. Daniel~
    I no longer have it installed, I'll wait a few days and try again and post Debug as you suggest. Go ahead and delete my posts here and we can start again soon.
  6. nlern
    Hello Booman thanks for this very step-by-step Howto. I followed everything here. But after setting r_Drivr= "openGL" i could not see the in game fonts anymore. Will you please help me solve this problem. This are two game menu images I got:(first one using Direct3D9 and 2nd one using opengl)
    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    I have submitted a question regarding this in here:
    Thanks in advance.
  7. booman
    Welcome to the forum!
    that is an interesting problem...
    This is an old guide, so the first thing you should try is use the Wine Manager in PlayOnLinux and download a newer version of wine. Try Far Cry again and see if it works.
    What distro are you using?
    Video card?

    You can also try leaving it as Direct3D9 and see if the game runs
    mrdeathjr28 likes this.
  8. nlern
    @booman My PC specs are as follows:

    Video : Intel G33 express chip set (Integrated)
    Processor : Intel Dual Core 3.06Ghz
    RAM : 2 GB (Expandable up to 4GB)
    Distro : Ubuntu 14.04 64 Bit
    Wine version : 1.6.2
    OpenGl : 1.4

    I have previously played it in Windows 7 32 bit in same PC. The game ran fine without any lags. Then I was dual booting Ubuntu with Windows (both 32 bit). But now I have recently deleted both the OSs and installed Ubuntu 64 bit. Then I wanted to play the game and so followed this tutorial and found this problem. Maybe my low RAM is causing the problem.

    I ran the game both on Direct3D9 and openGl and found that openGl caused relatively low CPU usage, intro videos playing was fast and textures were better though it was opposite with Direct3D9 with slight advantage that the game ran more like it did on Windows. So I was considering to play it with openGl. Maybe upgrading RAM to 4GB will sove the problem
  9. booman
    So it runs with the Direct3D9 setting?
    I didn't have any problems with "openGL" setting, but if you have installed the 32-bit libraries for Ubuntu, otherwise most games won't run because they are only 32-bit compatible
  10. mrdeathjr28
    No in your case main problem stay in intel vga chip, if you can buy new vga card depend your budget (nvidia)

    Respect ram consume if you use ubuntu mate o xubuntu, this desktop enviroments have low ram use (in my case x64 version use around 400 to 600mb)

  11. booman
    Far Cry should run on most laptop Intel HD chips
    You may have to crank down the resolution a bit, but should still look pretty nice.
    Even with Linux drivers.

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