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Frets On Fire FoFiX Guide

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  • by booman, May 15, 2015 at 2:14 PM
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    Frets On Fire is an attempt to create the Guitar Hero genre on PC. Play some of the greatest rock and heavy metal hits of the 90's on an animated fretboard with syncopated notes.
    Download themes, download songs, play with a friend and even add your favorite songs with the editor.

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    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Frets On Fire (FoFiX) in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Tips & Specs:

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

    Mint 17 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.7
    Wine: 1.6.2

    Wine Installation

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 1.6.2
    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 1.6.2 is installed and you can close this window

    Download Frets on Fire FoFiX

    Go To: https://code.google.com/p/fofix/downloads/list
    Download FoFiX-v3.121-Final-Setup-(py2.6-ogl3).exe
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    PlayOnLinux Setup

    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 your virtual drive: fretsonfire
    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 1.6.2
    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 desktop"
    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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    Note: All packages will require checking "I agree", will automatically download and install.

    Installing Frets On Fire FoFiX

    Click Browse
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    Select: FoFiX-v3.121-Final-Setup-(py2.6-ogl3).exe
    Click Open
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    Click Next again

    Click Next

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

    Click Next

    Click Install

    When Complete, Click Next

    Uncheck "Run FoFiX v3.121 Final
    Click Finish
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    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select "FoFiX.exe"
    Click Next
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    Name your shortcut: Frets On Fire
    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 Frets on Fire
    Click Configure
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    General Tab
    Wine Version: 1.6.2
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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: Select the amount of memory your video card/chip uses
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    Close Configure

    Downloading a Theme

    Sign up at the fretsonfire.net forums to view themes

    Browse a list of themes here:
    http://www.fretsonfire.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=24976#Music_game_themes
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    Select a theme to view and/or download
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    Note: Many of the themes listed at fretsonfire.net are no longer available via at mediafire. You will have to search the theme's post for updated links to the download.

    Download the theme
    Extract folder to Frets On Fire Theme folder:
    Code:
    /home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/fretsonfire/drive_c/Program Files/FoFix/data
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    Rock Band theme:
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/gwn2m22mfmu/BFMV RB.zip

    Rock Band 2 Theme
    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0Bxr4nKsR5zXzOFZVaGRmMGFvTzA/edit

    Guitar Hero 3 theme:
    http://www27.zippyshare.com/v/45547623/file.html

    Downloading Songs

    Songs are a bit harder to find because of copyright laws

    Note: A lot of songs are listed at fretsonfire.net but are no longer available at mediafire. You will need to search the forums for updated links or search online.

    Once you have a bunch of song folders
    Create a folder: songs
    Copy the songs folder to your Frets On Fire game directory

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    Note: When you setup Frets On Fire FoFiX the first time it will allow you to select your "Songs" directory and will automatically populate all of your songs.

    Launching Frets On Fire

    Select Frets on Fire
    Click Run
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    Note: Click debug to see errors and bugs

    Initial Setup

    At first launch there is only a "light" theme with no graphics
    Click Options
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    Click Display Settings>
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    Select the theme you downloaded
    Adjust Resolution and fullscreen
    Press Esc
    Press Esc again
    Frets On Fire will ask to restart
    Press Enter

    Note: Sometimes fonts in the menu can be misaligned depending on the resolution you use.

    Conclusion:
    Frets on Fire FoFiX ran perfectly in several versions of Wine. I was able to configure my Xbox USB guitar and play almost perfectly. Everything in-game syncopated just like in Windows.
    I had a hard time finding songs and themes to download because the Fretsonfire.net forums are not kept up-to-date, but I had a previous folder full of Guitar Hero Songs and Rock Band songs I kept from 2009. You can also convert your own songs to .ogg and edit your own guitar notes in the Frets On Fire editor, then play it yourself.

    Gameplay Video:


    Screenshots:
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    Last edited: Oct 11, 2016
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Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, May 15, 2015.

  1. mrdeathjr28
    Very good guide and very detailed

    :)
  2. booman
    Thanks, its too bad most of the Themes are hard to find online. Songs are difficult to find as well, but they are out there.
    I'm surprised how well it runs in Wine and my Xbox controller. Everything seems to work great.
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