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    Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter Guide

    I've always been a fan of First Person Shooters with an emphasis on military operations. The original Ghost Recon was truly original because it combined First Person Shooter with Real-Time Strategy. You can command your teams to move, attack, flank, hold and defend all the while you are aiming down the scope at enemies.

    GRAW entered the gaming industry right after all of the new lighting and physics effects were implemented due to the advances in video processing. Though it ran slow on modest computers, GRAW was extremely beautiful: reflections, highlights and amazing smoke & explosion effects.
    It also includes almost all the features of the original Ghost Recon along with a bunch of new features because its based in the future.

    I didn't have any problems running it in Mint 13 and was actually quite pleased with the graphical results and frame rate performance.

    This guide will walk you step-by-step installing and configuring GRAW to run in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This tutorial is meant for the retail version of Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter, downloaded versions may require additional steps

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    Tips & Specs

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

    Mint 13 32-bit
    PlayOnLinux ver: 4.0.14
    Default Wine ver: 1.5.16

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Install
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    Manual Installation

    I originally searched for Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter, but it only found the original Ghost Recon
    Select "Install a non-listed program"
    Click Install
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    Click Next
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    Select Install a program in a new virtual drive
    Click Next
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    I named my Virtual Drive: GRAW
    Click Next
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    Check Configure Wine
    Check Install some libraries
    Click Next
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    Note: I didn't check "Use another version of Wine" because I already had Wine 1.4.1 installed, but you can install any version of Wine with PlayOnLinux using Tools, Wine Versions.

    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 THE 32-bit VIRTUAL DRIVE


    Wine Configuration
    When Wine Configuration launches, I usually check the Desktop option and use the default resolution. You don't have to do this, but it helps when the game crashes or locks up.

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    Installing Libraries
    Installing libraries is the same as installing Windows Packages or DLL's & Components
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    Check the following:
    • POL_Install-corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_d3dx9_36
    • POL_Install_d3dx9_40
    • POL_Install_net1.0 (do not use with Wine 1.5 and newer)
    • POL_Install_net2.0 (do not use with Wine 1.5 and newer)
    • POL_Install_net3.0 (do not use with Wine 1.5 and newer)
    • POL_Install_vc2005
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    Note: You probably don't need all of these packages, but its a good idea to install them anyways. Also, if you followed my previous tutorials these will install seamlessly

    Note: Some of the Net Framework Libraries may take some time... be patient and wait for it to finish.

    Installing Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter

    Optical Media and Installing GRAW
    PlayOnLinux will ask for CD-ROM or another file
    Select CD-ROM for the Retail GRAW (CD-ROM or DVD)
    Click Next
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    Setup Language
    Click Next

    Preparing
    InstallShield
    Click Next

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

    Install Folder
    Click Next

    Click Install
    Installing
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    Shortcut
    I select "No" because I use PlayOnLinux shortcut to launch the game
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    Registration
    Click "Never register"
    Click Ok

    AGIEA PhysX and DirectX 9.0c

    Note: AGEIA PhysX is a software that communicates with a special physics card. If you don't have one, no problem. It will install anyways.

    Click OK

    Language
    Click OK

    License
    Click "I Agree"

    Installing PhysX
    Click Close

    DirectX 9.0c
    Click Yes

    Note: GRAW will not run without the DirectX 9.0c I hoped that the d3dx9 Libraries would have installed the correct DirectX, but apparently it doesn't

    DirectX Setup
    Select "I accept the agreement"
    Click Next
    Click Next
    Installing

    Restart Computer (this will only restart Wine not Linux)
    Click Finish

    Installation Done
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    Click Finish

    Finish Setting up PlayOnLinux
    Choose a shortcut for PlayOnLinux
    Select GRAW.exe
    Click Next
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    Name it: GRAW
    Click Next
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    I don't want to make another shortcut
    Click Next
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    In order to restart Windows after the installation, Click Configure
    Make sure the GRAW Virtual Drive is highlighted
    Select the Wine tab
    Click Windows reboot
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    Select Display tab
    Video Memory Size: How much memory your video card has
    Offscreen rendering mode: fbo
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    All of the rest can be defaults
    Select the Wine tab again
    Click Windows Reboot
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    Launching GRAW

    Its a good idea to launch Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter at least once before applying the patches.

    Note: GRAW didn't always launch the first time. Usually it will freeze after the GRAW logo appears. Force it to close and launch again.

    Patching GRAW

    If it launched and played just fine, then you are ready for patching. I will show you how to patch 1.30 only because the 1.35 patch is exactly the same.
    Download patch 1.30

    Save it to your desktop

    Go Back to PlayOnLinux
    Click Configure
    Select the Miscellaneous Tab
    Click "Run a .exe file in this virtual drive"
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    Navigate to your desktop and select the 1.30 patch
    Click Open

    Set Language
    Click OK

    Setup Wizard
    Click Next

    License
    Click "I accept the agreement".
    Click Next
    Click Next

    Installation location
    Click Next

    If you are patching the Retail Version, select "I own the DVD..."
    Click Next
    Click Install

    Patch Complete
    Click Finish

    Go ahead and install the next patch with the same method

    Launch GRAW

    Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter does not support widescreen resolutions
    You can go to the options and crank up the resolution, but if you want fullscreen, it helps to set your resolution in Linux first to match what you set in the game.


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    Last edited: Dec 27, 2013

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