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Ghostbusters Guide

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  • by booman, Jun 27, 2013 at 9:36 PM
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    I grew up watching the Ghostbusters Franchise and have been waiting many years for a video game based off the movie. If you haven't played it yet... you have to! Its amazing and extremely fun!

    Not only is the game written and voice acted by the same characters in the movie, it is full of amazing New York environments with all the ghosts you can imagine!

    But this is not a review, instead I'm going to walk you through installing and configuring Ghostbusters in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the retail version. Steam and downloaded versions may have 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
    Wine version: 1.5.16 or 1.8

    Installing Wine versions

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Tools
    Click Manage Wine Versions
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    Note: For some games this could be trial-n-error if PlayOnLinux doesn't install a specific Wine version for you.

    Select Wine 1.5.16 or 1.5.17
    Click the Right arrow and it will automatically download
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    Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging

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    Now it will appear on the right side under "Installed Wine Versions:"
    Click the "X"
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    Go back to PlayOnLinux
    Click Install
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    Click "Install a non-listed program"
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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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    Name your Virtual Drive: Ghostbusters
    Click Next
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    Configure Wine and Installing Libraries

    Select all three:
    • Use another version of Wine
    • Configure Wine
    • Install some libraries
    Click Next
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    Select Wine 1.4.1

    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

    PlayOnLinux will begin the Wine configuration process
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    Wine Configuration

    Application Tab
    Windows Version should be "Windows 7"
    Click Apply
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    Graphics Tab
    Check "Emulate a virtual desktop"
    Set the resolution something simple like 1024x768
    Click Ok
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    Installing Libraries

    Note: If you followed my Windows Packages in PlayOnLinux then this step will be quick and easy.

    Select the standard Libraries:
    • POL_Install-corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx10
    • POL_Install_directx9
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_d3dx9_36
    • POL_Install_d3dx9_40
    • POL_Install_net3.0
    • 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
    Click Next


    Wait while the Libraries install.
    Some of the installations will take some time and may have some pop-ups with no indication of what they are doing. Just let it continue by itself.

    Installing the Game

    Choose a way to install
    Select "CD-ROM : Ghostbusters"
    Click Next
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    Select Install
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    Preparing to Install

    Welcome
    Click Next

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

    Type of Setup...
    Select "Easy Installation"
    Click Next

    Wait while the installer copies files from the DVD
    The game is total of 11 Gigabytes, so it will take 20-30 minutes to copy the files

    Installation Complete
    Click Finish

    Do not click Play yet!!!
    Click Exit
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    PlayOnLinux needs to finish its setup

    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Name your shortcut
    Call it "Ghostbusters"
    Click Next
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    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next
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    There is still more PlayOnLinux configuration to do...
    Click Configure
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    Select the Ghostbusters Virtual Drive
    Select the Display Tab
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    Video Memory:the amount of memory your video card has
    Multisampling: enabled
    Everything else can stay at defaults

    Note: Normally I recommend setting Direct Draw Renderer to "opengl" and Offscreen rendering mode to "fbo". If you have any problems, try settings those also.

    Always restart Windows after making configuration changes
    Select the Wine tab
    Click "Windows reboot"
    Close the configuration window
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    Launching Ghostbusters

    Running Ghostbusters the first time
    Select Ghostbusters
    Click Run
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    Authentication
    Click Next
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    Enter the key from the insert inside the Retail box
    Click Activate
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    Activation Successful
    Click Start
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    After it launches select Options to configure the display and controls
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    Remember we originally set to virtualize the desktop, so you will see a window at 1024x768 with a blue background.
    I was able to reset the game graphics resolution to whatever I wanted and the virtual desktop would resize accordingly.

    Do some tests by loading a game and playing. Once you are satisfied with the performance and graphics, go back to PlayOnLinux Wine configuration and uncheck the "emulate a virtual desktop"

    Click Ok and restart Windows again.
    If you see any strange graphical artifacts while playing, there may not be a way to fix it.
    You can always try a different version of Wine
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    Note: If you have further problems with the resolution and desktop, just keep "virtual desktop" enabled. I have found in many games that they run fine in a "virtual desktop" and still look full screen. Just match the "virtual desktop" resolution to your desktop resolution or vice-versa


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    Last edited: Jan 13, 2016

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