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Mass Effect 3 Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Dec 4, 2015.

  • by booman, Dec 4, 2015 at 12:33 PM
  • booman

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    Take the role as Commander Shepard again in the third installment of Mass Effect. Defend planet Earth of annihiliation from the evil Reapers once again. Play an over-the-shoulder team-based action RPG where you develop your character, level up, interactive dialog and even import your Mass Effect 1 or 2 saved character.

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    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Mass Effect 3 in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the Origin version of Mass Effect 3. Other versions may require additional steps.

    Tips & Specs:

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

    Mint 17.2 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.9
    Wine: 1.7.51-staging

    Wine Installation

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.55-staging
    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 1.7.55-staging is installed and you can close this window

    Download OriginSetup.exe

    Go to: download.dm.origin.com/origin/live/OriginSetup.exe
    Navigate to your desktop
    Click Save
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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: masseffect3
    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 1.7.55-staging"
    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"
    Click OK
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    Installing Packages (Libraries, Components, DLL's)

    Check the following packages:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    • POL_Install_vcrun2008
    • POL_Install_vcrun2010
    • POL_Install_vcrun2012
    Click Next
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    Note: All packages will automatically download and install

    Installing Origin Client

    Click Browse

    Navigate to your Desktop
    Select OriginSetup.exe
    Click Open
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    Click Next Again

    Preparing...

    Uncheck all options:
    Click Install
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    Installing...
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    Check "I have read and accept..."
    Click OK
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    At this point the client will try to launch, but will crash...

    Killing Origin Process

    Alt+Tab to PlayOnLinux
    Click Configure
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    Wine Tab
    Click "Kill Processes"
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    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select Origin.exe
    Click Next
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    Name the shortcut: Mass Effect 3
    Click Next
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    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next
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    Back to Configure

    General Tab
    Wine version: 1.7.55-staging
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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: Enter the amount of memory your video card/chip uses
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    Close Configure

    Origin Directory Permissions

    If you launch Origin it will crash every time
    This is because of the In Game Overlay
    We have to do this manually by renaming some files
    But, the Origin folder is locked

    Go to the Origin Directory
    Path: /home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/Origin/Drive_C/Program Files/
    Right click
    Select Properties
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    Click Dropdown next to "Owner"
    Select "Create and delete files"
    Click "Apply Permissions to Enclosed Files"
    Click Close
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    Rename:
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    To:
    igoproxy-old.exe
    igoproxy64-old.exe
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    Launching Origin

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Select Origin
    Click Run
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    Note: Click Debug to see errors and bugs

    Login to Origin
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    Select Mass Effect 3
    Click Download
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    When Mass Effect 3 is finished downloading, Origin may crash
    Click Exit Origin
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    Mass Effect 3 Shortcuts

    Select Origin
    Click Configure
    Click "Make a new shortcut from this virtual drive"
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    Select "MassEffect3.exe"
    Click Next
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    Name shortcut: Mass Effect 3
    Click Next
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    Select "MassEffect3Config.exe"
    Click Next
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    Name shortcut: Mass Effect 3 Config
    Click Next
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    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next
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    Launching Mass Effect 3

    Select Origin
    Click Run
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    Login Again
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    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Select Mass Effect 3 or Config
    Click Run
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    Optimization:

    Launch Mass Effect 3 Config
    Click Video
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    Adjust:
    • Windowed
    • Windows Mode
    • Aspect Ration
    • Resolution
    • Anti-Aliasing
    • Motion Blur
    • Dynamic Shadows
    • Number Of Cinematic Lights
    • Use Spherical Harmonic Lighting
    • Anisotropic Filtering
    Save Changes
    Click Mass Effect 3
    Click "Save Settings"
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    Conclusion:
    Mass Effect 3 runs pretty well on my GeForce 550 Ti. Some of the cutscenes stutter and the characters lips do not always animate, but in game looks beautiful and frame rates are decent.
    Make sure to check "Remember password" in Origin, then you can launch Mass Effect alone and it will automatically log into Origin and launch the game.

    I did experience Origin crashing randomly and it will kick you out of the game. But I would easily kill the game, launch Origin and continue playing. The crashing is because of Origin not Mass Effect 3. Sadly any problems you experience is probably going to be related to the Origin client. Mass Effect 3 runs just fine regardless.

    Note: Don't bother with the Demo, it refuses to completed the "connecting to EA servers"

    Screenshots:
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    Last edited: Jan 13, 2016
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Comments

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Dec 4, 2015.

  1. mrdeathjr28
    very good game and good guide as always

    A bit heavy in some parts but completly usable in my case too

    :)
  2. booman
    Did you have any problems in cutscenes? Like lip sync that was off or lips not moving at all?
  3. vashin
    I noticed that on your guide that when you right click on the origin folder and go to properties on the permissions tab you select owner and you have options. I don't have options, it shows my name as owner and is grey. I can not select anything. It must have to do with permissions file access. I'm not sure how to fix that. Also you have 2 tabs I do not. Emblems and Share. I am testing on Arch Linux
  4. booman
    What distro are you using?
    Can you right-click as root?
    Or show permissions as root?
  5. vashin
    I am using PlayOnLinux version 4.2.9 This may have to do with file and folder permissions for PCManFM. I'm using Arch Linux testing.
  6. booman
    Oh, I don't know much about Arch, but you can always use Terminal to change permissions of directories.
    Mint even has a "open as root" option so you can manually change permissions
  7. vashin
    Ha! Yes, I have to go back to Arch School and study up I'm still a novice in some areas :D
  8. mrdeathjr28
    In my last test with mas effect 3 i dont notice that



    However maybe could try in wine 1.8rc3 (out in today in morning) but stay very busy in bunch testing* because stay waiting 1.8rc3

    *Some of them are tom clancy rainbow six vegas 1, tom clancy hawx, tom clancy advanced warfighter 2, tom clancy splinter cell double agent, last remnant, tom clancy ghost recon disney epic mickey 2, pure, split second, toy story 3, collin mac rally, lego pirates of caribbean, lego batman, pirates of caribbean at the world end, lego batman, hyperdimension neptunia rebirth 1, tron 2.0, killer is dead and maybe others

    Various of this titles courtesy of exploration steam sale

    :)
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  9. vashin
    Edit:I figured it out :)

    I still get the online login is currently unavailable but there is a workaround for that, the problem appears to be in
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\SystemCertificates\Root\Certificates\

    by opening the registry and importing the gte_global.reg file through regedit in PlayOnLinux to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\SystemCertificates\Root\Certificates\ resolved the issue for me.

    On Wine this fixes the issue:

    Symptom: The login prompt shows an error message "Online login is currently unavailable."

    Origin uses the "GTE CyberTrust Global Root" (1024-bit) certificate. This certificate was removed by Mozilla and many Linux distributions because it is insecure. The only real solution for this is EA to use a new and secure certificate (the current insecure one will expire in 2018).

    This issue is tracked in bug #35828, but can't be solved in Wine.

    Workaround:

    1. Download the certificate from the bug report.
      wget https://bugs.winehq.org/attachment.cgi?id=52785 -O gte_global.reg
    2. Install it in your wineprefix. (Only there, but not systemwide on your Linux/Mac system.)
      wine regedit gte_global.reg
    Now restart Origin and you should be able to login.

    Confirmed, Mass Effect 3 through PlayOnLinux is working on Arch Linux :)
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