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Mind: Path To Thalamus Guide

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  • by booman, Mar 6, 2015 at 12:25 PM
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    Mind: Path To Thalamus is an epic puzzle adventure where you play the role of a Tsunami survivor stuck in his own mind while in a coma. He searches for his daughter Sophia but finds the inner depths of his mind a surrealistic place of memories and fantasy. Experience stunning visuals, control night and day, explore many different natural environments, interact with your surroundings and solve puzzles with sight, sound and physics.

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    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Mind: Path To Thalamus in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the Humble Bundle version of Mind: Path To Thalamus. Steam and GOG versions will require additional steps.

    Tips & Specs:

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

    Mint 17 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.5
    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

    Create a new folder on your desktop
    Name it Mind

    Download Mind: Path To Thalamus from Humble Bundle
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    Save the compressed zip folder in the Mind folder on 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: mind
    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-bit 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_dotnet40
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    • POL_Install_vcrun2010

    Click Next
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    Note: All packages will automatically download and install

    Installing Mind: Path To Thalamus

    The compressed zip file contains the actual game
    There is no installer
    Click Cancel
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    Double-click mindpathtothalamus_win_XXXXXXXXXX.zip
    Select mindpathtothalamus_win_XXXXXXXXX
    Click Extract
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    Extract it in the same Mind folder you downloaded it to
    Open the Mind folder on your desktop
    Open Program Files in
    Code:
    /home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/mind/drive_c/Program Files
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    Note: Username is where you put your Linux login

    Drag-n-drop the game into Program Files
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    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Click Configure
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    General Tab
    Click "Make a new shortcut from this virtual drive"
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    Select "Mind.exe"
    Click Next
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    Name your shortcut "Mind: Path To Thalamus"
    Click Next
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    Click Next again...

    Display Tab
    Select the Mind: Path To Thalamus shortcut on the left
    Video Memory size: Enter the amount of memory your video card/chip uses
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    Close Configure

    Flickering Black Textures Fix

    Navigate to:
    Code:
    /home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/mind/drive_c/Program Files/mindpathtothalamus_win_XXXXXXX/UDKGame/Config
    Open UDKEngine.ini
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    UDKEngine.ini should open in a text editor
    Use the Search menu to find: DirectionalLightmaps
    Change it from "True" to "False"
    Click Save
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    Launching Mind: Path To Thalamus

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Select Mind: Path To Thalamus
    Click Run
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    Note: Click debug to see errors and bugs

    Click "I Accept"
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    Optimization

    Click Options
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    Click Video Settings
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    Adjust Resolution to match your Linux Desktop

    Set:
    • Vsync
    • Windowed/Fullscreen
    • Vignette
    • Grain
    • Post Processing
    • Draw Distance
    Click Save
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    Rule of thumb:
    High settings = More detail, lower frame rate
    Low settings = Less detail, higher frame rate

    Conclusion:
    Mind is so visually stunning that I was impressed with every level. Some maps seem to span off in the distance forever! There is a lot of reflection, rain effects and natural terrain. Wine handles it very nicely. I tried newer versions of Wine and Mind still runs great.
    Just make sure to turn off the DirectionalLightmaps to remove the flickering textures. They almost ruined the game for me and then I stumbled on that setting. It doesn't seem to affect anything else in the game. I'm sure Mind will run perfectly from GOG and Steam as well. Just use the appropriate steps for installing Steam or using the GOG installer in your 32-bit virtual drive.

    Gameplay Video:


    Screenshots:
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    Last edited: Jan 13, 2016
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