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Neverwinter Free MMO Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Jul 2, 2013.

  • by booman, Jul 2, 2013 at 2:32 PM
  • booman

    booman Grand High Exalted Mystic Emperor of Linux Gaming Staff Member

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    There are already a lot of Dungeons & Dragons games out there. From board games to card games and video games. The Lore of D&D is nothing new to most of us...
    But I am excited to see Neverwinter appear as a Free game with the ability to use everything available in the game without having to spend a penny. The graphics are beautiful, the the world is huge, fight along side friends, customize your character and all the rest of the expected RPG qualities.


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

    Note: This guide applies to the downloadable version of Neverwinter. Steam and Arc versions may require additional steps.

    Tips & Specs:

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

    Note: March 2017 Perfect World Entertainment ended support for Windows XP and Direct X 9. This guide no longer applies until we can pursue more testing in Wine.

    Mint 17 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.8
    Wine: 1.7.40

    Wine Installation

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"

    Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.40
    Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging

    Select it
    Click the arrow pointing to the right

    Click Next

    Downloading Wine


    Downloading Gecko


    Wine 1.7.40 is installed and you can close this window

    Download the Neverwinter installer here:

    Save in a folder on your desktop

    PlayOnLinux Setup

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Install

    Click "Install a non-listed program"

    Click Next

    Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
    Click Next

    Name the virtual drive: neverwinter
    Click Next

    Check all three options:
    • Use another version of Wine
    • Configure Wine
    • Install some libraries
    Click Next

    Select Wine 1.7.40
    Click Next

    Select "32 bits windows installation"
    Click Next

    Wine Configuration

    Applications Tab
    Windows Version: Windows 7
    Click Apply

    Graphics Tab
    Check "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
    Check "Emulate a virtual desktop"
    Desktop size: 1024x768
    Click OK

    PlayOnLinux Packages (Libraries, Components, DLL's)

    Check the following packages:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    Click Next

    Note: All packages will automatically download and install

    Installing Neverwinter

    Click Browse

    Navigate to the folder on your desktop
    Select "neverwinter_setup.exe"
    Click Open

    Click Next again

    Select language
    Click OK

    Click Next

    Click "I Agree"

    Click Next

    Uncheck "Create a desktop icon"
    Click Install

    Uncheck "Launch Neverwinter"
    Click Finish

    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select "Neverwinter.exe"
    Click Next

    Name your shortcut: Neverwinter
    Click Next

    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next

    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Select Neverwinter
    Click Configure

    General Tab
    Wine version: 1.7.40

    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

    Close Configure

    Launching Neverwinter

    Select Neverwinter
    Click Run

    Login with your account credentials

    Neverwinter will begin downloading and patching
    In total the game is about 13 Gigabytes

    Note: This process can take several hours depending on your internet speed

    When its done downloading click PLAY

    Long Cryptic loading screen
    At first launch, this Cryptic screen can literally take 15-20 minutes
    Please be patient and take a break

    Sometimes the login will fail and end up at this login screen
    Enter your account credentials
    Click LOGIN

    Once in game, select your character
    Click Enter World


    Click Options
    Click Graphics Tab

    Adjust resolution to match your Linux desktop

    • Screen
    • Detail
    • Effects
    • Lights

    Use the Render Quality (Video Card) and Graphics Detail (CPU) sliders

    Go to the Advanced tab for more settings
    Click OK or Apply

    Note: When in-game, settings will automatically change on the screen

    Neverwinter runs extremely well on my Geforce 550 Ti. I can turn almost all the graphical settings to high and still get a decent frame rate. This game is beautiful for an Online MMO and its best to play on a desktop with a modern graphics card.
    Normally when I first Enter World, there is a bit of lag as the level loads.

    Gameplay Video:









    Last edited: Apr 3, 2017


Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Jul 2, 2013.

  1. dem
    I tested it. Really easy and fast to change the wine version with POL !

    The result ? GSGL still disabled, the game is really fast (I will do a video to show you that, because perhaps not everyone will believe it), and the microlags seems to be a way less noticeable.

    Maybe it's just "Coue Method" or auto persuasion, but it seems that there is a noticeable improvement.

    Now I'll do another test, with GSGL enabled, and see what happens. Then, I'll come back here for results.

    Finally, I'll do a video to show you.

    EDIT : with GSGL, same lags when moving my character. I'll try a new test without GSGL.
  2. dem
    I used the /showfps 1 command...Wich is not sensitive to auto persuasion :D

    And I'm ashamed to say that I was a bit too enthusiast. No really improvement using wine 1.7, finally.

    The game runs around 20-35fps (with an average or 28fps, I'd say) no matter the wine version (1.6 or 1.7), or GSGL enabled or disabled. Settings cursor to max, 1280x1024 resolution, vertical sync disabled.

    But with GSGL enabled, the game suffers lags on my machine.

    I need to test the FPS on the windows test drive to see how it performs.
  3. booman
    Yes please do!!! Give us more!
    If this is the Wine version to out-do all Wine versions, then I'll be spending the weekend testing multiple games.
    Like Alan Wake and other games that just run slow need some optimization like this
  4. booman
    Oh you only tried 1.7? The newest version is 1.7.1 with the Direct3D enhancements.
    Maybe its not available in PlayOnLinux yet?
  5. dem
    I tried 1.7.1. My bad ;)

    No performances improvements on this game, I'm afraid. At least with my hardware, and "default" settings (the ones from your own guide).
  6. booman
    Ok, the notes claimed that "some" games will have performance boost and some would not
  7. dem
    I also tried wine 1.7.1 with drakensang. I don't know the fps command, but visually (and this time, trying to be objective) no fps improvements clearly noticeable.
  8. booman
    Yeah, no surprise there, Drakensang always runs well as long as you have fast internet.
    The engine is a whole different machine... its fast, detailed and the content doesn't require gigs of downloads.
    Try it with more AAA titles like EA games, Source games, etc.
  9. dem
    I think I'll try with Path of exile, but first I have to reinstall it. I broke my installation last time I was searching for a solution for my font glitches problem (still not resolved by the way).

    Big game...Maybe mechwarrior online. Needs huge specs on windows too.

    I tried wine 1.7.1 with world of tanks : no improvement (same fps...a bit low on wine on my machine, and full screen problems).

    Maybe something constructive sould be to create a dedicated topic for wine 1.7.1 testing results. Works better with some games ? Let's make a list of test maybe. What do you think of this idea ?
  10. booman
    I'll try Crysis 2 tomorrow morning, and if Assassin's Creed II launches I'll try it also
  11. Namikaze Ruisu
    Hi thanks for this great tutorial, but im having problems with installing games, there is no install button on any of the games on Arc...
    is anyone else experiencing this?
    Ive installed neverwinter before and it was working with the pop up window that asked me to install neverwinter, but could not install any other games.
    Then i had to reinstall my ubuntu distro and now i cannot install any games
  12. booman
    Yes, I've seen this problem too. There should be an automatic Pop-up window asking you to install the game. If it doesn't happen, try installing again. I've never figured out exactly why it doesn't pop-up, but I've read that its just behind the Arc window.

    I checked the Star Trek Online forum and they imply that the installer is launching but is behind the Arc client.
    Try this after launching Arc Client:
    1. PlayOnLinux Configure
    2. Wine tab
    3. Task Manager
    4. Right click Star Trek Online (Arc client)
    5. Select minimize

    Now can you see the launcher for installing Star Trek Online?
    Note: You may have to start over with the entire process.
  13. dem
    I cannot install any game with Arc too. Neverwinter is the only one, because the arc advertisement popup for this game worked.
  14. Namikaze Ruisu
    Ok thanks guys! i will now try it, no problem installing it one more time. Ive installed it more than 20times with different settings one more time will be a walk in the park!! thanks guys!!

    Well it did not work for me, ive minimized it several times with the taskmanager and some without, but no installer....

    Is this a compatibility issue with IE8? will it help to install IE9 or 10?
  15. graywolf.theheathen
    Hmmmm, on Neverwinter I get Arc installed and it is on the screen where it says downloading and just sits there at 0%. At the time of this post it has been sitting there for 30 minutes without moving. Any ideas?
  16. graywolf.theheathen
  17. steve723
    Check your Ethernet cable. Can your web browser go to other web sites? Maybe something is blocking wine internet access.
  18. graywolf.theheathen
    Internet was fine. I was surfing while I waited 30 minutes, but it just sat there. I installed it without Arc and it is patching right now. Already at 16%
  19. steve723
    Some of my fellow players on the STO and NW forums have said that their opinion of Arc is that Arc is crap and they use an old installer for the games.
  20. graywolf.theheathen
    Thats what that is in the link in post #56. The old installer before Arc. Still works.

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