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Path of Exile Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Aug 4, 2013.

  • by booman, Aug 4, 2013 at 2:16 PM
  • booman

    booman Grand High Exalted Mystic Emperor of Linux Gaming Staff Member

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    RPG's have really come a long way...
    Starting with text adventures to isometric Diablo hack-n-slash, then FPS Medieval fantasies to third person sci-fi role playing and now simple facebook games where you build farms, level up and help your friends to tower defense in a massive arena where heroes battle amongst minions.



    Path of Exile is another online hack-n-slash that introduces some new elements while utilizing popular skills/loot/leveling to bring you a fresh epic RPG experience.

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

    Note: This guide applies to the online version of Path of Exile . Other versions may require additional steps.

    Tips & Specs:

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

    Mint 17 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.12
    Wine: 1.7.19-WGL_WINE_surface2

    Note: Now tested with newer versions of Wine 2.9-staging with decent performance.

    Wine Installation

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"

    Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.19-WGL_WINE_surface2
    Select it
    Click the arrow pointing to the right

    Click Next

    Downloading Wine


    Downloading Gecko


    Wine 1.7.19-WGL_WINE_surface2 is installed and you can close this window

    Downloading the Client

    Go To: http://www.pathofexile.com
    Click "Play Free Now!"

    Register and then login
    Click "Download Now!"

    Save the PathOfExileInstaller.msi to your desktop

    Setup PlayOnLinux

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Install

    Click "Install a non-listed program"

    Click Next

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

    Name your virtual drive: pathofexile
    Click Next

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

    Click Next

    Select Wine: 1.7.19-WGL_WINE_surface2
    Click Next

    Select "32 bits windows installation"
    click Next

    Configuring Wine

    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

    Installing Libraries

    Check all of the following:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_d3dcompiler_43
    • POL_Install_msvc100
    • POL_Install_Registeredfonts
    • POL_Install_riched20
    • POL_Install_Tahoma
    • POL_Install_vcrun2010

    Note: PlayOnLinux will automatically download each library and install them.
    Click Next

    Installing Client

    Click Browse

    Navigate to your desktop
    Select PathOfExileInstaller.msi
    Click Open

    Click Next

    Path of Exile Setup Wizard
    Click Next

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

    Install Path
    Click Next

    Click Install

    Click Finish

    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select: Client.exe
    Click Next

    Name your shortcut: Path of Exile
    Click Next

    Click Next

    Configure PlayOnLinux

    Click Configure

    General Tab
    Wine version: 1.7.19-WGL_WINE_surface2

    Note: Click the + to download other versions of Wine. Click the down-arrow to select other versions of Wine.

    Display Tab
    GLSL Support: disabled
    Video memory size: the amount of memory on your video card

    Close Configure

    Launching Path of Exile

    Select "Path of Exile"
    Click Run

    Note: The client should launch and start updating the full game 7.5 Gigabytes

    Be patient as it loads the login screen


    Click Graphical Options
    Open the Options
    Click the Graphics tab
    Select Fullscreen
    Select Resolution
    Adjust Shadows, Antialiasing, Textures, Postprocessing & Screen Shake

    Note: disable Engine Multi-threading to reduce flicker

    Click "Apply display settings"
    Click Save

    Rule of Thumb:
    High settings = More detail, lower frame rates
    Low settings = Less detail, higher frame rates

    Fullscreen bug - Not necessary with newer versions of Wine

    If Path of Exile refuses to launch or won't go fullscreen
    Note: Path of Exile has to be launched at least once

    Navigate to: /home/username/My Games/Path of Exile
    Note: Username is where you put your login

    Open production_Config.ini with Text Editor


    Click Save

    Path of Exile ran even better with Wine 1.7.19-WGE_WINE_surface2. The graphics are amazing and rival modern-day engines with all the eye-candy your heart desires. Even up close the details are amazing. I've recently tested with newer versions of Wine like 2.9-staging and for the most part, performance is good. There is a bit of stutter here and there, but its definitely playable with settings on high.

    Also, if you noticed any flickering problems, disable Engine Multi-threading

    I was most impressed with the web of skills. There are so many non-linear option to what path you want to take for increasing your characters abilities.

    Video Gameplay:







    Last edited: Dec 11, 2017
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Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. dem
    Anyone having the same font issues I have ? I never achieved to install the game with correct fonts.
  2. graywolf.theheathen
    Sorry, no font issues here. I followed this guide to the letter and then only had to deal with the one issue I posted above.
  3. booman
    Thanks Graywolf for posting that fix. Out of curiosity... did you use "virtual desktop" in Wine?
    Normally resolution isn't a problem with virtual desktop, but I've had a lot of problems not using it.
  4. graywolf.theheathen
    Yep. I had it set exactly like the guide above. Mine just didn't like it for some reason. I had to match the virtual desktop to my real desktop. And match the settings in that config file.
  5. booman
    Very strange. I have played it for hours and never had that problem.
    What resolutions are you running?
    What video card do you have?
    Chances are... its a driver problem...
  6. graywolf.theheathen
  7. booman
    Awesome! I was just having a conversation with someone over in the PlayOnLinux forum about Intel HD drivers.
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  8. graywolf.theheathen
  9. booman
    What the heck is usp10?
    Nothing in Packages calls usp10...
    I'll check google...
    I see now... Uniscribe! What is it? Probably something we'll never need to use again, but...

    If you are using IE6 to run Path of Exile, then there is a chance this might fix the font problem. Uniscribe renders unicode and encoded text in IE5.

    The problem is finding the usp10.dll
    You will probably have to download it from one of those dll sites.
  10. dem
    Today I've seen that the game has been released on steam (windows version only, of course).
  11. graywolf.theheathen
    Look at their reply to me on their Facebook page...

    Attached Files:

  12. booman
    That would be awesome!
    And its still free-to-play!
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  13. graywolf.theheathen
    I got curious, so I tried something... o_O

    I wanted to play PoE through Steam, because I'm weird and like the Steam interface and it handles the updates and my achievements are there and so on. So I opened POL and clicked install, used the provided Steam script and got Steam running. Then I renamed the shortcut to Path of Exile Steam so I wouldn't confuse it with my regular Linux Steam. Then I made sure the same libraries were installed that we did in this guide and made the same changes on the display tab. Clicked restart windows for good measure. Started Steam, found Path of Exile in the store and clicked install. 15-20 minutes later I was playing PoE off my steam account. Worked great, it was playing just the same as the direct install that we did in this guide. :cool:

    ( FYI , You can link your PoE account to your Steam account in your profile settings on the PoE website. Then when you launch the game from Steam it logs you in with your Steam account, everything worked great. All my characters were there. )
  14. booman
    Awesome News!
    I didn't realize Path of Exile was even on Steam.
    Funny how that works...
  15. dem
    Great news, since I broke my last POE install...I'll be able to install it thru windows steam.

    thanks for the tip
  16. booman
    Yeah, let us know if it works through Steam Dem
  17. slone
    Hey there,

    Followed your guide and got the game working on 10.04, but framerates drop (including 1-2 second freezes) on spell effects. I have 1GB GeForce GTX465.

    Here's the dump from playonlinux.log

    The charset and unhandled usage flags lines are spammed during the periods of lag (mostly the usage flags) and lots of the text in game is messy (which I assume is related to the charset error). I made sure that I installed the libraries you'd listed
    (POL_Install_corefonts, POL_Install_d3dx9, POL_Install_d3dcompiler_43, POL_Install_Registeredfonts, POL_Install_riched20, POL_Install_Tahoma, POL_Install_vcrun2005)

    Any suggestions?


    [11/01/13 16:29:43] - ----- Ending function POL_Install_riched20 -----
    [11/01/13 16:29:44] - ----- Starting function POL_Install_tahoma -----
    [11/01/13 16:29:44] - ----- Starting function POL_SP2_Extract -----
    [11/01/13 16:29:46] - ----- Ending function POL_SP2_Extract -----
    [11/01/13 16:29:46] - ----- Starting function POL_SP2_Extract -----
    [11/01/13 16:29:47] - ----- Ending function POL_SP2_Extract -----
    [11/01/13 16:29:47] - ----- Ending function POL_Install_tahoma -----
    [11/01/13 16:30:02] - Running wine-1.6-rc4 PathOfExile.exe (Working directory : /home/mslone/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/pathofexile/drive_c/Program Files/Grinding Gear Games/Path of Exile)
    fixme:heap:HeapSetInformation (nil) 1 (nil) 0
    fixme:heap:HeapSetInformation 0x110000 0 0x32fdb8 4
    ALSA lib pcm_pulse.c:1008:(_snd_pcm_pulse_open) Unknown field handle_underrun
    err:winediag:AUDDRV_GetAudioEndpoint PulseAudio "default" -22 without handle_underrun. Audio may hang. Please upgrade to alsa_plugins >= 1.0.24
    fixme:win:EnumDisplayDevicesW ((null),0,0x32e708,0x00000000), stub!
    fixme:d3d:swapchain_init The application requested more than one back buffer, this is not properly supported.
    Please configure the application to use double buffering (1 back buffer) if possible.
    fixme:d3d9:Direct3DShaderValidatorCreate9 stub
    fixme:d3d:resource_check_usage Unhandled usage flags 0x8.
    fixme:system:SystemParametersInfoW Unimplemented action: 59 (SPI_SETSTICKYKEYS)
    fixme:system:SystemParametersInfoW Unimplemented action: 53 (SPI_SETTOGGLEKEYS)
    fixme:system:SystemParametersInfoW Unimplemented action: 51 (SPI_SETFILTERKEYS)
    fixme:font:get_nearest_charset TCI failing on 20000000
    fixme:font:get_nearest_charset returning DEFAULT_CHARSET face->fs.fsCsb[0] = 20000000 file = (null)
    fixme:font:get_nearest_charset TCI failing on 20000000
    fixme:font:get_nearest_charset returning DEFAULT_CHARSET face->fs.fsCsb[0] = 20000000 file = (null)
    fixme:d3d:resource_check_usage Unhandled usage flags 0x8.
  18. booman
    Welcome to the gameonlinux forums slone.
    Thats pretty sad if text errors would slow down frame rates, so I hope thats not the problem.
    I did notice some alsa errors.
    You might have to update alsa, check your Ubuntu updates and see if Alsa is listed.
    Try installing package gdiplus (just a guess because others have mentioned it in WineHQs)

    Does it run ok when you don't cast spells?

    Someone on WineHQ's mentioned frame rate drops when a boss appears and when you see special effects. Sucks because I didn't have to do that with my 550 Ti. Its still ran pretty good. Some frame stuttering when loading the level, but thats all.

    Try disabling GLSL might improve your frame rates.
    1. PlayOnLinux Configure
    2. Select virtual drive
    3. Display Tab
    4. GLSL Support: disabled
    Do you have updated Nvidia drivers installed?
  19. slone
    Thanks for the reply!
    I checked and my Asla, gdiplus and nvidia drivers are all up to date, I've disabled GLSL and it might have improved a bit? I get ~45 fps in town, 55-60 outside running around or in simple combat, and drop to 10-15 with intermittent skips on big spell effects (like freezing shrine for example)

    The packages I have are the most up to date they can be, but those still aren't great as I'm running 10.04 (alsa is at the 'latest version' 1.0.22-0ubuntu5, that error was saying to update to >= 1.0.24, so I suspect it's my old system version that's the root cause here.) I should be updating to 12.04 soon'ish, so hopefully that helps.
  20. booman
    Yeah, that might help. I'm not totally sure.
    It might just be a side effect of Wine and POE engine. But I don't remember the frame drops being low enough to hurt game-play.
    Are you playing on a laptop or desktop?
    What CPU do you have?
    How much System Memory are you using?

    You could always open System Monitor in a different desktop and then run POE. Then switch back-n-forth to see how much processing it requires. Also check for other unecessary processes that you could kill to improve perfromance.

    One thing I have done in the past to boost a couple of frame rates is use Openbox Windows Manager. It run Linux in completely bare-bones (like safe-mode) and games will run a bit faster.

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