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Pathologic HD Guide

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  • by booman, Jun 8, 2019 at 12:44 AM
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    Pathologic is an open world mystery survival exploration action game where you need help from an investigator, a Ripper and a eccentric girl with mystical healing abilities. Explore a plaque-ridden town and solve mysterious murders in an emotional psychological first person survival cult-classic.

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

    Note: This guide applies to the GOG version of Pathologic HD. Other versions may require additional steps.

    Tips & Specs:

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

    Mint 19 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.3.4
    Wine: 4.0

    Wine Installation

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 4.0
    Select it
    Click the arrow pointing to the right
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    Click Next

    Downloading Wine
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    Extracting

    Installed
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    Click (amd64) Tab
    Select 4.0
    Click the arrow pointing to the right
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    Downloading Wine 64-bit
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    Installed
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    Wine 4.0 32-bit and 64-bit is installed, you can close this window

    PlayOnLinux Setup

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Install
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    Click "Install a non-listed program"
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    Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
    Click Next
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    Name the virtual drive: pathologic
    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 4.0
    Click Next
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    Select "32 bits windows installation"
    Click Next
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    Applications Tab
    Windows version: Windows XP
    Click Apply
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    Graphics Tab
    Check "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
    Click OK
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    PlayOnLinux Packages

    Check the following:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dcompiler_43
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_devenum
    • POL_Install_quartz
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    • POL_Install_wmp9
    • POL_Install_wmp10
    Click Next
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    Note: All packages should automatically download and install

    Installing Pathologic

    Click Browse

    Select "setup_pathologic_classic_HD_1.0.3 (16813).exe"
    Click Open
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    Click Next

    Click OK
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    Click Options
    Check "Yes I have read and accept EULA"
    Uncheck "Created desktop icon"
    Click Install
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    Click OK for all errors
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    Click Exit
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    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select "Game.exe"
    Click Next
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    Name the shortcut: Pathologic
    Click Next
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    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next
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    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Click Configure
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    General Tab
    Wine version: 4.0
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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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    Installing Media Pack Update (Required to play WMV Videos)

    Download this Media Pack Update from Lutris
    https://lutris.net/files/tools/windowsmedia-kb942423-x86-intl.exe
    Save to your Desktop
    Move "windowsmedia-kb942423-x86-int.exe" to the Pathologic Virtual Drive drive_c
    Full Path:
    Code:
    /home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/pathologic/drive_c
    Wine Tab
    Click "Command Prompt"
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    Type "explorer"
    Press Enter
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    Navigate to (C:)
    Double-Click "windowsmedia-kb942423-x86-intl.exe"
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    Click Next
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    Check "I Agree"
    Click Next
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    Click Finish
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    Close the Command Prompt

    Close Configure

    Launch Pathologic

    Select Pathologic
    Click Run
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    Note: Click debug to see errors and bugs

    Optimization

    Since this is an HD version of Pathologic all of the textures have been increased in resolution. You may get a bit of frame lagging if the settings are too high

    Click Settings
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    Click Video Tab
    Adjust:
    • Resolution
    • Anisotropic filtering
    • Gamma
    • Field of View
    • V-Sync
    • Shadows
    • Anti-aliasing
    • Depth of Field
    • SSAO
    • Bloom
    • Motion Blur
    Click Apply
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    Conclusion:
    Pathologic crashed at every intro screen initially because of the WMV codecs, but after some research I found that we could set Wine to Windows XP, install WMP9 & 10, then install this media update and they play perfectly. Remember this for other games that require WMP codecs. After all of that, Pathologic played perfectly! I was able to save, load and play for over an hour without any issues.

    Gameplay Video:


    Screenshots:
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