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PlayOnLinux Explained: Wine Configuration

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    Wine Configuration is an interface where you can configure how Wine interacts with the game or program. Any time a game or program is installed, Wine is installed with it. You can configure specific Wine settings before the game installation with a manual install or after installation.

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Configure

    Select your virtual drive
    Click Wine Tab
    Click Configure Wine

    Applications Tab:
    Mostly used for changing the version of Windows for Wine
    Windows XP and Windows 7 are the most common versions depending on the game or program.
    Add applications is for installing a program in the virtual drive. In PlayOnLinux we use the miscellaneous tab instead.


    Libraries Tab:
    Edit Dynamic Link Libraries from the Libraries tab.

    Edit Override:
    All Libraries have 5 options when using edit override:
    • Bultin (Wine) - Uses Wines modified version of the library
    • Native (Windows) - Uses Windows native version of the library
    • Builtin then Native - Uses Wine's version first, then Windows
    • Native then Builtin - Uses Windows version first, then Wine's
    • Disable - Completely disables the library in the virtual drive

    Graphics Tab:
    Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows - Locks the mouse inside the virtual desktop window and game. Very usefull when having problems rotating characters in 360 degree movements in games.

    Allow the window manager to decorate the windows - Decorates Windows with Theme settings

    Allow the window manager to control the windows - Gives window control to Window manager

    Emulate a virtual desktop - Creates a window that acts as a desktop for launching games. Match the resolution of your Linux desktop to make games appear full-screen.

    Desktop size - Sets the height and width of the virtual desktop

    Common settings for games:
    • 800x600
    • 1024x768
    • 2048x1024
    • 1400x900
    • 1680x1050
    • 1920x1080

    Desktop Integration Tab:
    Similar to Windows "Appearance" settings. You can install themes or adjust every aspect of a window.
    No elaborating here because its not necessary for full-screen games.


    Drives Tab:
    Wine can map a CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, or even a folder as a drive letter. Great for copying files from multiple CDs or DVDs and installing from a folder on a desktop.


    Adding a new drive with a new drive letter


    Path - Linux path to CD-ROM, DVD or folder
    Note: To find the patch of a mounted CD-ROM or DVD just right click the icon on the desktop.
    Type - Selects a more specific type of drive
    • Autodetect
    • local hard disk
    • Network Share
    • Floppy disk
    • CD-ROM
    Device- Normally not used
    Label - Applies a name to the drive
    Serial - Normally not used
    Show dot files - Normally not used


    Audio Tab:
    Driver diagnostics - Normally set to (none)

    Defaults - System default is the default setting. Normally you won't be using these unless you have multiple audio devices.

    Test Sound - A quick way to check if your audio is working in the virtual drive.


    About Tab:
    Displays information about Wine

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