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S.T.A.L.K.E.R Shadow of Chernobyl Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Jun 26, 2013.

  • by booman, Jun 26, 2013 at 6:53 PM
  • booman

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    S.T.A.L.K.E.R Shadow of Chernobyl is a long anticipated First Person Shooter with Role Playing elements in a Sci-Fi Post Nuclear zone in Russia.

    With Graphical capabilities beyond its time S.T.A.L.K.E.R had lasted the test-of-time. Even today its still graphically beautiful with plenty of eye-candy even for mediocre hardware.

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    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing S.T.A.L.K.E.R Shadow Of Chernobyl in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the GOG version of S.T.A.L.K.E.R Shadow Of Chernobyl. Other versions may require additional steps.

    Tips & Specs:

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

    Mint 17.3 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.10
    Wine: 1.8.3

    Wine Installation

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 1.8.3
    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 1.8.3 is installed and 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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    Click Next

    Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
    Click Next
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    Name the virtual drive: stalkersoc
    Click Next
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    Check all three options:
    • Use another versions of Wine
    • Configure Wine
    • Install some libraries
    Click Next
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    Select Wine 1.8.3
    Click Next
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    Select "32 bits windows installation"
    Click Next
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    Wine Configuration

    Application 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, DLL's, Libraries)

    Check all the following:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    • POL_Install_vcrun2005
    • POL_Install_vcrun2008
    Click Next
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    Installing STALKER Shadows of Chernobyl

    Click Browse

    Select "setup_stalker_shoc_2.1.0.7.exe"
    Click Open
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    Click Next again

    Select Language
    Click OK
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    Check "Yes, I have read and accept EULA"
    Click Options
    Uncheck "Create desktop icons"
    Click Install
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    Runtime Error
    Click OK
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    Note: The Runtime Error doesn't affect the installation

    Click Exit
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    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select "XR_3DA.exe"
    Click Next
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    Name your shortcut: STALKER Shadow of Chernobyl
    Click Next
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    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next
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    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Select "STALKER Shadow of Chernobyl"
    Click Configure
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    General Tab
    Wine version: 1.8.3
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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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    Close Configure

    Fixing PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    When launching STALKER it will error every single time.
    The reason is because there are two XR_3DA.exe files in different directories.
    We can quickly fix the path in the shortcut

    Navigate to shortcuts
    path: /home/username/.PlayOnLinux/shortcuts
    Open STLKER SoC shortcut in Text Editor
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    Delete the "dedicated" path and slashes before/after
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    Should look like this
    Click Save
    Close the shortcut
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    Launching STALKER Shadow of Chernobyl

    Select "STALKER Shadow of Chernobyl"
    Click Run
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    Note: Click debug to see errors and bugs

    Optimization

    Click Options
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    Video Tab

    Adjust:
    • Render
    • Quality Settings
    • Resolution
    • Fullscreen
    Click Use
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    Click Advanced Tab

    Adjust:
    • Vision Distance
    • Objects Detail
    • Grass Density
    • Textures Detail
    • Anisotorphic Filtering
    • Antialiasing
    • Sun Shadow
    • Grass Shadow
    • Lighting Distance
    • NPC Flashlights
    • Shadows Quality
    Click Use
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    Rule of Thumb:
    Higher Settings = More detail, lower frame rates
    Lower Settings = Less detail, higher frame rates

    Conclusion:
    The GOG version played exactly like the Retail version but was much easier to install. The only problem I experienced was the shortcut bug. Everything else ran fine on my GeForce 9800 and GeForce 550 Ti.

    Screenshots:
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    Last edited: Jul 25, 2016

Comments

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Jun 26, 2013.

  1. booman
    High Res Screenshots:

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  2. Brit
    Hey I've been trying to get it to work with the DVD version, and I've followed it to the T, but whenever it gets to the part where it asks me where my disk is mounted the only options are an asterisk (* <-That doodad) other and refresh, I tried the asterisk, as well as every directory I could think of with the other option, but it keeps on saying "Error: Unable to find CD-ROM!". Any ideas on how to fix this problem?
  3. Brit
    Oh, forgot to mention I'm running the XFCE version of Arch.
  4. booman
    Welcome to the forum Brit.
    I'm not all that familiar with Arch Linux, but in Mint and most distros an icon appears when you insert a DVD in the drive.
    Do you have an icon on your desktop or at least a shortcut to the drive in your Windows manager?

    You could also check in Wine Configuration. There is a Drives tab.
    If Wine doesn't show a "D" drive for your optical drive, then you can create one.

    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.

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    Add:
    Adding a new drive with a new drive letter
    B:
    D:
    E:
    F:

    [​IMG]

    Advanced:
    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

    [​IMG]
  5. booman
    Updated the STALKER Shadow of Chernobyl guide with the GOG versions
  6. sunshowers
    The game works great on openSUSE Leap 42.1. I did some things differently as my copy of SoC is on Steam. I would also recommend this mod to go with it - http://www.metacognix.com/files/stlkrsoc/index.html. It keeps the vanilla feel of the game but fixes many bugs and performance issues. Thanks for the guide :).
  7. booman
    Thanks for confirming. Great to know another game works in other distros!
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